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Early dinner near UCLA?

We're visiting some friends in Los Angeles next week and one day we're going to a basketball game at UCLA that starts at 7:30. We'd like to catch an early dinner before the game. Any recommendations for some good pub food nearby? Maybe a place where I can get a nice beer with dinner? Or a good happy hour?

I went to school there and I remember that the food choices in Westwood were pretty dire at the time, so I don't mind venturing a bit farther away. But traffic will suck at that time so hopefully not TOO far.

A huge bonus would be somewhere we can leave the car during the game. I don't mind walking a mile to get there. But that might be a longshot.

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  1. It requires driving, but I'd recommend Westside Tavern - at Westwood/Pico. A short drive up westwood even at that hour. Good food and great beers.

    Nothing great in westwood that serves pub food sit down with beer. westwood brewing company is pretty dire right now and not worth patronizing.

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    1. re: Senor Popusa

      I agree with this rec, though Westside Tavern isn't a pub at all, but it does have great food and great drinks (incl. beer).

      Some other recs in the area (closer to UCLA), though not good for beer/drinks are Shamshiri (though I've heard it's gone a bit downhill recently) and Alcazar Express.

      If you want a dive bar with good pub food, I recommend Philly West, which has a great burger (and good fries) and is cheap.

    2. There is a good mexican place on the west side of Glendon right pst Kinross but I cant remember the name. Westwoods tough for pub grub, its either fast food or upscale, try here
      http://www.westwoodpub.com/index.php?...
      I havent been, but it looks what you describe

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      1. re: DINRO007

        "There is a good mexican place on the west side of Glendon right pst Kinross but I cant remember the name."

        Acapulco (good may be disputable)

      2. If you are going to there at Happy Hour then Palomino in the Village would be a pretty good choice. Also Napa Valley Grill might be a nice choice for a Happy Hour type of dinner. I like their food but haven't tried their HH.

        http://www.palomino.com/page/home

        http://www.napavalleygrille.com/

        1. Go to Nook.

          There is not much worth eating in Westwood.

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          Nook Bistro
          11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. The Apple Pan. No beer but great pie.

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            Apple Pan
            10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064