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Aug 7, 2013 11:23 AM

Where do you go to grab, a drink, sit at the bar, etc (no mixology, but there has to be cocktails and mixed drinks, beers, i guess too) (that Hal's post had me thinking).


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  1. I really like the Happy Hour at Frida in BH and the bartenders, Carl and Roxi, are great!

    1. I really like the bar at Stella Barra in Santa Monica. Best to go early, it gets crowded.

        1. Thanks Thor.

          Now I'm hitting up Tanas way way way too much. Drinks are tiny but slightly stiff. And of those shrimp Parms. And those homemade tasting French fries are some of the very very very very best I have had in years upon years upon years.

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          1. re: kevin

            Yeah, well, you gotta join me at Vito, a bar I frequent way too often. Best martini's on the westside (equal to Dan Tana's for half the price).

            1. re: yogachik

              are you talking about the restaurant on ocean park or another vito?

              1. re: westsidegal

                Yeah. Vito's on Ocean Park.

                You coming too, WG ?

                Have you been before ????

                1. re: kevin

                  it's definitely within my territory!
                  went there for dinner decades ago.
                  never tried their bar.
                  this thursday, though, i'll be in san jose ( a city where i've experienced a range of mediocre food at pretty high prices).

              2. re: yogachik

                shoot, i think the other part of the thread got erased.

                oh, well.

            2. i know you said "no mixology," but having gone to the tasting kitchen for the first time recently, if i was in that area, that is absolutely the first place i would go for a cocktail, no matter how simple.

              the drinks there are just that good. friendly bartenders, too.

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                1. re: linus

                  ok, i'll still hit up tasting kitchen too, linus.

                  so far, my top two right now are tana's and musso's. both non-mix, and both i quite like, though it's pricey, it must be said.

                  thanks man, i trust your drink knowledge.

                  anyway, you can let me know the name of the joint that you hit up with the great bartender, i think you were the one that mentioned it a few weeks back. (?)