The Black Cat in Silver Lake is the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure date spot. You can either sit in the back and enjoy a full ricotta gnocchi dinner while enthralled in a conversation about how humans will eventually neoevolve themselves into a new species, or quickly escape from the bar after one drink when they say that their favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. Either way, it’ll be a good time, and you’ll obviously be going next door to Pine and Crane after.
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The Satellite is an Eastside staple and the best place to grab a few drinks and watch people like Beck become superstars.
If you’re in the mood to experience the alternative underbelly of the Eastside gay scene, The Eagle is a night like no other.
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Stout is a burger and beer bar with good food and a low-key space that provides a needed break from the chaos of downtown Santa Monica.
Mon Li is a $150 cocktail omakase in Malibu, with things like mole old fashioneds and sea sponge negronis.
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Mh Zh is a Mediterranean spot in Sunset Junction and home to some of the prettiest (and most delicious) food you’ll find on the Eastside.
Freedman’s is a fantastic comfort food spot in Silver Lake that’s good for everything from a first date to a life-saving reuben with your roommate.
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