The Little Friend is the Westside iteration of The Friend in Silver Lake, and unlike most sequels that get made in this town, this one is actually worth checking out. Located directly behind Sunny Spot in Venice, like the name implies, this place is tiny (there’s just a row of seats and a small bar in the back), but if you’re into dancing the night away beneath the glimmer of a disco ball, Little Friend will fast become your new favorite spot. The DJs change nightly, but expect a mix of ’90s hip hop, Top 40, and plenty of ABBA.
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Gran Blanco is a new bar next to the Venice Boardwalk with good food, great drinks, and a surprisingly chill crowd.
Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina is part motorcycle store, part cafe, part art gallery, and a great place to get some midday work done.
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Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar
Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar is an overpriced drinking spot in LAX that’s exactly what you need during an eight-hour layover.
Portuguese Bend Distillery
Portuguese Bend Distillery in Long Beach has a lot going for it, but you’re here for the amazing cocktails.
Bar Tiki Tiki
Bar Tiki Tiki in Long Beach is a bar hidden inside ANOTHER bar that actually feels like a well-kept secret.
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Gjelina in Venice is one of LA’s most iconic restaurants, but it also doesn’t feel nearly as special as it did when it opened.
We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
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