This month's Los Angeles Magazine has a section on LA's Best New Bars. While there are bars I have never been to and never plan on going to, props to Los Angeles for including three great bars that I really enjoy on the list.
Hyperion Tavern is a bar that I just love. Its a bit hard to find the first time (no signage on a dark street), but once you are there, you will love it. It's the kind of place where you show up alone and leave with tons of friends. We stopped by there one night after checking out a show at Spaceland
and ending up in a congo line. No joke. The place is a no frills
blast and I might add, my favorite bathroom in all of Los Angeles.
It is also home of the fabled Guitar Hero Wednesday nights.
Another bar on the list, Edison, has become a favorite of mine for after work on a Friday when its still just lawyers and other government employees exploring the vastness of the space and unwinding from the week. Come 9 or 10 pm, the place is a nightmare.
The last pick I was happy with is a Culver City bar called Vinum Populi. The place is right next to the Italian restaurant Ugo and is essentially a self serve wine bar. I like wine a lot, but don't know exactly what I like in a wine. Vinum Populi is perfect for wine beginners like me. You get a self serve card and you can walk around trying wine from 1 ounce wine dispensers.
Los Angeles Magazine Best New Bars in LA:
Best Post Rehab Cocktail: Winston's, West Hollywood
Best Damn Dive, Period: R Bar, Koreatown
Best Homespun Hospitality: Seven Grand, Downtown
Best Fermented Malt: The Village Idiot, Hollywood
Best Place to Get Lit: Edison, Downtown
Best Totalitarian Barware: Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood
Best New Concept: Vinum Populi, Culver City
Best City Sanctuary: X Bar, Century City
Best Neighborhood Hideaway: Hyperion Tavern, Silverlake
Best Business Write-Off: Sidebar, Beverly Hills