Metro Bus 207 - Western Ave/5th Street
Tucked away behind the classic Cocktails sign on Western Blvd. is a little dive bar where the drinks are cold, the people are friendly, and the lights are dark. Local watering holes should all be like this.
Cheap beer and drinks?
Kitschy drink glasses?
Regulars playing pool in the back?
Flashy dart board in the middle of the action?
Jukebox with everything from Jimmy Buffet, to Abba1, to No Doubt?
Bus stops nearby2 so that you don't have to worry about parking or a DUI?
Check and check.
A big screen TV in the corner plays sports when there is a game on and Jeopardy when there is nothing else to watch. Frank 'n Hank's bartender, Snow, will remember your favorite drink (and pour it strong), help you find something to eat (no bar food here, not even peanuts), warn you about parking in the lot next door (not a problem when you take the bus), and walk out for a cigarette break with the rest of the regulars.
There isn’t a theme to the bar or the customers. Come in your work clothes or wearing jeans and a t-shirt. You can walk in with twenty bucks and walk out a few drinks and a few hours happier. There aren't many places in LA where you can do that.
1If you select Dancing Queen, prepare to be teased mercilessly by the regulars.
2Local busses stop right at the corner, or walk a few blocks south to Wilshire/Western for the subway or the rapid 720