There’s no mistaking this small downtown craft beer bar as pretentious, especially when it inexplicably touts itself as “the dumbest bar in L.A.” A working Garfield the cat phone, wood panel walls and a Tapper arcade game make up the décor for a chill 1970s neighborhood bar vibe. A rotating selection of rare and interesting craft beer, wine and cider—follow them on social media for an updated tap list—are served along with simple bar bites like sandwiches and charcuterie.
The Drink to Drink: Even though it’s more about beer here than cocktails, the warmer weather calls for the Frosé O’Donnell, the bar’s take on the frozen rosé. Available all summer, it’s made with rosé, fresh watermelon and white grapefruit juices, and orange blossom water, topped with Peychaud’s bitters and served frozen.
Know Before You Go: Ask the bartenders, “What’s good here?” and they’ll key you into which beers they’re most excited about on the short draft list. Occasionally, they pick up kegs from breweries that don’t even have distribution yet, like Topa Topa Brewing Company up in Ventura, about 70 miles outside of Los Angeles.