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Playboy's Best Bars 2013
  • June 20, 2013 : 07:06
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In this era of hand-carved ice, house-made bitters and $50 shots of microbatch bourbon, it’s hard to get anything approaching a bad drink. We’re thrilled about that, but the downside of the cocktail revolution is too many cookie-cutter pseudo-speakeasies lorded over by know-it-all mixologists who’ve replaced simple drinking with too much thinking. To cut through the pretense, we perched on stools across the ­country--at old standbys and groundbreaking ­newcomers--to bring you the best bars for your buck.

L.A.’s original craft-beer mecca is still the place to beat. We prefer the newer, Culver City location (pictured) for its spacious ­patio and long, sleek bar tricked out with an array of taps loaded with some of the best microbrews in the United States. The house burger is perfect beer food and justly regarded as one of the finest in town.
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