Simmzy’s is pretty much a SoCal chain these days, but the Burbank location is great because it’s huge. Also, it’s a five-minute drive from whatever major Burbank studio you’ve been slaving away in all day. The beach-themed restaurant/bar has a weekday happy hour from 4pm-7pm, surprisingly good bar food, and a laid-back atmosphere that you can actually unwind in with every other studio worker in the Valley.
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Sushi Nishi-Ya might have a weird location on the Glendale/Burbank border, but this is an omakase experience worth driving for.
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Brewco Manhattan Beach
BrewCo is as good of a neighborhood beer bar/casual restaurant as you’ll probably ever find.
Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower is a Financial District restaurant where everything is over the top, but done right. Use it for pretty much anything, from date night to dinner with your boss. And whatever you do, get a cocktail or two.
Barney's original location in West Hollywood still has that old-school charm and vibe you want.
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Laurel Tavern is fantastic neighborhood bar/restaurant smack in the heart of Ventura Blvd.
Catcher In The Rye
Catcher In The Rye is a literary-themed bar/restaurant in Toluca Lake and where everybody goes with their boss after work.
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