The Little Friend is the Westside iteration of The Friend in Silver Lake, and unlike most sequels that get made in this town, this one is actually worth checking out. Located directly behind Sunny Spot in Venice, like the name implies, this place is tiny (there’s just a row of seats and a small bar in the back), but if you’re into dancing the night away beneath the glimmer of a disco ball, Little Friend will fast become your new favorite spot. The DJs change nightly, but expect a mix of ’90s hip hop, Top 40, and plenty of ABBA.
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Bar Tiki Tiki
Bar Tiki Tiki in Long Beach is a bar hidden inside ANOTHER bar that actually feels like a well-kept secret.
The 4th Horseman
The 4th Horseman is a horror-themed Long Beach bar of apocalyptic proportions - expect blood, guts, and great craft beer.
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Gjelina in Venice is one of LA’s most iconic restaurants, but it also doesn’t feel nearly as special as it did when it opened.
We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
For outstanding pasta on the Westside, look no further than Felix on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
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