Page 71 Lounge Mixes Up Cocktails and Music in a Sleek Environment

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BY ANA KACZMAREK Imagine your favorite dive bar. The bartender knows the regulars and will offer up the perfect drink to a newbie. There’s 80s music pumping you into a state of nostalgic euphoria. There’s plenty of room to sit and chat, a place … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Black Market Ups the Bar for Cocktails and Eats in the San Fernando Valley

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Black Market on opening night. It replaces the longstanding Wine Bistro. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG This week Studio City saw the arrival of Black Market Liquor Bar, a new cocktail driven eatery which replaced the decades old Wine Bistro. Gutted from floor to ceiling, the space is unrecognizable and now stands with vaulted brick … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday: Where to touch down for TV, drinks and pub grub in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Super Bowl is this weekend — where will you be? Here's a list of sports bars and gastropubs in the east and west San Fernando Valley.   March Madness and Baseball are just around the corner, so keep this list handy for your … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Prohibition Pubs, Update on a Pop Up, Pajama Night, Jamba Juice Deal, New Casual Eateries

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The Federal Bar in North Hollywood is slated to open January 27.  Photo: Courtesy The Federal

BY KAREN YOUNG A Prohibition Trend? The Edison started it in a big way downtown a couple years ago, but it seems to finally be filtering into the 818. A couple months ago, The Local Peasant started the bandwagon with its “prohibition” and … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: A New "Eat Pub" Goes Local in the 818

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Fish & Chips

BY KAREN YOUNG We're getting into step in the 818 as the tavern/pub movement slowly grows.  The latest is The Local Peasant, which replaced Cozy's in Sherman Oaks. Currently in its soft opening, the paint is barely dry and the signage isn't yet up … [Read more...]

Eight-hour Gastropub Happy Hour at Mad Bull's Tavern

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BY KAREN YOUNG As the gastropub movement explodes throughout Los Angeles, the 818 is just starting to move into the scene. The latest newbie is Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks which replaced the longstanding Amazon Bar and Grill — and what a … [Read more...]

Tony's Darts Away: The ultimate dive bar with a twist

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Bringing the cool to Burbank.  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG What if I told you that there is a  dive bar with free wi-fi serving a partial vegan menu with the world’s most addictive potato chips, insanely good sweet potato fries, delicious sausages and some of the best California craft beer … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the 2010 World Cup in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Beginning June 11 and running through July 11, 32 nations will gather at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.  Sports bars and restaurants all over Los Angeles will be opening their doors for … [Read more...]

Sports Bars and Restaurants for March Madness and Beyond

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Barney's Beanery.

BY KAREN YOUNG It’s Spring and that means March Madness — and in another blink — baseball.  In the spirit of the season, this is for the men who love sports, the women who love sports, and for those who don’t care for sports and just want … [Read more...]

Microbrewery blends with bistro inspired fare at Ladyface Ale Companie

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Mussels and fries. Photos:

BY BOBBI RUBINSTEIN When I return home from a city with a pub culture, I’m sad that we don’t have something similar. Then Ladyface Ale Companie - Alehouse & Brasserie opened in Agoura Hills and I knew I’d found my hangout. This … [Read more...]