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October 22, 2014 6:14 PM   Subscribe

Help me find a good LA spot for a birthday shindig!

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I sent out a general Facebook "save-the-date" invite, but now I need to find a venue. This is just a general gathering (think mass-invite) to make merry with friends, so there's no sit-down dinner or anything involved.

I'm looking for a bar or lounge or something that is not too demanding (really restrictive dress code or cover), and neat themes or fun stuff like photo booths are also appreciated. If the place has a back room or something that I can reserve that'd also be good--not everyone will fit, but it'd be nice to have at least a small section just for us. I considered Golden Road--which would be about as casual as I'd want it to get--and EightyTwo, Thirsty Crow, Bar Covell, etc. Someplace like Perch is probably too expensive/too much hassle. I thought I'd ask the hivemind for suggestions.

So what's your favorite hangout or place to chill? Any suggestions in the Glendale/Eagle Rock/Silverlake/Los Feliz/Downtown area are welcome!
posted by sprezzy to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
All Star Lanes!
posted by mykescipark at 6:33 PM on October 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Must

La Cita

The Edison (though they do have a dress code)
posted by heisenberg at 8:40 PM on October 22, 2014

Mohawk Bend in Echo Park (Same owner as Golden Road)
posted by penpenne at 9:12 PM on October 22, 2014

Bar Eighty-two for pinball and arcade hipstery-ness
posted by egeanin at 10:33 PM on October 22, 2014

The Cat and the Fiddle is closing in December. If I were having a birthday between now and then, I'd do it there for old time's sake.

The Edendale is a great spot for a calmer get-together.

Do people still go to the 4100 Bar?

El Cid is a classic.
posted by incessant at 11:55 PM on October 22, 2014 [3 favorites]

The Tiki-ti for maximum tiki fun and tropical-ish drinks!
posted by chicainthecity at 8:57 AM on October 23, 2014

The Cha Cha in Silver Lake is fun, and across the street from the Red Lion if anyone gets a craving for German comfort food.
posted by mirepoix at 6:01 PM on October 23, 2014

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