Great American Bar Search: Los Angeles

Maxim is on the hunt for the country’s best watering holes. This month, let’s inject our faces with collagen, paint our skin orange, and try to make it in L.A.!
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Maxim is on the hunt for the country’s best watering holes. This month, let’s inject our faces with collagen, paint our skin orange, and try to make it in L.A.!
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Maxim is on the hunt for the country’s best watering holes. This month, let’s inject our faces with collagen, paint our skin orange, and try to make it in L.A.! Your endless cab ride starts here:

11 a.m. 326 Bar, Farmers Market

Doors open early (nine!) at this beer bar, stall 326 in the open-air food and drink mecca that is the Farmers Market. Grab a bite from a nearby vendor to start the day right: gassy and satisfied.

1 p.m. Neptune’s Net

Zip up the PCH to Malibu for a chance to glimpse Jennifer Aniston strolling in the sand. When that definitely doesn’t happen, drown your sorrows in suds and fried seafood at this casual roadside joint with unobstructed beach views.

4 p.m. Brü Haus

This Westside beer drinkers’ paradise offers a ton of imports as well as some unusual local brews. Soak ’em all up with a giant soft pretzel.

6 p.m. El Carmen

Do you enjoy cheap margaritas, overstuffed burritos, and sexy actresses? (Your purchase of this magazine suggests the answer is “yes” on all counts.) Welcome to your personal trifecta.

8 p.m. The Thirsty Crow

Go to arty Silver Lake to try one of 40 small-batch bourbons and chat up cute hipster chicks about their tattoos and erstwhile design careers.

10 p.m. The Prince

This oddball former steakhouse has served as a set for Mad Men (red booths, fussy oil paintings), but the menu is loaded with deep-fried chicken and dare-you-to-eat-it shit like pig intestines.

12 a.m. Frank ’n Hank

A “terrible” (according to one regular) jukebox, cheesy electric darts, a serviceable pool table, and good drink deals: This little-known Koreatown gem is an oasis in a sea of douchery. Beat it, Seacrest!

Snort This!

Russian River Blind Pig IPA

Russian River saves Sonoma County, California from being a wasteland of wine snobs by cranking out some of the world’s best IPAs. This one’s got huge hops perfectly balanced by malt and citrus. We downed ours with some pork belly sammies. Oink!

To see our favorites bars in other cities--including New York, Dallas, Austin, and Atlanta--check out more Great American Bar Search.