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10 Hollywood Dives You Should Know About

Guest of a Guest     First Posted: 07/20/10 07:04 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:05 PM ET

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By Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick

We can all agree that Los Angeles is a swanky city. Most places you go are naturally pristine and glamorous, one of the city's hallmarks. On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of places are intentionally greasy, like some Silver Lake hairline. Things are either far too pretty or far too dirty: both are facades to create a sense of "cool," "swank."

Such airs are common and, even though different, are essentially the same. This gets you to thinking: do real grungy places exist in Hollywood? Do dive bars even exist out here? Well, yes and no.

Real dive bars do exist; but, like all things L.A., they are primped to a certain degree. Thus, we've compiled a list of ten Hollywood dives you should know about, in order of least divey to most divey. All of these places are very intimate, nearly standing room-only, bars that are fairly affordable and definitely all have their own characteristics. If you want a low key drink, don't want too much pretense, these are places you can go to where it's possible everyone may know your name.

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A dive with a makeover, The Woods is the gem of a North La Brea strip mall. Sandwiched between a liquor store and a Middle Eastern restaurant, the place is very unassuming and mysterious. Inside though, you will find a very cool place. With wooden walls and a warm candle light glow, this place is occasionally the stomping ground for some celebrities, decent DJs, and a seemingly homeless man who sells bunny rabbits outside. The drinks are good and reasonably priced and you're guaranteed to have a good time. But don't let the outdoorsy title and dive nature let you get too casual: they're very strict on dress code and behavior.

The Woods
1533 N La Brea
Hollywood, CA 90028
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