Planted under a Super 8 Motel, in a less glitzy part of Hollywood, the White Horse Inn nevertheless gets a cute young crowd mixed in with local lushes. It's a great place to "take over" for birthday parties thanks to ample seating, pool tables and the owner's penchant for food spreads (cookies, candy, cakes, crackers, chips and even hot dogs are put out nightly, all free). The place saw a remodel after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and drink prices went up accordingly (from $5 to $8). Hence the Horse lost some of its regulars. But for those who still trot in religiously, its family rec room-like setup - filled with neon light, mismatched furniture and photos of the place's favorite customers and hardest partiers - makes it a casual alternative to Hollywood's social swirl only a few blocks westward.
The Place: White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge: 1532 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 462-8088.
The Hours: Every day from 6pm to 2am.
The Digs: It is red inside. Very, very red. The ceiling is chec... More »