West Hollywood may be home to some of the trendiest restaurants and clubs in the city. But if you look hard enough, you can also find a few dive bars scattered about. Here are some of the best dives in WeHo.
The Dime: How far will a place like The Dime go to retain its dive bar coolness? Well when you consider the fact that its website ends in .net, then that's a pretty good start. The Dime is a small, hipster hangout located on Fairfax, right across the street from Canter's. If you blink you might miss it, which is probably why those who drink there love the fact that The Dime is somewhat of a hidden gem. The mood is always casual, the drinks are always strong, and if you happen to pop in on a weekend, you'll be treated to some old-school 80s and 90s hip-hop. The Dime may not have a jukebox, but it does have DJs every Saturday.
442 N. Fairfax Ave., 90036; 323-651-4421
St. Nick's Pub: Although it's located in West Hollywood, St. Nick's somehow avoids the hipster types and manages to maintain a dive-y atmosphere that's especially good if you're a sports fan. The bartenders have a no-nonsense demeanor, the jukebox spins mostly grunge-era rock, and the clientele consists of people just looking for a cold beer and a TV tuned to ESPN.
8450 W. 3rd St., 90048; 323-655-6917
Snake Pit Alehouse: Despite the fact that it was recently remodeled after nearly burning to the ground last year, Snake Pit still has many of the traditional dive bar aesthetics. It's small and dingy, has that perpetual look and feel of being “lived in”, and includes both a jukebox as well as an old school Pac-Man arcade game. But unlike most dive bars, which tend to be hunkered away in some seedy neighborhood, Snake Pit is located on Melrose Avenue – the heart of L.A.'s shopping district. Which is why it's such a rare find. Take a stroll down Melrose and you'll see lots of high-end restaurants, but few places where you can sit down with a plate of nachos and an ice-cold glass of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Snake Pit has also got pizza, burgers, salads, pasta, fajitas, chicken wings, and over 20 beers on tap. You can check out which ones by visiting www.snakepitalehouse.com.
7529 Melrose Ave., 90046; 323-653-2011