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Food

A Sampling of Burbank Bars

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Burbank is not exactly known for its nightlife. Most people head into Hollywood and Los Feliz when the weekend comes. But Burbank is not completely devoid of watering holes should the need for a stiff drink or a little bit of entertainment hit you midweek.

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(More after the jump)

Mr B

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Mr B is a steakhouse, but the main focus of the bar is live music. This little joint feels like a home away from home. Everybody seems to be a regular. On Tuesday night blues jams and Thursday nights with the house band The Jimmy Spencer and Karen Hernandez Trio (who also encourage jamming and guest vocalists) you feel lucky to have stumbled into such a place. You get the impression that if you were more up on things, the musicians who show up to jam on both nights are probably legends. Every once in awhile someone will validate that feeling by gesturing to an ancient trumpet player and saying something like, "Thank you! From the Desi Arnez Band, ladies and gentleman!" The bartender pours with a heavy hand. But God forbid you should give her the impression you are making fun of her, by doing something as stupid, as, say, taking a photo of your vodka-cran because you are so impressed at how pale it is. As she puts it, "I LOVE people, if you are good to me. If not, I am the devil. Can you spell it? D-E-V-I-L." But during this particular lecture from the bartender last night, a big guy got up and started singing the Hawaiian War Chant with the band. So smile big at the bartender. Tip big. It is worth the risk of incurring the wrath of the devil for drinks this strong and entertainment this good. 1333 N. Hollywood Way (818) 845-1800

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Oh no, don't bother getting up...it's cool

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Dig that crazy wallpaper.

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No, I mean really - DIG IT.

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The Blue Room

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This bar would be teeming with hipsters if it were only in the vicinity of Sunset Junction. Lounge chic never got any cooler than the trippy turquoise interior. There is a back patio for smoking, and they are open until 2am. 916 S San Fernando Blvd (323) 849-2779

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This elephant was a gift to the owner. The gun symbolizes the freeway shootings that were going on at the time and the ring is the circle of life. Seriously.

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Michaels

Michael's is a restaurant/bar that has karaoke on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Their menu is a merging of Michael's American bistro food and the menu from the now-defunct Mardi Gras restaurant. It is a pretty down-to-earth clientele, with the focus on silly fun. It is definitely not a meat market. You could bring your boss or your mom here. They serve food until 11pm, so you can get a gator po'boy with your drink. They have Bass on tap, which is all I really need. Monday Through Friday 11:30am to 2:00am Saturday 4:00pm to 2:00pm Sunday 4:00pm to 10:00pm 2825 West Olive Ave. (818) 842-3700

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Dimples

I imagine if I had hung out with the popular kids in high school or joined a sorority, this is the kind of place we would have gone to party. If you are a super-attractive twenty-something looking for some action, this is the place for you. If you get up on stage, make sure you don't mind your drunken karaoke broadcast on a giant jumbotron over Olive Blvd, and ending up on public access cable. The decor is cool, kind of like The Pitcher House in Redondo, and the owner is friendly. They serve appetizers, but by the time my bar crawl hit this joint they were just about closing up. 3413 West Olive Avenue (818) 842-2336

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I'd call that a bargain.

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They only have one stall in the ladies room, which is shocking for a place this size with such a young (prone to vomiting) clientele. When you look up, this is what is hanging over your head as you pee. So don't do any coke in the stall, or OJ will probably bogart it. And then cut your head off. Just kidding. You don't have any coke.

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Other bars of note:

The Smokehouse
Extremely cool old-school lounge with live music along the lines of solo acoustics and pianists. Monday-Thursday: 11:30-4:00(Lunch) & 4:00-10:30(Dinner) Friday:11:30-4:00(Lunch) & 4:00-11:00 (Dinner)Saturday: 11:30-3:00(Lunch) & 3:00-11:00(Dinner) Sunday: 10:00-2:30(Brunch) & 3:00-9:00(Dinner). 4420 West Lakeside Drive (818) 845-3731

Tinhorn Flats
Open since 1939. Only open till 11pm, and 6pm on Sundays. Apparantly, there is some kind of "blue law" in Burbank that if you are in a residential neighborhood, you have to close down at 6pm on Sundays. This made the Chicago-heavy regulars hysterical when the Bears made the playoffs and they couldn't even watch the game at their Chicago bar. 2623 West Magnolia Blvd. (818) 567-2470

Moonshadow - A place to find girls who love girls. Pool table, patio, friendly bartenders, and a big dance floor with disco lights. Mon, Tues and Wed: 3pm - 1:30am Fri, Sat and Sunday: 1pm-1:30am 10437 Burbank Blvd. 818.508.7008

Bullet - A place to find boys who love boys - in leather. Patio, gay porn on the TV, theme nights! 10522 Burbank Boulevard.

All photos byElise Thompsonfor LAist