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Step into Union Station on Alameda Street and be immediately transported into the world of Dashiell Hammet or Raymond Chandler: It just smells of old pulp fiction. The train station, which was built in 1939, blends the art deco with Spanish style tilework and evokes a noirish world -- or at least Lifehouse's "You and Me" video (filmed here and at the Roosevelt).

Amid the hustle and bustle of the busy station is an watering hole oasis for travelers waiting for their Surfliner or various forms of public transportation (in LA no less!). The small Traxx bar is located across the main passenger thoroughfare from the restaurant, and on a recent Monday afternoon, LAist passed the time with a few drinks before catching a Northbound 6:30 p.m. train.

Commuters and hipsters in the nabe make up the majority of the bar's clientele. And unlike the blow-the-paycheck drinks at the downtown Standard or even Staples Center, the Traxx libations are nicely poured and reasonably priced -- from a $5 bottle of Corona to a $7 call drink like a Tanqueray and tonic.