Since we know not every place can be great. I'll start with a couple of L.A. "hotspots" that are boring and pretentious, an L.A. Standard, which leads to my first 2 picks: 1. The Standard (Downtown) - severely overrated. The staff is inattentive and arrogant, drinks are overpriced and watered down, nearly no one is having a genuinely good time, and the roof is not nearly as cool as the magazines are saying. Having said that, at least the downtown doesn't have the offensive doorwoman who decides who's hot and who's not at 2. The Sunset Standard. BTW, once you get inside, you'll wonder what the fuss was all about. Ooohhh, a woman in a box. So subversive, so chic. 3. Miyagi's on Sunset. There is no cover, and the sushi is passable, but the place is sliding irrevocably downhill, with "cholos" and "homies" trying to pick up unattractive women with guts spilling out of their halters (maybe everyone deserves love, but I'm not betting on it), and white guys in shorts and sandals desperately trying to look comfortable outside a sports bar. Frequent your neighbourhood pub instead, and save your money to go shopping. Trust me, the fifty plus dollars you'd spend would be better off buying you a new belt or some socks.