Coming up for air from grad school and coupledom...and trying to get my groove back.
Want to find some cool bars/lounges where there's a mix of folks, people of color and white folks, and not all college aged kids, 30's and 40 y.o.'s would be great. Of course, excellent food is a bonus, but good drinks, either beer/wine and/or well-mixed, strong cocktails and a fun atmosphere (either subdued or festive, you pick your version of fun) is what I'm looking for. Anywhere in LA city proper is fine.
Any suggestions? And if it's a place you frequent, what nite(s) of the week are best (i.e., least touristy, least college/frat loudness/drunkenness)?