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Bars With WIFI: When Coffee Just Won’t Cut It

Being a freelance writer you develop a complex relationship with coffee shops. You don’t want to write at home with the temptation of the kitchen and your DVR, so you end up seeking out your local barista for that sugar-free, soy vanilla latte. The idea behind going to a coffee shop is that you will spend at least 1-2 hours writing. In the beginning, it’s great and it really works—you feel more productive and motivated to get things done. But after awhile you find yourself intensely analyzing the barista and every person who decides to use the bathroom. The next thing you know you’re Instagram trolling, which is of course a fun time in it of itself. But, work…

Recently, I was really stuck on a particular piece and I knew that my cold press wasn’t going to cut it; this was a job for alcohol. But finding a bar with free wifi wasn’t as easy as I thought. This made me think there had to many other freelance people who have ended up in this same predicament. Check the list below for the best bars on The Eastside to drink and work.



206 N Western Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90004


4:00pm – 12:00am M-F

12:00pm – 12:00am Sat & Sun

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Korea Town’s first craft beer bar has over 25 brews on tap. Menu items are “American / Asian fusion” ranging from Poutine & short rib nachos to start and traditional American bar foods like burgers and sliders. No liquor but a nice selection of Sake, Soju (Korean vodka) and Wine. While this place has a great sports bar vibe, probably don’t plan on writing your dissertation here.


MESSHALL – Los Feliz

4500 Los Feliz Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone number

(323) 660-6377


11:30am – 3:00pm & 4:00pm – 12:00am M-F

10:00 am – 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 1:30 am Sat

10:00 am – 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 12:00 am Sun


Known for their craft cocktails Messhall also has a nice craft beer and wine selection. In addition to a full lunch and dinner menu (brunch on the weekends) they also have raw bar with a daily selection of oysters from across the globe. This place has a great outdoor patio to enjoy the California sun while wrapping up the final details of your screenplay.


THE BLACK CAT – Silver Lake

3909 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90029


11:30am – 12am M-F

10:00am – 12:00am Sat & Sun


This full bar has a choice wine selection with happy hour 7 days a week from 4-6pm. The menu leans towards the tried-and-true traditional, serving mussels and salads with fresh ingredients. Brunch is served on the weekend from 10am – 4pm and features $5 Bloody Mary’s. The atmosphere is all about the art on the walls and dark booths making you feel like a serious writer who only has serious things to say.


JAYS BAR – Silver Lake

4321 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Phone number

(323) 666-1898


5:00pm – 2am M-F

11am – 2am Sat & Sun


This smaller sized location has a full bar with a decent selection of wine and draft beers. Jay’s sticks to classic bar food of burgers and sandwiches and if that doesn’t get you going, you can always pick up a slice from Garage Pizza(same owners) across the parking lot and enjoy at Jay’s. Then maybe take a writing break and take a shot. YOU DESERVE IT!



2141 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Phone number

(213) 483-2337


11:30am – 12:00am or later M-T

11:30am – 2:00am F

9:30am – 2:00am Sat

9:30am – 12:00am or later Sun

photo courtesy of instagram.com/mohawkla

Mohawk has 72 beers on draft, 6 stainless steel wine taps and a full bar with yummy craft cocktails. Menu is all fresh and locally sourced with a number of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. They also have a great patio, the perfect place for the dog-less to pet other peoples dogs.


THE ESCONDITE – Little Tokyo

410 Boyd St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone number

(213) 626-1800


12:00pm – 2:00am M-F

11:00am – 2:00am Sat

9:30am – 2:00am Sat


Not the healthiest menu but plenty of delicious burger and “sando” options. They also serve a killer brunch form 11-5pm on the weekend. Kitschy décor with a full bar and plenty of beers on draft, so if you are into bearded men, this is the perfect place to go and “put out the vibe”.


LITTLE BEAR – Arts District

1855 Industrial St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Phone number

(213) 622-8100


Brunch 10:00am – 3:00pm Sat & Sun

Lunch & Dinner 11:30am – 10:00pm M – F, 10am – 10pm Sat & Sun

Late Night 10:00pm – 12:00pm TH – Sat

Bar open till 2am everyday!

photo courtesy of instagram.com/littlebearla

The Little Bear is a café pouring Belgian Style Imported and Domestic beer on draft and from an extensive bottle list. The kitchen also showcases Belgian food favorites in an updated traditional style. They serve brunch from 10am-3pm on the weekends. I actually worked on my resume here while enjoying a nice Chardonnay.



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