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Formosa Cafe, Los Angeles

7156 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles , California
Tel: 323 850 9050's insider take:

Across the street from the former Goldwyn Studio, this boxy red bar with an ersatz Chinese interior has been a favorite drinking spot for decades. There's still an air of bygone glamour; more than 200 black-and-white photos of celebrities who've graced the place line the walls, and the bar is still used as an occasional movie location (a scene from L.A. Confidential was shot here). When an encroaching development threatened to raze Formosa a few years ago, the outcry of fans kept it from becoming a parking lot.

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