L at First Ave.
This venue is closed.
Seemingly every nightspot on Loisaida Avenue pledges allegiance to a different nationóGermany, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, and so onóbut this one’s just a little bit country: Americana and jazz performers play nightly, including Kerouac collaborator David Amram and stride pianist Terry Waldo. Because the treehouse-like perch is one of the smallest in the city, there are just a few stools and tables plus a tiny wooden bleacher in the back, while vintage photos of banjo-pickers serve as the sole decorations. A mix of Tecate-clutching jam-scene survivors, wannabe mountaineers, and the occasional Southern-accented suit carve space in the SRO crowd by swing dancing and do-si-do-ing. On quieter nights, when folkies croon, it’s easier to park at the small, noodle-shaped bar and deal cards for a game of Rook while sipping from bottles of Keegan’s Mother’s Milk Stout or Victory Hop Devil.Namesake
The bar was named after the owner's husband, a banjo player killed in a tragic freeway accident.
Daily, 7pm-2am (check website; times vary)
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.