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Night Life: A toast to Los Feliz's new bar scene

July 24, 2010 | 10:02 am

Los Feliz is in need of fresh blood. In the last year or so, two of Los Feliz's nightlife landmarks closed their doors: Tangiers and the longtime swing-dancing standard, the Derby.

There's not much left of the old Los Feliz scene now except for the Dresden, a stalwart of '70s décor down to its lounge stars Marty and Elayne, such permanent fixtures they might be retrofitted for the Big One.

But a few new and upcoming establishments are oxygenating the neighborhood, tapping the sweet spot of urban professionals, increasingly affluent but far from shedding their East-of-Hollywood cool.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo: The new wine bar from Dustin Lancaster, a longtime Cafe Stella bartender, has been a hit in the neighborhood since opening in early July. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times