name pays homage to writer and LA fixture Charles Bukowski, who Time Magazine
once famously dubbed the ‘laureate of American lowlife.’ Bukowski was notorious for his penchant for alcohol, often patronizing bars in his native Los Angeles
. Barkowski – a retro bar decorated with black tile, red vinyl, and framed quotes from Bukowski’s poetry – may be a touch classier than the places the author frequented. However, it still manages to maintain a likable, dive-y feel. Come for the extensive beer selection, minimal food, and all the fixings of a solid local bar.