Other good ones: Joe Josts in LB (complete and utter dive - "schooner and a special please"), Curlys in LB/Signal Hill (another dive with a great burger), Hoolihan's (now closed) in LB, J Sloans in Hollywood (this was quite the place in the late '80's/early '90's).
Now if I am driving I don't drink at all as I have too much to lose (i.e. my family). But I love a good Irish pub or German bierhaus (Hofbrau). And the Penalty Box is very cool if you can get in there. Got a great local Irish place in the Pacific NW (no joke this is the name): Shawn O'Donnell's. Best burger in town and best Guiness pour around.