At the LaurelThirst, everybody knows your name, even if nobody can remember it. There's no premium here on being young, hip or relevant, but this Kerns neighborhood institution is as comfortable as your grandfather's cardigan. The decor looks as if it came out of a barn just before demolition, but the 17 beers on tap are cutting edge. You can get lots of veggie stuff, but what you really want is the plain old burger ($7) or the Cannonball, a bread bowl baked with garlic butter and filled with turkey chili ($6.75). NIGEL JAQUISS.
What to drink: Double Mountain IRA.
Happy hour: Daily drink specials 6-8 pm.
Entertainment: Mostly free live music, pool, pinball.