Most nights, the Redwood Bar & Grill is the watering hole for the Los Angeles Times staff, whose headquarters are right down the street. (Legend holds that John F. Kennedy also drank here.) These days, it’s a retro theme — a very retro theme — that sets the Redwood apart: A pirate-themed bar that will make you want to party like it’s 1799. For grub, swashbucklers can light into such brigand favorites as fish and chips. Yo ho.

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