You've been overpaying for drinks. And parking.
What you're missing is Grady's, a one-room bar with a sprinkling of Hollywood types, where you can play pool, listen to music, and drink all day without diving too far into your wallet. It's casual, but not to a fault, and extremely unpretentious. The cluster of locals who flock there week after week will welcome you rather than snub you, in a way that will make you rethink your idea of typical Los Angeles behavior.
The room is well lit and the decor is a random scattering of artifacts. TV screens bookend the bar and show sporting events or the evening news.
Although largely unknown, a typical Friday can be standing room only. Stone Temple Pilots will play on the jukebox and your drinks will cost less than parking at the erstwhile Dublins. Long time bartender "Sir William" will make you feel at home even when the guy you're bumping elbows with is the drummer from Rush.
Grady's is located at 4108 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Parking is free.