Credit: Eric Futran

The Michelada

at Big Star
1531 N. Damen

Go in the day, when it’s not so impossibly crowded, find a seat at the bar, and treat yourself to an impeccably made version of this summer refresher: Tecate, lime, and house-made hot sauce, served in a salt-rimmed glass over ice. Kitty Wells on the hi-fi seals the deal. Cash only.