My Valley pals introduced this place to me a few months ago, and I wasn't disappointed. The bartenders might have one foot in the grave, but they still know how to pour a beer or mix a drink. The ambiance is a throwback to a rumpus room in a 1970's Ohio basement. The jukebox has something for everyone. There's a steady influx of hipsters, including plenty of pretty young ladies who are actually willing to talk to guys (*gasp*)! A note to newcomers: don't stand in front of the unmarked door toward the back, waiting for someone to come out... it's a supply closet, not a bathroom!
Pros: Hip, low-key, cheap
Cons: well, if you don't already live in the Valley, then you're looking at a schlep.