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Sep 26, 2007 01:23 PM

East Side Inexpensive Loungy Recs? Oh please - for the love of god and all that is holy - HELP!

I need you all like never before. I vow to give my first born up to anyone that can help me in this time of need. My BF of 8 years is turning the ripe age of 27 next Wednesday. The following weekend, Friday Oct. 5th, I have the responsibility of throwing a birthday shindig for him and about 20-30 of his friends. Grant it most of them are either students, just getting their careers started or are struggling artists/musicians. What does this mean? It usually means taco trucks and PBR but I would like it to fit that type of budget but be more...much more. I'm thinking maybe small plates or bar food. Maybe a place that has items you can buy ala carte. These guys aren't really foodies but I'm sure would appreciate more than cold fries and greasy pizza. We like our drinks strong and cheap as well. People will be trickling in and out all throughout the night so reserving a table won't work. We also need a place that can stay open late and is located centrally between North Hollywood, Silver Lake and Pasadena. I'm screwed aren't I? Oh please - help!!!

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  1. It's kind of a tough call because there really aren't any places that have both small plates and cheap drinks...but here's a few ideas.
    Go to the new Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, buy everyone hot dogs from the hot dog cart on the patio and take a cake with you. There are some very promising taco trucks in the area as well...
    Grab a table at the Red Lion and let people mill around it throughout the evening, order some sausage plates to snack on.
    I'm trying to think of some sort of kitschy and fun places around Burbank but not thinking of anything except the Smoke House...anyone?
    Have it at the York and splurge a little...

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      That's actually a good idea. I don't mind laying down a little cash and buy a bunch of appetizers for people to munch on all night. That way they can buy their drinks and eat free food. Now my only thing is ordering something that can stay out at room temperature for a while so I guess fried foods would be out. I'm thinking Hollywood, Silverlake or Echo Park areas. We really only have one couple coming from Pasadena and they can just hop on the 110. Most everyone lives in North Hollywood and Silverlake. Do places care if you bring a cake in? I guess cupcakes would be better that way you don't have to deal with plates and utensils.

      1. re: missmodular818

        You should call ahead about bringing a cake. I think a bar that doesn't serve food or dessert might be cooler about it than a restaurant that serves its own desserts, but some are ok with it.
        Hate to be a broken record but Malo seems to work well for these sorts of gatherings.
        I had a birthday at the Prince in Koreatown which was lots of fun -- cool vintage decor, interesting Korean snacks, etc.

        1. re: missmodular818

          "Late Night Happy Hours" seem to be popping up all over town, though none in the Silverlake area come to mind.........................

          LA CANTINA, McCormick & Schmicks and "Hollywood Hills Bar & Restaurant at 1145 N Vermont in Los Feliz" are some that I see mentioned.

          Ciudad , downtown, has $4 drinks from 9 to midnight on Fri & Sat. , info on their website

          1. re: jillso

            Bah! Why not? How about in Hollywood? Anything? Anything?

      2. Get to Magnolia on Lake in pasadena during happy hour and order a bunch of food at hh prices, and a bunch of drinks on hh prices, and save some for people as they trickle in. Getting there early means you can stake out an area for your group, although 20/30 is a lot and Magnolia is not that big of a place, but they do stay open late.

        1. My first rec would be Cha Cha Cha in Silver Lake. They definitely do small plates but their portions are large so it can all be stretched out. Plus, it's not expensive to begin with anyway. Throw in a $20 pitcher of sangria and I'm chillin' like ice cream fillin'.

          Cha Cha Cha
          656 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Oh that is weird! I was just on their website about 2.3 seconds ago. Definitely a contender. I've never been there so how is their food? What kind of food do they serve? It doesn't list on their website. Anyone eaten there?

            1. re: missmodular818

              I think the food at Cha Cha Cha is great; it's a popular local spot, fun laid-back vibe. It's Caribbean.

              Here's some pics from when I went for brunch one morning:

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                Oops! Got that confused with Cha Cha Lounge also in Silver Lake. I guess that is just a bar. Not sure if they have food.

                  1. re: rds246

                    Ha ha! Free M&M's people! That might might not be enough substance for lots of boozing. We need carbs and lots of them dammit! he he

          2. I live in SL and here's where I use to go on my bdays (in my 20's):

            Mexico City
            Palermo's (you can get a big table)

            Also been to a lot of parties at Electric Lotus -- Indian (not my fav)

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            1. re: Silverlaker

              I believe THE BIG FOOT LODGE on Los Feliz is your answer. It's convenient to Silver Lake obviously and just off the 5 for the Valley folks. Or you might look into the popular new THE GRIFFIN right across the street.

              1. re: wutzizname

                The Big Foot Lodge doesn't have food, however.

            2. The YORK,
              In Highland Park is fantastic...soooo many beers to choose from at a great price.
              Lots of little tid bits to eat and a really good burger. Super Casual, but clean, and relaxed without feeling like you need to disinfect yourself after wards.
              Give em a call ahead a time and I'm sure they'd be happy to help y'all figur something out.
              Have fun!!!

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              1. re: tatertotsrock

                Oh, also the RED LION INN in SL -- classic place for a guy's bday.

                1. re: tatertotsrock

                  I love divey seedy joints though. I always carry anti-bacteria hand gels and my own toilet seat covers.

                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                    FYI - the York is a complete ZOO on wknd. nights. Might be too crowded to enjoy yourselves.