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Dec 20, 2011 11:09 PM

Dive bar L.A.

Will be in Los Angeles in February. Yea, I like to put back a couple. Looking for a bar with nostalgia or not. Dark and crummy. But has good drinks and maybe some good eats, I was in downtown LA a couple months ago, Is there a Kings downtown. It was old. They had burgers,hot dogs etc.. A seperate smoking room . Your favorite dive. I am facinated.

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  1. Are you looking for someplace you'd be likely to run into Charles Bukowski? Are you looking downtown or does it matter? Have you been to Chez Jay's in Santa Monica?

    Chez Jay
    1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: Servorg

      I've always wanted to go to Chez Jay's just because of the exterior!

      1. re: Servorg

        Charles Bukowski would be good. It really doesn't matter. Just looking for places with a old school charm, as well as the people who visit their favorite watering whole.

        1. re: emglow101

          Charles Bukowski used to frequent the Frolic Room in Hollywood. And they used to have Bukowski readings on Monday nights. I don't know if they still do.

          The Smog Cutter on Virgil and the Monte Carlo on 3rd & Vermont are two more with "character."

      2. Frank n Hanks
        518 S Western Ave
        LA, CA 90020

        The Colorado
        2640 E Colorado Blvd
        Pasadena, CA 91107

        The Big Fish
        5230 San Fernando Rd
        Glendale, CA 91209

        King Eddy Saloon
        131 E 5th St
        LA, CA 90013

        Gold Coast
        8228 Santa Monica Blvd
        W Hollywood, CA 90046

        2 Replies
        1. re: Grog

          Another bit of LA's history gets swept into the dustbin of progress.

          1. re: Servorg

            It was King Eddys I wandered into one morning while visiting L.A. Quaffing a couple Budweisers, listening to two old timers cursing at each other about politics.They were ready to fight,one being extremely overweight with a walker. Behind a glass window I saw a man with brilliant white teeth chain smoking. I liked this bar.It's sad to see a change.

        2. HMS Bounty
          Golden Gopher
          Bar 107
          Down and Out
          The Varnish
          La Cita

          The HMS Bounty
          3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

          Golden Gopher
          417 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

          Bar 107
          107 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          1. It may not exactly fit the bill....and food isn't really their thing....but a trip to the Dresden to see Marty & Elayne is really something not be missed......

            1. Chez Jay is my favorite dive bar. Also love Broadway Bar, Golden Gopher (both a little less divey, but used to be dives), Frolic Room, Power House, and Arsenal, which just got a facelift - for better or worse.

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                1. re: yogachik

                  I was watching a tv show, I wish now that I could remember which one, and the line was "He hangs out at a dive near the pier." The next shot is the cop car pulling up in front of Chez Jay! We howled! "Yeah, our favorite dive!"

                  Great steaks, great seafood, great dive.