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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?

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    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

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        1. re: Grog

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

          http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/...

          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

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          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.