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May 6, 2013 01:35 AM

Most Wicked Restaurant Ever - The MIrror Go Round.

Inspired by the post about "Secret Bars" - was thinking about this wild, wild restaurant/club/bar. Back in the 70's and early '80's there used to be a place in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica on Main Street called The Mirror Go Round. A speakeasy in every sense of the word. It was a former house, with a viewing door and all. You'd have to know someone to get in. Once in it was a small place, the walls were painted black. However, a few inches from the walls there were mirror in day-glo painted frames attached to slow moving motors in the ceiling with fishing line. And they would slowly turn around. It gave the walls a psychedelic amorphous feel in that it didn't feel like walls at all. There would always be a cash poker game going on.

The food was pretty much snacky stuff - buffalo wings, that sort of thing. It wasn't bad, but generally bar food. The table were mirrors - and the menus were printed in offset (backwards) so you had to hold them over your table to read them. There was beer and wine, and I'm not sure what else. Not that it mattered since the place also served pot (joints and hash) and cocaine.

My friend loved to bring girls there because they would be scared.

The place got busted, but amazingly - kept opening up. Eventually they moved to much larger digs in Venice in an industrial loft complex on Venice Blvd near Abbot Kinney.

Any of you ever heard of it?

I know there have been other clubs along those lines. But don't know if this sorta thing goes on anymore.

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  1. I remember that place!!

    1. If there's a prohibition on something, anything, there's going to be a 'speakeasy' of some sort.
      Finding them is the key and most of them aren't going to be publicized.

      1. Wow! What memories of that place! Found out about it in the L.A. Weekly. Went there numerous times. The bartender sold Quaaludes, cocaine. I was never too hungry so I never knew they had food. They had bean bag chairs upstairs where you could go and have uninterupted sex. Weirdest place I've ever been. Ahhh, the 80's.

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        1. re: craigpease

          "The bartender sold Quaaludes..."

          One of my favorite tee-shirts from that era just said "Rohr 714" on the front...

          1. re: Servorg

            Detective Fridays badge number on Dragnet. Hilarious. I lived through that decade. I worked at Cafe Figaro on Melrose and got off at 3:00, then we would head over to the Mirror Go Round.

            1. re: Servorg

              Same era, on Pico at Bundy the reggae Sushi House with the coke fiend chef. Great times. I think its still there, though I am sure it has changed from the day.