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Jun 18, 2013 02:34 PM

Dan Tana's ??? So has anyone just sat at the bar for a few drinks ?

How early do you have to arrive so that it is not packed to the proverbial gills ?

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  1. Yes. And I bought Roger Daltry a gin and tonic. One of the highlights of my life.

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        "And I bought Roger Daltry a gin and tonic."


        1. re: Servorg

          He used to operate a diner call Daltry's on Melrose. A hidden gem it was. Long gone alas.

          1. re: Thor123

            They were known for serving Heinz Baked Beans with every meal.

      2. When does it open? That's when I would arrive. Those regulars get there pretty early.

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        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          I've waited outside for it to open and when they unlocked the door and I walked in the regulars were already at the bar.

          1. re: Rizza

            Monday - Thursday if you get there by 6:15 you should be able to sit at the bar with little problem.

            1. re: Thor123

              I got there about 730 on a Friday, and it was packed already at the bar.

              1. re: kevin

                Note my reference to 6:15 and Mon - Thurs.

                1. re: Thor123

                  is it fun to go to on a Monday nite too, or stick to Tues thru Thursdays ??? for the less busy but still rambunctious/balls to the walls (quoting ns1 here)/debaucherous nights here ?????

                  thanks for intro'ing me to the bar.

                  though in my past few visits i had to leave since it was way too busy to garner a prized seat at the bar, and the patrons/drunkards were already three-deep.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Monday is good too. A bit less crowded, but maybe thats ok.

            2. re: Rizza

              How was it already packed before it even opened if you were waiting at the door ?

              Or do they have a secret back door ?

              1. re: kevin

                "Or do they have a secret back door ?"

                You overlook the obvious answer. They stayed in place from the night before... ;-D>

                1. re: Servorg

                  That one slipped my mind.

                  In New Orleans, they actually do that.

                  I guess they might just do that in LA too.

                  Though I need my sleep.

                  1. re: kevin

                    In Tokyo, the public transportation stops running at a certain time at night, can't remember when exactly.

                    But after a certain point, establishments let people stay the night because there is no way for them to get home.

                2. re: kevin

                  Regulars are well-taken care of.
                  In many ways.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    Can you please explain some of the ways ?

            3. Many times. Check the time and get there within a few minutes of opening.

              1. I have a few times. If you are there by 7 you should be ok. Maybe 7:30 but after that, you are probably standing. I saw Roger Daltry there too. A lot of NBA guys go there and one of the funniest times I can recall was when two drunk guys at the bar were telling Mitch Kupcheck that he was Mitch Kupcheck. Another time, before the 2009 season (a BDay dinner for me), I ran into Mitch Kupcheck, Jerry West and Mike Dunleavy as we were all waiting for our cars and had a talk about how much better I thought the Lakers had done in the off season than Mitch was getting credit for. Everyone was very nice and fortunately, for me and the Lakers I was right. Always a good time at DT.

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                1. re: Thor123

                  Oh jeez, not on a Friday or Saturday night, though. We usually reserve a table by seven and when we arrive that bar is packed and the regulars are already half in the bag by then......

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    By in the bag, do you mean pretty shit-faced ?

                    1. re: kevin

                      Not sloppy drunk, just loud and having a good time drunk. Ya know, HALF in the bag.....

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        I see. That does not sound too bad in that case.

                        What's the drink of choice to order ? Snifters of scotch, rum and cokes, scotch and sodas, possibly martinis too.

                        And do they make cocktails like old fashioneds and manhattans ?


                        1. re: kevin

                          They make great cocktails, but not the frou-frou mixologist kind. Martinis are wonderful. The bartender is seasoned, just like the rest of the staff, I'm sure he makes a mean old fashioned or manhattan.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            Very good classic cocktails. THat is the problem with Dan Tanas. It is never just a drink. It always ends up with lobsters and salads and cab rides.

                  2. re: Thor123

                    Was it about 12 years ago? I doubt he goes there often. I was actually told to go there by someone who worked with him, and that we would all "pretend" to run into each other when they came in (that kind of stuff must happen to celebs all the time - for them the world must seem so strange, what with everyone ELSE "accidentally" running into their "mates," as he put it.) Their table was, of course, not ready (pure Dan Tana's) so we ended up chatting in that cramped bar through two rounds of G&T's. He was really quite charming and amusing....until his wait wore on to long (or until I bored on too long) when I thought he would start bellowing, "Freeeeeeee Meeeee!"

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Could have been that long ago. Its been a while for sure.