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Where do you go to grab, a drink, sit at the bar, etc (no mixology, but there has to be cocktails and mixed drinks, beers, i guess too) (that Hal's post had me thinking).

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kevin Aug 7, 2013 11:23 AM

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    Thor123 RE: kevin Aug 7, 2013 11:29 AM

    I really like the Happy Hour at Frida in BH and the bartenders, Carl and Roxi, are great!

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      Juji RE: kevin Aug 7, 2013 02:40 PM

      I really like the bar at Stella Barra in Santa Monica. Best to go early, it gets crowded.

      1. boogiebaby RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:24 AM

        Rivera.

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          kevin RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 02:01 PM

          Thanks Thor.

          Now I'm hitting up Tanas way way way too much. Drinks are tiny but slightly stiff. And of those shrimp Parms. And those homemade tasting French fries are some of the very very very very best I have had in years upon years upon years.

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            yogachik RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 06:40 PM

            Yeah, well, you gotta join me at Vito, a bar I frequent way too often. Best martini's on the westside (equal to Dan Tana's for half the price).

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              westsidegal RE: yogachik Aug 11, 2013 10:48 PM

              are you talking about the restaurant on ocean park or another vito?

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                kevin RE: westsidegal Aug 12, 2013 06:28 AM

                Yeah. Vito's on Ocean Park.

                You coming too, WG ?

                Have you been before ????

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                  westsidegal RE: kevin Aug 12, 2013 04:15 PM

                  it's definitely within my territory!
                  went there for dinner decades ago.
                  never tried their bar.
                  this thursday, though, i'll be in san jose ( a city where i've experienced a range of mediocre food at pretty high prices).

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                kevin RE: yogachik Aug 15, 2013 02:30 PM

                shoot, i think the other part of the thread got erased.

                oh, well.

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 02:48 PM

                  Yep....

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              linus RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 04:16 PM

              i know you said "no mixology," but having gone to the tasting kitchen for the first time recently, if i was in that area, that is absolutely the first place i would go for a cocktail, no matter how simple.

              the drinks there are just that good. friendly bartenders, too.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: linus Aug 11, 2013 07:30 PM

                Their cocktails ARE sublime.....

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                  kevin RE: linus Aug 13, 2013 04:03 PM

                  ok, i'll still hit up tasting kitchen too, linus.

                  so far, my top two right now are tana's and musso's. both non-mix, and both i quite like, though it's pricey, it must be said.

                  thanks man, i trust your drink knowledge.

                  anyway, you can let me know the name of the joint that you hit up with the great bartender, i think you were the one that mentioned it a few weeks back. (?)

                  thanks.

                2. ipsedixit RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 06:10 PM

                  Nick and Stef's.

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                    Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Aug 12, 2013 04:01 PM

                    Good call for downtown after work drinks.

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                      ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Aug 13, 2013 02:47 PM

                      They have the best eye-candy in the house, esp. when you factor in said eye-candy's line 37 on the 1040.

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                        kevin RE: ipsedixit Aug 13, 2013 04:04 PM

                        hmm, nick and stef's i might have to check it out, though i don't work in dtla.

                  2. mrgreenbeenz RE: kevin Aug 12, 2013 03:35 PM

                    HMS Bounty (great onion rings)
                    Drago Centro (borders on mixologisty but it's a great happy hour)

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                      kevin RE: mrgreenbeenz Aug 12, 2013 04:00 PM

                      and a relatively cheap one at that at drago centro.

                    2. Wayno RE: kevin Aug 12, 2013 04:14 PM

                      Mastro's Penthouse (and Bar Toscana, but that's pretty mixologistic, albeit a very attractive scene).

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                        revets2 RE: kevin Aug 13, 2013 03:18 PM

                        Neat in Glendale.

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                          linus RE: revets2 Aug 13, 2013 03:26 PM

                          neat is...neat. i'm sad i never went there when they were doing they're original "concept" (straight whiskey with homemade chasers), but the bartender there was friendly and made pretty damn good cocktails if you gave him the opportunity to stretch out.

                        2. Will Owen RE: kevin Aug 13, 2013 04:31 PM

                          Since we're in Pasadena and seldom go farther when we're drinking, 1886 at The Raymond is tops for interesting originals or just a great martini. No attitude, comfortable, music on the flat-screen at perfect level (listen to it or converse in normal tones). We've been by ourselves and in groups of four to six, all good.

                          Another one we found almost by accident - we had a $15-off coupon, so what the heck - was McCormick & Schmick's. The restaurant is just okay for the prices, but the bar is a pretty happy place. Mrs. O got her favorite sidecar of all time, and the bartender was happy to tell me the recipe while I carefully wrote it on a napkin (that got washed with the pants, dammit). They do have sports on the multiple flat screens, but not at sports-bar sound levels.

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                            kevin RE: Will Owen Aug 13, 2013 04:55 PM

                            hmm, the 1886 at the raymond sounds great.

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                              happybaker RE: Will Owen Aug 14, 2013 07:38 PM

                              Oh the bar at McCormick & Schmick's in Pasadena is GREAT. Used to be my go to girlfriend-happy-hour till folks jobs changed.

                              But really nice, well mixed cocktails., And fab bar snacks.

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                              Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Aug 14, 2013 06:31 PM

                              Guess I never answered the original question here!

                              Really love Freddy Smalls, but that is a mixology thing....

                              I guess for local it would be pearl dragon..... They are the only place in the palisades with a full liquor license. Sad, huh? They make a nice saketini, though.

                              I also really like Next Door by Josie, in SaMo. And the bar at Sonoma Wine Garden is decent, nice wines. Bouchon has a great bar as well. And the staff knows how to take care of you. I remember an epic evening that started out at Mr. Chow's bar as well, celebrating with my mother in law....they make a nice lychee martini there.

                              Problem is, right now, the only time I can afford to leisurely hang out drinking martinis, if not in my own backyard, is at lunchtime! Or on a date night with the hubby..... Just biding my time until the young chow pups get old enough, lol!

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                                Thor123 RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 15, 2013 09:54 AM

                                If you are talking BH, I didnt think Mr. Chow had a bar. I like Bar Bachon, but in general Bouchon pours a very small drink.

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                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 10:02 AM

                                  Yes, BH. we definitely sat at a small bar and drank luchee martinis before we were seated at a table and started in on the champagne cart.

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                                    Thor123 RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 15, 2013 11:44 AM

                                    Its been a while since Ive been. Its a very small bar isnt it?

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                                      kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 12:16 PM

                                      Which very small bar is this ?

                                      I seem to have lost track of the discussion.

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                                        Wayno RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 12:43 PM

                                        Focus!! We're now at Mr. Chow. Or at least DirtyWEO was.

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                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: Wayno Aug 15, 2013 12:58 PM

                                          Lmao!

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                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 12:58 PM

                                        Yes. Probably four seats.

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                                          kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 15, 2013 01:05 PM

                                          That is small. My expansive can cover more than two of those seats alone.

                                          Just kidding.

                                          And Thor, the tiny drinks were also at Mr. Cho ?

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                                            Thor123 RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 03:24 PM

                                            No the tiny drinks were at Bouchon. Very Spago like size wise.

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                                            kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 15, 2013 01:06 PM

                                            Yea. I mixed up the discussion on Bar Bouchon with Mr. Chow ?

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                                            kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 01:08 PM

                                            How about the bar at Chateau Marmont as well as Bar Marmont (which is completely distinct and separate from said hotel) ?

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                                              Wayno RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 02:02 PM

                                              I endorse Bar Marmont. Fun place and well made drinks. But it'll cost ya.

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                                                Wayno RE: Wayno Aug 15, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but I really like the Grill on the Alley for an after-work martini or similar drink. And pretty good happy hour bites as well.

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                                                  kevin RE: Wayno Aug 15, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                  hmmm.

                                                  i was thinkinga bout The Grill.

                                                  But more for the crab Louise and a slab of their cheesecake.

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                                                    Wayno RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                    Hmmm is right. It's a 10-second walk from my office. Maybe I should investigate.

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                                      kevin RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 01:06 PM

                                      Btw. What do you guys think of the bar at Valentino ?

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                                        Thor123 RE: kevin Aug 15, 2013 03:41 PM

                                        I have not been for several years, but would anticipate that it would be formal and stuffy.

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                                          kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 03:48 PM

                                          That's probably why we like Tana's. it may be expensive but it's really that formal nor stuffy (well, the waiters and bartenders are dressed in some sort of formal attire).

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                                        kevin RE: kevin Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM

                                        tues at 6 pm is great for me. What's your email so that we can iron out that shit either Dirty Sexy Olives or Yoga Chick ????

                                        Thanks.

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                                          yogachik RE: kevin Aug 16, 2013 08:28 AM

                                          my screen name at aol

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: yogachik Aug 16, 2013 03:07 PM

                                            Thanks, you're so brave!! I'll email you over the weekend!

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Aug 16, 2013 03:09 PM

                                            Tuesday will work for me now, my sons tutor rescheduled to Monday. Now I'll have to work on a babysitter.....

                                            I'll email yogachik over the weekend. I assume there's meter parking in the area? Is there a lot behind them?

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                                              kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2013 03:15 PM

                                              There's metered street parking. But I don't know if they have their own lot.

                                              Yogachik, would know better since I haven't been before. Also, I'm not sure if during happy hour one can't park at the meters due to rush hour (no park zone during 4 to 7pm, maybe ?)

                                              I might just park in the residential two blocks up.

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                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Aug 16, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                Yea, I'll check it out, been by a hundred times just never stopped. I'll let you know if I get a sitter for my kids, shouldn't be hard.

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                                                  yogachik RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                  Usually lots of street parking on Ocean Park, meters go until 6PM and then it's free, no restrictions. Meters also on 28th, south of OP. Valet behind the restaurant for $3.50.

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                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: yogachik Aug 16, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                    Great, thanks for that.

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