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Jan 28, 2014 03:08 PM

What's a dive bar in LA or OC on the current scene that Mr. Bukowski would not feel out of place at if deigned to enter the joint ?????????????????????????


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  1. Frank & Hanks
    Bar 107
    The Drawing Room
    Ye Rustic Inn
    The Roost
    St. Nick's
    The Down & Out
    Whitehorse Inn

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    1. Indian Room or Rebels in San Pedro where he used to live

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      1. re: Ernie

        Thanks Ernie, the Indian Room sounds like my cup of tea, er my snifter of whiskey.

      2. Assuming you mean Charles Bukowski the author, I'd say he wouldn't go to a bar. He was married to a health nut and had a Buddhist funeral.

        Also, maybe you haven't noticed, but your Question Mark key appears to be broken.

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          Actually, Bukowski was a notoriously heavy drinker (and alcohol features in many of his stories) for most of his life. And yes, he did spend time in bars, as well.

          Kevin, I'm not sure where he'd hang out, to be honest, but it's an interesting question.

          1. re: boogiebaby

            Erm... Are you at all familiar with his work?




            1. re: boogiebaby

              Sorry, I got my writers mixed up. Should have paid more attention in Lit. Class. Although I did get the Buddhist funeral part right!

              1. re: boogiebaby

                "Assuming you mean Charles Bukowski the author, I'd say he wouldn't go to a bar. He was married to a health nut and had a Buddhist funeral."

                That was funny :)

                1. re: boogiebaby

                  Charles Bukowski went to bars plenty!
                  We held Salons at our house every Sunday,
                  shared his "Days Run Away Like Wild Horses"(poetry) and really enjoyed it! Actually it made us quite raucous.(rhymes/goes with Charles?) We contacted Black Sparrow press and got in touch with Charles. Incredibly, many Sundays later and after much writing and cajoling, he came to our Sunday Salon in Palos Verdes, of all the places!
                  We ALL drank alot.

                2. Chez Jay in Santa Monica..good food too!

                  1. Smogcutter on Virgil is purported to be an actual Bukowski hangout though the provenance is questionable.

                    Not as cheap as it looks, but the karaoke is loose and the thai bartenders wield a reputation for unpredictable behavior.

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                    1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                      That's the joint that's next door almost to Sqirl right ?????

                      1. re: kevin

                        Kevin, quit fucking around. Get in your car. Drive directly to the Double Down in Vegas and hoist one (or better yet, 5 or 10) to Bukowski

                        1. re: Servorg

                          kevin, quit fucking around and hoist a few to a better poet.
                          go drink where lord byron or elizabeth bishop or someone drank.

                          1. re: linus

                            You know full well I can't just drive and afford to go to England on the drop of a dime.

                            1. re: linus

                              linus - yes but did Lord Byron or Elizabeth Bishop ever write a poem about the garbage men making a horrendous racket emptying the trash cans of all their 'dead soldiers' during a really nasty hangover, as the workers griped: "man they are some powerful drinkers in there"

                              1. re: hill food

                                william blake, he ain't.

                                to each their own.

                        2. re: mrgreenbeenz

                          It hasn't been the same since Sunshine left. Is the old man who eats dried shrimp at the bar still there?