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Friday, October 10, 2014

Thirsty Club, Redondo Beach CA

2705 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 370-3100



Hours: 6am-2am
Outdoor Seating: No
Accepts Credit/Debit: Yes
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: $
Price Per Domestic Pitcher: N/A
Music: AMI Bar-link
Best Nights: Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level: Average
Good for dancing: No
Ambiance: Dive Bar
TV's: 7












The Bar: 
Outside: Located on the corner of Artesia Blvd. & Inglewood Blvd. lies this great little dive. Bright red exterior with your standard beer neon on the front window. Shares a wall with a vape shop for all your vapor needs.
Inside: As soon as we walked in, we knew we were home. The smell...of what looks like a great dive. Not a bad smell by any means, but if you've been to a good dive, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Stale beer, cheap perfume... and the over whelming smell of Axe body spray stuck in my nose holes, from what I though was a light dusting, earlier.
I have always been a fan of a dive with shuffleboard and this place does not disappoint. Very nice table with electronic scoring (get the pucks from the bartender). Pool table to the left ($.50), straight cues, flat table. 17 bar stools and 4 high tables. AMI Bar-link jukebox.
The Crowd: Not much going on when we arrived. A couple of cougars, who were dressed like this was a pre-game stop, but were still there when I returned 5 hours later, and couple of guys in the back, one which was the owner. Pretty quite place. I returned around midnight for a few minutes, mariachi music filled the air, still pretty empty inside... had a beer and split.
Prices: $7.00 heavy pour premium cocktails, $4.50 domestic bottles, $5.00 Fireball, $5.00 well drinks.
Restroom: Take a deep breath prior to entering. That's all I have to say about that.
Bartender: This evening was Sissy.
Closing statement: Good spot. Had a good time, definitely plan on returning in the future.


We rate Thirsty Club a 5 out of 5. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ON HIATUS




Yeah, we haven't done shit since January. Picking up a new position at work has caused me to slack on the exploration of new dives, because honestly, going to the local watering hole is easier that traveling across town for a cold one. The lack of motivation to explore is high, especially when no one wants to go. It is difficult to check out a new establishment on your own, so if anyone is game, let me know and we'll go out and rock it.
In the meantime, keep on keepin on. Enjoy those dives and feel free to send me your own reviews. I will be glad to post them on your behalf giving you full credit as a guest author.


Take care fellow dive bar enthusiasts.

-Dave

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pump Room, Orange CA

1532 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 978-6010



Hours:Unk
Outdoor Seating:No
Accepts Credit/Debit:Yes
Parking:Private Lot
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:Yes
Price Range:$
Price Per Pitcher:$15
Music:AMI Jukebox
ATM:Yes
Best Nights:Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Unk
Alcohol:Full Bar
Smoking:Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level:Average
Good for dancing:No
Ambience:Dive Bar
TV's:13


















The Bar:
Outside Located in a strip mall as most dives are. Tattoos, Massages, a Liquor store, and a bar... one stop shop. This bar, easy to see, with brightly colored signage out front.
Inside: Nothing divey about this place..yeah...right! This is your ultimate neighborhood dive. Lit only by neon signs and tv's. A lot of tv's. The seating capacity is probably about 40 people. Plenty of room for your whole crew.
The Crowd: A lot of suit and tie when we first arrived. More women than your average bikini bar and a group of guys wearing matching flannel shirts. Everyone was cool. Laid back place.
Prices: $15 pitcher of Shock Top, $6 shots of Fireball, $5 tall cans of PBR.  
Entertainment: It's a bikini bar. What more do you need? Seriously though, 3 pool tables ($0.50), 13 TV's, AMI Jukebox. Free popcorn.
Restroom: The diamond plated death traps are becoming a trend. This was the most intense one we've seen yet. Relatively clean, minus the over flowing trash can. The door has a lock, which is useless since the door doesn't latch. If you got to drop a duece, there is a nice spot right across the street to slide into.
Bartender: Did not catch the names of the ones this evening. The manager, Nick, told us they are new to Pump Room and one is fresh to the bartending job in general. Both beautiful girls.
Closing statement: Other than the super over priced everything, this was a good spot. We recommend pre-gaming prior to your arrival so that you don't spend a fortune. We had a great time and plan on returning soon. 


We give the Pump Room a 4 out of 5




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Poor Richard's, Long Beach, CA

6412 E Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 596-0882


Hours: Unk
Outdoor Seating: No
Accepts Credit/Debit: Yes
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Groups: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: $
Price Per Domestic Pitcher: N/A
Music: TouchTunes
Best Nights: Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Unk
Alcohol: Full Bar
Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level: Avergae
Good for dancing: No
Ambience: Dive Bar
TV's: 2








The Bar: 
Outside: A strip mall on the southeast corner of Palos Verdes Ave. & Stearns Ave. on the eastside of Long Beach, lies this hole in the wall, Poor Richard's, known to the locals as Broke Dicks. Every store on the block has a window except this place. A couple of bar stools outside for the smoking area and a door leading into the unknown.
Inside: A long narrow room, the bar to the left and a few tables to the right. Dark inside, likely to mask the filthy ceiling, which we were able to capture with the flash of the camera, nothing a little paint can't fix. Roughly 20 barstools and tables for around 15 people.
The Crowd: Ran into a familiar face that we haven't seen in over 3 years, good times! As for the rest of the crowd, this is not the spot to look for a date, as it was packed with couples. Thanks to our friend Heather, we were introduced to just about everyone in the joint. everyone was chill.
Service: 1 bartender and 30 patrons, needless to say, not the fastest, but served with a smile.
Prices: $5.00 24oz tall boys of PBR & Rolling Rock, $4.00 pounders of Coors Light, $5.00 double shots of Fireball.
Entertainment:  2 TV's, Golden Tee, Lottery Tickets, TouchTunes, Jukebox Karaoke.
Restroom: A white tile nightmare with your normal amount disrespectful dive bar graffiti. Equipped with a trashcan, however, the sink seems more appealing to the patrons. The stall, not equipped with a lock, in fact, it doesn't even stay closed. We recommend the Del Taco across the street.
Bartender: Jessica, gorgeous!
Closing statement: We had a blast. This is a cool little spot and very close to our regular spot in Long Beach. I see many more trips to this dive in the future. Good prices, good people, good times to be had!


We rate Poor Richard's a 4 out of 5.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Frolic Room, Hollywood, CA

6245 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-5890

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: Yes ($10 min)
  • Parking: Street (metered)
  • Good for groups: No
  • Music: Internet Jukebox
  • Best Nights: Any night
  • TV's: 3
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes








The journey tonight was a great one. Left the house in Long Beach around 6:30pm on our adventure, which I had no idea of the adventure it was going to be. A cab, a light rail and a subway trip later, we finally arrived at our destination... The world famous Frolic Room of Hollywood.

The Outside: Located on the Walk of Fame, lies Hollywoodland's oldest dive bar. Opening their doors sometime in the 1930's, this bar originally joined the area as a rumored speakeasy for Pantages Theater actors, as prohibition was in full effect.
     Upon entering this bar, you will notice the unique neon sign out front, and a bouncer, who, from a far, does not look too friendly (he is totally cool), and the star of Gary Cooper.
The Inside: A long narrow bar, with very unique lighting. On the right, the wall is covered with cartoon drawings of famous celebrities throughout time, to the left, the wall had several autographed photos from celebrities who found themselves grabbing a drink in this iconic bar.
The Crowd: This varies night to night depending on the type of show happening at the Pantages Theater. Tonight we got there during a show to find your average locals including a guy with a 2' mohawk and some out-of-country tourists. After the show, the crowd became over-dressed and unimpressed. Nothing to complain about really, everyone was cool here, and we had an absolute blast.
Service: Us being new, and the place sorta crowded, this took a few minutes. The bounce outside told us, whatever drink we want, these bartenders could make. Bob started with an Bloody Mary, one of the best we've had, a couple of Old Fashioned's, a Manhattan, some shots of Fireball, and a handful of beers. We attempted to stump the bartender with a Mint Julep, which he was unable to make due to not having fresh mint, but assured us, he could make anything we ordered given he had all the ingredients.
Prices: Amazingly cheap considering the location. $3.75 bottles of Coors Light, $5.50 Bloody Mary. $5 Fireball. No pitchers and no PBR.
Entertainment: Internet Jukebox, which surprisingly was not TouchTunes, 3 TV's, and an old school cigarette machine.
Restroom: Single occupant, with a door monitor the entire night. Not sure what that is all about. If the door is locked, clearly it's occupied. Overall, clean(ish). Could use a power wash perhaps, but it wasn't terrible, especially considering the about of traffic this place sees on a daily basis.
Closing statement: Love this place, great atmosphere inside and out. Parking is kinda a bitch, so if you have the, take a subway to the Hollywood/Vine station and the bar is right across the street.
If you are in Hollywood, you MUST stop in, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Also, the bouncers here are a plethora of information. Have a question about anything Hollywood, they have the answer.
 We rate Frolic a 5 out of 5.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Crow's Cocktails, Long Beach, CA

5278 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562)433-8936

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Street
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes ($2.50)
The Bar: This place is a classic little dive nestled in the heart of Naples on 2nd street. A long narrow establishment with a couple of tables along the right wall, the bar, which seats roughly 10 heads, and some more seating in the back. There is a backdoor area in the alley for smoking, no drinks though, and you have to keep the noise level down due to the neighbors.
    This bar reminded us exactly of the Fling in Santa Ana, however, this bar is kept up a lot more. Freddy the bartender told us that the owner here is dedicated to running a clean and well maintained business. Freddy also runs his own carpet cleaning business, which caters to Crow's on the regular. This place is spectacular on the cleanliness scale. Certainly one of the most upper class dives we've been to.
Parking: The parking lot was fenced off with a sign that read "Under Construction"...however, no working was being constructed. The only available parking is on the street, and if you have ever been on 2nd street on a weekend, you know this is a difficult task. We recommend cabbing it to this spot.
The Crowd: Not too much going on this evening. Few locals scattered around, and the handful wild drunks in the back. It was nice to be welcomed as new faces for a change.
Service: Outstanding. Our bartender tonight was Freddy. We did not test his "speed" with the 2 beers we ordered, but his business card says "Fast Freddy". His specialty drink is the Washington Apple.
Prices: Not very dive bar like in this category. Sure, Coors Light was the normal $3.50, but $7 for a single pour of Fireball is freakin ridiculous. We left after 4 beers and 2 shots.
Entertainment: Not too much for entertainment... a TouchTunes Jukebox and 5 TV's, and the ever so popular 2nd street drunks outside.
Restroom: The bartender swore this was the cleanest of any dive... we agree. It was fabulous
Closing statement: Stick to beer here, liqour is overpriced, but at least try the Purple People Eater. Minus the price of Fireball, overall, great bar and we'll likely see this place again in the near future. We were told, the crowd usually pours in around 11pm on weekends.


We give Crow's a 4 out of 5:
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

3636 Club, Long Beach, CA

3636 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 438-5365

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No- Cash Only
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: No
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes - $3.00 Fee
Every time we ask for a recommendation for a new spot to check out, this bar comes up... We listen... it just takes time to get to them. With the camera lens still damaged, I apologize for the lack of and blurriness of the photos below.

The Bar: Can't miss it. Lit up like a Las Vegas night club. Neon everywhere. This dive appears to be the happening place. Pretty good amount of patrons inside, however, the vibe was depressing. Not too much going on, pretty quite. Everyone seemed to be having a bad day, which brought our mood down too. This is a cash only bar and the ATM is a $3 fee.
The Crowd: This is definitely a local spot, and they could tell we were new faces. No one really seemed interested in why we were there, including the staff. We left after about 30 minutes to find something more exciting.
Service: No complaints here. Got a drinks right away minus having to wait to use the ATM.
Prices: $3.25 bottles of Coors Light. No draught beer. We did not stay long enough for a second round.
Entertainment:  TouchTunes with BOSE sound system, 2 pool tables, Golden Tee 2013, Pinball, bar top touch screen game, 5 TV's, old school cigarette machine ($6 a pack).
Restroom: Beside the fact someone had been smoking a bowl in there, not too shabby. Diamond plated everything. No door on the sit down shitter, and an over flowing trash can. Massive amount of pointless graffiti on the bathroom door.
Closing statement: Not a terrible place to grab a beer. Perhaps the atmosphere could lighten up a bit.


We give 3636 Club a 3 out of 5.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Kit's Place, Huntington Beach, CA

19476 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA
(714)963-0553

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $9.00
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 18
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Unable to locate on Google maps, this spot was formerly Lucky John's #1. Located on the Northeast corner of Beach Blvd and Yorktown in the northernmost end of a strip mall, behind Chevron.
     Inside: To the left of the entrance you will find the bar, with an open kitchen visible to the public. To the right, 3 pool tables, Golden Tee and a non-operational TV. Don't stress about the broken TV, there are 17..  yes, I said SEVENTEEN other ones.
In the rear, you will find yet another pool table, the TouchTunes jukebox, the ATM, 3 electronic dart boards, the restrooms and various table seating.
The Crowd: First person I noticed in here tonight was a guy with a jet black mohawk and bleach blonde hair on the sides, and a wicked handlebar mustache, though he was camera shy, his friend however (see below)... I have no words. As for the rest of the crowd, they're cool. Careful about the cook, he likes to give full mouth kisses to the women you are with. Creepy or ultra friendly, not sure which.
Service: Both times tonight, were quick. 2nd time around was busier but service was fast and delivered with a smile.
Prices: $9 domestic pitchers, $11.50 import, $6 Fireball shots,
Entertainment: 4 Pool tables, 3 dartboards, TouchTunes Jukebox, 2 bar top games, 18 TV's.
Restroom: Nothing to be desired. Spacious, but single occupant, which, in a bar, should not be.  Bright blue walls, with photos of fighter jets and the classic condom machine, loaded with 50 cent cheesy pick-up lines. (example: Hand her/him this piece of paper that says, "If you want to go home with me, give me a smile, if not, tear it up and throw it in my face". Like I said, cheesy.
Bartender: Tonight was Cindy. Tattoos, black hair... all around hot, and super nice! Ask about her specialty shot...it'll knock you on your ass.
Closing statement: We came in at about 8pm...it was dead. We skipped out to Johnny's Saloon to catch Howdy Doodie time, which was cancelled for reasons out of their control. To catch the true culture of Kit's, come in around 11:30pm. Oh, and try the sliders... they are either really good, or we were really drunk.
Outside of breaking the camera lens while sober, pretty good night. A lot of photos did not come out due to the damage, and this will be the last review for a while until we get the lens replaced.


We give Kit's Place a 5 out of 5.


Torch Room Lounge, Norwalk, CA

10632 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA ‎
(562) 864-6558

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $8.00
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: The outside: Located in a ghetto strip mall on the corner of Imperial Hwy and Domart Ave. A tall sign on the building representing a torch which appears to be 100 years old. Tucked between a liquor store and a laundromat lies this little dive. A brick wall, covered in filth and a door leading into the unknown.
    The inside, dark. A long bar to the left leading back to the pool tables and some tables to the right, which are a bit wobbly, careful you don't spill your beer. The floors seem to have had the carpet removed and never replaced. Glue build up where carpet once was, watch your step in some places.
The Crowd: Local retirees. We were in quite early compared to most of our other reviews (around 3pm). Had a lot of eyes on us since we were new faces, but no problems.
Prices: $8 domestic pitchers, $13.50 import. $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 import. $3.75 tall boys of PBR, $5 Fireball shots, and $4 delicious Bloody Mary's.
Entertainment: 2 pool tables, 1 dartboard, TouchTunes Jukebox, 5 TV's where Bob and I learned how to make moonshine on the History channel.
Restroom: Amazing. Is amazing the right word to describe a toilet? Sure, why not. Compared to the appearance outside, "the Virgin Mary would be proud to go in there and take a dump." - Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
Bartender: Our favorite Booties bartender, Barbara. Absolutely stunning. Even if you don't plan on drinking, at least stop in and say Hi.
Closing statement: We'd like to come back and check this place out again, perhaps at night when there is more of a lively crowd. Not a bad spot at all. Great little dive, that serves a delicious Bloody Mary.


We give Torch Room a 4 out of 5.



Friday, July 5, 2013

Flite Room, Lakewood, CA

4111 Lakewood Blvd
Lakewood, CA
(562) 425-5559

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No (Cash Only)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: Internet Jukebox/
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 6
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Don't try to Google the location of this bar. The address it gives you, is not correct and will lead you to a residence. Use 4111 Lakewood Blvd. Lakewood CA, there you will find this tiny hole in the wall with only a small lit up sign on the Lakewood Blvd. side of the building. The first thing we noticed walking into this bar, was the sign on the roof designating the "happy hour" hours, which seem to be an all day event.
     Called the Flite Room, because it's near the airport? I guess. Perhaps a little airplane decor would be fitting, maybe a propeller on the sign? Nah, just a name. We came to this bar tonight because it was the only one nearby doing Karaoke on a Sunday night. Conveniently, it was only us who thought this was a good idea and were able to walk in, grab a beer, and sing a song, all within 5 minutes of being there.
     Inside, to the right of the main entrance, you will find a booth and a pool table tucked in the back corner; to the left, you will find another pool table, and an area for the Karaoke; straight ahead is the bar, with about 10 bar stools, one which was taken by a guy who could hardly hold his balance. To the right of the bar, the ATM machine, in a small broom closet room, with quite the extensive library for all your drunken reading needs.
The Crowd: All locals. There was some chatter about "DiveBar Culture" in the bar. We couldn't tell if they were interested in the idea, or mocking it, not that it matters. A couple of ladies sitting at the end of the bar, who were bartenders at some of the surrounding bars, commented, "you guys have no idea what a dive bar is." I beg to differ. Look around ladies, this is an ultimate dive. I proceeded to talk about some of the other dives we've been to in the area, including the Annex (also in the top 10 of diviest bars) where, we learned later, one of these girls was a bartender. Trust us, we know our dives. On a scale from 1-10, I give this crowd a 3 on friendliness.
Service: 1st round was quick, but the second and third rounds, slow to say the least. Not many people in the bar, but the bartender would converse in a long conversations with locals while non-local customers waited anxiously for drinks.
Prices: $3.25 16oz Coors Light, $2 Jello Shots, $4 shots of Fireball.
Entertainment: 2 pool tables, 1 dart board, internet jukebox, a library full of books, Karaoke on Saturday and Sunday nights, Golden Tee Golf, Silver Strike Bowling, 2 touchscreen games on the bar.
Restroom: Surprisingly fabulous. Very clean. Patrons here, actually know how to aim. 
Bartender: Pam. The patrons ranted and raved about her and how awesome she is. I didn't see what the big deal was, besides the heavy pour, nothing really to report. Perhaps, since we were new, we got the cold shoulder in the beginning.
Closing statement: My first encounter with this bar back in March was shitty to say the least, and I let Yelp know all about it. I told myself I'd never come back here, however, this was the closest spot for Karaoke on a Sunday, so we thought we'd give it a second chance. Was not terribly disappointed this time. Service was still a bit slow, but we tend to encounter this a lot being the new faces in the bar.





Saturday, June 29, 2013

Interlude Cocktails, Long Beach, CA



1710 Clark Avenue
Long Beach, CA ‎
 (562) 597-2963

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No (Cash Only)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Friday
  • TV's: 4
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Considered the diviest bar in Long Beach, this little hole in the wall sits on Clark Ave. between PCH and Los Coyotes Diagonal. This is the bar that the locals come to when the Annex and Blondie's close early, at least that's what I did when I lived in Long Beach. Everything about this place screams dive bar, no windows, a door leading into the unknown, and the smell of stale beer from the night before, feels like home.
The Crowd: For a Saturday night, not much happening in here. Got your standard retirees, couple of drunk middle aged fellows, and a few in their 20's. Everyone seemed nice enough.
Service: Quick and delivered with a smile.
Prices: $4.25 16oz Coors Light, $5 shots of Fireball (heavy pour)
Entertainment: 2 pool tables (50 cents), TouchTunes, 2 dart boards, Lottery ticket machine. Complementary hotdogs and popcorn on weekends.
Restroom: One of the filthiest we've ever been in. It was hot & humid, with the smell of old urine. Perhaps a 99 cent air freshener could fix this issue.
Closing statement: We use to frequent this place on the regular. Not a terrible spot if you are looking for a relaxed environment. The restrooms could certainly use a facelift. We were told that Friday nights are the best and that we should return then, we shall try. In the meantime, stop on by and let us know what you thought.


We give the Interlude a 3 out of 5.






Saturday, June 22, 2013

Alex's Bar, Long Beach, CA

2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA ‎
(562) 434-829
http://www.alexsbar.com

  • Price per domestic pitcher: Unk
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: Live/Karaoke
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 1
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: This dark little punk rock bar is famously known throughout Southern California for having some famous bands such as, Black Flag, Green Day and The Offspring. This is also the set for the popular HBO show True Blood (Fangtasia) and some scenes from the movie Tenacious D Pick of Destiny.
   The bar is located on Anaheim street in Long Beach. A difficult one to find since there is no real sign designating the building. The main entrance to this bar is located in the back, off an alleyway, again, no sign in sight.
The Crowd: Depending on the band for the night, this can change drastically. Tonight's crowd was punk. A whole lot of piercings and a whole lot of tattoos. Ran in to a guy from London, he was 57 years young with around 25 piercings in his face alone. He was here on vacation with his wife and decided to hit Alex's, because apparently, this bar is talked about abroad also. Cool guy rockin out the whole night.
Service: Surprisingly excellent. The bar was packed, and when we say packed, we mean fucking slammed. By the time the first band started playing, this place was beyond capacity. Everyone standing shoulder to shoulder in a cluster fuck drunken daze. The stack of people waiting for drinks was about 4 thick all the way around the bar, however, it took but a second for a bartender to notice you waiting, and was prompt about getting you what you need. Very impressive.
Prices: $5 tall cans of PBR along with a very nice drink menu including our personal favorite Moscow Mule.
Entertainment: Karaoke on Tuesday nights. Live music almost every other night of the week. Check http://www.alexsbar.com/month for the upcoming events.
Restroom: The only complaint here; the the sit down shitter doesn't have a door. Not that we recommend ever dropping a steamer in a bar, but if ya gotta go, no other choice than to have someone possibly walk in on you mid squeeze.
Closing statement: On a show night, be prepared to pay a cover. Get here early to grab a table. The patio is cool, equipped with a taco cart provided by Gringo's Tacos on the weekends, however, even though the patio is enclosed, they don't allow drinks outside. Overall, it's a cool little spot. Come for a drink, stay for a show. Great cocktail menu too. 




We give Alex's Bar a 5 out of 5.

 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Black Light District, Long Beach, CA

2500 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA ‎
(562) 433-5823

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $10.00
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Street
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: Internet Jukebox/Live
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 6
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: This was one of those nights where we could not wait to go drinking. We arrived while the sun was still up, and it was a ghost town in there. 1 bartender and 1 customer. We quickly headed to the bar, ordered our first pitcher, and the rest is a blur.
     The bar set-up: A hollow rectangle, with roughly 20-30 seats and 1 walk up service station. To the right is a shuffleboard and to the left you will find the ATM, 2 pool tables and a stage. We were here two weeks ago, and an awesome Social Distortion cover...I mean  "Tribute Band" by the name of Mainliner was there.
The Crowd: We talked to the one guy who was there for a bit, chill dude. More heads arrived around 9 along with whatever band was going to play, we didn't stay long enough to find out who they were.
Prices: $10 pitchers of domestic, $15 import. $6 Fireball. Heineken, Bud Light, Budweiser, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Blue Moon, Fat Tire, New Castle on tap.
Entertainment: TouchTunes, 2 pool tables, free shuffleboard, electronic dartboard, 6 TV's.
Restroom: Not sure what's up with the diamond plated decor, perhaps a piss deflector? It was clean, but poorly lit. Some stickers on the toilet seat that have been partially torn off and covered by a new one...process repeats.
Bartender: Tonight was Shaina, in the industry for years, but new to this bar. She was hot and covered in tattoos!
Closing statement: They call them a Rock & Roll Lounge, but it seems more like a night club. It was a cool place for sure, and we will likely be back for dollar beer night (Sunday) and to catch Mainliner sometime soon. This is a new bar, formerly Max Steiner's, so they are in the process of getting their new brand out to the world. In the meantime, stop in for a beer, a free concert, and a place with No Cover Charge...EVER.




We give Black Light District a 3 out of 5.


Friday, June 7, 2013

San Juan Club, Fair Oaks, CA

7420 Sunset Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 965-9883

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $5.00 (mini)
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: Internet Jukebox/Karaoke 
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 3
  • Smoking: Outside with drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Unk




The Bar: The outside looks very divey and the inside, just as good. As my friends and I were looking for a bar to sing karaoke at, this one came to mind. We first checked it out Wednesday, however karaoke is only on weekends. We stayed a bit, caught a buzz, headed home, only to return Friday night with a larger crowd of friends.
       Walking in to this establishment, we were immediately noticed by the locals for being new. I wasted no time heading straight to the bar, where a rather tall, bald, gray-bearded, intimidating bartender stands. I was quick on the draw, with I.D., credit card, and business card in hand. I gave him the normal speech of what we do, and he was totally cool with us....from that point on, the rest of the night was pretty much a blur.
The Crowd: My first encounter with the crowd was a gentleman with more tattoos showing than skin, infact the only skin not tatooed was between his forehead and chin. He says to me, "you're DiveBar Culture, I found your business card in the bathroom, I used it as a crutch." Hey man, use it for whatever, at least you remembered us. Moving on, the 2nd encounter, an older gentleman, who could not wait to tell me of every single dive bar in Sac County, as to remain polite, I listed as he rapped of roughly 50, nice guy too. As for the rest of the crowd, well, they came with me.
Service: 1 bartender on, and us with a crowd of 10, it took a minute to get served, but once the 1st round came, the beers stayed full the whole night.
Prices: Half pitchers $5.00, double shots of Fireball $4.50. Pints of PBR $2.50.
Entertainment: 1 pool table, TouchTunes jukebox, Karaoke on weekends. 1 electronic dartboard.
Restroom: Not too shabby, I expected worse, but to my surprise, it was very clean, and smelled great.
Closing statement: We had a grand time here. Singing karaoke wasted, always makes for hilarious entertainment. I will certainly come back to this spot for more drunken karaoke nights. If you're in the area, come on by for a beer. You won't be disappointed.

We give San Juan Club a 5 out of 5