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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rio Vista Cocktails, Anaheim CA

Rio Vista Inn
200 South Rio Vista Street
Anaheim, CA

(714) 632-0045
  • Price Per Domestic Pitcher: $9
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good For Groups:  Yes
  • Music:  Internet Jukebox
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Smoking: Outside, No drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: No

The Bar: The first thing we noticed, coming in to this place, is that it was unbelievably bright, which only helped to highlight the fact that the floor was entirely constructed of unfinished concrete and masking tape. That would have been fine if it seemed to be under construction, but there were no signs of work. Just laziness. There were three flat screen TVs all set to the same game, so we had no choice but to watch our beloved Angels lose. After the game, all three went to the Olympics. There was an internet jukebox available, but it was pretty much fully occupied by a couple of old dudes, neither of which would take any responsibility for the Rihanna blaring through the low quality speakers. Moving on to the other side of the bar, in a separate room, it was dark, stinky, and doing awful karaoke that was not even remotely entertaining.
The Crowd: Our first encounter was with a woman who's name escapes me that was just a wee bit too friendly for our level of sobriety. However, she did buy us our first round, and that we definitely appreciate that, always. Everyone else though was pretty much engaged in their own little worlds and weren't very open to meeting new strangers. Many people were not interested in being photographed either. The crowd was a tad older than we usually run around with, and that was reflected in the social interactions.
Service:  As we stood at the bar to order our first round, the bartender was engaged in an apparently deep conversation with one of the locals. Too deep, in fact, to notice that we were there to drink. Standing for a few minutes, Dave decided to pull out his credit card, and using her super psychic money vision, the bartender blindly grabs for the card, and sets it on the back counter, without so much as a how-do-ya-do. When we expressed the slightest bit of annoyance at this, she turned and asked what we wanted, begrudgingly granting us our two tall boys of PBR. Those were then paid for by the woman we met outside. Still no sign of the card. Oh well.
Prices: On the bright side, drinks were pretty cheap by Southern California standards. $4 for those PBR tall boys that we love, and $9 bucks for a domestic pitcher. The downside was that the draft beer tasted sour like it's been running through dirty lines. Time to flush that shit out and clean it up guys.
Entertainment:  Internet Jukebox, Karaoke, couple of TV's, Pool table and dart board.
Restroom: The restroom on the brighter side was clean enough for a dive, and about as big as a broom closet. It was also the only bathroom on that side, used by both sexes, which really, no one wants. The bathroom on the other side was hot, humid, and smelled like shit. So basically, it was a microcosm of Hemet.
Bartender Chat: There was no real chat with either bartender, except the one who wanted to make damn well sure that we didn't ever take her picture. They weren't interested in small chat or what we were doing there.
Closing statement: We stayed a while, musing about how we get to write our first bad review, when the most exciting part of our visit here started. Cops were everywhere. Apparently, somebody got beaten up outside the Del Taco that shares a parking lot with the joint, and the cops were on the hunt. Helicopters, gang units, the works. We got questioned a bit, and a pack of badges made their way through the bar, making everyone a little uncomfortable. After all that died down, things went back to pure boredom. Deciding we'd help the place out, we invited some of our friends to try and "fun the joint up." Regrettably, this bar was beyond even our friends awesomeness and we all decided to bail. 

We rate Rio a 1 out of 5. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Johnny's Saloon, Huntington Beach, CA

Johnny's Saloon 
17428 Beach Boulevard
Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 848-0676
  •  Price Per Domestic Pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Music: Standard Jukebox
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes

The Bar: The bar is located in a strip mall tucked in the corner behind the gas station. When first walking in, you can't help but look around in a daze at all the clutter and decor on the walls and ceiling. Get there before 9pm to enjoy the decor, after 9; the lights are dimmed to an intimate setting. Various pieces of art, beer cans, fake confiscated I.D's, Bra's (which you can give up for a free drink) and the multiple lock boxes of 18yr old Jameson. This is the only bar we've ever seen that allows you to purchase your own bottle of Jameson, put it in a personalized lock box, and keep it at the bar for future visits.
The Crowd: Seems to be mostly a rockabilly type place. Not a bad crowd, but certainly different from what we are use to. All very friendly.
Service: Service was excellent. As soon as we walked in we were immediately greeted by a hot little tattooed blonde named Heather, the poison pusher for that night.
Prices: Prices are fair. You can buy at beer button, which costs $8.00 (two beers), they give you a glass and you head to the self pour PBR bar. There are 2 self pour areas in the bar. You can refill your beer button as many times as you'd like.
Entertainment: 1 pool table.  Best Jukebox in Orange County. Old style jukebox with a large selection of music.
Restroom: Small, dark and dirty. There is no door on the crapper and you are directly inline with the dude taking a piss. If you gotta shit, go to the gas station in the parking lot. 
Bartender Chat:  We'd like to thank the super hot Bartender Heather aka Panties for being so friendly right from the beginning and for telling us so much trivia about the bar, including Jell-O Wrestling!
Closing statement: Had an awesome time. We highly recommend this bar. Would like to personally thank the owner Johnny Kresimir for the round after round of shots and drinks.

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We rate Johnny's Saloon a 5 out of 5.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Juke Joint, Anaheim, CA

The Juke Joint
735 North Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA
 (714) 778-1397 ‎
  • Price Per Domestic Pitcher: $7, No Pitchers during shows
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot/Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Music:Live/ Internet Jukebox
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: We arrived at 8pm and there was already a line to get in for the Hootenanny After Party. Large open area with more than enough seating for an army. Upon entering the front door, on the right ahead is the bar with plenty of seating most nights. This night it appeared they may have moved the tables for the concert that was about to take place. To the left was the stage, small stage, but big sound.
The Crowd: The bar was very receptive to us. Friendly patrons. Punk and Rockabilly type.
Service: Awesome bartenders. We were immediately greeted out front by a guy named Ken. Not sure what his role was. He was bartender while we were there, but he was also able to get us on the list to get in.
Prices: $7  per pitcher, but no pitchers during shows. Excellent drink selection, however, bring extra money during shows, they hike up the prices quite a bit.  A special thank you to those of you who bought us round after round of drinks! No shortage of PBR in this joint, cans, bottles and draft!
Entertainment:Live Band, jukebox
Restroom: Clean, very clean, even towards the end of the night.
Bartender Chat:None really, way to loud to hear yourself think, let alone hear someone talk.
Closing statement: This bar is HIGHLY recommended by DiveBar Culture

We rate Juke Joint a 5 out of 5.