Lindy T.

Lindy T.

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May 14, 2013
Review
Bar / Live Music Venue / Tavern
May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
Review
Bar / Live Music Venue
May 14, 2013
Aug 31, 2012
Review
Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Review
Bar / Gastropub / Lounge
Aug 31, 2012

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  • Villains Tavern

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Live Music Venue / Tavern
    Villains Tavern - Bar | Live Music Venue | Tavern in Los Angeles.
    May 14, 2013 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hot Spot "I first came to Villain's Tavern on a fairly empty Monday night with three friends. In full disclosure, it doesn’t have the best location for a night-time visit because of the rather shady-looking parking lot, but once you’ve reached the shelter of the bar, it’s like stepping through Alice’s Looking Glass. Everything transforms into a world of anachronistic, cross-thematic beauty. The best way to describe the bar is a mixture of gothic cathedral, secretive speakeasy, and steampunk invention. Picture all of this décor accompanied by a local French folk band or something similar playing in the next room and you have Villain’s Tavern. The bar is owned by a former interior decorator to the stars who similarly founded The One-Eyed Gypsy. Though I expected Villain’s Tavern to be a carbon copy of OEG, I was abundantly surprised that while it certainly retained the creative albeit random spirit of decoration, it had a distinctive personality all of its own. Angel statues flanked the massive double doors and the walls of empty colored glass bottles were reflected beautifully in the enormous iron-encased mirrors. My favorite part of the experience was the truly friendly, helpful staff. After perusing the menu for myself, I decided to ask the bartender for his favorite rum cocktail on the bar list. Rather than simply naming the first thing he saw on the menu to make me stop pestering him, he went out of his way to pick out several favorites and even offered to make me an off-menu concoction served in their signature mason jars and topped off with a ball of shaved ice. The staff is always pleasant and hospitable to the customers and does the most to make sure you are happy with your experience. I’m not a demanding person, but I imagine this place would be excellent for even the choosiest of patrons. The main stage in the adjoining room is softly lit and framed by a wall of vines. Local music acts play here in front of a room of bar tables and booth seating with a secondary bar to the right. At the bar or at your table you can order from their intriguing menu. The creatively-titled fare ranges anywhere from the “Serpent’s Ceviche” to the “No Kill Burger,” and Villain’s Tavern even has the hilarious audacity to call one of their dishes the “Pharaoh’s Salad.” (Setting high standards is the first step to keeping them, I suppose.) In all, this is a truly fascinating little watering hole for the intrepid bar connoisseur or local denizens looking for an escape from the boredom of their daily routines. Definitely take a look, you wouldn’t want to miss out. I’m sure glad I didn’t. " hide
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  • The One-Eyed Gypsy

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Live Music Venue
    The One-Eyed Gypsy - Bar | Live Music Venue in Los Angeles.
    May 14, 2013 Kitsch and Class "I am completely in love with The One-Eyed Gypsy! This is an ideal place to go on a Friday night if you're looking for a whimsical, bohemian vibe to just kick back and have fun with friends or that special someone. Located on a deserted industrial street in LA's Arts District, the glaringly purple walls and ornate wall lettering was the first thing that caught my eye in an otherwise soul-crushingly bland warehouse haven. It’s an adventurous little oasis in an otherwise mundane area. The parking situation is sadly limited as there’s only a small lot and street parking, but once you've solved the conundrum of actually getting IN the establishment, it's 100% worth it. Upon entering through the billowing curtains, the first thing that greets you at the door is a behemoth taxidermied yak gamely "smoking" a cigarette, and what awaits you inside isn't much different in terms of eclecticism. With a turn-of-the-century carnival theme, the bar sports some aged but impressive skeeball and claw arcade machines, as well as a fortune-telling slot game, photo booth, and half-octagon stage. I went a few weeks ago with friends and we spent the whole night laughing like idiots over how bad we were at most of the games. It was very much like a carnival without the miserable sun exposure and with far fancier alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, the happy hour deals are stellar. The $6 Clown's Cup is a citrusy vodka drink that will blow your mind if you're not a "moonshine only" kind of person. (It’s a bit on the sugary side but a worthwhile investment if you can handle it.) The food is pretty much in keeping with the carnival theme, with options like sliders, sweet potato fries, and corn dogs. I ordered the deep-fried oreos and tater tots, and other than giving myself diabetes in just one sitting, there was no downside. They make some killer food. I would stop here if ever I needed a fattening food fix. The music scene is kind of all over the place. They tend to favor quirky local bands that play rock Americana, funk, and folk noir. I jammed out to the curiously-dressed, mustachioed lead singer with the pink suspenders the night I was there like there was no tomorrow. If you’re tired of all the people strutting around LA bars trying to impress each other with their hair and clothes, this is the place for you. The demographic and style of the patrons is varied; college students to Silverlake hipsters to middle-aged couples who never quite grew up love this place. Try it out, you won’t regret it! Just remember to head over before that pesky 2 a.m. close time that is the bane of all LA bars. Enjoy! " hide
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  • Redwood Bar and Grill

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
    Redwood Bar and Grill - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
    Aug 31, 2012 Arrrr ya ready for a fun time? "The Redwood Bar is a relatively tucked-away favorite of many LA locals. Though slightly intimidating from the outside due to the bouncer located behind iron bars, once you walk inside it is like every Jack Sparrow fan's dream come true. The bar is festooned overhead by a massive skull and crossbones (the crossbones constructed out of swords), the walls are draped with netting and heavy mainline rope, and the chairs have circular-backs that make them look like they belong in the captain's lodge of a rogue sailing vessel. Redwood Bar has friendly bartenders and a plethora of alcohol for all of your drinking needs. The clientele is generally a younger demographic, but all ages are welcome. The enclave in the back is perfect for local bands to perform, designed the be loud in the back for those who want to listen and softer in the front of the bar for those who don't. An ideal place to take friends, a laid back atmosphere, and tons of fun. " hide
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