This place is an exactly what you’d imagine when you hear the phrase ‘gothic dive bar with LA vibes.’ Owner Dana Hollister (who’s also a designer to local A-listers) describes it like this: “If Jimi Hendrix and Jack the Ripper had opened a bar in the San Francisco’s Haight in the 1860’s, this is what it would look like.” She’s right. It rules. You can find it just on the fringe of LA’s arts district, and as such, it attracts a pretty edgy and arty crowd! There’s over 28 draft beers on offer, and a heap of (yum) fatty bar food with names like ‘Devil Dog’, ‘Demon Burger’ and ‘Babe on a Bun.’ But the real reason people like MKTO’s Tony come here, is for the music.
Come here basically any night of the week, and there’ll be a sick live band playing on one of the patios. Themed music nights like Real Dirty American Blues, 1920s/30s Vintage Americana, Swing & Jazz and Bluegrass on Saturdays. That’s not to mention the awesome ambient/indie tunes spinning inside the bar! It’s rare to find places that you can rock up in the middle of the week, and you’ll still find a full-blown social scene of local artists, musicians and cool LA types. But this place is it! As a side note, the décor is mega impressive, with gigantic mirrors and rows of bottles — it’s like a cathedral dedicated to music. Bring your friends here when you’re in town, for massive cool points.
MKTO are pop/rap duo Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. The pair met in 2010 while filming the Nickelodeon show, ‘Gigantic’. Their debut single ‘Thank You’ has ploughed through the charts and their passionate fan base is growing at an insane rate. Expect to see much more of these guys around!
via MTV Travel Co.