11042 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA | Directions 9160434.140851 -118.371287
my favorite bar, but don't expect them to like you – This bar is staffed by mid-30s hot guys who are totally bitter and failed actors but somehow still have the charm w/ the ladies. One guy looks exactly like Paul Rudd and wears Ramones T-shirts. I think he's starring in a 1-man show in a 49-seat equity waiver theatre in north hollywood. the other main dude looks exactly like ryan gosling but w/ a worse attitude and less hair. the last guy blinks all the time and is genuinely sweet, but if you look-up "dumb valley bartender" in the dictionary, yup, you see him. There's one more fella that they call V-neck. He hates bartending and is usually texting his gf in the corner. Very hard to actually get a drink from him cuz he's probably writing a song in his head. Popcorn good. Regulars are belligerent, but entertaining. Jukebox is killer. Filled w/ alcoholics at all hrs. Maeve herself is actually a sweetheart. they use to let me sing Piano Man all the time. I miss it w/ all my heart even though I know that they all hate me. Something charming abt that. I miss you Maeves.
Bad drinks, no food, poor service, aggressive/obnoxious regulars – Ive been there a couple of time and wonder each and every time why i go back. (my friends keep telling me it'll grow on me). It tends to be pretty crowded weekend nights but i have no idea why. They have really 'odd' tasting drinks. I usually drink stoli on the rocks and the ones i've had there always taste funny - more like rock gut than high end vodka. Very harsh tasting. The table service was non-existant. We'd catch the waitresses eye and indicate we wanted to place an order and she kept blowing us off. Went up to the bar and waited for-ever. The bartender was way too busy chatting with a couple of actress wanna-bes to come over and help us. And the last time i went these two old guys wouldn't leave us alone. Apparently theyre regulars and its part of their charm. Ugh. Never again.
Best place to go for a drink with friends! – I had heard a lot about this place, but it always got bypassed because people wanted to go to the nearby Fox & Hounds. This was my first time here. Our group of 5 walked in and we pretty much had a choice of where to sit. There were people there, but there were always another set of couches, another table up on the elevated part of the bar, or another booth available. Went and got the drinks (my Vodka Tonic was $5 but was VERY stiff). The bartender looked like he stepped out of an Abercrombie ad (Jeff), but the difference between him and the "Hollywood" type bartenders is that he was EXTREMELY friendly and was telling me what nights I should check out. This seems like it's a very locals bar (the local drunk girl was yelling at some other patron "f*&$ you" to which he yelled the same thing right back). Definite comraderie (a la Cheers). When ordering drinks next to the girl, she engaged in conversation, immediately pulling myself, the neophyte, into the mix of the local crowd. There was no feeling of "what are you doing here?!" The jukebox was one of those digital ones that was set at a great conversation level (not too loud, but not too soft). The mix of music was everything from Kanye to Gin Blossoms to Green Day (basically something for everyone).
One downfall is that there is no food here except for the popcorn (which seemed a bit stale). But since it's free, I didn't complain at all! Apparently you can bring in outside food which is great. I'll have to try that next time.
Overall, this place is a hidden gem that I worry about giving it such positive reviews because I don't want it to become the cool place to go. But, the experience I had as a first-timer was great! I will definitely go back and bring some more friends along!
Best Dive Bar Ever! – My roommates and I go to this bar at least 3 times a week.
Its the best place to meet interesting people! You always leave meeting someone new.
It's become like a second home to us. Its comfortable, and has the friendliest people you have ever met working there! Not to mention the staff is quite attractive!
An L.A. version of "Cheers," where everybody knows your two-minute movie pitch. – The Scene
The writers, directors and producers who opened this Studio City bar back in 1986 envisioned it as an entertainment industry locale where aspiring artists, established stars and studio suits could toss back a couple of cold ones while talking shop. Although new owners took over in 1998, the same spirit still pervades. The homey interior is spotted with modest wooden furnishings, leather booths, a serviceable bar, televisions and a fitting autographed picture of Ted Danson as Sam Malone. Live blues, rock and cover bands take the tiny stage on the weekends, as do karaoke singers on Sundays.
Neighborhood hole-in-the-walls like this survive on character. Friendly bartenders make jokes as easily as drinks, and holiday parties are known for free food and specialty drinks--little touches that are big things for a crowd that prefers substance over superficiality.
Not as bad as someone wrote – residuals has changed much since Mike & Stuart took over from Craig Tennis. Some of the old regulars still hang, but there are a lot of new faces. The Bars staff are friendly & professional. If you can, see the Art of Sax & Preston Smith, both regular performers "Zids" has become a late night tradition in Studio City, back to its position as one of the coolest bars in the City!~ Whoever wrote the nasty review mustn't have been able to hawk his screenplay that night!!
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