Mexican >El Toro Cantina / Busby's
5361 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.062315 -118.345596
Neighborhoods: Miracle Mile, Central LA
Sports bar meets hollywood night club without the BS – From the street you would never think that such a cool, huge place was upstairs. When you enter the lobby they have tv's everywhere playing sports and camera chots of the dancefloor and game rooms upstairs. Once you go up the stairs to your right is the sports bar looking are qith a ton of huge TV's, pool tables, and a ping pong room WTF. They have 2 outdoor patios for smokers which is very convienant. On the left side is a packed dancefloor with a stage and elevated platform areas. I went on a Saturday night and it was packed! The vibe is chill kinda upscale casual. It was a good mix a LA 20 somethings all seeming to have a good time. All the different groups i observed mixed very well and didnt see any pretetiousness i see when i hit hollywood. It was a great place for a date or a birthday party. They had games and dancing which i really liked. The drinks were really strong and priced in the 8$ dollar range. I was on a guestlist and dint have to pay a cover charge which was nice. Valet was 5$. The line to get in was about 40 people but only took 5min for entry. I will definatly be back here. Its a great place to go if you want to avoid the drama of hollywood but still feel as though your at a happening place.
Not bad but still not worth it – the servers blew i had to go up to the bartender just to get someone to take my order because the 4 waiters surrounding the host post ignored me even though the place was seriously empty when i first got there. the happy hour is not so happy its more of an inconsistent joke and its crazy over priced not so special food blew any expectation of a decent lunch. of all the places in la this one is definitely not worth revisiting. heads up the stylists at eclectic salon down the street get drunk in between clients over here i spoke to one of them briefly when asking her what was good on the menu she mumbled the tuna tartar taco so i ordered it she had to be joking it was totally bland and she was totally plastered on her way back to her next client and i was on my way somewhere else to get a real dinner. seriously save your money for real food.
Great time – Great music...mixed crowd. If your over hollywood and want a low key but fun night...go there on a satuarday nite.
Craptacular! – Met up with a big group of people on Saturday night for the bar/club scene. First off there's a $10 cover (boo! this is not a VIP kind of club and second, the drinks were pathetic. They were watered down and overpriced. I'm a lightweight drinker but it took my third drink to even taste any alcohol. The crowd for the most part was pretty cool (mostly an Asian scene) except for a handful of idiots here and there, sprinkled with "dude-get-a-room" couples. They had two pool tables, a basketball shooting game and a few arcade games in one area. There was an outdoor room in the middle so smokers didn't have to walk down to the street level for a ciggie. And there was a pretty decent sized space for dancing. Bathroom was absolutely grotesque, it's like they only cleaned it once a week and they couldn?t afford paper-towels or toilet paper. Valet parking attendants (wankers!) were completely unorganized; I?m pretty patient but we waited almost an hour for our car. A horrible and horrendous night club.
happy hour! – I work in the neighborhood and stopped by El Toro for drinks after work last week. They might possibly have the best margaritas in town, and when they're half-priced for happy hour, they're even better! The gourmet taco menu was really good - we ordered a few different kinds (filet mignon & coconut shrimp tacos were awesome) and nachos, sat at a cool lounge-y table and had a really great time. Staff were great - we were a big group but they took it in stride and even bought us a round of drinks. This will definitely be my new Friday happy hour spot with the girls, especially since we can go right up to Busby's to dance after!
Horrible for night life – I can't believe this place. It was awesome a few months ago but has now turned into a crudhole.
The quality guys who came here to socialize and order drinks get treated like poorly. I'm sorry, but we are the ones who spend 90% of the money in these places.... The bartenders are rude and egotistical. You're here to serve us - so do your job! It shouldn't be mission impossible to order a round of drinks.
The overall croud has gone waaaay down. Half the guys walk around with their shoulders out trying to start fights. This is a club, RELAX! No one wants to start a fight.
All the girls who I brought did not have a good time. They said the guys were creepy and weird. Evne the girls who I met there said the same thing - to were extremely creeped out by the guys! On top of that, the girls aren't even hot....Keep in mind I am the most non-judgemental person ever...but if ugly chicks are getting creeped out by weird guys....imagine what the hot girls are thinking!!
Save yourself a headache and head to another bar in Hollywod. Busby's had SO much potential but the management obviously has no clue how to run a business. Next time show your employees how to treat customers properly. We are at your venue to spend OUR money and you act like you're doing us a FAVOR? No thanks, I'd rather go somewhere that appreciates my business.
Avoid like the plague! – What makes this place bad? Well we can start with the crowd: thuggish looking unattractive people, standoffish girls that are 5s, strange and creepy crowd. Bartenders are rude -- treat the people that are ordering drinks from you with respect. Security -- you're working at busby's on a saturday night, need I say more? get over your ego. Cover charge? LOL what a joke... for this place?
This place used to be cool about 6 months ago but it's gone waaaaay down hill. If you're into the thuggish crowd, ugly people, bad music, horrible bartenders, etc... this place is for you! Seriously, pick somewhere else... anywhere else -- way to many good places in Hollywood to waste your night away here!
Happy Hour, Bar Lounge, Club All around good – Been here for happy hour. Pretty good drink and food prices. Trendy crowd comes in. Been on a Thursday night. Lounge with a DJ. Hip younger crowd. Most people are good looking. They used to have video games on the wall that was cool. Took a date here on Friday. Girl bartender sucked on drinks and service. Very good looking chics. Very cool place because you can choose to go to the club or lounge near the bar. They need to have some stuff to watch on TV.s Being a local. I totally recommend this place. $10 cover for weekend nights. No lines!! Cool bouncers.
ALL AROUND GREAT PLACE – I went to Busby's on Saturday night and had a blast!! The drinks were actually drinks!!! I mean I have been to many a clubs and I am sorry unless you have bottle service and you are pouring your own drinks they 8 times out of 10 are on the weaker side, but not here. My drinks were very good.. no complaints from a progressive drinker like me... Also of course you have your unwanteds everywhere you go but overall the crowd is cool, laidback not too pompous... the ladies are very cute. As far as the music it's great.. the DJ plays a large variety music from Hip Hop, Top 40 etc... there is a stage there where the girls get there and start dancing, it's awesome...security pulled some guy down from one of the boxes but then again aside from his friends who really wants to see a guy on top of a go go box... so in my opinion good call haha. I will definitely come back and make this one of my #1 picks for going out...
Dissapointing music and bar service. – it would be 4 stars, but the dance area gave me so much hope, and was so crushing, that it brought the whole venue down. Fine to hang out and drink though. AVOID for dancing. All in all, for anyone who wasn't 1000 sheets to the wind, the dance scene was laughable (a club consensus - the music was HORRIBLY mixed to dance to) and the bar tender asked me how to mix my drink. Come on!
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