12236 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA | Directions 9006633.996927 -118.426570
Bar open 5:30pm - 2am Monday through Saturday
Kitchen open 6pm - 12am Monday through Saturday
Neighborhoods: West LA, Culver - West
Expensive, Slow Service – I used to frequent this place before the renovation when it was a dive bar. I noticed it was open again when passing by so I stopped in for a drink with a friend. The service was slow to say the least. It was on a saturday early evening. There were maybe 10 patrons in the place. We sat down at the bar and probably waited 10 minutes before we were noticed by the bartender. I ordered a glass of wine and got a glass with the previous patrons lipstick all over it. After waiting another 10 minutes to get the bartenders attention I gave it back, even though I did not drink any of it I still paid almost $10 for the glass. I'm not stepping foot in there ever again.
A Black Diamond in the Rough – Approaching the entrance, you immediately stumble upon an awkward ramp leading to the heavy, tinted threshold. Designer lighting creates a subtle glow once you step foot onto the concrete flooring, and you are welcomed into the serene atmosphere. At first glance, you notice the protruding bar, designed to fit the occupying space. Then, your eye wanders to the right, catching a glimpse of the cozy fireplace situated on the back wall. Lounge seating compliments this section, allowing for prime conversational areas. An outdoor space provides for additional conversations as it is separated from the street by a pattern-based brick wall, creating an ?indoor? feel. Heading back indoors, you find yourself captivated by the large 3?x3? photographs of derelict pools and suburban Los Angeles, leaving a lasting impression of this ?black diamond in the rough.?
Drink of Choice: Acme IPA
Music of Choice: Late 90?s top 50 pop/rock
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The Food is awesome!!!! Atmosphere is fun and inviting!!!! – Walked in around 8:00pm on a wednesday night, to grab a bite to eat before my friends started arriving for drinks. Very quiet around this time easy to get a drink. Chicken tacos were recommended had them, and they were fantastic! Order the Frys guys!!!! Chatted with the locals everyone was very friendly, as the evening progressed so did the number of occupants. Never got loud enough that you couldn't hear what anybody was saying. There were very attractive people scattered amongst the place, bartender was on top of everything, definitely a positive recommendation. Newly renovated, locals talked about what an old dive it use to be. Very hip and trendy, definitly envied the couple that was able to snag the couch next to the fireplace!!! If you do go, try to bring a jacket, noticed that the AC was on high through out most of the evening- being from Michigan I was even a little chilly. Definitely a place you want to visit if your looking for something new, and fun!!!!
Great local spot – Loved the fact that I didn't have to drive across town for a small, simple, nicely decorated bar. I like chill environments and usually go to The Well when i'm in hollywood. but that's far when you live in Ladera. Place was brighter than most bars and that's a plus...bartenders were cute and flirty so taht added to the fun. I had the mozzarella, fried chicken oysters, zucchini, and the beer on tap...all fantastic. was able to have good convo with friends...nice drinks....didn't notice the pricing because i think the folks that say stuff is too expensive haven't relized the old idea of too expensive is now the new norm. I got there at 9:15pm so i had no issue with sitting at the bar. the place did get crowded and folks stood around and chit chatted. but that's the appeal as well. not the place for large bday parties or a night out on the town...it's the place for "hey what do you wanna do tonite?" "i dunno...i just wanna chill out and have a drink and not pay a cover or wait in a line and eat some simple good eats" "well let's got to the alibi" "done."
Another Bar From the Owners of the Brigg. Went on a Saturday night for a birthday. We also live near by. Very crowded because the layout of the place is not very functional. The bar is an odd shape that takes up most of the space in the room. Along side of the bar are seats & peopel stand behind them but the aisle is too narrow to get through so people are constantly bumping into eact other.
This used to be a local bar which, like the Brig has lost all of it's character and is another expensive generic space.
Former dive bar has been reincarnated into an unpretentious cocktail lounge that sits at the corner of chic and industrial. – In Short
The look is minimalist--soft gray walls and natural wood--but the vibe is fast and smoove, much like the electronica wafting from the owner's iPod. The bar itself is an off-center triangular shape, with hundreds of top-shelf vodka bottles lingering above. A cozy fireplace spawns more intimate conversations among the 20- to 40-somethings disproportionately dressed in black--much like the striking servers who tend the bar. A small menu features staples like sandwiches, burgers and fries to soak up the booze.
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