1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.104315 -118.287412
Neighborhoods: Los Feliz, Central LA
Ye Rustic Inn is the perfect place to nurse a hangover with the bloody mary breakfast, the chicken wings, and the pitch black interior. Nevermind the antler chandelier, this is a friendly dive bar in Los Feliz catering to an eclectic clientele of locals. The vibe can change quickly when the Laker game is over or when the Wilco concert lets out at the Greek. There's trivia on Sunday nights if that's your thing.
I've been going there for years.
The food has been good, most of the time.
Mostly good company, with a few exceptions.
I guess a dive bar is one that looks well used,
with it's regulars sitting at the bar, and the unfamiliar usually sitting at the tables.
The jukebox plays old 80's hits and stuff from beyond.
The T.V.'s are mostly tuned to sports.
The bar backs are usually pretty cool guys, but some of
the bar waitresses are a little too sensitive, too easily angered. They probably just have too much attitude, but you should be careful about looking at them, they may throw you out for it.
That said.....I'll never go back.
Love it! – Go to the Rustic during the day and get your, "hair of the dog" on. Order ten hot-wings and a pitcher of beer for 20 bucks. Great place to catch, "the game" and drunken sports fans of teams around the world, (without the JOCK mentality). It's nice and dark in there ... spend the afternoon and be shocked to walk out into the sunlight. One of the best in the city ... especially if you miss the great greaaazzzy bar food of the midwest.
Boycotting Karaoke Night – As one of the last holdouts among my friends I have been a loyal costumer until last week! Tuesday evenings are their karaoke nights. I had been there before and while it was nothing special and I ignored the "everything I do is ironic" vibe of some of the hipster participants, I had no legitimate complaints - nor was I ever looking for one.
Recently I met up with the same regulars I usually have drinks with there and karaoke was about to begin. Initially I swallowed the sour attitude of the guy running the music when he spoke to me as if in a scolding manner because my solo "stage name" read different from my duet "stage name." Most other places have great fun with the funny names you and your group come up with but not him. Even though he was quite abrasive about such a ridiculous thing I assured him it wasn't to mastermind a scheme to sing more than others get the chance to. (I was nice and didn't say it like that but he acted as though a dastardly deed had occurred)
For the first 20 minutes or so everyone was having a perfectly nice time. Karaoke is not for snobs and professionals sing shoulder to shoulder with people that are nervous to sing in the shower - that's the fun of it. Everyone was very supportive no matter what the song choice or the level of singing. THEN (cue dramatic music) three tragically, ironically dressed hipsters who where very familiar with the karaoke guy stepped in (even though they got there after many more had already signed up) took the mic and with an unwarranted machismo as though they owned the place, and proceeded to underwhelm with a forgettable performance. Forgettable until they started adding their own words and began railing on the nice guy who sang a King of Leon song to his girlfriend before them. At first I remarked "these guys really don't like Kings of Leon" but their rant against this poor guy got nastier and nastier until they where just swearing and calling him names. The guy took his pride and his girl out the door as these douches took the fun right out of the room.
When several people complained to karaoke grump that they had signed up a long time ago and his buddies where going up again and again to strut around the room and only amuse themselves, he started getting angry. First making up random rules and then using the old "I guess you don't want to sing, do you?" bribe.
His "too cool for school" buddy trio noticed the complaints to there friend karaoke grump and quickly changed their lyrics to attack the people who dared speak up. Now I swear all the time but three guys on a microphone berating and calling people every name in the book - that's right especially the "C" word is not my idea of fun.
Many people who had signed up early when the vibe was friendly left. I know a regular complained to the manager but I don't know what the response was. When I complained, however she rudely said " There's nothing I can do about it. AS she walked away. Well, there's something I can do, say goodbye to you and your tasty wings forever.
Great neighborhood joint – I have lived nearby for years and this place has always been popular. It's like a grungy East Coast or Midwest neighborhood bar, except the girls are cuter. Always an interesting collection of locals and a great place to stop on a Los Feliz pub crawl. The food is pretty good. The Hot Wings are the stars, though. And I like that I don't get the "I'm a Hollywood Bartender" attitude from the girls that work here. That's unique in this section of town. The drinks are strong and tasty. Though I avoid the Jagermeister as its a bit overpriced. Lots of big flatscreens not only show sports stuff but also provide the only light in the place. Well, there are some candles too. Good, blurry people and good, blurry times.
Great place to chill – The Rustic is the best place to go if you're looking for a great neighborhood bar with a friendly staff, strong drinks, and great food. The wings are incredible, and the rest of the menu has a variety of items, perfect for whatever mood you're in. They have a great happy hour Monday through Thursday, 4-7, with specials on beer, liquor, and food. If you're into sports, there are several flat screen TVs showing all the big games in HD. All in all, it's my favorite go-to spot when I want to kick back and relax. Check it out!
Best Wings in L.A. – I've been a customer at the Rustic for sometime. Always raved about their wings to everyone. I'm glad that Susan has now come up with a Happy Hour menu. $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts , $4 wells, and $4 selected import drafts all day until 8:30 and late night Happy Hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Glad to see the Mozarella sticks made the food portion of the menu too for only $4. They even have free nachos during the day!!! Glad to see there are still good deals even in this economy.
LA's BEST HOT WINGS!!! – For few years me and my friends would come from the Valley to hang out at our favorite cool bar "The Rustic".Not until recently I have tried their hot wings. OMG!!!! What have I been missing!!! By FAR the best hot wings I have ever munched on . My favorite bar became even more cool. Now I recommend them to everyone. Enjoy!
ROCKIN RUSTIC KEEPS ADDING MORE. – I love that every night there is something different to keep me entertained. You have to get there early to get a booth for the Laker playoffs. This year they have the MLB baseball package so we can watch the Dodger & yankee games at the same time. Karaoke is on Tuesday and trivia is on Sunday . They have 8 new tap beers and a kick ass happy hour Monday thru Thursday. It's great that I can walk there, but they still have free parking for my friends. And of course the WINGS still the best in town!
Wings, Wings, Wings and Drinks – This is the darkest bar in LA. Seriously, come in from the shining sun and it may as well be midnight in the Rustic.
Inside there are comfy booths. Though on weekend nights it's pretty tough to get into one.
Stella and Bud on tap. Strong cocktails and tasty food make this place a winner. It's great for watching games or saucing up with friends in Los Feliz. They have the best wings in LA.
You don't come here to scope the hottest people in town, but you always have a blast.
The prices keep sneaking up, but many of us keep paying so we can bask in the dark groove of the Rustic.
one of the best bars of 2005 – Three years ago, my review would have raved about:
- $10 pitchers of budweiser
- hot, fun and competent service staff
- an eclectic mix of regulars
- one of the best jukeboxes on the northeast side
- wings that can't be beat.
Today, in 2008, I can say with confidence that the wings still kick a$$.
Aside from that, the bar has gone downhill. Bill and Susan have managed to alienate almost all of their long-time service staff while jacking prices almost 50%. Further, while the bar was once a great melting-pot of our corner of LA, it's now almost exclusively dominated by faux-hipsters.
Wings aside, the only reason to go here any more are the TVs for games (the football crowds are still usually pretty good). There are worse bars in LA, but the Rustic is far from the paragon of drunken divey fun it once was
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