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"Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

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"Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

Hey All. I've been looking at a lot of the forums, I have seen a bunch about different bars near the Chinese Theater in Hollywood (i.e. Lava Lounge, which appears to be closed?). We have only a few hours to go out in Hollywood (a stop-over destination between San Diego & Santa Barbara) when we get into town around 11PM. Are there one or two "classic' Hollywood bars - something that may not have changed for generations, old wood, etc? I have heard about Formosa Cafe - but anything else? Or does that not exist (or exist elsewhere)?

Appreciate the help!

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1. Re: "Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

musso and frank grill.

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2. Re: "Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

Musso and Frank

Pig and Whistle

Formosa

Dan Tana's (but further away from Hollywood/Highland, on the way to out of town)

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3. Re: "Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

If an old-time Hollywood Bar is what you want, you can't get more "old Hollywood" than the Frolic Room at 6245 Hollywood Bl -- next to the Pantages Theater. This tiny place gets packed before and after shows at the neighboring theater so visit accordingly. No old wood, though.

Have fun!

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Thanks so much folks - this is real good stuff.

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Try the Dresden. It is one of my favorite! It has been featured in a bunch of movies including Swingers. The place opened in the early 60's and the lounge act, Marty and Elaine have been a nightly fixture since 1982. Off the 101 Freeway, which is the one you will take to SB. Just take the 405North to the 110North to the 101North. You can email me privately if you need more info.

worldsbestbars.com/city/los-angeles/the-dres…

…citysearch.com/profile/11304824/hollywood_c…

http://www.thedresden.com/

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Frolic Room is a classic and to see Marty and Elaine at Dresden is for some unexplaining, very strange reason imensly entertaining(you will know why when you are there,lol)

You might also want to try Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. While in the area, Formosa Cafe and Jones are right across from each other. Great old school hollywood bars

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7. Re: "Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

On the same vein ,we are staying at the Elan modern and eating at Grace on Sun and Water Grill on Mon(Labour day weekend).

Looking for recommendations for Bars -Cabaret lounge to spend a couple of hours after dinner ,either near the restaurants ,the hotel or en route back to hotel.We will be using cabs for transport.

All suggestions appreciated.

P.S We are a young 47-46..........lol

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firstimer, I'd start a NEW POST for your question to get the biggest impact.

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9. Re: "Classic" Hollywood Traditional/Historic Bar or Tavern?

Absolutely the Frolic Room (as seen in LA Confidential, note the Hirschfeld wallpaper), & the Dresden. Also, the Coach & Horses on Sunset Blvd. is a really old bar (my husband's late father who was an LA native born in 1914, used to go there after working at the studio). The Good Luck Bar on Hillhurst isn't old, but the bar in it is a prop from the movie the Good Earth (Henry Fonda playing Chinese), & used to be the bar at YeeMeeLu's (sp?) an old Chinatown bar I used to go to in the 80's that many of us natives remember fondly (to go drinks in styrofoam cups, barflies, etc.).

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Thanks Hop Skip