I must preface this post by saying that while I have lived in LA for 2.5 years, I have never really experienced Hollywood on a Saturday night. I come to Hollywood every day for work, I have gone out at 8pm on a Friday night for drinks after work, and even went to one Saturday night birthday at a bar, but I never truly experienced what Hollywood on a Saturday night is really about. There were tour busses in front of restaurants/ night clubs. The smell of daddy issues was thick in the air, as girls in headband-sized dresses and GaGa-heels waited on street corners. It was definitely a new experience for me, and as a blog keeper I must share it with you.
We started by finding street parking, which was not easy at 11p on a Saturday. We ended up parking along Carlos Ave between Bronson and Gower. I recommend this area if you carpooled and don’t want to pay for a lot. It’s a little bit of a walk to get to the heart of Hollywood and it’s not the safest to walk alone.
We began our night at the Frolic Room (which is in my L.A. Bizarro book). The bouncer knew some patrons by sight, so I’m guessing this dive bar is the type that locals frequent. The crowd had a few rough characters and the rest were your classic 20-something year old hipsters and “normies” (aka normal average people).
From this picture it’s hard to tell but the place was packed. It also had surprisingly clean bathrooms for a dive bar. I should mention that this bar hopping event happened because my good friend Karen is leaving LA. She has a few weeks left and put together an itinerary of things she needs to do in LA before she leaves. Youll learn more about this events since I signed up for several and will be blogging about them. This night crossed off “bar hop in Hollywood” from her list. Can I just say that making a city bucket list shouldn’t just be reserved for people moving out of town. I wish my friends all made lists like Karen’s because then we would all constantly doing fun things. Preaching over, but seriously, make a bucket list and invite me along.
After leaving the Frolic Room. On to the next!
After leaving the Frolic Room we continued on our journey but the places we passed were so packed, that finding a bar to accommodate our group of 6 was tricky. Once we ended up in front of the packed Piano Bar, we backtracked to Stout which we could tell wasn’t packed. We got a booth perfect for 5 (we lost one). I had the Mint Chocolate Bootleggers stout.
My sister and I split their amazing bread pudding. I’m not a bread pudding person, it’s just not for me. This bread pudding was unreal. It had chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. It was still warm from being freshly made for us and had a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. It was perfect for 2 people and even had some to share with the group. Once this finished out our night around 2p, we headed back to our cars as the clubs were letting out. So many stupid people on the streets.
I’m so glad I participated in Saturdays festivities and I got to experience a side of LA I hadn’t before. Now I can also cross that off my city-bucket list.