Thursday, January 15, 2015

EVENT: Historic Hollywood Pub Crawl, Los Feliz Edition - with Obscura Society LA

I spend so many nights out in LA by myself, observing the world around me, taking notes, with no one to toast a glass to.

It's time to find some like-minded folk to join me in the revelry.

For my first-ever bar crawl, I'm taking some people to Los Feliz, my favorite LA neighborhood since before I moved here. I don't know if it's because of its proximity to Griffith Park, or its architectural wonders like the Ennis House, but even though it's eight miles (and a good 45 minute drive) away from the neighborhood where I actually live, Los Feliz feels like home to me.

The official event listing can be found here:
Walk in the footsteps of legends and drink up a bit of history in Old Hollywood style 
Go East, intrepid LA explorers! And raise a glass to the legends who ventured out to the farthest reaches of Hollywood, and made Los Feliz their home. 
This area of LA's Eastside is famous for its nightlife, which dates all the way back to the Golden Age of silent movies – when Mack Sennett Studios and Prospect Studios were where you'd find the stars of the silver screen like Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields and Bing Crosby.

Photo courtesy of El Cid
Join Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein (that's me!) as we trace the path of movie stars and starlets from long ago, and celebrate the most obscure corners of this LA neighborhood! We begin our trek at the historic El Cid, whose building once was home to the prison-themed Jail Cafe, and end at The Dresden to witness the unforgettable musical performance of Marty and Elayne, who have been performing in that very spot for over 30 years.

Along the way we'll pass some hidden points of interest and learn a bit about LA and movie history!

We’ll belly up to the bar in these famed Los Feliz nightspots:
  • El Cid – A flamenco supper club and bar for over 50 years, occupying the building of the former Jail Cafe, a 1920s prison-themed speakeasy. Also the neighboring property of a filming location for D.W. Griffith's The Birth Of A Nation.
  • Tiki Ti– For over 50 years, this family business has served up over 90 of the most unique Tiki drinks, most of which can't be found anywhere else, with a history that can be traced back to the very first tropical bar in Hollywood.
  • Good Luck Bar – A local watering hole around the corner from the Vista Theatre, a historic movie and vaudeville theater from 1923, featuring celebrity handprints and footprints in a Hollywood-style walk of fame in its forecourt
  • The Dresden – A Hollywood landmark since 1954: one of the most recognizable filming locations from Swingers, and home to LA's underground musical sensation Marty & Elayne
The Crawl includes a drink on us and a very special $20 credit for new users of the awesome ride-share service Uber or Lyft so that you can go to and fro for the evening safely! Code will be provided after ticket purchase. 
Notes for this adventure:
  • Must be 21 or older!
  • Crawl will kick off at 7 p.m. at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Blvd. - and your first drink is on us!
  • Food will be available for purchase at El Cid and The Dresden, but you may also pack a snack and enjoy at Tiki-Ti and Good Luck Bar as well.
  • Leave your car at home – take Uber or Lyft or the Metro (the Vermont & Sunset station is located within easy walking distance from our starting and end points).
  • We'll provide a $20 credit for first-time users of Uber or Lyft so that you can go to and fro for the evening safely! Code provided after ticket purchase.
  • If you must drive, there is plenty of street parking at both our starting and end points (2 hour meters until 8 p.m.), or valet at The Dresden.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, layers and light-colored clothing – we will be walking one mile distance in the dark from start to finish (with an additional walk back to your car at the end).
  • Smoking is permitted in 2 of the locations

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Photo Essay: The Big Parade Day Two Part 2 (Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Griffith Park)