February 7th, 2007: The Grasshopper Bar

WEDNESDAY, February 7th, 2007

The Grasshopper Bar
5100 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029 (East Hollywood)

Located in the natural slough between the dive bar bastions of East Hollywood and Los Feliz, the Grasshopper is named for the mural which once graced the building’s Normandie elevation. Sadly, time has since erased all indications of this bar’s former glory, and the grasshopper mural has been covered by modern graffiti denoting which dangerous street gang presently controls narcotics distribution in the area. The latest LAPD "Gang Injunctions" maps show a violent turf war between the 18th Street Latinos to the south, and the Scientologists to the north. However, with only a black, painted door and no signs adorning the outside, it’s safe to assume that not one of L. Ron’s posse has ever ventured inside. You’ll have to wonder just how we even found the joint in the first place (Damien’s "18th Street" tattoo may provide some clues).

The complete anonymity from the outside hides the welcoming environs within, where, on the comfortable yet worn bar stools and booths, those on a budget will find that the Grasshopper is tailor made for the working man, boasting a reliable supply of cheap drinks poured by the lovely Loquecia. On a recent visit, a single Alexander Hamilton bought two domestics and an import for three thirsty drinkers, while an elderly man shooting pool in a sombrero sang along with the mariachi jukebox, claiming that the classic love ballad was written by his own uncle. So bring a 20 dollar bill, break a few quarters for the jukebox and a spot at the pool table, and sharpen your Spanish skills, as you will need them to play both. Most of all, come prepared for another truly amazing LA dive.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM an gets really interesting by 10:00. Come for one drink, or stay for one too many. Bring anyone and everyone, and join us for a great time in the middle of the week. If you arrive early or late, look for the people having a damn good time (it’ll be us), or start having a damn good time on your own (we’ll find you).

Carpe Drink’em,

Alex, Damien, & Travis, WDBT Co-Czars

Larry: How did they finally get to you?
Sam: They gave me a grasshopper.
Larry: What’s a grasshopper?
Sam: Let’s see… two parts gin, one part brandy, one part Creme de Menthe…

-Robert F-in’ DeNiro, Ronin

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