March 21st, 2007: Little Joy

WEDNESDAY, March 21st, 2007

Little Joy
1477 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

On a recent weeknight, a Czar found himself at the tail end of a miserable day. Work was hell, The Man shackled him down with Jury Duty, and a paternity test came back with undesirable results. Depressed and alone, the Czar turned to the only true comfort he knew in life: the dive bar, and was drawn to Little Joy more by the name than anything else.

Is the Little Joy a place for those with little joy in their own lives to drown their sorrows? Or is it a place that offers that much needed little sliver of joy in our postmodern lives? Are the pint glasses of Sierra Nevada and PBR half-full, or half-empty in this establishment? The Czar went, seeking answers, and salvation.

He settled into the bar stool and sipped on his cheap and well-proportioned Scotch & Soda, and was struck by the fact that one of the patrons had selected consecutive songs from "The Big Lebowski" on the eclectic jukebox. As the depressed Czar pondered precisely what condition his condition was in, he took note of the ambiance that Little Joy offered. A strict dress code of black and denim is followed by all regulars, with the only sources of bright color appearing in tattoos or hair. The walls on the inside of the joint are covered with graffiti that appears somewhat sanctioned by the bartenders, who chug Tecate behind the bar and as a result, mix progressively more potent but less reliably accurate drinks as the night rolls on. Schlitz Beer is available in a can* and the pint glasses have ads for Greyhound busses on them.

These observations put a smile on the depressed Czar’s face and, as he gazed down to find the Scotch & Soda he thought he’d finished, he realized it was, in fact, still half-full.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM and 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

* A note to Dive Bar Troopers, "Little Joy" may be the only stop on this year’s tour when you can earn that elusive "Schlitz" Merit Badge!

"If’n you ain’t the grandaddy of all liars! The little critters of nature… They don’t know that they’re ugly! That’s very funny! A fly marrying a bumblebee. I told you I’d shoot! But you didn’t believe me! Why didn’t you believe me?!"

-Stinky Wizzleteats, "The Happy Happy Joy Joy Song"

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