May 9th, 2007: Chez Jay

WEDNESDAY, May 9th, 2007

Chez Jay
1657 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Some look at the WDBT Extension as an escalation in our already full-blown dive bar occupation. Some prefer to see it as a new strategy, a "surge" if you will, that allows our Co-Czars in the field the best chance for success. Others just think we are compensating for something. Whatever the case, we never prepare an exit strategy.

In the spirit of ill-conceived quagmires, we will be invading a little Santa Monica joint called Chez Jay. This bar earned its place in history back in ‘71 when Daniel Ellsberg began passing top-secret documents to a New York Times reporter in a back booth. These documents later became known as the infamous Pentagon Papers which exposed US involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1969. Who knows what kind of nefarious cloak and dagger exchanges we will witness on Wednesday night.

We weren’t able to get this dive on WDBT: Classic this year so we are flexing Extension muscle to bring you this bar. As always, we rely on the infinite wisdom of Citysearch users to show was right from wrong: Chez Jay boasts "Awful, Just Awful Customer Service" and elicits "Conflicted feelings" from its patrons who are a "mix of hollywood wannabes, old men with younger women and alcoholics." Perfect.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM and gets really interesting by 10:00. Come for one free 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,

Auxiliary Captain

"I hate these cocktail parties. John, I’m in hell. I’ll be mentally dead in two years and physically dead in four."

- Richard M. Nixon, Nixon

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