February 4th, 2009: The Harbor Room

WEDNESDAY, February 4th, 2009

The Harbor Room
195 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

The next time you get into an elevator with several people, take a moment to think about what it would be like should the power be interrupted and you’re left stranded between floors for an indefinite period of time. Only the dim glow of an emergency light fills the tiny space. You acknowledge the girl next to you and pretend like you know how to get the elevator going again. After pressing some buttons and a few failed attempts at open a nonexistent panel in the ceiling, you relent and sulk onto the floor. The close proximity to your fellow passengers inevitably aids in your getting to know one another. The conversation picks up and the mood lightens, but at no point do you forget the inescapable predicament afflicting everyone.

Now, imagine "Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love" begins to play softly from an old speaker above and everyone is suddenly holding a cocktail. A gentle, ocean breeze blows through the room. In the blink of an eye, the elevator car has been bisected by a wet bar, and the girl next to you is now a 55-year-old mustached man, wearing a USC polo, drinking Cutty Sark. You are immediately reminded of your favorite bar in Playa Del Rey, The Harbor Room, LA’s smallest licensed drinking establishment. This low-key, cash-only hole-in-the-wall is a popular nightcap for the baby boomers who live on the nearby bluff overlooking the sand. It offers many stiff, top-shelf drinks at well prices; and, for those of us who enjoy a Jim Beam, splash of coke (the "Tarr"), Harbor Room proudly serves only Beam Black.

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

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