March 17th, 2010: El Cid

WEDNESDAY, March 17th, 2010 

El Cid
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

This year’s calendar presents an intriguing conundrum to the WDBT Executive Committee, with the unrivaled boozing holiday of old St. Patty’s falling on our beloved Wednesdays for the first time in the tour’s existence. You might think that such an astrological alignment would be considered auspicious by your humble schedule-makers, but that would make you an idiot. St. Patty’s is a horrible holiday for a dive bar true-believer. The worst. We on The Tour believe firmly in the sanctity of the lonely barstool where a man can drown his sorrows without some pop-collared brohamulus spilling green beer all over his backside. Every St. Patty’s, our favorite dives are swarmed by such cretins — in particular the haunts with Irish-ish names — leaving us to seek refuge in a location overlooked by the unkempt, "Kiss Me, I’m Shit-Faced" t-shirt wearing masses.

Enter El Cid, a Spanish-style Flamenco bar with a sprawling patio that provides plenty of room to escape any invasions of beshamrocked interlopers who might successfully navigate the bar’s treacherous brick staircase entryway. El Cid features cheap drinks for a mostly reasonable price, live music most nights, and is known in particular for its rather charming weekend flamenco shows. But on Wednesdays, the place is as dead as Cory Haim. Which is exactly what we’re looking for.

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 late and find people having too good a time with their green boas and leprechaun charms, odds are we’ve called an audible and headed for Tiki Ti or the 4100 to try our luck elsewhere on this highly unpredictable night for dives.

Carpe Drink’em,

Alex, Damien, & Travis, WDBT Co-Czars

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