January 12th, 2011: The Dime

WEDNESDAY, January 12th, 2011 

The Dime
442 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Happy New Year,

Two thousand and eleven is the start of a new chapter in the World Dive Bar Tour. We are turning over new leaves, making resolutions and righting the wrongs of the past. Over the holidays, we realized the tour needed some fresh ideas, new blood and to that aim we resolved to get out and socialize with other bar cultures. The WDBT is confident this time, this year, we will abide by most of our promises until (at least) mid-January. Soon, the news of snow storms in other parts of the country and the realization that our next paid holiday is in May will destroys our will to live and force us into the safe womb of our usual haunts. In the spirit of in with the new and fear of the same old, this week we visit the Dime.

Our stop is located on same block of Fairfax as the ancient, reliable, shabby Canter’s (with adjoining tour favorite the Kibitz Room) and new, wait two hours for a table, trendy Animal. The block’s gentrification has transformed The Dime. It cost a bit more. The decor is almost dive and it still would be dive, save the uber hipster backlit photographs on the wall. There are few patrons outside of the general WDBT advertising demographic. The bartenders are far cuter. But like any cleaned up drunk, you can still see the old ways written on the bathroom wall.

Let us go to forth into the Los Angeles’ Jerusalem, meet the people and preach the Wor(l)d Dive Bar Tour. Dress up, bring some smiles and mingle with the crowd. Let them know why you are there. Tell them we will be at the Silver Lake Lounge on January 26th.

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, if the friendly regulars don’t find you first).

Carpe Drink’em,

Brian, host

for The World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

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