June 22nd, 2011: H.M.S. Bounty

WEDNESDAY, June 22nd, 2011

H.M.S. Bounty
3357 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in our purse, and nothing particular to interest us on Sunset, we sailed about to the watery part of the LA dive bar world. Inspired, we cast a wide net.

Our, casual, debauchery was always seeking out the next cozy haunt; uttering for entrance to the next speak easy. This thirst for the new has left our old haunts missed. These, at times, great places have been forgotten amongst the cocktail napkins and matchbooks of over five years of touring. Some, like Del’s, have been lost forever. Others, like the Gold Room, are now an ironic museums to their golden age. These places are archived in our hearts and on our rarely trafficked website. Time to sort through our history and plot a course back-in-time.

September 24, 2008. Nearly three years ago, we last visited this week’s stop - the H.M.S Bounty.

Its Wilshire Center neighborhood has become the gentrified home to hipsters. Across the boulevard is the new $578 million RFK Community Schools complex. Yes, that is the most expensive public school ever built in America. However, our port-of-call is still nestled in the feet of the Gaylord Apartments, named for the developer, socialist, Canadian, UK, and US political candidate, the millionaire (at various times) Gaylord Wilshire. Yes, it’s the same as the long boulevard that houses many capitalist institutions and the legal stealing of 10-15%, talent agencies — but most importantly, the H.M.S. Bounty.

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 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!

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

- Winston Churchill

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