October 19th, 2011: Hank’s Bar

WEDNESDAY, October 19th, 2011

Hank’s Bar
840 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Downtown is no longer the desolate place it once was.  In years past, the empty spaces between the skyscrapers were more reminiscent of the American Southwest with silent breezes echoing between empty plazas.  Today the hubbub of modern life has encroached, with kids from the suburbs shivering in lines outside of trendy nightclubs on Spring Street and searchlights seek meaning above LA Live.

There are a few nooks which still evoke the days of old downtown, and Hank’s Bar is one of these.  It sits in the base of the seedy Stillwell Hotel, our second Hotel adjacent bar in as many dive bar outings.  While just a stones throw from FDIM students picking out low fat salad dressing at the downtown Ralphs or v-neck t-shirts ordering cocktails at a 7th Street nuevo lounges, Hank’s bar has a spot at the bar for the working class patron who just wants a bud light, free popcorn, and a few songs on the jukebox.  While it has been over two years since we have visited Hank’s, it still has ‘Yesterdays Charm’ as the bar’s motto states.

And best of all, two years ago in the small fish tank behind the bar, a young turtle swam endlessly against the flow of the recirculating pump - reminiscent of those old dive bars such as Charlie O’s and Crabby Joes who were powerless to resist the gentrification of the downtown scene.  Today, thankfully, the turtle is fully grown, and Hank’s is still with us.  May it always be so.

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,

Travis, Brian, and Neil; hosts

for The World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache”

Ajahn Chah

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