February 22nd, 2012: Monte Carlo

WEDNESDAY, February 22nd, 2012

Monte Carlo
3514 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

It was a cold night in Los Angeles. The kind of night other places call Fall. The streets were still damp from the day’s rain but the clouds had cleared off for sunnier places, I guess. We pushed open the door and stepped inside. It was dark - a few sad lights, ESPN and Fox News gave the place a cold blue hue. The bartender looked nice but she was handling the drunk at the far end of the bar something fierce. She prodded him to wake up, get up and get out. Used logic that wasn’t fit for a man, let alone one with too many. He was draped in a coal black suit, covering a shiny red shirt and tie, and topped off by a dime store fedora. His clothes and nose gave the impression of a double for Pacino in the Devil’s Advocate, but last I check Al wasn’t Armenian.

I barked my order, “I’ll have a Tarr.” She was unaware of the cocktail. I clarified, “Jim Beam with a splash of Coke.” It was a generous pour for six clams; I knew I was in a bar. My crew got a couple of beers for three and half apiece. The place was stocked up. Cases of beer lined the walls. I could see Ness bustin’ in at anytime and ruining a dive like this, but this place might be too dirty to ever clean.

This week, we visit the Monte Carlo Bar. Park at the Ralph’s across Vermont. Bring cash.

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,

Di Maggio, host

for The World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

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