April 4th, 2012: Chimneysweep Lounge

WEDNESDAY, April 4th, 2012

Chimneysweep Lounge
4354 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

When it comes to Los Angeles dive bars, the question is often asked - “What is the best dive in Los Angeles?” Like a parent with a large brood of children, the answer must be - “We love them all the same.” It is impossible to simplistically identify a single bar as the greatest, or even to compose a list of the top 5, 10, or 20. All dives are exemplary, and like “man’s other best friend” they all have certain characteristics and special qualities which set them apart in pedigree or link them together in loyalty. Yet, this week the WDBT will visit a bar that could eek out a ‘Best in Show’ in a dive bar competition on any given night in this fine city.

The Chimneysweep Lounge sits in the San Fernando Valley halfway between the Studio City and Encino in a grand LA strip mall a few blocks north of Ventura Blvd. It shares an ample parking lot with a ornate middle eastern restaurant, a surly dry cleaner, a specialty Tango dance studio, and a Chicago Style hot dog joint where you can have any sausage steamed, grilled, charred, or deep fried. The Chimneysweep, in the rear of the mini mall, is a lovely dark space. It contains a beautiful kidney bean shaped bar, topical art, free popcorn, an unfriendly bartender, an indoor fireplace (it is unknown if it can be lit), and the trophies from decades of softball team sponsorship. The small adjoining room contains a pool table, dart board, and golden tee arcade game…. and best of all, the door to the front patio. The only rule on the patio is “No Drinks After Midnight.”

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, host
for the World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

“Chim chiminey, Chim chiminey, Chim chim cher-ee!, When you’re with a sweep, You’re in glad company” - Dick Van Dyke

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