July 25th, 2012: King Eddy Saloon

WEDNESDAY, July 25th, 2012

The King Eddy Saloon
131 East 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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In what has become a sad tradition for those of us at the WDBT, we must mark the upcoming passing of an old friend. When it comes to the ‘cancer’ of progress, the prognosis for a dive bar is almost always terminal. The time has come for the King Eddy Saloon to close. It will soon be closed for renovation–no longer to sell cheap beer and dodgy potato salad, but rather to sling some sort of market inspired retro asian fusion cocktail whatever. As noted recently on KPPC, King Eddy’s days are numbered.

“But as much as the King Eddy has remained sealed in amber for decades, the neighborhood has changed around it. Now there are lofts and cupcake bakeries, vintage stores and art galleries, and bars with dress codes and $15 organic cocktails. And now, at last, that tide of change is lapping inexorably at the walls of the King Eddy. The bar has been sold, and will be closed for major renovations in the fall. “

This week, we visit for what maybe the last time; all WDBT attendees are invited to wear black or other appropriate mourning attire.

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… and god help you if the overly friendly regulars find you first).

Carpe Drink’em,

Travis, host

for The World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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