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Historic Hollywood Bars

Fodor’s Southern California, 15th edition

ONE WAY OF immersing yourself in Hollywood history, suggests the 15th edition of Fodor’s Southern California, is to go bar-hopping. The guidebook singles out eight watering holes that have been around anywhere from 50 to 100 years, have been used in movies and TV shows and are frequented by the stars. They include:

Chez Jay Restaurant (opened 1959), 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. “Walks the line between celebrity hangout and dive bar.” Clientele has included the Rat Pack, Leonard Nimoy, Sean Penn, Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore. A Single Man and Goliath filmed scenes here.

Frolic Room (1935), 6245 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. “Hollywood favorite next door to the famed Pantages Theater.” Kiefer Sutherland drinks here. L.A. Confidential and Southland filmed here.

Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli (1961), 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. “The decor is pure retro 1960s, including vinyl booths.” Big names include Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, Julia Roberts (again), Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Films and TV include Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Enemy of the State and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. “Definitely a dive bar,” but Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple and Jakob Dylan have all played the room.

Musso & Frank Grill (1919), 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. “The oldest bar in Hollywood…authentic ’30s-era decor…serves a mean martini.” Patrons have included Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Ocean’s Eleven, Charlie’s Angels 2 and Mad Men have shot here.

 

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