When one thinks of Hollywood, one of the first things that comes to mind may be the shockingly bounteous amount of Motley Crue-worshipping rock and rollers that fill many of its outlets. There is a blatant yearning for the eighties and all of its hairspray lingering in the air. But Hollywood isn’t just mascara and lines of cocaine, there are also places that serve as a satisfying homage to decades that are arguably more earnest.
Written by Chad Fjerstad / Photographed by Katherine Workinger
Recently, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s has broken through as one of the most talked about bars in all of Los Angeles. It’s seventies-inspired aesthetic goes above and beyond what we’ve come to expect by emulating an entire retro house party. After you get through security, you’ll find yourself passing through an exceptionally decorated garage that leads to none other than an entrance disguised as a refrigerator door. Step through the secret passage and into the arena of wonder to be greeted by walls full of vinyl records, vintage furniture, warm color schemes, and probably a feathered bang or two. These guys definitely did their research. The palace is visually on point, but aesthetic isn’t the only thing Davey Wayne’s has to offer.
Wayne’s signatures in food and drink match the exquisiteness of its ornamentation. One of the most interesting elements is in the way that you order your food. In the back yard lies the veneer of a food truck which features delicious food items in that proposed style. The Not So Durty Dog tantalized my taste buds efficiently with its bacon-wrapping and its avocado lime crema. If you were to keep your ears hearkened, it is likely you’d hear more than a couple people raving about the Spicy Korean BBQ Ribs. Back in the bar, you’ll be treated to a plentiful selection of tasteful draft beers, wines, and mixology-caliber cordials. If you’re a fan of jalapeno and tequila as I am, I would suggest The Cisco Kid, which is well worth the twelve dollar price for its luscious blend of spicy and sweet. If after all your adventures you’re still in the mood for a larger dose of records and music, you should make your way over to Amoeba Music.