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Details: The Tar Pit


DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
The Tar Pit
609 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

MODERN - $$$$ - EAT -
(323) 965-1300

With a grand bar which stretches around 40" in length, which greets you imediately as you enter the door, it is easy to see that this is definately a cocktail-focused establishment. The drink menu is a wonderful blend of both classic and modern cocktails, with a special "New Age Tropica" section providing a wonderful and unique collection of drinks which have taken their inspiration from the Tiki drinks of old.

While the name might seem a little gruff, the interior is definately classy, with marble floors, elegant booths, and a lovely and massive marble-topped bar. Entering the Tar Pit you will feel like you are walking into one of the classic Hollywood bars of the 40's.

The drinks are all (for the most part) $12, and a wonderful collection of small-pate food items on the bar menu, most of which are $9 each with a dining menu ranging from $7 to $17. They also have an interesting pricing scheme on the wine, with each selling for $38 a bottle.
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