Hip places to hang...
on the corner of Santa Monica and Virgil, there is plenty of street
parking to go around if you arrive early enough.
Easily located, the bright orange flames on black background
decorate the Garage and draw you inside.
Step in the entryway and show your ID to the doorman, while
realizing happily, that it is 21 and over, and therefore you will find
alcohol somewhere in the depths of this club.
Walk through the short black hallway and step into the main room.
You get a feel of hotrods and mechanics as you gaze around.
your left you see a DJ booth built out of sheet metal and the hood of a
car. Further in the room
you see the stage styled after a
mechanics garage of the late fifties. It
is a tight little space perfect for an evening’s entertainment.
To your right, you see the bar. Old tail pipes are manipulated
together creating interesting lamps. Well stocked and reasonably priced,
a drink from the friendly yet busy bartender is easily attained, again
if you arrive early enough. With
drink in hand, you can stroll over to the booths located along one
entire side of the club. As you climb into the booth, it seems you are
getting into the backseat of a classic car.
Plop your drink on the table in front of you; now
you are suitably seated to view the décor of the room from your fine
interior is painted with flames to match the exterior, and the odd car
parts hanging from the walls will catch your eye.
The tailgates from old trucks hang artfully about and street
signs announcing no parking and
the likes are also part of the
decoration. The sound is
always loud; strategically placed
speakers spit out the music of the rockin’ bands that may be
playing. In between sets a DJ entertains you with
a variety of sounds ranging from hard core Rock & Roll to boppin’
80's hits. Or, if you need a quick change of pace, you can
wander through a doorway towards the back and up a ramp into the lounge
area. The floor is
decorated with animal print carpeting and
the room is dimly lit with beautiful
wall sconces sporting fantastic religious etchings. Replenish your drink
at the small bar you discover there, then relax on the low-rider couches
scattered amongst artistic tables, where you can chat away from the
bedlam of the main room while listening to music played from the second
club has it all: gratifying
sounds from local bands, great décor, plenty of seating and a place to
get away and have a conversation at a comfortable level.
At the reasonably low price of five to seven bucks (usually),
how can you ever go wrong?
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