August 2nd, 2013, 09:44 AM #11
August 2nd, 2013, 01:21 PM #12
A fair question, we are coming from South OC. Since all the reviews said parking at the Wiltern sucks and expensive, we are going to get there 3 or 4 ish, maybe hit Philipes, and park somewhere nearby and pay the buck and a half to take the train to Koreatown.
Originally Posted by The Continental
August 2nd, 2013, 03:43 PM #13
my husband used to live in k-town, within walking distance of the wiltern. knowing the area, even after he moved down here to OC with me, we'd park on one of the streets off wilshire for free no prob because we didn't want to pay the $20 to park in the wiltern lot. there is parking in the ralphs right by the wiltern, but all the times we've gone to shows, they've been pretty vigilant about people going to the wiltern NOT parking there. serrano ave, hobart blvd, harvard blvd, kingsley dr, ardmore ave all have street parking that i didn't have trouble with at all, parking on the same side off wilshire that the wiltern is on.
as far as food IN korea town, i like soot bull jeep korean bbq but that's not walking distance. (or it's a bit of a walk...). so if you're gonna drive for food, you might as well go where you want to.
August 2nd, 2013, 04:04 PM #14
Metrolink from OC? Just throwing it out there. Not sure how late the show or trains run.
August 3rd, 2013, 01:02 PM #15
We could park and take it from Long Beach....but late night train trips through some shaky parts of LA are not worth it. We may roll the dice with union station or just take Lunchbox's suggestion and find a side street. Yelp had some good dive bar recomendations...Frank n Hanks, 37Sixty(which someone else mentioned here), and the HMS Bounty all look fun pre show bars.
Originally Posted by The Continental
August 4th, 2013, 12:50 AM #16
i have been to the hms bounty, my husband lived across the street. it's definitely a dive bar. it's not bad. it's had to have been more than 10 years though so i can't remember much more about it other than the fact that it had a dimly lit ambience and i sat in a dark red leather booth.
when i'd wait for my husband to get out of class or work, i'd wait for him in the cafe brass monkey karaoke bar, which was even closer. i'd have a drink and read a book (usually for my french lit class). this was usually during the day so there wasn't much going on, certainly no karaoke. i've only been once at night and it gets too full, it's not really my thing at that point, but it is (was?) pretty popular.
edit: i just went back and read your post. so it was tonight? hope you had a good time!
also, i just looked up 37 sixty and apparently that replaced the atlas supper club, which i used to walk by all the time on my way to the wiltern. i read in some magazine (pre-2007) about how it was kind of a secret but not really that pretty asian girls of a certain type (different than mail order) were picked expressly to hook up with guys interested in that kind of thing. it was like some kind of matchmaking thing, but in the setting of a club. i can't find the article anywhere on the interwebs though. :(
Last edited by lunchbox; August 4th, 2013 at 01:03 AM.
August 4th, 2013, 09:55 AM #17
Quick Update- got there early and did indeed find free parking. Through Yelp found the diviest of the dives called Hank and Franks. Got there around 5:30 to find it didnt open until 6 and stumbled across a hipster place called Beer Belly that had foo-foo food and craft beers. It was happy hour so the pints of their featured beers were only $4 which made me happy. Talked with some english musician who weighed a buck 20 and was King of the English Hipsters. Made it to Hanks and Franks and the legendary old strong pour asian lady was working the bar so had to order a mixed drink....the yelp reviews were no lie. While we there, some long haired hippy guy asked us to play pool, and I goofed with him a little bit and asked him is he was Lemmy from Motorhead. We played some games of pool and the old asian lady was keeping her eye on us to see if were playing for money. Good times. Back by the Wiltern we stopped by one last drink at the 367 or whatever it was. Fun, but not as fun as either of the two previous places.
Show was good, a glass of Mangria cost $10, and by then I was already pretty schnockered so passed....later they were selling empty bottle of Mangria for $5 with a huge line to get Adam Carolla to sign it. We were going to wait to meet Adam and then said F it and went to Tommys. It was a fun night and a cool area. I regret I never had a chance to live in that area when I was young, single, and virile.
Last edited by Hipcheck; August 4th, 2013 at 03:46 PM.
August 4th, 2013, 06:20 PM #18
you're not missing much by not having lived in k-town. there are better parts of LA. my husband lived in an old apartment building that still had fixtures and a gated lift from the 1920s that was cool. however, i don't miss the times i heard gunshots and hit the floor even though he lived on the top (4th) floor and every weekend morning when the tamale lady would scream "TA-MAAAAAAAAAAAH-LEEEEEEEES, TA-MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-LEEEEEEES" when i'd rather have slept in until noon undisturbed. no real good food either. we always had to drive further up wilshire for that. no sports bars where i could watch the kings. i remember we went in the car one time just to listen to a game on the radio.
August 5th, 2013, 08:54 AM #19
August 6th, 2013, 12:26 AM #20
god that's a bad haircut.
and ya, the scenery in ktown on a saturday night's nice. it was REALLY nice at the atlas club that i mentioned.
it's not like that during the week or the day though. i used to work out at the 24 hr fitness on wilshire a couple short blocks from the wiltern and everyone there looked average. i will say the ladies who went to the korean day spas were beautiful, but that's women only. i'm pretty sure none of the pretty people actually live in k-town. all i saw were mexicans, salvadoreans, bums and the people taking advantage of the cheap rent. that's pretty much why my husband lived there through law school. i think he split the apt for about $4-500/mo. it was a good size and he had his own room from 2000-2003.