One of my favorite neighborhoods in LA is definitely Los Feliz; this is where you will find The Griffith Park, as well as their Observatory & Greek Theatre (where I had a blast last week seeing Carly Rae Jepsen), as well as some of the funnest bars & one of my favorite all night diners….Fred 62, where you may be lucky to see Hurley from Lost, Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince, or if you’re super cool & fortunate, Marilyn Manson. I have seen all but the latter, only hearing of rumors that Manson loves their hotcakes.
The other night, the chance came up for me to visit a bar in Los Feliz I had heard of, yet not visited…The Good Luck Bar.
Prior to going, I thought the name was a little humorous, but, after spending a few hours in there & enjoying some of their heavily rum influenced concoctions, I now think know why this is The Good Luck Bar….they are wishing you LUCK with their mighty strong drinks!
I entered thinking I would order one of my usual’s, a Margarita or Tequila Sunrise. Little did I know they have awesome house specialties. Me & my date (woooooo, yes, I think it was a date, & he was cute….) started out each ordering the same thing, their Potent Potion, which my friend had said to have enjoyed before. A delicious tropical, fruity blend of Sailor Jerry’s Dark Rum, Pineapple juice & other fruity flavors. They served it in a faux coconut cup & I drank it up. Literally. And quick.
When our friendly bartender asked if we wanted anything else, we pondered, & after overlooking the menu, decided to each order something different, so that we could switch mid-way through (Dear Lord) to experience the full impact. He chose The Scholar (above), a minty creation with white rum. I chose, & loved, Richard’s Revenge. A blended, icy, swirl of black rum with pineapple, coconut cream & orange juice…mostly, that black rum, though.
Question: What is black rum?! Neither of us had heard of this shade of the booze. Let me put it this way, though: I would gladly have it again.
All their drinks come in adorable, Hawaiian Tiki Room-inspired cups, one reminded me of that bad luck charm Bobby found when The Brady Bunch went to Hawaii, remember?! I was waiting for Vincent Price to walk in & take off the curse.
The Good Luck Bar is really a blast, & I recommend it if you’re a local like me, or visiting, bring out-of-town friends, too. All the specialty drinks are only $10. The atmosphere is very chill, with kitschy red décor & I bet it gets busy & more loud on the weekends, but, despite the small settings, it looks like they hold a lot of people. In search of their rum or whiskey. There is a small parking lot, & lots of street parking, too. Just make sure it’s not a permit-required block!
And, one more question on my mind….who is Richard & what’s his revenge??