Urban HOTspot!: The Bar That Salvaged Our Halloween Night!: The Griffin

After mulling over the eight Halloween options Eugene put up on the site, Sam and I decided to hit up WeHo with Grace and Vic to check out the crazy costumes. Too bad it took us an hour and forty five minutes to meet up in Los Feliz first because by the time we got to that area we were over it. Bad mood. Tired. Hungry. So our wonderful friend Vic took us to the Griffin instead to get our drinkey drinkey on. And oh, let me just tell you, for a person who hates the shee sheeness of Hollywood, this was the perfect spot! The Griffin opened in Sept 2007 so it's pretty new to the Atwater Village area. The moment you walk in you think ski lodge – nice cozy fireplaces, forest paintings on the walls, wood paneling, and circular seating. They have a nice little patio to the right of the bar for smokers. Though it was Halloween, you could generally feel a good vibe about the place…you can tell that it's a neighborhood bar but that newbies are welcome. Music is supplied by an old jukebox and though we didn't recognize many of the songs it didn't matter. We were having a blast!

You go Asian caveman!

Favorite costume of the night? Phelps!

Tootsie man!

Jiminy Cricket?

Papa Smurf and Ducky Man?

Sumo wrestler and random guy who likes taking pictures!

And finally, our sad attempt at a costume…goth girls! Overall?: A very chill spot to hang out with your friends, this place gets two thumbs up! I nursed a few beers but I hear the drinks are stiff! Lots of seating for us old folk! Who Should Go?: People who just want a nice bar to hang out and don't want to hassle with Hollywood. Tips?: Street parking all around. Bring a costume next Halloween. Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Sat-Sun 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

The Griiffin (Yelp) 3000 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 644-0444

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