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Let the Good Times Roll…At Davey Wayne’s

By Kim Sudhalter

June 6, 2014

Remember the days before cell phones? When people would hang out, play records in their parent’s basements and actually talk to each other? Well, those days are back at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, a new bar that recently opened on El Centro. Brought to you by twin brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston, creators of Hollywood hotspots Harvard & Stone and No Vacancy, this homage to the 70’s has everything a true 70’s lover (like me) could ever want—disco, lots of burnt orange and macramé.

At first glance, the entrance appears to be the ultimate 70’s garage sale. Vintage clothes hang from the fence, shelves overflow with all kinds of period toys and knickknacks while “Night Fever” blasts from a portable record player.  An old Frigidaire like my Granny used to have adorns the back wall, and you barely give it a second glance till it opens, revealing the bar’s secret entrance.

Once inside, you’ll swear you’ve traveled back in time to your best friend from high school’s rec room. Tastefully decorated in full 70’s regalia (think shag carpet, striped velour orange and brown couches, massive stone fire place), each room boasts eye catching displays like shelves full of vintage beer cans or a reel to reel tape player.  My favorite part? The bathroom hidden behind heavy carved, wood paneled walls.  Once you find your way in, you’ll want to spend hours looking at the retro ads and Farrah pictures adorning the walls.

Be sure to try such creatively named cocktails as the Cisco Kid or Some People Call Me Maurice or one of the 8 beers on tap, served in a #1 Dad mug.  Hungry? Step outside and try some downhome backyard BBQ. Or while you’re out there, sample a Make Your Own alcoholic snow cone from the Airstream.

1611 N. El Centro Blvd., Hollywood. Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m.-2 a.m. on weekends.  Visit the website at

Kim Sudhalter is the President of Urban Legend PR, a full-service public relations, branding and marketing company.  She consulted with the Hollywood Entertainment District in its early years, helping to attract investment and revitalize the area. Originally from Europe and New York, she is an architecture and history buff who has a deep and abiding love for Hollywood and its past.

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