On Saturday night, Ramsay and I accidentally went to a real-life dive bar. Not a high-class, hipster dive bar with $15 cocktails like The Golden Gopher or Ham and Eggs Tavern in Downtown. These bars are commonly referred to as dive bars but in fact they are really nice and upscale.
I had only been to these kinds of LA dive bars before, though, so when I saw “Gabe’s Bar and Grill” literally a block from my apartment, I really wanted to give it a try!
I know that dive bars are not sophisticated, but all bars I’ve ever been to still have dress codes. So I threw on this sheer rose top from Fashion Rush. It’s so funky: it is sheer, zips up the front and has odd straps (halter in the front, one long strap going down the middle of the back). I then added dark-wash Forever 21 ankle jeans and my awesome new 6-inch black suede platform heels from Payless Shoesource. I felt like I was going to fit in great!
Unfortunately for me, Gabe’s is a dive bar in every sense of the word. Ramsay and I were the youngest people there by 2 decades, easily, and lacked about 80 pounds. The bar was full of guys and gals in their late 40s, early 50s with gray hair and potbellies, wearing ratty t-shirts, SHORTS, jeans, FLIP-FLOPS and even running shoes! Everyone was overweight and covered in tattoos. There was karaoke, pool tables and even an IN-HOUSE GAMBLING CARD GAME MACHINE. There were no beers on draft, just bottles, and the bar is cash only. Everyone was staring at us the whole night – and for good reason – we were looking around, taking everything in!
Gabe’s is probably an awesome place for older people who like cheap beer, pool and casual atmospheres. But it was definitely not mine nor Ramsay’s scene! Sadly, I took my super-cute outfit home and hung it up – I’ll take it for a spin another night.
At least I got a cute #OOTN photo out of the experience :)