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New Meetup: HiddenLA Nautical Cocktail Night!!!

From: Joe P.
Sent on: Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:55 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Social Detective Agency: Discovering LA's SubCultures!

What: HiddenLA Nautical Cocktail Night!!!

When: Thursday, February 25,[masked]:30 PM

HMS Bounty
3357 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

I know many of you are in the HiddenLA Facebook group. Now it's time for all of you to meet in person!

"For a few cheap HiddenLA cocktails surrounded by nautical old Hollywood ambiance, The Bounty absolutely can't be beat! On Thursday, February 25th, we will be taking up their back room for our bi-weekly no-host cocktail party. They have all sorts of greasy food available too. JOIN US FOR SOME OLD SCHOOL LA AWESOME!

Parking: On the corner at the Brown Derby Plaza on the corner of Wilshire and Alexandria - $5.00 with no validation, I believe it's $2.00 with validation from the restaurant. Also, parking on the street AFTER 7pm is fine all around the area, although you might have to walk a bit if it fills up. (It's also only a few blocks from the Wilshire/Vermont Red Line Station.)

Their website appears doesn't seem to work well with Firefox, but it's

In 1921, Gaylord Wilshire built the 14-story Apartment Hotel (now the Gaylord Apartments) facing the Ambassador Hotel. The neighborhood soon filled up with elegant New York-style apartment buildings and became home to many film stars of the early 20th Century. In 1926, Gloria Swanson's husband (Herbert Somborn) opened the infamous Brown Derby Restaurant, a hat-shaped building, at the end of the block. The hat now sits fossilized on the third floor of the strip mall next door, but the HMS Bounty lives on virtually unchanged... worn brass plaques still adorn booths in the back dining room, waiting for the likes of notable regulars like Jack Webb and William Randolph Hearst to return.

'The Bounty started out as "the Gay Room" (Gay was H. Gaylord Wilshire's nickname - long before the word took on another connotation). It appears the Gay Room opened in 1948 with music and dancing (an early act featured Carol Mitchum, Robert Mitchum's sister). It was advertised as a place with a high movie star quotient. It later did a stint as Jane (nee Hoffman) Assell's Gaylord Dining Room (approx. 1950 -1953). Then it became Dimsdale's Secret Harbor (possibly in 1954), and then briefly it was known as the Golden Anchor in 1962. When it became the HMS Bounty, the first owners were Richard O'Neill (descendent of one of California's most famous pioneering families and still co-owner) Ron Waller (of football fame) and Gordon Fields.'"

DISCLAIMER: As you know, we here at the Social Detective Agency like to live dangerously. As a result, sometimes things don't always go as expected at these events. For instance: there is a slight chance that you might not even get in to the movie. So if something like that should go wrong, give the venue a bad rating. But give the event 5 stars: at least we tried! smile

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