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    EL CARMEN

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    El Carmen

    8138 W. 3rd St. (Beverly Center)

    Los Angeles, CA

    (1) 323-852-1552 | www.elcarmenrestaurant.com

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    • AMBIANCE

      Kitsch Mexican
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Fri.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Sat.-Sun.: 7:00pm-2:00am
    • RESERVATIONS

      Accepted on weekends
    • DOOR POLICY

      Easy
    • PRICE (MARGARITA)

      USD 9
    • YEAR OPENED

      1995
    • SIGNATURE DRINK

      Tequila; margaritas
    • BAR

      Yes - perpetually crowded and famous for its 270+ varieties of tequila
    • FOOD SERVED?

      Yes - dinner; bar snacks; Mexican bites
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • OUTDOOR SPACE

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
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    VIBE

    Kicky and ultra-kitsch neighborhood dive where Mexican wrestler masks and a giant bull's head scowl down from the vaulted ceiling upon hipsters downing margaritas like they’re going out of style. The space is small, and the crowds just keep packing in, so there’s almost always a rambunctious fiesta vibe.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s really relaxed–wear whatever you like. We’d go with jeans and a funky t-shirt.

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    Friends

    CROWD

    A fun, eclectic mix–everyone from ironic hipsters and post-work office types to hardcore local fans of the stiff drinks.

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The kooky wrestler mask “décor,” the zippy margaritas (we loved the Spicy and the Classic Margaritas), and the delish Mexican bites. Fab for a rowdy evening of knocking back drinks with friends.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The bathrooms are a little icky.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    True to kitsch form, music is provided by a jamming jukebox. They’ve got valet parking.

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