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8138 W. 3rd St. (Beverly Center)
Los Angeles, CA
(1) 323-852-1552 | www.elcarmenrestaurant.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Sat.-Sun.: 7:00pm-2:00am
RESERVATIONSAccepted on weekends
PRICE (MARGARITA)USD 9
SIGNATURE DRINKTequila; margaritas
BARYes - perpetually crowded and famous for its 270+ varieties of tequila
FOOD SERVED?Yes - dinner; bar snacks; Mexican bites
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
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.
GO HERE WITH
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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