I’ve been to the Golden Gopher several times before but just have never bothered to review it. Maybe because I wanted to keep it to myself…and the thousands of downtown denizens. It’s such a cool place to hang out–a refreshing change from the Westside and Hollywood scene.
Sitting on the smoking patio looking through the strung-up lights at the tall buildings above, you really get a sense of city life, like you would in San Franciso or New York. The crowd is made up of young professionals with a sprinkling of artsy loft dwellers, and it’s a fair mix of men and women. The decor makes it possible to keep both sexes entertained. There’s a huge TV screen for those interested in the sports game of the moment as well as tabletop arcade games but sports bar leanings are offset by the elaborate chandeliers, tasteful decor and charming gilded gopher table lamps.
Happy hour is until 8pm but it’s just $1 off drinks. Nothing really stood out from their specialty cocktails list so I just stuck to my usual poison. No food, but you have the option of ordering pizza to be delivered from a place down the street. But the thing that sets Golden Gopher apart from all other bars: Liquor to go. They have their own liquor store near the entrance where you can get fairly priced liquor, cigarettes, disposable cameras, etc. And if you live in the area, you get the option of having liquor delivered to your door.
I wish the GG was closer though. I just don’t feel comfortable getting liquored up so far away from home. But I suppose I could kill time sobering up by playing Pac-Man.
417 W Eighth St
Los Angeles, CA 90014-3000
Cross Street: Hill Street