Revitalized Vine: No More Fondue for You!

— by Caroline on Crack

LA Times photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu
What’s up with the sad punk rock girl holding her big floppy bag on the dance floor? And is that Nikki Sixx I see?

I did a double-take when I came across an article in about Vine. A friend of mine had worked there last year and said that they were closing it down for good but turns out they were just revamping it. Gone is the fondue and the quiet lounge feel.

Instead the owner decided to go for a more raucous atmosphere by not only changing the interior colors from mellow green and gray to rocker black and red but by inviting club promoters to keep the tiny dance floor busy.


…when you finally do make it to the tiny dance area, it’s like an iPod commercial come to life, with a wall of television sets, some transmitting static, some showing flicks like Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” creating a sparsely lighted backdrop to the sea of manic silhouettes that don’t stop shaking until last call.

Pash Party Friday night — hosted by dj promotor Myles Hendrik
Punk Saturday night — hosted by Travis Keller of Buddyhead
Rock Monday night — hosted by the band Silver
Thursday night — hosted by Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Warlocks
TBA — Gothic Tuesday and ’80s Wednesday nights

From what the L.A. Times says, this “upscale dive bar” can finally compete with the other “real bars” north of Sunset. When I had visited it in its previous incarnation, it seemed like a cool bar with potential. Although easy to miss with no sign out front, Vine was a nice space with great bartenders but for some reason, no crowds. It’s good to see that things may be looking up. P.S. I liked the fondue idea no matter what people said!

1235 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 960-0255
Cross Street: Fountain