Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Chalet

They don't serve food here, but when i come across a fine watering hole such as The Chalet (1630 Colorado Blvd.) i have to give props. The interior feels like an Alpine Ski Lodge complete with wood paneling, a 1970's style fireplace and comfy, cushioned booths. They open every night at 7pm. It's fairly tranquil at that hour and perfect for a quiet, after work drink with friends. The place usually picks up with a trendy crowd toward the end of the evening. Note, we are talking Eagle Rock trendy, not Hollywood trendy, so it's not an annoying scene at all. In fact, it's a great hang for the over twenty-one Occidental horde. Years ago, Toppers Tavern was located at this spot. Back then, it was a local hole-in-the-wall that would host the occasional local band. Now, it's been transformed into a gracious, neighborhood bar with some choice single malt scothes and a brilliant jukebox stocked with the creme-de-la-creme of indie-rock (REM, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Postal Service, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand). If you are there and someone is playing the Stone Roses album in it's entirety, chances are that's me sitting up at the bar sipping on a Lagavulin on the rocks. I'm also probably waiting for my pizza at Casa Bianca.


At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for giving Eagle Rock the props it deserves. It's a great community, with great people, great restaurants, shops. It's picking up and gaining its own uniqueness and style. Now, if we can only rally thee PO PO to get the random winos and drunks from walking around like zombies and rid of the wanna bee gangbangers that cruise around from neighboring cities... Eagle Rock would be even better. Thanks again for your reviews... I agree with you 100%!!! Keep posting!!!

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Joanne Brito. My father Edward Brito otherwise known as "Fast Eddie" use to sing at this location when it was Toppers. A year ago I visited Eagle Rock where I grew up and I must say no matter how much eagle rock has changed my memories will always stay the same.


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