Tourists come to Hollywood expecting to find glamour and glitz, only to discover that Hollywood proper is actually pretty gritty. Celebrities live deep westside or up in the hills; Hollywood Blvd., meanwhile, is overflowing with clueless tourists, street performers, tattoo shops and creepy bars. Of the latter, the Frolic Room is far and away the best. Dating back to the 1930s, it’s rumored to have been a speakeasy during Prohibition, when it was likely attached to the Pantages Theater next door. In the 1950s the Pantages played host to the Academy Awards, so it makes sense that the bar stools have been graced by the likes of everyone from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra to Howard Hughes (who owned the Pantages for a time). Today the Frolic Room is probably the best historic dive in the city, offering cheap booze, a quality spot in which to day drink and the rare opportunity to sit between an incognito celebrity and a homeless man.
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