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DTC #3: Transactional Tradition Sushi, Drinks, Live Music, Karaoke, Darts, Dancing…and the list goes on.

THE DATE

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Greet your evening with sushi and sake at this “under the radar” Valley joint.

Afterwards mosey to the adjacent bar that’s been no stranger to folks from the biz.

Then bounce over to some friendly foreign confines for classic rock and awkward rolls.

Apparently you used to be able to bring your residuals checks to exchange them for drinks. This transactional tradition may have stopped but not the custom of actors, writers and producers putting a few back in this dimly lit enclave.
Stop 1

hot sake and cool japanese treats at sushi dan

• 8pm til you've had your fill •

Stepping out onto the packed parking lot you may not realize you've entered a tiny world within Studio City. A notion to be realized by the nights end, when you’ve wandered no more that 500 feet from where you currently stand. The reservation for your table during the 8 o’clock hour is set and through the window the sushi joint is buzzing. After walking down the long hallway and turning the corner for your table the welcome shouts of the chefs surprisingly explode with an enthusiasm long lost in the valley. This is no under the radar sushi place but the service is quick and the sake is beautifully priced. After you've indulged and the crowds fill up in the waiting hall its time to journey to the far reaches of this world. To a spot where the locals lay.

Alternative: If sushi isn't your cup of tea there are a few great Indian restaurants next door: Lal Mirch and Bollywood Cafe.

Stop 2

Darts and beers at residuals

• Post sushi until just after 10pm •

Turning right from Sushi Dan, you'll head to the wall with the flags hoisted high above the door. Residuals, formerly known as Maeve’s, is a historic “locals” bar hiding in the corner of the plaza. As you pass through the tavern door you may notice a birthday celebration commandeering the high tops while bumping shoulders with some LA Kings fans throwing darts. As you enjoy a beer or a stiff cocktail the crowd will become upbeat and chatty. After playing some 90's tune from the "jukebox" you'll fall into a dart game while getting explained the "rules of the house". If you’ve found yourself here on a Sunday the karaoke should be in full swing. As 10 pm rolls around you start concocting your plan to journey to the other side of this strange land because the band just started their first set.

Stop 3

classic rock at the fox and hounds

• After 10pm until you can't dance anymore •

A quick 30-second stroll past your original destination leads you into the wonderfully british Fox and Hounds. When the friendly bouncer opens the door the interior erupts with the exaltation of middle aged America hearing “their song” for the first time since high school. Initially you notice the awkward set up forcing the unadventurous against the dartboard. You've already beaten your fare share of "locals" so after you’ve scored a cocktail from the bar and ducked past the bass player you'll be right where you were meant to be, the dance floor. But this is not the end the journey through a tiny world of merely 500 feet from darts to bands to karaoke. Now you must drink, dance, and repeat.

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