By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
After dessert, continue the Armenian theme by smoking the nergileh. Normally an establishment by the name of Hookah Lounge would conjure up some unpleasant thoughts — but this place breaks all stereotypes. No Bob Marley on a loop or stink-hippies at this joint. We’re talking bumping Central Asian techno music and Armani Exchange as far as the eye can see. For most people, this is the closest you’ll ever get to Yerevan.
Across the street from Hookah Lounge, The Scene makes me want to punch someone in the face. I really don’t know why. The place must magically fuse some long-abandoned synaptic connections in my amygdala that fuel my primeval rage. And I’m not the only one. It’s not uncommon for BMW-driving Armenian youth to drive by and pelt hip, innocent bystanders with lemons and figs. I’ve seen it happen twice. But for a cover of usually no more than five bucks you get to see some pretty great live music and drink cheap beer late into the night.
Not too bad if you think about it.
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