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Maeve's Residuals

11042 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604


  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
As reflected by its moniker, this friendly neighborhood Irish bar is known to attract thespian types (the Studio City joint has a long-standing policy of comping its patrons a drink if they show their near-worthless residual-check stubs for a buck or under). Still, amid the actors there's quite a notable rocker contingent that hangs here too. Black-leather jackets and tattoos are common, maybe even beating out the commercial crowd and jerseyed sports buffs (many of whom play on Maeve's softball team). The mix makes for a lively, homey feel that's heightened by the houselike d├ęcor: There's a living-room area with couches and plants on one side, a long bar in the center of the room, and an elevated brick platform facing it. Movie-theater chairs, game controllers (used for the Buzztime Trivia play-along TV games) and WiFi are here for those who like extended bar stays. Orange-and-green Irish pennants decorate the bar, and a T-shirt near the bar declares, "I'm not drunk ... I'm un-sober!" Free popcorn during games keeps crowds here even longer, as do the six TV screens (including one with a 120-inch screen) and two dart boards. There's karaoke every Sunday and "Coreyoke" (live-band karaoke) every Thursday. Maeve's Residuals is hidden in a nondescript Studio City mini-mall, but, once you're inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming. Happy hour runs daily from 12 to 7 p.m. and continues all day and night on Mondays, with domestic bottled beers at $3 and imported bottled beers at $3.50. The charming bartender Kate insists that the $5 Bloody Mary she concocts on Saturdays and Sundays is "the best Bloody Mary ever." See for yourself; she may be right!
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