Good Times at Davey Wayne's

1611 N. El Centro Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Good Times at Davey Wayne's

Photo: Mark Houston


  • Mon-Fri 5 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sat-Sun 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Full bar
  • Dance Floor, Fireplace
  • Street Parking
Everything about Jonnie and Mark Houston's 1970s-themed bar, Good Times at Davey Wayne's, is straight out of your parents' house circa 1977; the entrance even requires walking through a refrigerator door. Good Times is named after Jonnie and Mark's father, the late David Wayne Houston, and mementos of his life are hidden throughout the bar's decor. His favorite albums, from Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens and the Steve Miller Band, are plastered on the walls of the dance floor, which looks more like a Midwestern basement. Vintage photos of Houston family and friends are hung in mismatched gaudy frames on wood-paneled walls. Even the cocktail menu - a vinyl photo album with plastic sleeves - contains 1970s-era Houston family photos in between descriptions of rum drinks like Mai Tai's, Painkillers and Hurricanes. But aside from the sweet, stiff cocktails and the eight beer taps installed in what looks like a refrigerator door, the best part about Good Times at Davey Wayne's is its house party feel, even if it's a completely fabricated one. From the striped couches and shag rugs to the Monte Carlo pinball machine and the trailer-shaped pop-up bar and barbecue in the light-strewn back patio, Good Times contains all the best elements of a tremendous rager in a good friend's home.

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