1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA | Directions 9029133.990930 -118.468029
Neighborhoods: Venice, West LA
This bar is geared for the boys who like boys but all are welcomed. Chill laid back vibe with good tunes and solid drinks.
Bartender allows his friends to tamper with your drink – I visited tonight with a few of my fellow law enforcement people (fed). No show, just regular guys out to shoot pool and have a few drinks.
First the bartender shortchanged me - no not fifty cents, but $3.50. When questioned he said he had poured to top shelf drinks - one of which was not ordered.
Later in the evening he watched some street person whom he acknowledged as his friend, drink from my drink and play with the contents. Of course one of my buddies saw this and immediately told me. Without further consideration I asked the bartender to replace the drink. He rudely pushed the compromised drink back to me and said "It is yours". When I identified myself and said I was very unhappy that he would think his friend drinking from and playing with the contents of my drink was a serious matter, he asked the bouncer to eject me and the only other person whom he knew was with me.
I left without incident but I was traveling in an unmarked vehicle and recorded the license number of every car in the neighborhood. Only needed mind you, If it becomes necessary to depose the patrons in the bar.
Don't go there, crooks and the staff lets unsavory people in to play and drink on your dime. Want a disease or feel dirty -- go there, otherwise stay away.
BTW, the one star is the minimum. I would use a 1% if I could.
Rude bartenders - never going back – This is a typical quiet dive bar - a bit dark and dirty with cheap drinks. Nothing particularly special about it, but it serves its purpose.
I went to Rooster Fish on a Friday night. The place was not crowded at all, which is fine with me. The problem was that the bartenders were obnoxiously rude. I made eye contact with one of the bartenders on duty, signaling that i wanted to order a few drinks. He nodded his head, and then proceeded to talk to his friend for the next five minutes before taking my order - completely ignoring me in the meantime. He rolled his eyes when i asked for a beer. I don't get it, what part about ordering a beer necessitates eye rolling? You'd think that at such a slow bar, the bartenders would be able to focus a little bit more on customer service. Anyway, my friends and I didn't bother staying for a second round. I'm not planning to return anytime soon.
The Bartender is a scoundrel – We went to order our 3rd round of drinks . I ordered 2 drinks which came up to 16$ .
I thought i had 20$ bill , but it ended up being a 10$ bill .
I told the bartender what happened . He just took the money from my hand and said go get the money from the ATM ( which is like a 5 min walk ) and you can take the drinks .
Then , i said i will come back and pay for the drinks as a whole . He refused to give my money back and started signalling the bouncer .
The next day i called the the bar to complain ,
Basically , he stole money from me . He took 10$ from me and didnt give me anything for that .
I cannot imagine worse customer service .
The bartender was colder than the beer! – The drinks were terrible, come on guys! The bartender was colder than the beer. There is nothing worse than that, so unfriendly, if you are reading this guys please lighten up! The parking lot? Please maybe 6 spaces, there is no parking and there is no valet. This is a male gay establishment with pictures of fully n**e* men on the wall. This is not a place for women straight or gay. Straight girls who take umbridge to this, go have yourself a lukewarm beer by a rude bartender and get back to me. The nice things? There is a patio out back where you can smoke and drink. The guy checking IDs was a doll! Would I come back? I might BUT only during daylight to have a margarita on Wednesdays when they are half price. Might being the operative word. They ONLY take cash and there is no ATM there, BTW... Cheers!
Roosterfish, is OK – I went there a few nights ago for the first time. I was very suprised to find a gay bar in Venice. I have lived in LA for 10 years and never knew this place existed. I visited on a Saturday with a group of friends. I found the doorman to be sooooooo nice. And good looking. He told me all about the history of the place. I went there with straight freinds and we all had a good time, nothing riotous, but a good time. The bar and clientele were tame. Nothing over the top. No WEHO type of mentality was to be found. I would go back again if I were in the neighborhood. Continued success.
Every hour is happy hour at this lively neighborhood gay bar. – This bright teal-colored building with glass block windows represents the last bastion of pre-trendy Abbot Kinney. Inside, dingy walls are disguised by dim lighting and small candles atop the scuffed, plywood bar. In the back room, painted pastel beach scenes overlook beer boxes that serve as benches for discreetly cuddling couples and others waiting their turn at the pool table. Though clearly a gay bar, the vibe is low-key enough for anyone looking for cheap drinks and random conversation with well-toned guys in muscle T-shirts, skinny beach boys, industry types, older gentlemen or a few tomboyish women. More of a hangout than a pickup spot, a sign insists that the bar will not tolerate illicit behavior in the bathrooms. Popular weekly events include Margarita Wednesdays and a Sunday afternoon barbecue.
RUDE RUDE RUDE BARTENDER – It's too bad that a rude bartender ruins an otherwise fun place to hang out. I went there for the first time last night - tipped the bartender all night for my drinks- then towards the end of the night I only had a five and a fifty dollar bill left so I paid him for my beer with the five. Immediately he makes a nasty comment about me being cheap. Don't go to Roosterfish if you expect friendly service.
Great Local Gay Bar. AWFUL BARTENDERS – I live down the street from the bar so frequently go there. All of the guys are really nice and friendly and the atmosphere is laid back. The one thing that we can never figure out is why are the bartenders so nasty. I mean flat out rude. It is as if they are angry that there are customers in the bar. They will demean a customer for not leaving enough tip. Try giving good service guys - you might get better tips.
What are you bringing the Party? – Friday is always the busiest night, drawing in everything from the WeHo crowd to Silverlake hipsters that dare to make there way west for one night. Saturdays are mostly locals, so get to know one! Sundays special is a $2.00 Bloody Mary!, & $2.00 Burgers and Hot dogs on the patio grill! Get's busy with the after beach crowd and did I mention they have the best Jukebox on the Westside...every thing from The LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk to Chaka Khan & Maria Carey. Best day of the year to come here is for the Abbott Kinney Festival Sept. 25, it's packed and crazy!
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