A Virtual Pub Crawl Of FX Show 'You're The Worst's' LA Bars And Restaurants
If you haven't seen FXX's You're The Worst, it's a cute romantic comedy but with waaaaay more of a searing exploration of depression and how it affects our intimate relationships. It's also super L.A., with lots of recognizable local locations.
The show's final season, its fifth, premieres Wednesday night. We reached out to the show and put together this tour through the places its characters have inhabited over the years.
BRITE SPOT DINER
1918 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Each season of the show has had at least one scene set in the Brite Spot's shiny red booths -- it's the restaurant that's recurred on the show the most. This is where the gang (are we allowed to call a crew that if they're not the one from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia?) gathers to brunch and unpack their trysts, destroy their marriages, and more.
The restaurant was formerly owned by Dana Hollister, who also created the next spot on this list, but was recently sold to the group behind Ostrich Farm. The new owners promise improvements to the 60-year-old diner, including new menu items and longer hours.
BIGFOOT LODGE EAST
3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Many an Eastside birthday party is held at Bigfoot Lodge, and the show's Gretchen wasn't one to break that trend in Season 1. Jimmy showed up there and bequeathed his apartment keys to her, launching their relationship to another level.
The real log-cabin-decor bar in Atwater Village has frequent live music, comedy, and curated vinyl selections. It's been open since 1999 and has another location in Palms. They both offer $5 cocktail happy hours from 5 to 9 p.m., so go plan your own early, cheap birthday party there after studying up on You're The Worst.
5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
This was where Sunday Fundays were born, with the characters boozing and having adventures before the workweek begins. It was also an early entry in Jimmy and Gretchen's love story, with Jimmy trying to get her to choose him over Ty. The venue recurred in "Spooky Sunday Funday" in Season 2, as well as making an appearance in "The Last Sunday Funday" in Season 3 (more on that below).
Andre Guerrero is behind the venue, also known for Oinkster. You can grab some Highland Park Italian food at Maximiliano, which opened in 2011. If you're trying to do your own Sunday Funday ("The Last Sunday Funday" be damned), you can grab unlimited mimosas or bellinis for $15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends.
1727 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
And here's where Sunday Fundays came to die, at least as far as You're The Worst is concerned. As the idea spread through hipster-and-beyond society, the show brought the tradition to an end in its third season -- with the help of what, in real life, is No Vacancy.
On the show, their scavenger hunt took them from Silver Lake to the L.A. Public Library, Chinatown, a family home in Pico Union, a makeshift jail and, finally, a secret speakeasy. That fake speakeasy was played by real speakeasy/red-hued Victorian bar No Vacancy in the historic Janes House. You can find it on Hollywood Boulevard, with a doorman in the back of the building ready to direct you inside.
HI HAT BAR
5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
In the Season 3 premiere, the Hi Hat played home to a secret concert that was so secret that nobody showed up. Gretchen went to beg nearby churchgoers to come to a free show to save the day -- as much as anyone on You're The Worst can ever save the day.
The venue is relatively new, having opened in 2016 on Highland Park's York Avenue in an area without a lot of other live entertainment options. It is actually known in real life as being friendly to local bands, with acts from a wide range of genres taking advantage of the opportunity.
3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Cliff's Edge made a Season 4 appearance after Jimmy hooked up with a hometown friend -- OK, acquaintance -- Katherine (played by Lucy Montgomery). He awkwardly invited himself to brunch with her and her friends, and the awkward didn't end there (it rarely does on this show).
"My friends are a bit posh," Katherine warned, asking him not to embarrass her. He managed to flop with Katherine big time, but he did get to bond with those posh friends over mimosas at this Silver Lake location known for its patio.
There's a treehouse sanctuary vibe on the Cliff's Edge patio, with a brunch that gets high marks. It's fancy enough for Katherine's posh friends, after all.
Those are the biggest spots in the show's four-going-on-five years of emotional comedy, but a few more locations deserve a brief mention:
THE ACE HOTEL
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friends to those of us here at KPCC and LAist (AirTalk hosts their Oscar preview there next month!), this downtown L.A. venue is less friendly with Gretchen -- it's on the list of Places Gretchen's Banned From. Their Upstairs Bar, which overlooks the rooftop pool, is likely where things went wrong for Gretchen.
YE RUSTIC INN
1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Open since 1971, Ye Rustic Inn gets a mention on the show for also banning Gretchen -- if you want to visit, please play nice so you don't get on the blacklist, too. You can't go wrong with their buffalo wings or pitchers of beer.
3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Jimmy ditched his own proposal, and his apology doesn't pass muster with Gretchen. Rather than running into his embrace, she asks Lindsay to go get Kyochon. It's one of Korea's largest chicken restaurant chains (yes, this is a thing), and you can find it in Koreatown.
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