Golden Gopher

★★★★☆
  • 417 W 8th St

    Los Angeles, CA 90014

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  • 213-614-8001

About Golden Gopher

Hours
Saturday To Wednesday From 08:00 PM To 02:00 AM Thursday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM

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Small, dark and cozy. It's a pretty chill bar - a good place to come for a drink to unwind and kick it with your friends.

4
★★★★☆

Small, dark and cozy. It's a pretty chill bar - a good place to come for a drink to unwind and kick it with your friends.

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awsome place to hang out no dress code just be your self and enjoy the night and pick out some tunes with friends you'll have fun.

Not trendy at all

2
★★★★★

awsome place to hang out no dress code just be your self and enjoy the night and pick out some tunes with friends you'll have fun.

Not trendy at all

Pros: ROck inspired

Cons: i got there a little late

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I discovered the GG about one year ago and its now my favorite all around bar. It may look a little shady from the outside but on the inside it's a whole different world. I love how everytime I've gone (mostly on Friday nights) there is never a line outside and they don't charge you cover. It does get pretty crowded, and it is a pretty small space but the eclectic crowd gives you a great opportunity to mingle and chat. Every person I've brought here loves it. The bartenders are great and friendly and drinks are reasonable (although they can be a little stingy on the liquor). The music they play is great and the overall ambience is wonderful. Such a change of pace from the usual Hollywood trendy scene.

2
★★★★★

I discovered the GG about one year ago and its now my favorite all around bar. It may look a little shady from the outside but on the inside it's a whole different world. I love how everytime I've gone (mostly on Friday nights) there is never a line outside and they don't charge you cover. It does get pretty crowded, and it is a pretty small space but the eclectic crowd gives you a great opportunity to mingle and chat. Every person I've brought here loves it. The bartenders are great and friendly and drinks are reasonable (although they can be a little stingy on the liquor). The music they play is great and the overall ambience is wonderful. Such a change of pace from the usual Hollywood trendy scene.

Pros: Great atmosphere, friendly bartenders, no outside lines

Cons: Small space, can get really crowded, drinks aren't that strong

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You never know what you're going to find inside the Gopher. Some nights it could be your group, a few others and the bartenders, and you'll have a fantastic time. The bartenders are awesome, and lots of fun. Other nights, a concert or Lakers game has just let out and it's you and a hundred others, the eclectic jukebox is roaring, some USC students have a tournament on the Galaga video game systems, and the side patio is packed with smokers discussing their latest screenplays. Or whatever. They will let you order in pizza if you're hungry, and the "Liquor to Go" kiosk also sells smokes, candy bars, and condoms, depending on your mood!

4
★★★★☆

You never know what you're going to find inside the Gopher. Some nights it could be your group, a few others and the bartenders, and you'll have a fantastic time. The bartenders are awesome, and lots of fun. Other nights, a concert or Lakers game has just let out and it's you and a hundred others, the eclectic jukebox is roaring, some USC students have a tournament on the Galaga video game systems, and the side patio is packed with smokers discussing their latest screenplays. Or whatever. They will let you order in pizza if you're hungry, and the "Liquor to Go" kiosk also sells smokes, candy bars, and condoms, depending on your mood!

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This place now gets sort of forgotten now that so much more has opened downtown, including the owner's other places, Broadway Bar and Seven Grand, but this is the one that really helped kickstart the revitalization of downtown. I like that it's spacious and friendly. The patio is nice. They even have an old liquor license where you can buy stuff to go. It can be a little fratty at times during the school year due to proximity to USC.

2
★★★★☆

This place now gets sort of forgotten now that so much more has opened downtown, including the owner's other places, Broadway Bar and Seven Grand, but this is the one that really helped kickstart the revitalization of downtown. I like that it's spacious and friendly. The patio is nice. They even have an old liquor license where you can buy stuff to go. It can be a little fratty at times during the school year due to proximity to USC.

Pros: cool design, smoking patio, liquor store to-go thing

Cons: can be USC frat crowd at times

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another great establishment by Cedd Moses. Great crowd, vibe, and old school arcade games. It gets a bit crowded over the weekends, especially in the smoking patio outside."

2
★★★★☆

another great establishment by Cedd Moses. Great crowd, vibe, and old school arcade games. It gets a bit crowded over the weekends, especially in the smoking patio outside."

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Not to be too judgemental, but the bar was full of elderly business people trying to reclaim their glory years. I thought they were checking AARPcards at the door. I thought the decor was great and the small outdoor patio was perfect for a quick spoke or some fresh air. They should also have music outside if possible.

1
★★☆☆☆

Not to be too judgemental, but the bar was full of elderly business people trying to reclaim their glory years. I thought they were checking AARPcards at the door. I thought the decor was great and the small outdoor patio was perfect for a quick spoke or some fresh air. They should also have music outside if possible.

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It was fairly full on the Friday I went. Bartenders were slow and selective, and the whole place smelled like upchuck.

1
★★☆☆☆

It was fairly full on the Friday I went. Bartenders were slow and selective, and the whole place smelled like upchuck.

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I would rank this bar as one of the top in the downtown area based on the following characteristics: uniqueness (thumbs up), level of pretentiousness (non-existent), people (great mix of suits, casual, posh), vibe (relaxed), and best of all - drinks (very good). The only shortcoming of this bar is size...it could get REALLY busy on certain nights. If you're more of the pretentious type, stroll a few blocks to the 'way-past-its-prime' Standard a few blocks away. If you want character and something new, this is your place.

2
★★★★★

I would rank this bar as one of the top in the downtown area based on the following characteristics: uniqueness (thumbs up), level of pretentiousness (non-existent), people (great mix of suits, casual, posh), vibe (relaxed), and best of all - drinks (very good). The only shortcoming of this bar is size...it could get REALLY busy on certain nights. If you're more of the pretentious type, stroll a few blocks to the 'way-past-its-prime' Standard a few blocks away. If you want character and something new, this is your place.

Pros: vibe, decor, people

Cons: a bit small...

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Great Spot! Without the neon sign, it would be hard to find this narrow drinking spot. The GG is tucked away on 8th street, in a narrow space that makes its home in Downtown LA. The service is excellent, the bar tenders are on top of things, and the smoking patio is always a nice visit. No view or too much of a scene, just a nice place for local artists, musicians and good people to throw back a few and not have to worry about who's watching.

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2
★★★★☆

Great Spot! Without the neon sign, it would be hard to find this narrow drinking spot. The GG is tucked away on 8th street, in a narrow space that makes its home in Downtown LA. The service is excellent, the bar tenders are on top of things, and the smoking patio is always a nice visit. No view or too much of a scene, just a nice place for local artists, musicians and good people to throw back a few and not have to worry about who's watching.

Cheers -

Red Butler
(Personal Concierge Memberships)
vvvvvvcom

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A very relaxed, chill environment. Everytime I've been there it's been an eclectic mixture of suits, hipsters, college kids, etc. and everybody seems to fit in nicely. The service is good and the staff are laidback and friendly and definitely set the tone for the overall atmosphere of the place. Seems like there's a decent-sized crowd most weeknights but the best part is stepping in on a Saturday night and seeing the place packed. It tells me people are discovering downtown 'again'. If there was a real neighborhood around it, it would definitely fit within the category of neighborhood bar. Go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

A very relaxed, chill environment. Everytime I've been there it's been an eclectic mixture of suits, hipsters, college kids, etc. and everybody seems to fit in nicely. The service is good and the staff are laidback and friendly and definitely set the tone for the overall atmosphere of the place. Seems like there's a decent-sized crowd most weeknights but the best part is stepping in on a Saturday night and seeing the place packed. It tells me people are discovering downtown 'again'. If there was a real neighborhood around it, it would definitely fit within the category of neighborhood bar. Go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.

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The place! Mix crowd, relaxed but funky! Cool ambiance, dark interiors, tables tops are videogames, full screen wall, and fancy chandeliers. The best part is the awesome INSIDE patio where you can smoke and look at downtown skylights, feel like youre in N.Y., San Francisco or Milan. Extra extended happy hours with I can get two of that drink make this bar one of those that you return to.

2
★★★★★

The place! Mix crowd, relaxed but funky! Cool ambiance, dark interiors, tables tops are videogames, full screen wall, and fancy chandeliers. The best part is the awesome INSIDE patio where you can smoke and look at downtown skylights, feel like youre in N.Y., San Francisco or Milan. Extra extended happy hours with I can get two of that drink make this bar one of those that you return to.

Pros: Ambience, price, parking.

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before when i first went here, there were no signs outside. i'm like, "what the heck am i going to expect?" what i found inside were some pretty hot ladies!! i went two weeks ago and they added a sign :( but all good. still, the space inside is long and there's a nice little open air patio for you smokers out there. there's plenty of seating but they're always taken. nice, chill vibe. my friends and i enjoyed it and would go again!

2
★★★★☆

before when i first went here, there were no signs outside. i'm like, "what the heck am i going to expect?" what i found inside were some pretty hot ladies!! i went two weeks ago and they added a sign :( but all good. still, the space inside is long and there's a nice little open air patio for you smokers out there. there's plenty of seating but they're always taken. nice, chill vibe. my friends and i enjoyed it and would go again!

Pros: parking, decor, vibe

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It's in the dregs of Downtown right off the 101, but this is a great jump-off spot. They have these great couches in their smoking alley and comfy seating inside, as well as a couple classic video games.

2
★★★★★

It's in the dregs of Downtown right off the 101, but this is a great jump-off spot. They have these great couches in their smoking alley and comfy seating inside, as well as a couple classic video games.

Pros: Stylish, hidden

Cons: Shady street parking, hidden

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I was suprised to find such a great place in downtown. Really cool interior, great music and suprisingly normal people. Good beer selection. The area around it is a little sketchy - street parking is plentiful, but I felt nervous. A good place to go after a game at Staples.

2
★★★★★

I was suprised to find such a great place in downtown. Really cool interior, great music and suprisingly normal people. Good beer selection. The area around it is a little sketchy - street parking is plentiful, but I felt nervous. A good place to go after a game at Staples.

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This bar has one of the nicest looking women's bathrooms you'll find! Service was great even though it was busy. An interesting mix of people. Overall, a great place to relax for a cocktail!

2
★★★★☆

This bar has one of the nicest looking women's bathrooms you'll find! Service was great even though it was busy. An interesting mix of people. Overall, a great place to relax for a cocktail!

Pros: close parking, great interior, good drinks

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Great, neighborhood bar. Chic but not pretentious. Clientele widely vary from downtown yuppies to USC college students. The drinks are reasonably priced and the decor has a historic, NYC downtown twist. It's a little secret since the outside door is a simple, understated black door. Like anything good in LA, it's hidden.

2
★★★★★

Great, neighborhood bar. Chic but not pretentious. Clientele widely vary from downtown yuppies to USC college students. The drinks are reasonably priced and the decor has a historic, NYC downtown twist. It's a little secret since the outside door is a simple, understated black door. Like anything good in LA, it's hidden.

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A nice atmosphere, booze to go, cheaps well drinks and PBR. The reviews suggest that this is a hipster/suits/old timers bar, but weekend nights show that this is the new fav for USC undergrads. It is not the artist enclave that the Chintown bars have become.

2
★★★★☆

A nice atmosphere, booze to go, cheaps well drinks and PBR. The reviews suggest that this is a hipster/suits/old timers bar, but weekend nights show that this is the new fav for USC undergrads. It is not the artist enclave that the Chintown bars have become.

Pros: Cheap drinks, Nice set up, decent service

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Located in the desolate wilds of downtown, the Golden Gopher is the cool, relaxed bar this part of town needs. The place looks great for starters, and it's got a laid-back vibe, a great jukebox, friendly bartenders, and a mix of hipsters and old businessmen who knew the place before it was recently renovated by the owners of Liquid Kitty and Three Clubs. Go now, before it gets mobbed.

2
★★★★★

Located in the desolate wilds of downtown, the Golden Gopher is the cool, relaxed bar this part of town needs. The place looks great for starters, and it's got a laid-back vibe, a great jukebox, friendly bartenders, and a mix of hipsters and old businessmen who knew the place before it was recently renovated by the owners of Liquid Kitty and Three Clubs. Go now, before it gets mobbed.

Pros: laid-back, handsome, friendly

Cons: , neighborhood

 

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