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Barkowski, an Upscale Dive Devoted to Charles Bukowski

Photos by Elizabeth Daniels

It's evident from the imagery adorning the walls that Barkowski is a watering hole which pays tribute to legendary author and legendary drunk, Charles Bukowski. Partners Richard Miller and John Moritz have wanted to open a bar together for the last 15 years, and their dream comes true when Barkowski parts doors for the public on Friday, December 13.

On Saturday night they welcomed in friends and family for a test run, and over the next few days they'll add the bar's finishing touches. Miller describes Barkowski as "a 60s dive bar with a little class and without the filth," also evident in the mixed lots of beers on offer via can, draft, and bottle from Coors Light to Allagash White to Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale. The beers don't get too crazy, all the usual stuff is on there with a few smaller batch and local brews mixed in, priced between $4 to $8. Note tvs and a pool table, and to soak up the booze, White Castle burgers, nuked for $5.
· EaterWire: Barkowski in Santa Monica [~ELA~]


2819 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, California 90405