Looks like even the Westwood dive bars are being priced out these days, with news over the weekend that O’Hara’s on Gayley Avenue has served its last pint.
The LA Times was on hand to cover the final hours of service Saturday, from first pour to the last-ever playing of Closing Time and the Cheers theme song, which had long been a tradition. Tougher alcohol restrictions in UCLA-adjacent Westwood and a changing demographic (not to mention high real estate prices) were cited as reasons for the O’Hara’s shutter, with the UCLA Daily Bruin reporting that big, flashy newcomer Rocco’s Tavern will replace the dive bar later this year. That new outfit will include fancier, pricier drinks across multiple levels.
O’Hara’s had, in one iteration or another, been on site since 1994. During the closing festivities, former bartenders and regulars returned to pay their last respects, with booze running out around 11 p.m. After that, the only thing left to do was play Closing Time and lock the place up.