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|| News Item: Posted 2002-10-30

The Road Warrior: Mongo's Luau Party Guide
By Mongo Johnson

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Ok, so I got a few hours break here on the set of the new Fantastic Four movie, so I'm going to fill you in on places to party while in Southern Cal.

MONGO's LUAU PARTY GUIDE (or dude I've got wheels, let's rock!)

***** HERMOSA BEACH *****

Located a scant 4 miles south of the hotel, lies Hermosa Beach, the crown jewel of beach party life.

Immortalized in song and video by the Beach Boys and David Lee Roth, this sleepy bedroom community by the sea, transforms itself into PARTY CENTRAL every Friday and Saturday night.

Your destination is the PIER AVE. party zone, a (1) block radius area jam packed with bars and restaurants.


Out the front door of the Marriott to ROSECRANS BLVD. Left turn onto ROSECRANS, stay in the left lane and turn left onto SEPULVEDA, go south on SEPULVEDA for 2.8 miles till you get to PIER AVE. turn right onto PIER AVE and follow it till it dead ends. This is about a 10-minute drive. If it takes you more than 10 min. then you fucked up and are now lost.

Parking is a BUGGER in any of the beach cities. The time you waste trying to find a parking space could be better spent partying. Do the smart thing and take a cab, then everybody can get gassed.

>>>WARNING <<<
Parking is a BUGGER, no really I mean it. Even if you do manage to find a parking space, chances are you won't have enough change to feed the meter. THE primary revenue stream for the city of Hermosa Beach is parking citations. The parking Gestapo pilot the latest 3 wheel INTERCEPTORS, which can do 0 to 60 kilometers per hour in 3.6 seconds. When time runs out on your meter, a micro GPS transmitter sends a signal to the closest meter maid and ZOOM they're on your ass with a ticket written and on your windscreen quicker than you can say "god save the queen". HENNESY'S TAVERN Take an old world English tavern, add in a beach front location, a second story sundeck with views from Malibu to Catalina, mix in a bunch of bronzed, bikini clad babes and you have Wally Skaliji's favorite beach hideout. Good burgers and be sure to try the fish and chips.

BEACH CLUB: Animal house at the beach. Very popular with the college crowd. Don't eat the food. Booze is ok.

LIGHTHOUSE: One of the oldest jazz clubs in Los Angles. Before the House of Blues was even a marketing concept, the Lighthouse was packing them in.

PATRICK MALLOY'S: A pale imitation of Hennesy's tavern.

ALOHA SHARKEZ: Raging babe fest!

SANGRIA: Raging babe fest!

BREWSKI'S: It's just your run of the mill micro-brewery. Predictable burgers, fries, and bar fare. It does however have an excellent outdoor patio for people watching.

CAFÉ BOOGALOO: Good jazz club with passable Cajun food.

SHARK'S COVE: Good pool hall. Don't play with anybody that has their own stick.

705: So you want the chic LA club scene but you don't want the drive? Check out Club 705. It's got good sound and comfy couches. Stay away from the sushi bar. You can do better with a can of tuna and some saltines.


There's a smattering of small supper clubs and bars scattered throughout Manhattan, but nothing to compare to Hermosa Beach.

(Besides we don't want any of your ilk hanging out in our backyard.)

There is one dining establishment you will want to know about:

THE KETTLE Located at the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Highland ave. Open 24 hours a day, this south bay fixture has been feeding the post 2:00 am party hordes for decades. EXCELLENT breakfasts, good sandwiches, salads, and soups, this place is 2 big steps UP from your typical Denny's

(Mongo Johnson, a former roadie for the such superstar bands as "The Stray Cats" and "Motley Creu" currently works as a stand-in the on the set of sci-fi films and music videos. His fingers can be seen holding dollar bills in Motley Creu's "Girls, Girls, Girls" video. When not working, he resides in Montana where he runs a travel consulting business.)

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