How These Iconic LA Dives Preserve Their History Through Wall Art
A good dive bar usually has the same things: cash-only signs, a decent jukebox, maybe a pool table. But a great dive bar wears its stories like service medals, with the best tales hidden in plain sight, whether in a series of fraying photographs or as an enormous mural depicting decades of American history.
To tell these stories, we dove into the beautifully cool, occasionally bizarre history of three beloved Los Angeles bars -- Hinano Cafe, The Frolic Room, and Tonga Hut -- each featuring their own renowned relics hanging on the walls. From Prohibition days to the height of Tiki culture in the ‘60s, prepare for run-ins with Frank Sinatra, a makeshift wall of fame, and what might have been a shark with an axe to grind.