Closed in: 2001
Reason we miss it: In its prime, this West Coast equivalent to New York’s CBGB was the jumping-off point for many big names -- everyone from The Misfits, to Beck, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers played intimate shows there in their early days.
Closed in: 1998
Reason we miss it: Its always-eventful last call. Before the same location became upscale spots Pour Vous and Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, it was Sean MacPherson’s intimate rock 'n' roll dive, where you could end the night with a $2 beer while sitting beside a “celeb” like Justine Bateman (miss you, Justine!).
The Roxbury on Sunset
Closed in: 1997
Reason we miss it: All the celebrities in one spot! Basically if you were young and hot in Hollywood, or a Shannen Doherty hanger-on, you were allowed into the bar area of this Sunset Strip venue where you rubbed elbows (and, if you were lucky, other parts) with Madonna, Tom Cruise and, um, Tia Carrere. Schwing!!!
Yee Mee Loo
Closed in: 1989
Reason we miss it: The jukebox. Yeah, this was technically closed 26 years ago, but it's our list and you're not the boss of us. Also: while you can now enjoy Yee Mee Loo’s famous blue drink at the Good Luck Bar in Los Feliz, its jukebox, with its croon-heavy music selection with Billie Holiday and even Marlene Dietrich, perfected the LA noir ambiance of this once-iconic bar/restaurant.
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Caroline Pardilla, aka Caroline on Crack, writes about booze for Los Angeles Magazine and Eater Drinks. Follow her drink adventures @carolineoncrack on Instagram and Twitter.