Take note, the more interesting Cozy customers cluster at this Culver City dive in daylight. The bar opens at 6 a.m. and even this early, there's a crowd. Cozy is its crowd; it has a Cheers-like atmosphere and everyone really does seem to know everyone's name. 8x10s above the otherwise nondescript wood-paneled bar display the most familiar cast of characters (many with some kind of fish they caught), while on the opposite wall, four prominently placed caricature drawings - the kind artists do on the street - detail one customer's trip to Cabo. There are some nonhuman amusements, too: the shuffleboard game which takes up the center of the room, the pool tables (which seem to get some shark action with many players bringing their own cues), old time rock & roll and blues on the jukester, and Cozy's sneaky rear exit to its parking lot.
As in many big cities, the price of real estate in L.A. tends to be too high to permit dive bars to offer those rock-bottom "real dive bar" prices, particularly on the Westside. But Culver City's Cozy Inn at least gives you great value. Its specialty is super-generous, almost obscene pours. You know how if you order, say, a Jameson neat at most places, they give you what essentially amounts to a thimbleful of liquor? At Cozy Inn, it's more akin to a full highball glass. If you need further... More »