Drunk After Work: Park Avenue, Stanton
The Place: Park Avenue, 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton; (714) 901-4400.
The Hours: 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Deal: $4 well drinks, beer and wine specials, half-price appetizers.
The Scene: Park Avenue is well known for its bar, an understated reflection of the Googie style of architecture--think "The Jetsons": stars, parabolae, atoms, nice soft curves. Usually populated by people dressed nicely (waiting for tables at the popular restaurant), it does bring back the ambiance of the three-martini lunch of yore.
The Sauce: The beer selection is bog standard; wine is a much better choice here, with a decent selection of mostly California wines available by the glass and a huge list of bottles. Well drinks are the usual off-label bottles, though nothing terrible; go for a mixed drink and you may not notice it. If you prefer to call your liquor, the bar is well-stocked and the bottles clearly turn over frequently, but the prices go up significantly ($9 for a called martini, for example, over $4 for a well). Try a sidecar; it's something of a speciality of the house.
|Seriously, what the hell was this supposed to be?|
The Verdict: A cute oasis in still-gritty Stanton with an affable bartender who knows how to mix a drink, and a good value on well drinks, but not worth a special trip. Show up (very) early for your reservation if you want to try it out; the full dinner menu (as reviewed by our own Edwin), has some great surprises on it. Just skip the bar menu.
The Grade: C-.