Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
Club Tee Gee illuminates a quieter block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.
There’s something special about Club Tee Gee – odds are, it’s your favorite neighborhood bar you haven’t visited yet. It’s hard to describe, but you feel it once you step inside. It’s kind of like Cheers, but a little dimmer, more intimate. A lone bartender serves up cocktails and the juke is on. Most people at the bar are regulars. There’s a palpable history here, a certain midcentury elegance that belies the bar’s 70-plus-year existence. But it’s also no frills — unpretentious to say the least. Somewhere between a dive bar and a cocktail lounge, it boasts $5 Bloody Mary Sundays and is cash only.
For a stretch of town as trendy as Atwater Village, it’s truly a neighborhood spot — a slightly older clientele, mixed with younger hipsters. So there was alarm when it was rumored to close. Its longtime owner, Betty Barlotta, died in February — without leaving a will.
“Everyone in the family wanted a piece of the action,” bartender Roger Munson said. He’s been serving cocktails at Tee Gee for nine years and has lived in the neighborhood since 1977. “One of the nephews wanted everything. Bob [Bob Kick, Betty’s partner] said, ‘I’ll sell the bar, and you guys divide it up.’”
The owners of Echo Park bar the Short Stop stepped in and bought it — ownership officially changes hands on Sept. 1. They couldn’t be reached for comment, but Munson said there might be some renovations coming. Nothing is official, however.
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