My husband tells me that it’s only a matter of time before we are arrested during one of our European escapades. Maybe it’s because of the time I crossed the “do not enter sign” at the Colosseum in Rome or was it the time when I convinced him to climb a steep flight (ok flights) of stairs while he was wearing his knee-brace? At the top, I cautiously tried to enter a church. I say “try” because just as I was about to make my entrance a nun walked by and gave me a condescending look. My baaad!! Just wanted to check out the interior design LOL.
Let’s just say I have a curiosity for the hard to get to places. In Europe, there were all kinds of pathways and alcoves that seemed oh so secretive – just another reason why I love it there. In America, I’m still searching for the surreptitious spots and recently I found one. Are you ready? I’m about to tell you another secret.
If you are in the mood for a good cocktail and are adventurous with grilled cheese then you’re going to want to find the Blind Barber. In Culver City, CA – on a stretch of Washington Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Overland Avenue – is an unassuming barbershop. Just look for the barber pole.
Walk in like you know what you’re doing. Pass the barbers and the guys getting haircuts (say hello to one or two of them) and open the door at the back of the shop. Walk through the dimly lit area and around to the right. Congratulations you’ve found the Blind Barber! Tap him on the right shoulder and ask him for a table – just kidding!
The Blind Barber is not an actual “blind barber” instead it’s a hidden bar with an extensive menu of mostly grilled cheese sandwiches concocted by executive chef Ted Hirsch.
Jeff Laub, Adam Kirsch and Josh Boyd founded the Blind Barber five years ago to create a laid-back place for men to get haircuts and chill with a coffee or cocktail. According to their website, “Blind Barber has expanded into all realms of the modern man: grooming, cocktails, fashion, and lifestyle.” A free beverage is included with any service at the shop. Reservations through their site are recommended for a table in the back.
The Blind Barber is open to all men and women who can find it. Get there between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for happy hour – $4 beers, $5 wines, $6 well drinks, and $8 for the drink of the week such as a whiskey with honey and lemon on the rocks. Well-crafted cocktails such as the El Piloto (Maestro Dobel tequila, maraschino liqueur, Crème de Violette, and lemon) are perfect for sipping and people watching.
Stay awhile, watch an unpretentious but stylish crowd filter in, and sample menu items such as the Pastrami Reuben Tacos and the #15 – a variation of the grilled cheese (homemade spinach artichoke dip, smoked gouda, parmesan and mozzarella). By 9 p.m. on Saturday the room fills up and the music starts pumping.
The Blind Barber has three locations (two in New York and one in Los Angeles).
Do you know of any secret places in your neighborhood? Let me know!