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Circle Bar To Host Anniversary Party With 1999 Drink Prices On Thursday

Bartender Mina Lee serves up a cocktail at Circle Bar.
Photo by Roger Morante
Bartender Mina Lee serves up a cocktail at Circle Bar.

Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 9:27 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Circle Bar will be celebrating its 15th anniversary under the stewardship of owners Will Karges and Howard Alpert this Thursday, Jan. 9 starting at 9 pm.

The bar at 2926 Main Street in Santa Monica will serve anniversary drink specials -- 1999 prices -- until 11 pm.

Established in 1949, Circle Bar was reinvented in 1999 and continues to attract the most vibrant and diverse crowd on the Westside.

Circle Bar has recently made vast improvements to the decor, ambiance, music, and service.

What makes the Circle Bar unique is that it continues to outlive trends that come and go.

By reinventing itself via nuances (photos, lighting, etc.), it prefers to stick to the same floor plan since its opening in 1949.

The music may change, images here and there, but the spirit of Circle Bar lives on.

Many generations return to Circle Bar whether they met their mate there, had a birthday party or simply had an amazing night out with friends.

“It’s not an easy task to keep a place busy with the right crowd so by embracing our nostalgia, heritage and commitment to good service, Circle Bar will be around for years to come,” said Karges, who brought Los Angeles -- Jones Hollywood, Johnnies Pizza and currently is behind the series of The Six restaurants.

Alpert also owns the new and improved Rick’s Tavern on Main across from Circle Bar.

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