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Silver Lake bars adapt to vaccination records
By Barry Lank
Bars are now required to check two types of ID instead of just one. Add a city-required vaccination certificate to the usual proof of age.
Customers seem to be mostly fine with that, according to some employees at the Silver Lake bar.
Most of time.
“Nobody’s really resistant,” said Constantine Williams, head bartender at Jay’s bar on Sunset Boulevard. “A few sighs and ‘That’s annoying’ from people.’ But over time, most people understand and appreciate that we ask.”
Across the street at Akbar, “In the 99th percentile, people are more than happy to show their vacation ID,” said Gordon Vandenberg, who works on the door.
Trouble at the drag show
But at least there’s still that one percent — a night like that Silverlake Lounge.
When a man tried to enter during a drag show, he got angry when the new bouncer asked for proof of vaccination, Steve Acosta said at the Silverlake Lounge.
“He started punching our bouncer and punched him once in the face, but fortunately he wasn’t hurt,” Acosta said. “The guy kept knocking over our tables, throwing bird scooters at the front door and breaking our host stand and sandwich board sign.”
The porter gave notice the next day.
Acosta said most of the objections came primarily after the bar began searching for vaccination records ahead of the city’s mandate. Employees have been called Nazis, agents of tyranny, sheep and various swear words, he said.
Vandenberg has also encountered some objections. “Although I suspect they were quite disingenuous given that none of them are regular guests and their objections seem rehearsed,” he said.
Just one step
However, Vandenberg said that checking vaccination status is mostly just another step in the usual ID process.
“When a group shows up, I greet them and tell them we’ll check IDs and vaccinations and then wait for them to pull out wallets and phones.”
How about that delay while people fiddle around? Well, that adds up, Acosta said at the Silverlake Lounge.
“As bartenders, we could serve a lot more guests if we just checked IDs,” Acosta said. “People aren’t as fluid about presenting their Vax credentials and often fumble for them or need help finding them.”
Overall, says Vandenberg, it’s worth it.
“Thirty extra seconds for a safer night?” said Vandenberg. “That’s a good deal!”
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Griffith Park: The LA Zoo honors the late Betty White with a white rose memorial garden that will be open through the end of the month, CBS LA reported. White, who died December 31 at the age of 99, was a long-time zoo fan. The memorial garden is located at Allen Ludden Plaza, named after the actress’ late husband. The zoo also offers self-guided tours “Betty’s LA Zoo Tour” from some of White’s haunts.
Highland Park: Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle holds its annual sale of native plants in honor of the Jewish New Year of the Trees, Tu Bishvat. an ecological festival that celebrates nature. People can order online to January 17th and collection on Sunday January 23rd.
Los Feliz: The Skylight Theater Company rented Armando Huipe as managing director. The independent cultural management consultant is the founder of the Latinx Theater Alliance/Los Angeles. He replaces Sandee Grossman, now Managing Director.
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