My favorite nursery rhyme as a child was “Hey diddle, diddle the cat and the fiddle” and as an adult, I found the perfect watering hole in The Cat & Fiddle. Stumbled upon it one eve after watching a band perform at the Club Lingerie and it became one of my fave places to have a few drinks, chat up friends and spot known celebs drink.
The Cat & Fiddle was also handy to have a drink or two or a bite to eat after watching an act perform at Amoeba Records such as Patti Smith, or to have a business meeting as well. Situated on the Sunset Strip in 1985 at 6530 Sunset Blvd. many a well known entertainer could be spotted there enjoying the ambience. My friend Don Adey would play gigs there and it was nice to hang out on the lovely patio and enjoy his music while sipping a pint of Harp or a glass of wine.
The Sunset Strip wasn’t the first home for this legendary place, it first opened up on 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in 1982, but due to the success of this place they had to find a bigger venue which is how they ended up on the Sunset Strip for decades. The Cat & Fiddle closed down on December 29, 2014 , and has reopened at 742 N. Highland Ave. near Melrose Ave. and will have a week-long Grand Reopening beginning June 5 to Sunday June 11.
There will be entertainment to celebrate as well as all day specials and a 5pm to 7pm Happy Hour. There is also memento giveaways.
The facade is Tudor style and the inside is very quaint and cozy and some what smaller than the Sunset Strip location. There is quite a modern jukebox which features a vast array of musical genres and a lovely cottage style back yard garden with a fountain, lots of potted plants and 3 lovely stained glass wall hangings featuring The Cat & Fiddle. Add this all up and it spells good times and great atmosphere. The food and drinks are as they were on Sunset Strip. The only thing to get used to will be the size. If you have loved The Cat in the past then you will love it again.
The original founder of The Cat & Fiddle was Brit Kim Gardener who had played in many well known acts and had recorded over 27 LPs. When he found himself married with children he decided to open up a Bristish Pub and The Cat & Fiddle was founded. Today his wife Paula and one of his daughters, Ashlee, are running this amazing legend of a landmark British Pub. And yes, they have a traditional British Breakfast as Adey will tell you.
Lots of my friends have raced over to enjoy the newly resurrected The Cat & Fiddle after Adey posted that it was open and serving…me included in that cavalcade of regs.
Here’s to hoisting a pint to ye, and hope to cross yer paths at The Cat.
On June 9 The Sloths will be playing at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon and they put on quite a show. For more info on this lively act, please check out my blog column at http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com.Coming up on June 17th will be The Moody Blues at The Hollywood Bowl. Haven’t seen this band since my teens at The Shrine Expo. And that was cetainly an interesting gig. There were three acts at that show: Rod Stewart, Jeff Back and The Moody Blues. Wonder if this gig will be as amazing as it was the first time. We’ll see what an $80 ticket gets me in section K, Row 10, Seat 108. Should I bring my binoculars?
I’ll catch you all on the flip side.