Tomorrow! Tuesday, Sept. 15th!!
First date, he's in Thousand Oaks I'm in L.A. proper. Midway point (taking into account that I'll be driving in somewhat worse traffic,) seems to be Encino area. We are meeting around 7PM, so it doesn't have to be a late night place.
Ideal: FUNKY/GOOFY, but with decent beer/cocktails. Seriously, like a lounge in a bowling alley, a bingo night at a Lions Club hall, something really weird would be perfect.
Barring that, a straight up bar or a restaurant with bar lounge area would be second choice. Obviously, a good place to talk without a loud band (unless it's a polka band.)
Does not have to be trendy (god forbid!) Just comfortable. A place where we could maybe sit for a while if the convo goes well.
I'm at a loss! I like the Stovepiper, but they have sports going all the time and that won't work. Have looked at Vino Wine Room in Encino, and it's a little "nicer" than I was hoping for, but the vibe might work.
I wish I had more time!