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Kelbo's

Los Angeles, CA
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101 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA
No longer in operation.

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Kelbo's

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Humuhumu’s description

This Kelbo's location has been demolished. There was another Kelbo's
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Kelbo's
Los Angeles, CA
Bar & Restaurant
9
location in West LA on Pico.

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May 18, 2022, 8:30 AM
I grew up in West LA., within walking distance of the Kelbos on Pico. When I was a kid in the 50s and 60s, we went there almost every Sunday after church, which was maybe a couple of blocks from the restaurant. When I was in high school in the late '60s, my friends and I would go there often. I continued going there until I left the area in 1987. It was an escape to the islands. The walls were covered with nautical objects like glass fishing floats and divers' helmets. There were puffer fish and other objects hanging from the ceiling. The place was a maze. As many times as I was there, I could never find my way around. All the booths were very private, and the alcoholic offerings were shown in backlit displays in every booth. The drinks were heavenly, as was the food. It was a great loss when they closed. The place was too kitschy for anyone to recreate it today but if someone did, I'd be there again as often as I could drag my aged carcass through the doors. It was an unforgettable place.
April 20, 2020, 11:44 AM
My very 1st TIKI Experience was at Kelbo's in West LA, when my family went 3 or 4 times in the late '60's. I grew up about 9 miles or so from there, and loved it anytime Dad could afford to take us there for a special time going out.
My first time was as a kid of about 8 years old, and it was MAGICAL. About a year or so after first goung, I got to visit Disneyland and the Enchanted TIKI ROOM Show, and was Captivated at 9 years old! Still some of my favorite parts and best memories of growing up in LA
rvbill1
rvbill1 was a regular at Kelbo's, and was usually there Growing up in 60 -90's.
November 1, 2012, 12:59 PM
My grandparents moved to the area, and worked for Douglas Aircraft during WWII ,which was just a few blocks away. One of my earliest memories is of my father walking me by the site in 1960 and looking at Kelbo's after it had burned to the ground. Both my parents and grandparents lived within a couple of blocks and we would always go to Kelbo's for special occasions. I remember going there for my graduation from elementary school.
The Keys in the front door was just the first of many amazing things to see inside Kelbos. The waiting area with the Lucite wall with various objects imbedded inside including bacon and eggs! I probably went there several hundred times over the years as it had so many memories for my family. Loved the fun bowls with the long straws, the ribs, the pork sandwich, and finally the macadamia desert which was best described as pieces of chocolate brownies with macadamia nuts floating in a bowl of whipped cream. I took my wife there when we were just kids in high school and then later on my kids. Loved Kelbo's as it was such a special place.
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