Sneeky Pete's



This 1966 ariel shot shows The Whiskey A Go Go, The Original Hamburger Hamlet, The London Fog (The Doors are the headliners), and Sneeky Pete's. Dukes coffee house took over Sneeky Pete's. My parents frequented the place all of the time and took me there when I was a baby. I wish I had better memories of it, although I remember the red and black awning vividly.



This was a classic joint on the Sunset Strip located on the same street as the Whiskey A Go Go. I've been lucky enough to find a matchbook and an ashtray.








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  1. Do you have any other photos or memorabilia from Sneaky Petes?

    jdash@dashollywood.com

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  2. George Vreeland HillJune 2, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    You have some rare stuff here.

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  3. I worked at Sneeky Pete's in the mid-70's for Mort and Bobby. Great jazz, great food, diverse and interesting clientele--great memories. I used to have a fishbowl filled with those red satiny matchbooks.Love all the memories you've stirred with your tour of my old haunts and old friends (I did my fair share of dancing at Gazzari's, the Candy Store, P.J.'s, etc.). Ah, to be young again.

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  4. I remember Sneaky Pete;s also Art Graham quartet. Great times, ditto to be young again

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  5. I wrote the previous comment on Sneaky Pete's, I was wrong, it was the Art Graham Triomand ditto again.

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    1. When I worked there the Harry Fields Trio was the main act (the bassist was David Troncoso and I do not not remember the guitarist's name). Art Graham worked two nights each week. Occasionally Joanne Grauer played. The music was always great.

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  6. I played music at Sneaky's for most of 1967. We went down to Shifty's in San Diego for the summer. Art Graham took over for us. What memories. What stars! Johnny Carson would be there as soon the show came out to Burbank. I had to follow Ed McMahon to his hotel when he ended up hitchhiking out on Sunset one night. Hank Allen-bass...in the Al Reese Trio. I remember Big Eddy, Al, and Mort.

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  7. Great memories of Pak and Frankie who bartended there for years. A picture of Al Capone hung above the ladies toilet. We always began our night out on the strip there and usually ended up there later

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    1. I remember them well! Frankie was married to the head waitress, Martha. Other long-time waitresses were Linda (another Linda) and Paula. And the chef was a talented grouch named Clay.

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    2. Hi Linda...I remember those days well. So much fun, best times of my life. There's never been another place like it. It'd be great to catch up. I'll look you up on FB

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    3. My mom worked there her name was Ellie. I remember her stories of this place fondly.

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  9. My grandparents Allen and Charleen Abrams co-owned Sneaky Petes with Mort during the 1960s. I will post more photos of memorabilia.

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  11. http://sneakypeteshistory.blogspot.com/2015/06/blog-post_14.html

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  12. What an amazing place that was. There's never been anything like it since...

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  13. This was my spot and my era, so stumbling into this blog brought back a lot of memories (I have the menu framed on my wall as do several other friends). Clay (the grumpy chef) is long gone and Big Eddie (known to his friends after the death of Little Eddie simply as "Large") died three years ago. Big Eddie was also a semi-silent partner in the Whiskey and Elmer Valentine - the face and heart of the Whiskey - is long gone as well. The original Sneaky Pete (Pete Rooney owner of The Losers for those with long memories and the man who brought Lenny Bruce to Los Angeles) is alive and well, as is Eddie's ex-wife Francesca (his partner in Poupees de Paris for those with even longer memories). A friend married a vice-squad cop whose gig was to sit at the bar at Sneaky Pete's five days a week and take notes. Still says they were the best days of his life.

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  14. Hi Linda Friday and other Sneeky Pete's
    We are doing the estate sale of Frank & Martha Cohen in W. Hollywood at the end of April 2016.
    If anyone wants more information, you can contact me directly at: estatesalemandan@gmail.com
    See you there,
    Dan

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  15. Just acquired a wine list from Sneeky's. Not sure of year , but a bottle of Dom is $30

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