The Cock 'n Bull on Sunset Strip


Built in 1937




Irreverence was always in great supply at the Cock'n Bull, a mock British tavern favored by notables ranging from artists like Ed Ruscha and actor Richard Burton to rock singer Rod Stewart and his entire soccer team.
I remember sawdust on the floor and a blaring fireplace and my father entertaining his industry friends. I remember asking Beatrice Straight for her autograph because I had just seen Poltergeist at the Plitt theatre that day . There is no restaurant in Los Angeles that has left more of an imprint in my mind. Later in the 80's I saw Sean Penn and Madonna dining with friends. Luckily we lived very close by and frequented it a lot.
The restaurant spanned succeeding eras of nightclubs, coffee houses, discotheques, topless bars and rock clubs in the neighborhood which is hard to do by Los Angeles standards. The Cock'n Bull became an automobile dealership in 1987. There is a plaque above the entrance in honor of this institution.
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Comments

  1. Yay! You're back! I've been wondering when you'd be posting more glories of yesteryear.

    Man, I wish I had a real time machine. Hollywood back then looks so much more fun then today's Hollywood.

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  2. Hi SamiSings! What a nice way to welcome me back after all this time. I'm on a posting frenzy! I hope you enjoy the new posts!

    Alison Martino

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  3. I worked with a guy once, who said that he had worked @ the C & B. He said, that Dino used to go there quite often and during Christmas time, would stop by & write a the whole staff a check for $200.00 (from busboys on up) anyway, that what he told me.

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  4. I had my 21st birthday there. What great food and ambiance.

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  5. What a fantastic archive you have here. I spent many lunches and dinners at the C&B as we had a talent agency directly across the street. We also spent a great deal of time at another long-lost, local restaurant that I can't find any info on; La Maganette, which I believe had been Frascatti's in an earlier incarnation. Any recollection on that?

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  6. I used to meet my dad there for lunch, every now and then, tho he'd be there most days. I used to sit at the corner of the bar nearest the door and drink Cokes. Dad had a regular bunch with whom he'd lunch, and they had a standing 'reservation' for the Round Table in the back. I had my first legal drink there in December, 1974. When they sold the fixtures, I bought the portrait of the Queen, a red leather chair and an autographed photo of Nigel Bruce, signed to Morgan in 1937, plus a couple of plates. I sure to miss the "Club" as they called it. John Luder

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  7. In Shelly Winter's Autobiography she mentions going to the Cock & Bull the day Germany fell and Hitler was dead. She had never been there before and while looking for the bathroom she opened a door that was the office of the owners. On the wall she saw a huge, gold framed picture of Hitler. She urinated below the picture "because she couldn't pee on Hitler's face".

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  8. I remember going to Cock and Bull with my dad to have dinner or lunch with his friend Hoagy Carmichael who lived next door. It was a quick trip from Beverly Hills.

    I also remember taking a girlfriend later when i turned 21 and we were having a drink together at the bar and all of a sudden the Bar tender yells out my name i take the call and my father says what are doing at the Cock and Bull with Henry Wilson I said Who?

    He said a fat guy is he sitting next to me I said yeah but he is with someone else I am here with my girl friend.

    My dad says get out of there now he is the most notorious "gay agent" in Hollywood and there are people in the restaurant that think you are with him so we left. Later I asked my dad who this guy was and he said he was Tab Hunter Rock Hudson and Sal Mineo's agent.

    Back then was a very different time then today. I seems a lot of Hollywood was deep in the closet.
    Jim

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