Pauley Perrette
Venerable Hollywood dive bar takes last plunge
Venerable Hollywood dive bar takes last plunge

One of Hollywood’s last dive bars is going down. The dark and dingy-looking Powerhouse bar near the corner of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard will close for good at 2 a.m. Tuesday so its owners can renovate it and reopen with a hipper, clublike feel. “They want to make it a more trendy place. They feel Hollywood’s demographics are changing and they want to be a part of that,” said Jim Kalin, who has managed Powerhouse for 10 years. Known for its $3 glasses of draft Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and its hodge-podge collection of framed artwork, the Powerhouse is said to have opened in 1947, when barber Joe Power decided to open a bar next to his barbershop. Kalin speculates that Power’...