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Esotouric Bus, at The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles Bus Tour
30 ratings
4.5 average rating
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4 events
2 reviews
4 stars
attended Oct 27 2007

Amazing tour, thoughtfully executed with audio visual support, terrific research, and astonishing access to the sites, people, and liquor suppliers of Bukowski's world! I will gladly do more tours with Esotouric, and the things I learned, sights...continued

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27 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 14 2009

i got this as a gift for my dad, who's a big bukowski fan. we both enjoyed it. the only improvement i think could be made is knowing how much walking is involved. i had gone on another esotouric tour and there was no walking. my 76-year-old dad is...continued

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Tammy Klemm
22 events
8 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 24 2010

Bought a ticket for my husband-a huge Bukowski fan. He had a great time! It is definitely a tour geared to those who are fans. Not sure a "non-fan" would enjoy the scenery as it is in the rougher parts of Los Angeles. Great tour though!

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This tour focuses on Bukowski’s great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. The tour will take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for Post Office, the De Longpre apartment where he briefly experimented with marriage and fatherhood, one of his favorite bars and liquor stores, and many other spots. Along the way, we’ll explore the people and ideas that made up the warp and weft of Bukowski’s rich inner life.

This Esotouric bus adventure is hosted by Richard Schave, one of the organizers behind the successful campaign to name Charles Bukowski’s East Hollywood bungalow a Cultural-Historic Landmark.

“Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s LA” spans Bukowski’s personal city, from Skid Row to once-genteel Crown Hill, to Bukowski’s favorite East Hollywood liquor store, the Pink Elephant.

Esotouric has made its name with true crime bus tours (Black Dahlia, Pasadena Confidential) and explorations of literary LA (Raymond Chandler, John Fante, James M. Cain). Now they turn their creative attentions to Bukowski, the prolific poet, novelist and screenwriter whose rough-hewn tales of boozing, wild women and rotten jobs never obscure the deep vein of sweetness and hope that runs through all his work. In one of his finest poems, he described this as a bluebird he kept caged, and that bluebird is been represented in the Bukbird, a pale blue version of his beloved alcoholic crow character, represented by a logo created by cartoonist Tony Millionaire exclusively for this tour.