Drink a martini at La Villa Basque

Remember the Season 4 episode of "Mad Men" in which Don and Peggy go have a drink and watch the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001204" title="Sonny Liston" href="/topic/arts-culture/sonny-liston-PEHST001204.topic">Sonny Liston</a>-Cassius Clay fight? That scene was filmed in  <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/24/local/la-me-vernon-restaurant-20110324">La Villa Basque</a>, a 1960s-era  restaurant-bar in the city of Vernon, founded by the city's mayor in 1960. Preservationists fear the new owners will remodel the interior and destroy the midcentury atmosphere of the landmark building. The <a href="http://laconservancy.org/issues/issues_villabasque.php4"><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100102380000" title="Los Angeles" href="/topic/us/california/los-angeles-county/los-angeles-PLGEO100100102380000.topic">Los Angeles</a> Conservancy</a>  is encouraging patrons to stop in for a drink and persuade the management to keep the venue intact. But, really, do you need an excuse to raise a glass to the 1960s?

( Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times / March 2, 2011 )

Remember the Season 4 episode of "Mad Men" in which Don and Peggy go have a drink and watch the Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight? That scene was filmed in La Villa Basque, a 1960s-era restaurant-bar in the city of Vernon, founded by the city's mayor in 1960. Preservationists fear the new owners will remodel the interior and destroy the midcentury atmosphere of the landmark building. The Los Angeles Conservancy is encouraging patrons to stop in for a drink and persuade the management to keep the venue intact. But, really, do you need an excuse to raise a glass to the 1960s?

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