When 'Swingers' arrived in 1996, it grossed just $74,118 on eight screens during its opening weekend. Fourteen years later, its total domestic gross stands at just $4.5 million -- but its status as a cult favorite has mushroomed well beyond its financial significance. Written by Jon Favreau and directed by Doug Liman, the film was based on Favreau's experiences as an out-of-work comic and actor in Los Angeles who was excessively mourning a break-up with his girlfriend. Given that it was his and Liman's first movie, the budget was small and the most of the locations were real -- including Three Clubs, to which Favreau's character brings his pal before the film's party scene in the Hollywood Hills.

Three Clubs feels like an import from another time. With a red-toned interior that features dark wood, deep, mid-century banquettes and an impressive scotch selection, it's still a mainstay of the Hollywood scene, attracting musicians, actors and other locals on any given night. Tucked away below the teeming hub of Hollywood nightlife, the bar is nestled among small playhouses, a gas station and dark, industrial-looking buildings. It's concrete exterior hides its hedonistic function, and it's only signage is a neon sign that reads, "cocktails." If it weren't for the mustached local hipsters hanging around in barstools or bands rocking out in the bar's side room, it would feel like a the kind of place one's grandparents used to frequent.
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