Discover the gritty side of L.A. literature

Esotouric is known for their eclectic bus adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles. Now this Saturday, Esotouric will celebrate what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 92nd birthday weekend with a literary bus and walking tour of the places that shaped him as a writer and a man. (Bukowski was born on August 16, 1920, and died in 1994.)

The tour departs from Philippe The Original, the legendary downtown sandwich shop where postal worker Bukowski often ate while employed across the street at the brutal Terminal Annex sorting facility. The tour is hosted by Richard Schave, one of the forces behind the recent successful campaign to have Bukowski’s one-time bungalow on De Longpre Avenue in East Hollywood declared an historic-cultural monument.

HAUNTS OF A DIRTY OLD MAN” spans Bukowski’s personal city, from the Skid Row bars where he tuned his young writer’s ear to the voices of old rummies to the once-genteel Crown Hill apartments where he fought with his first love Jane, favorite bars and liquor stores, “Barfly” locations to the downtown library, where he discovered his “God,” novelist John Fante (recently honored with a Square in his name outside that library, a designation that was initially proposed to City Council by tour host Richard Schave).

German born, Charles Bukowski spent most of his life in L.A., working for the US Postal Service, as “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” columnist for the underground press and writing the screenplay for the autobiographical “Barfly.” The city and its characters are everywhere in the work, so this tour celebrates the artist within his city with visits to places that were important to him and to his work. The tour includes a stop at Pink Elephant Liquor in East Hollywood for complementary coffee and donuts, though many riders also pick up a little something stronger for the road.

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). Here they’ll 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.

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 12pm-4pm, departs from Philippe The Original, 1001 N Alameda, Downtown LA

COST: $58/person, includes coffee and donuts served at Bukowski’s favorite Pink Elephant Liquor Store.

MORE INFO: visit or call 213-373-1947

Other upcoming Esotouric bus tours and special events:
Sat August 25 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley
Sat August 26 – Crime lab seminar: Cold A Long Time (info at
Sun September 2 – The Flâneur & The City: Broadway walking tour (info at
Sat September 8 – Weird West Adams
Sat September 15 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sat September 22 – Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
Sat September 29 – The Real Black Dahlia
Sat October 6 – Pasadena Confidential (weekend pass available)
Sun October 7 – Eastside Babylon (weekend pass available)
Sat October 13 – The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain’s Southern California Nightmare
Mon October 15- The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank: Jim Tully: A Hobo in Hollywood (info at
Sat October 27 – Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles

Esotouric’s Richard Schave and Kim Cooper are proud members of LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association

About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email Learn more at and .***


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