A New York Times reporter recently spent a night out with Vincent Kartheiser, who plays ad sales man Pete Campbell on the AMC show “Mad Men”, to find out how the 31-year-old actor gets around Los Angeles without a car. After taking the subway from Hollywood to Thai Town for dinner, the duo rode an eastbound bus to an Echo Park watering hole. Here’s what they did.
“After dinner, he and the reporter ventured by bus farther east to the Gold Room, a dive bar in the Echo Park neighborhood. There, he ordered scotch and struck up a conversation with a young man, who after learning that Mr. Kartheiser uses mass transit, explained that he had spent the day doing the same — his first time after living in Los Angeles for five years. “They’ve done a study and they’ve found that people under 30 no longer view cars as status symbols or even positive things,” Mr. Kartheiser said. “They look at them as pollutants.”
The Gold Room is stumbling distance from the Metro stops at Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue.