“Mad Men” actor makes an Echo Park bus and bar stop

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.


  1. Really ? WHO CARES ! Sick of all the stupid celebs “slumming it ” in the neighborhood .
    Next time Take the bus past Echo Park and head back to Hollywood ! Ugh !

    • UGH! I know!!! DOUBLE UGH!!!! I wish we could somehow stop hearing about this by not choosing to read this website!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT WE CAN’T, RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? UUUUGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I’m 31 and a car-less angelino too, but it’s not a big deal because I’m not an actor. Oh well, it’s cool that it’s becoming more normal not to have a car here.

  3. Hey KIP, if you don’t care, please just move along and let interested individuals read articles without your vitriol. Thanks.

  4. Kasi, it’s not a big deal because you’re not *famous*. A celebrity can draw attention to an issue. And in this case, I’m totally on Vincent’s side. (My wife majored in urban planning with a focus on transportation planning.)

  5. Calling the Gold Room a “dive bar” is like calling Starbucks “bohemian.”

  6. Dive bar? lol

  7. Yeah Artie I agree with you , because of all the other issues going in the world , this is SOOOO interesting ! Good Lord really ?

  8. pop, you found this story interesting enough to click on so “tedious commenter, heal thyself…”

  9. You have to READ something and than decide if its interesting or not GENIUS!
    Are you that dumb ?

  10. I think it’s quite interesting any time Echo Park gets written about in the New York Times, regardless of the context. (And in this case, since Mad Men is the best show on tv, the context is plenty interesting in its own right).

    It’s the snotty neighborhood provincialism of people like “kip” that bores the hell out of me. What makes you think Echo Park is so superior to the rest of humanity that no outsiders are welcome to come here to eat, drink or just be merry?

  11. LocalYokel said what I was going to say.

    People are so negative on here about anyone coming to echo park.

  12. This guy plays such a prick on Mad Men but its cool to hear that he’s down to earth in real life. Also, he’s right – car ownership is becoming passe with the kiddies. With my generation (31 y/o) I feel like people are still on the fence.

    Link to the ‘study’ Vincent mentioned:

  13. yeah yeah, its nice to hear that he rides the bus but as a female rider there are lots more things to consider than pollution. i would ride the bus when i turned 18 until i got a car at 21 and there isnt a day that goes by where you aren’t harassed by men on the bus staring at you or cars passing and honking or yelling out the window. since getting a car i thought i’d take the bus again but on the first day i was reminded why i hated it. at the end of a bus riding day all i want to do is cut off my boobs and wear baggy clothes. only when with another person is it okay to ride and not expect to get harassed.

  14. Sorry to hear about the harassment you’ve had to deal with. Keep the bus faith. As the car culture in LA becomes less predominant, you’ll see a larger and larger cross section of the population riding the bus which should mean less harassment. I never saw educated men in business suits cat calling women back in DC on the metrobuses. In DC you don’t have a car culture and bus stigma like LA has.

    I hate to break it down to a class issue like that, but that’s what it is. Education breeds respect for social rules.

  15. no i agree. it is a class issue. there are sections where i can guarantee you won’t get harassed and those are the old style neighborhoods of south pasadena and san marino but pretty much everywhere else its there.

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