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Whatever Your Valentine's Mood, There's An LA Bar For You

On February 14th, revel in or renounce your romantic choices. Either way, we salute you.

9 Of Koreatown's Best Happy Hours

L.A.'s most densely developed neighborhood has a good drinks, good food and good deal$. You just have to know where to look.

The Best Happy Hours In Echo Park -- Especially If You're Going To A Dodgers Game

Need a place to pregame before a baseball game? We got you.

Santa Monica's Best Happy Hours Want You To Lift Your Glass

Want Westside watering holes where you won't need wads of cash to have a good time?

The Best LA Places To Eat Brunch With Your Dog

Day-drinking, dogs, mimosas and eggs Benedict. Your weekend just got better.

The Best Happy Hours In Studio City

We've got the scoop on where to find $5 craft beers, discounted classic cocktails, half-price bar bites and bottomless rosé.

The Happiest Happy Hours In Pasadena

Any bar or restaurant can drop prices on well drinks and dish out reheated sliders for a couple hours. Only a few places actually make those hours happy.

Yes, You Can Find Bars In Hollywood That Aren't Tourist Hellholes

Going barhopping on Hollywood Boulevard? Skip the outrageously priced bottle service and froofy martinis. Drink here instead.

You Might Like A 4 A.M. Bar Curfew But LA Bartenders Have Mixed Feelings

"The people who are typically up that late aren't just drinking alcohol. That's just the truth of nightlife but I don't want to deal with that crowd either."

How To Hit Nine Bars In West Hollywood In One Night

When you want to go the distance without going far at all.

Where To Drink Cannabis Cocktails In Los Angeles Right Now

It's easy (and delicious) to drink your weed when you know where to find L.A.'s best CBD libations.

How To Up Your Game via "Home Bar Basics" Cocktail Book

With the growing popularity of craft cocktails thanks to bars like the Varnish and the sight of Ryan Gosling's panty-dropping Old Fashioned making skills in last year's Crazy Stupid Love, it was just a matter of time until your need for the perfect cocktail infiltrated your home bar.

Where Have All the L.A. Bartenders Gone? They're in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail 2011

If you're a cocktail geek, chances are you've heard of the annual Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans and even plan your social calendar around it. Tonight through Sunday, when you visit your usual watering hole and wonder where your fave bartender is, he/she is most likely in NOLA.

L.A. Beer Experts Pair Craft Beer With 4th of July Barbeque

As a food enthusiast, for your Fourth of July barbecue, you're probably not going to want to sully your Kansas City-style spareribs experience by washing them down with a Bud Light. No, you'll want the perfect brew to complement that spicy sweet sauciness…and another beer to go with the rosemary potato salad, and one to go with that bourbon caramel apple pie.

Regional, Seasonal, Shaken and Stirred: The Raymond's 1886 Bar Debuts New Spring Cocktail Menu

Tequila Daisy (left) and Swedish Crush (Photos by acuna-hansen) Spring is here! You know what that means. No, not allergies. New cocktails! The Raymond's 1886 Bar in Pasadena released the details of its brand-new spring cocktail menu today. Sixteen new cocktails were created by barman Marcos Tello and the 1886 crew as well as some special guest mixologists like Vincenzo Marianella (Providence, Copa d'Oro) and Alex Day (Death & Co. and Bar + Kitchen)....

Real Chicks Drink Great Beers: Deschutes Brewery Beauty Night

Guess what? Women enjoy drinking great beers! Last night Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon, teamed up with the Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Halle Beaune to throw an intimate beer and beauty party for local women bloggers as part of the brewery's Base Camp Week promotion. Food, lifestyle and drink bloggers were lured to the Benefit store in Santa Monica with the promise of beer cupcakes, beauty treatments, goody bags and Deschutes beer, which included...

Drago Centro Debuts New Winter Cocktail Menu

Los Angeles may be over those lame below-75-degree temperatures but Drago Centro downtown has just debuted its new winter cocktail menu created by Drago Centro’s beverage director Michael Shearin and head bartender Jaymee Mandeville. It features some hits like the comforting hot buttered rummy January Jones and some misses like the mouthwash-green Watcher in the Woods. But cheers to the use of diverse and unique ingredients like blood orange “caviar,” pear puree, Clear Creek Douglas...

Manila Machine Filipino Food With Domaine LA Wine Pairing

It was bound to happen. A food truck and wine pairing, the cuisine of the masses with the high-brow staple make it an intriguing combination. But what makes the Manila Machine and Domaine LA event this Sunday extra unique is that the wine shop's Whitney Adams and Jesse Brawner will be matching food from the popular Filipino food truck with Italian and French wine. Apparently not such a crazy idea since, as noted by...

The Edison's New Cocktail Menu Debuts Tomorrow

Don't count Joseph Brooke, The Edison's director of spirits, out just yet, L.A. drinkers. After about a year, he's come up with a new list of cocktails for the swanky downtown bar. What took so long? The current renovation of Clifton's Cafeteria delayed any go-ahead for a new cocktail menu from the Edison's powers that be. But this week, Brooke debuts his brand-new menu which is "classically driven" and at the same time offers an...

Hostaria del Piccolo: White Pizza & The 7 Dwarfs Cocktails

What is the big deal with Chef Roberto "Bobo" Ivan's Hostaria del Piccolo, the Santa Monica sister to his Piccolo restaurant in Venice? Well, not only does the modern pizza joint offer gluten-free pie -- made with naturally leavened dough comprised of kamut, soy and polenta flour -- but they have a gorgeously stocked bar (specifically all the fixings for an awesome Manhattan, including the formerly scarce Rittenhouse 100) and a promising cocktail menu. Turns...

Bar Lubitsch's Vodka Tasting: 20 Vodkas for $20

Ocean Vodka ready to be consumed | Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist Jared Meisler of Bar Lubitsch will be hosting a vodka tasting at his West Hollywood bar tomorrow night from 6 to 8pm. For $20, guests will enjoy chilled shots of premium vodkas like Hawaii's own Ocean Vodka, made with organic sugar cane, as well as Crystal Head, Hanger One, Krol, Modern Spirits, Pinky, Russian Standard, Siku, Three Olives, Tru and Ultimat. Since each...

New Happy Hour: Summer Fridays at Viceroy

Photo by Caroline on Crack/LAist For a fun, swank and, more importantly, cheap way to kick off the summer, hit up the new happy hour "Summer Fridays" poolside at the Cameo Bar in the Viceroy Santa Monica. Starting tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m., boozers on a budget can enjoy drink specials dictated by the time of day. Get there early at 2 p.m. to snag a glass of wine, well drink and beer...

Cinco De Mayo Drink Specials Roundup

Caroline on Crack If you still don't know where to get your drink on for Cinco de Mayo, check out the following festive venues. Arriba drink deals! Border Grill in Santa Monica has a very gourmet Cinco from 4 to 10pm, with $3 ceviche shots, tacos and chili poppers as well as $5 green corn tamales, poblano quesadillas and beef brisket taquitos. To quench your thirst, order up $4 house margaritas, sangria and mojitos....

Ammo's Small-Batch Social: Tequila Ocho

Last week, Hollywood neighborhood eatery Ammo kicked off its new tasting series amid a revelry of bloggers and cocktailers. Small-Batch Social is meant to bring together booze fans and industry experts alike while showcasing small-production spirits, wine and beer. And for the debut event last Thursday, Tequila Ocho, from Jalisco, Mexico, was in the spotlight with brand ambassador Scott Haro schooling us on Tequila Ocho's 2008 Plato, Reposado and Anejo tequilas. Bonus was that each...

Automatic Luxury Machine Debuts in Santa Monica at U*tique Shop

Automated luxury store, U*tique, just opened up its first location ever in Fred Segal Santa Monica. It's lux-o-matic, interactive, insta-matic…just don't call it a vending machine. Although that's basically what this fancy-schmancy machine does. Except instead of dispensing cheesy puffs, it sells 50 upscale beauty items, indulgences and lifestyle products like Aira mink eyelashes, Bliss triple oxygen mask, David Kirsch Wellness detox kit, GoSmile smile brightening system and ModelCo tan in a can to name...

Seed Kitchen: Venice's Macrobiotic Vegan Cafe

We were offered a hosted lunch at Venice's Seed Kitchen, the newish Japanese-American fusion vegan macrobiotic restaurant brought to you by Sanae Suzuki and her husband Eric Lechasseur (formerly of M Cafe de Chaya). So we thought, why the heck not? By the way, this review is completely from the standpoint of a non-veggie. But here's a review of Seed by an actual vegan from Quarrygirl.com to give you that perspective, too. We dragged a...

Hangover Cure: Rush Street's Red Eye Brunch

You had an awesome night of barhopping but one cocktail too many, you mixed your spirits and you didn't drink a drop of water before you went to bed. Next morning? Raging headache, and the last thing you want to have for brunch is some buttery pancakes drenched in sweet syrup. Blech! Chef Dave Northrup of Rush Street in Culver City completely understands and that's why he created a hearty new brunch menu of hangover...

Photo Essay: Who Makes the Best Drinks in Town? Local Mixologists Compete

Who says there are no good female mixologists in Los Angeles? Because there were plenty of them at the Gran Centenario Rosangel launch party and competition last night at Silver Lake's Malo. In the Mexican restaurant's gorgeous new upstairs space, cocktail enthusiasts and industry-folk gathered to partake of the delicious free food as well as the complimentary creative cocktails concocted by L.A.'s finest women mixologists, i.e. Natalie Bovis-Nelsen of The Liquid Muse and Liquid Chef...

X Bar's Astrology Cocktails: Hey, Baby, What's Your Sign?

What better way for a Los Angeles bar to celebrate our city than with astrology cocktails? Yup, X Bar in Century City, has perhaps the funnest theme cocktail menu idea we've seen in a long time. They have created 12 cocktails ($12 each) to represent the zodiac signs and will only serve each sign's cocktail during the dates of that particular sign. Not clear? Well, right now since we're in Pisces, so you can try...

New Happy Hour: Copa d'Oro's $5 Classic Cocktails

New Santa Monica bar, Copa d'Oro, has kicked off its new happy hour featuring a "happy depression menu." So now you can enjoy some of their fabulous market-fresh cocktails for only $5! And we're not talking the sort of drinks you usually find at happy hours around the city. No apple martinis or mixed well cocktails, but actual vintage favorites. Just some of the cocktails on the 12-drink happy hour menu after the jump......

Manchego: New Spanish Tapas Restaurant in Santa Monica

What no one is telling you is that there's a new Spanish tapas restaurant that just opened in Santa Monica. Actually Manchego has been around for about four months but it seems the only people talking about it online are Yelpers and even they are reluctant to sing its praises. We're guessing it's because they want to keep it to themselves. With only about 13 tables in this small eatery, $5 tapas, and BYOB with...

LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold Food Event for Cheap

Jonathan Gold, the king of all foodies and LA Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, has handpicked 30 of his favorite Los Angeles restaurants for a very special food event on Sunday, March 8 from 3-7pm at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood. It's called the 2009 LA Weekly Gold Standard and will feature the likes of Animal, Hungry Cat, Jitlada, the two Mozzas, Palate Food and Wine and Providence to name the blessed few. There...

New Bar Night: Mod Mondays at Bar Lubitsch

Photo by Caroline on Crack/LAist Groovy! Bartender Damian Windsor (The Edison, Gordon Ramsay at the London, Copa d'Oro) will now be manning the back bar of Bar Lubitsch. Yes, starting Monday, February 23rd, you can enjoy Damian's cocktail wizardry during BL's new bar night, Mod Mondays. Owner Jared Meisler hopes to make Monday your new favorite day of the week with his collection of DJs who will spin '60s underground soul and rock and...

Cocktail Review: Ivan Kane's Cafe Wa s New Cocktail Menu

When I first checked out Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood last year, I couldn't help but think that the only thing missing from this beautiful Bohemian restaurant was a specialty cocktail list. Amazingly it didn't have one. Sure it has a full bar, an upstairs absinthe bar and a couple of absinthe cocktails but no list of special drinks to speak of. And then just like that…well, months later my wish came true....

Valentine Cocktail Roundup: Love Potions and Jello Shots

Love is in the air, suddenly hearts and roses seem to populate the world and the movie theaters are showing nothing but romantic comedies. It's enough to drive anyone to drink, singles and couples alike. Fortunately, there are bars in L.A. that feel ya and have created many Valentine cocktails that you can either toast your love with or use to drink this red-and-pink day away. Pablo Moix of STK, that "sexy steakhouse" in West...

Tonight: The Edison's Radio Room Reopens

Photo by Caroline on Crack First the Edison's Radio Room, aka speakeasy night, was held on Sundays. And then it was changed to Tuesdays. And then it disappeared. But tonight, it's back! That's right, you can once again enjoy crafted cocktails brought to you by Los Angeles' top mixologists while taking in a saucy cabaret show in this underground room of the Edison. And... for no cover! But to keep things interesting, tonight's featured...

The Fig: Santa Monica's New Seasonal Restaurant

Rosemary & Rhubarb, Blueberry & Thyme, Lavender & Cucumber. Nope, I'm not talking about yummy-scented bath soaps or what I'm currently growing in my garden. These are actually the sorts of cocktails new Santa Monica restaurant, the Fig, is crafting behind its bar. Located inside the fancy (it's not the last time you'll see that word in this review) Fairmont Miramar Hotel, the Fig strives to offer not only a relaxed dining experience with a...

L.A. Valentine Dessert Roundup, Part Deux

Photo courtesy of Crumbs Bakeshop Last week, we brought you a list of Valentine dessert ideas to entice your honey with. If you wanted even more options, you greedy monkey, we've come up with more -- red-bottom cheesecake cups, tuxedo strawberries and really hearty cupcakes to name a few. Instead of the usual chocolates in a heart-shaped box, why not mini cupcakes? Studio City's Big Sugar Bakeshop has assorted mini cupcakes in a heart-shaped...

Spitz Downtown: Kebab Sandwiches & $4 Beer in Little Tokyo

If you're ever in the mood for great European street food, head to Little Tokyo. Yup, Spitz, "home of the Doner kebab" recently opened up its second location on 2nd Street amid kawaii boutiques and sushi restaurants. (It's original location is in Eagle Rock.) We checked out the new restaurant recently and found that it's the perfect place to grab a quick meal or enjoy a yummy beer. The signature dish, the Classic Doner, made...

Sweets for the Sweet: L.A. Valentine Dessert Roundup

Flickr photo by Rore Looking to get your sweetie something better than the usual boring box o' chocolates this Valentine's Day? Surprise your Valentine and secure some V-day night sugar of your own (wink, wink) when you present them with the following goodies which range in price from the very affordable $2 chocolate strawberry to a $90 sweets extravaganza. To really blow your Valentine away, present them with a L'Amour Hatbox from Boule. This...

Flight of the Conchords Screening at Natural History Museum

Looking for a reason to laugh nowadays? You've gotta check out the second season premiere of HBO's Flight of the Conchords tomorrow at 10pm. If you know the show, you've probably already planned your screening party. And if you don't, your life is probably a little emptier because of that. Aw. The hilarious cult hit about two New Zealander musicians -- Bret and Jemaine -- trying to make it in the Big Apple, or at...

Cocktail Review: Casa Cocina y Cantina's Cocktails

New downtown Mexican restaurant Casa Cocina y Cantina had a press release boasting a menu "unlike any other Mexican restaurant menu in Los Angeles." But we couldn't help but wonder if that held true to its cocktail list as well. So we stopped by on a very chill Wednesday night and met with Billy Fanning, the restaurant's mixologist. His specialty cocktail menu is a mix of traditional Mexican staples, unique creations and seasonal concoctions and...

Kitchen Nightmares on the Hunt for Bad L.A. Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Fox Do you have a favorite restaurant in L.A. that has suddenly taken a turn for the worst or seen an eatery with great potential but no know-how? Well, it's Gordon Ramsay to the rescue. You might recognize his name from that restaurant at the London but he's actually a celebrity chef in several food-related reality shows. And his show on Fox, Kitchen Nightmares, is currently on the hunt for down-and-out...

Holiday Cocktails Roundup: Eggnog Martini, Spiked Apple Cider and Gingerbread Manhattan

Photo courtesy of Casa Cocina y Cantina Looking for a little holiday cheer in the frantic last days of frenzied mall crowds, last-minute shopping and party hopping? Well, today is your lucky day. Christmas in a cocktail glass at the following bars and even a little recipe to try at your holiday party! I love Bar Lubitsch's Hot Winter Cider. This hot mug of cidery goodness with organic apple juice, Jack and Hennessey never...

Holiday Gift Idea: Cocktail Book for Pregnant Women (and Designated Drivers)

Why should drinkers have all the fun this holiday season? And poor designated drivers, sitting there with their sad little sodas and chewed-on straws. Fortunately this month, Natalie Bovis-Nelsen (aka the Liquid Muse) -- L.A. cocktail blogger extraordinaire and a certified mixologist -- has come out with her first cocktail book for -- wait for it -- pregnant women. But the thing is if you're not expecting, Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be ($16.95) with...

L.A. Holiday Desserts: Christmas Sweets To Go

Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist Can't be hassled with slaving over an oven to make treats for all those holiday parties you're gonna hit up? L.A. has many wonderful dessert shops to save the day. Take your pick. Will it be cute peppermint cupcakes, a personalized gingerbread house or how's about a Yule log cake? Crumbs has gone over the top with holiday joy by creating several impressive holiday cupcakes ($3.75 each or 12 mini...

Urban Outfitters Responds to Same-Sex Marriage T-Shirts Controversy

Last week, Urban Outfitters had pulled "I Support Same-Sex Marriage" t-shirts off its shelves (both online and in California stores) further fueling the rumors that the trendy young adult clothier is anti-gay. After all Richard Hayne, the founder and CEO of Urban Outfitters, is a right-wing Republican known for supporting senators who oppose gay marriage. But in response to the rumors, an Urban Outfitters spokesman told New York Magazine on Wednesday that the shirts were...

2008 LA SantaCon: When Many Santas Need a Drink

SantaCon happens once a year in cities all around the world with Santas coming out in all manner of Santa Claus dress and celebrating the holidays in their own way...usually with a crazy-long barhop. This year's L.A. SantaCon kicked off on Saturday at Echo Park. It started at 1pm and promised to run through 2am. The Santas were going to tie one on in a major way: 11 hours of drinking and many stops. Since...

L.A. Drinkers' Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone knows: When you can't think of what to get someone for Christmas -- whether the host of a holiday house party or the man or woman who has everything -- a safe bet is always booze. The following are some of our favorite liquor-related places and gifts to make it a very merry Christmas indeed. Best Wine Shop for Procrastinators: Our go-to place for buying vino last minute right before that holiday party...

Free Gourmet Chocolates at Boule in Beverly Hills

Boule, that chic modern French patisserie in Beverly Hills, will be giving away free gourmet chocolates this evening from 6pm to 8pm to promote its holiday flavors: gingerbread, citrus rosemary and pecan pie. The patisserie also has a location on La Cienega but the freebies are only going down at the BH store. Boule, 413 N Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills (map), (310) 273-4488....

Thanksgiving Cocktails: Pumpkin Pie and Garlic Mashed Potato Martinis

Yes, alas Jones Soda isn't doing its special turkey and gravy soda for Thanksgiving this year. But never fear, you'll still be able to drink your mashed potatoes, and in a martini glass at that, or one of the following holiday specialty cocktails. BTW, not all places are open on Thanksgiving so call ahead if you're really counting on that après-dysfunctional-dinner drink. For an organic take on the pumpkin pie martini, check out Culver...

Dim Sum and Then Some: Dim Sum Brunch at Equator

When you think weekend brunch you probably imagine vanilla French toast, cheddar cheese and bacon scramble and a stack of blueberry pancakes. We do, too, so we were intrigued when we heard about the "Dim Sum and Then Some" Brunch at Equator in Pasadena. You get to choose from a menu of dim sum created by Chef Zhang, who learned a thing or two about the cuisine from his mother. She has worked at acclaimed...

Ivan Kane's Cafe Wa s: Moulin Rouge Comes to Hollywood

When I first heard about Ivan Kane's Café Wa s, the piano lounge/French bistro that opened up in Hollywood several months ago, I shrugged it off. Apparently Dave Navarro and Zoe Kravitz are already regulars. Sounded too fancy; so not my style. What was it? A supper club? A hoity-toity lounge? Do you have to pay for dinner and the entertainment? And its appearance on The Hills when Audrina and her on-again/off-again boyfriend discuss moving...

Nationwide 'No on Prop 8' Protest This Saturday

This past week we've watched on the news, joined in, and/or supported in spirit all the "No on Prop 8" protests around Southern California. But this Saturday, we will have a chance to come together once again, this time as a nation, to show the world that we believe everyone is entitled to marry the one that they love regardless of sexual orientation. California wasn't the only state to vote down equal rights for...

Thanksgiving Dinner: In or Dining Out?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, chances are you're already thinking about what you want to do. Should you tackle a turkey dinner all by your lonesome or save yourself the mess and stress by dining out? If the latter, Zagat has created a nifty list of Turkey Day options ranging from the high-falutin' Saddle Peak Lodge to the not-so-fancy Original Pantry. Here are some of our fave suggestions:...

Obama HQs Run Out of Gear, Come Back Later, They Say

If you were planning to head over to one of the local Obama offices to purchase some gear such as buttons, T-shirts and stickers before partying it up in style tonight or to commemorate what could be a historic moment for America, they are all sold out.... Well, if you want one of those big foam hands with a peace sign, then you can get that. But not to fear, they say after 3:30 p.m.,...

Photo Essay: Canstruction Los Angeles 2008

Wanna see something neat involving cans of food? Check out the exhibit of can sculptures at the Water Garden in Santa Monica on display through Saturday, November 1, 8am-6pm. Canstruction LA, which benefits the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, invited prominent L.A. architects, engineers and designers to create exhibits made entirely of cans of food....

Halloween Cocktails: Seizing the Spirits

If you love Halloween as much as we do -- candy corn isn't a treat it's a condiment -- you'll most definitely appreciate this list of cocktails where you can actually drink in the spooky holiday around Los Angeles (includes some Halloween night ideas, too). The Edison downtown is going all out for Halloween with a kuh-ray-zee shindig ($40 advance, $45 at door, $50 without costume) showcasing an absinthe bar, live music, costume contests...

Cocktail Review: 8 oz. Chocolate Mint Milkshake for Adults

We're constantly on the hunt for cocktail milkshakes in Los Angeles. Mmm, nostalgic fun with an edge! Surprisingly not too many places offer them in our fine city. But one night while we were enjoying the grilled cheese pork rib sandwich at 8 oz. on Melrose, we asked the bartender if the chef, bartender, whomever got around to making the alcoholic milkshakes we had heard they were planning to put on the menu months...

Kiss My Bundt Bakery: The Alternative Cupcake

Are you so over cupcakes? Too sweet for you? You may want to give bundt cakes a try. Stop laughing. We tried them at the newish bakery, Kiss My Bundt, in Midcity and were pleasantly surprised because 1) they are available in teeny tiny cupcake-size bundts rather than not-so-cute bundt cake slices, 2) they aren't uber sweet, making them a perfect coffee complement and 3) the small bundts are pleasantly cheaper than most cupcakes...

Apres Summer Cocktail Recipe: Limoncello Vanilla Cocktail Punch

Can't bring yourself to say good-bye to the summer just yet? Yeah, us either. Throwing a party is usually a great way to get some closure. And even better, do it with a limoncello vanilla cocktail punch for your guests. The recipe calls for the Italian digestif limoncello and we used Ventura Limoncello Originale ($14.99 for 375 ml) which is the first limoncello to be produced in Ventura County from locally grown fruit and...

Little Britain USA Screening at the Original Penguin Store

We were lucky enough to attend a sneak preview screening of HBO's new show Little Britain USA at the Original Penguin Store in West Hollywood last week. Those not familiar with the British hit show, Little Britain, LBUSA is the American spinoff. We know. We, too, had to stifle a groan at the thought of yet another English show gone American. We were fans of the original show and liked things just the way...

American Wine & Food Festival's Kick-Off Party: Red Hot @ Red Seven

Tis the season of grand eating as we have food festivals going off everywhere in L.A. But one of the biggest ones is the American Wine & Food Festival which is celebrating its 25th year and will take place at the Universal Studios back lot this Saturday. However, if you're thinking $300 is a pretty penny to pay for gorging yourself on the tasty treats and cocktails from the top chefs and wine/spirits purveyors...

Free Pie at the Mobile Pie Hole in Santa Monica

To kick off the second season of ABC's TV show "Pushing Daisies" the TV network's Mobile Pie Hole truck is down at Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade today handing out small apple, cherry and peach pies til 3pm. Not familiar with the Emmy-nominated dramedy show about a pie maker who has the ability to resurrect the dead? Footage of it will be playing on plasma TV screens during the giveaway. Yum!...

Favreau, Downey Jr. Rock the Aero Theatre

Normally we're not starstruck but when Robert Downey Jr. joined Jon Favreau for the commentary edition of the Iron Man screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica last Saturday, we couldn't help but squeal with delight. He emerged from the shadows in the back of the theater and took the stage to a standing ovation. Eeeee! We were in the same room with the guy who stole the movie from Ben Stiller in...

Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month: A Manhattan and a BourBonQ

For National Bourbon Heritage Month this September (yes, it's a real event as of last year), we offer two scrumptious ways to celebrate America's native spirit. The first, a classic bourbon cocktail. Wild Turkey Bourbon Manhattan (pictured above): 2 parts Wild Turkey 101 1 1/2 parts sweet vermouth 1 dash bitters Stir well with cracked ice and strain into a Manhattan or chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (or a brandied cherry,...

Misadventures in Buying a Vespa in Southern California

With high gas prices, the sales in scooters has risen. We should know. We've been trying to buy a Vespa for the past three months in the height of summer and found that most SoCal Vespa dealerships had a hard time holding onto their stock. Not that they were complaining as they were able to easily charge a premium for the much sought-after scooters boasting fuel economy 78 mpg and up. Case in point,...

Photo Essay: Tart Restaurant (Re)Launch Party

We attended the relaunch party of Tart, restaurant of Farmer's Daughter Hotel across the street from The Grove in West Hollywood, earlier this week where we were invited to sample the redone menu of new executive chef Lauren Kyles, formerly of Hollywood's The Green Door. We had arrived at the party starving for dinner but fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, crawfish spring rolls, bourbon glazed beef sate, and fried chicken sliders to name a few...

Kokomo Cafe aka Peach Pit: Free 90210 Food Specials

In, er, celebration of its anointment as the real-life stand-in for the new West Bev High kids' hangout, Kokomo Cafe will be serving some of its Peach Pit/90210-inspired specials for free on Tuesday, September 2 (the day the teen soap opera premieres on the CW) from 2 to 4pm. Specials include: Leggo My Eggold -- a Belgium waffle with two eggs and bacon; Mr. Wilson Burger -- double beef burger with cheddar and bacon; and...

Pamper Me Fabulous: The Ultimate Downtown Spa Day

With mini spa treatments galore, sweets to your heart's content and a swank downtown Los Angeles loft setting, who wouldn't enjoy being a girl at the Pamper Yourself Fabulous event last week? We were lucky enough to be one of the 100+ attendees at this sold-out spa day, a girls' day out unlike any other. No sample sales to stress over or wine tastings to get sloppy during, it's all about rest and relaxation here....

Cocktail Review: South's Southern Spell

Many drinkers find absinthe an acquired taste, that's why we were reluctant to try the new absinthe cocktail at South in Santa Monica, the Southern Spell ($12). The green liquor tastes like black licorice, our least favorite thing in the world but since this cocktail is new we thought we'd give it a shot in the name of research. Made of Lucid Absinthe, peach schnapps and ginger ale, it sounds like the nasty taste of...

Cocktail Review: Kitchen 24's Root Beer Float Martini

Ever since we first heard of it we've been dying to try out the Root Beer Float Martini ($10) at Kitchen 24 in the Cahuenga Corridor in Hollywood. Is it a cocktail or is it dessert? This concoction shows up at your table as a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in a martini glass and a mini shaker filled with Three Olives Root Beer Vodka and creme de cacao. You pour the sweet dark...

Upper Manhattan Lounge: An Awesome Striptease and an OK Manhattan

When we first heard about Upper Manhattan Lounge in Manhattan Beach, we had to check it out. Apparently, they have a long martini list. Sure it's not a list with anything really intriguing on it (just one Manhattan cocktail) but it IS something unusual for MB. The lounge opened up this past July but we weren't able to get there til just this Friday. Hey, MB is FAR! Farther than downtown is from us. There's...

Pamper Yourself Fabulous in a Downtown Loft

This coming Sunday, treat yourself to a body bronzing by Sunset Tan, a mani by OPI, a massage by El Leon Spa and perhaps a makeover by Artform Studio. That's just a few of the beauty treatment options you have at this coming Sunday's Pamper Me Fabulous event held in Downtown's Ford Brady Loft. Plus enjoy free-flowing champagne, food by Ciudad and sweets galore. Every guest also gets to take home a swag bag with...

New Bar Night: Speakeasy Sundays at the Edison

Ever want to experience what a speakeasy must feel like? Descend the depths of underground downtown bar the Edison for its new weekly bar night called Speakeasy Sundays. Only the bar's Radio Room will be open (entrance is a couple of doors down from the regular entrance in Harlem Alley) while the main bar area will be closed. This means that there's only a 125-swank-person capacity so get there early as doors will close...

Free Red Velvet Cake: SusieCakes' 2nd Birthday Present to All

That's right, tomorrow SusieCakes will be giving away free slices of its yummy red velvet cake to all comers in celebration of its second birthday. This special goes from 10am-7pm in all three locations -- Brentwood, Calabasas and Newport Beach....

Quickie Cocktail Review: Medicina Latina at Malo

We were finally able to try out the Medicina Latina ($13) at Malo's during the LAist foodie meetup earlier this week and it is awesome. Made with 4 Copas Reposado, fresh ginger juice, agave and lime with a Del Maguey Mezcal Mist, it certainly has a kick. It's that ginger juice that makes it an unusual tequila cocktail. But unfortunately since it's so drinkable, we were done with it before we knew it. Malo Taqueria...

Cupcake News: Mini Cupcake Mondays at SusieCakes

SusieCakes is now offering its mini cupcakes to the general public. Before, you could only pre-order the bite-size treats with a minimum order of five dozen. Eesh! Now you can just purchase three for $5 at the store, like how it's done at Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica. The mini cute cakes will only be available on Mondays at all locations -- Brentwood, Newport Beach and Calabasas....

Get L.A. BBQ Festival Fast Pass Tickets at a Discount

Inspired by the popular Big Apple BBQ Block Party in New York, the L.A. BBQ Festival will take place at the Santa Monica Beach North Parking Lot on September 13-14. Enjoy the grilled meats from some of the top pitmasters around the country. Tickets are $10 a day or $50 for a two-day fast pass that gets you admission on both days, shorter lines for food and beer, and more (food/drink not included though). But...

Photo Essay: Wokcano Santa Monica Grand Opening Party

Wokcano in Santa Monica (the fifth L.A. Wokcano restaurant) celebrated it's grand opening with a huge party of complimentary specialty cocktails and passed appetizers. And of course we were there to check out the scene. Free drinks! Woo hoo! The new restaurant, located in the space formerly occupied by Akwa, is huge with two and a half levels of dark wood and modern, Japanese-inspired decor. Downstairs is the sushi bar, upstairs is the bar and...

Rush Street's Cocktail Menu: Manhattans, Smokey Martinis and Berry Brambles, Oh My!

We think we found our new favorite Manhattan cocktail: It's the Blood Orange Bitters Manhattan at the new Culver City restaurant/bar, Rush Street. Most versions of this drinking man's cocktail come on kick-ass strong but here at one of the busiest bar in the heart of Screenland, this one is tempered with the blood orange bitters making it lighter and dangerously drinkable. Our new favorite drink is just one of the many yummy libations on...

Malo Restaurant's New and Tasty Tequila Cocktail Menu

Wonder where all your favorite bartenders from Seven Grand, the downtown whiskey bar, have gone? Well, Aidan Demarest (formerly 7G and the Doheny's GM) is now director of beverages and spirits at Edison in downtown, Damian Windsor will be starting his stint at Gordon Ramsay at the London on July 2, Marcos Tellos is bartending at West Hollywood's Comme Ca and running For Medicinal Purposes -- a cocktail consulting company -- with Damian, Patrick...

Photo Essay: uWink Hollywood & Highland Media Party

The new 7,300-square-foot Hollywood & Highland location of uWink (its first location is in Woodland Hills) opens to the general public tonight at 5pm. But last night we were able to take a sneak peek of the high-tech interactive restaurant at the media party where we had free reign over the food menu and extensive cocktail list and could order directly through a touchscreen at our tables instead of going through a waiter. Dangerous for...

Sex and the City 21+ Screening Party at ArcLight Sherman Oaks

Four years after the last episode of HBO's Sex and the City, the new movie felt like a long time coming for its many fans. So it was understandable that at the 21+ screening party in the ArcLight Sherman Oaks, the legions of women who showed up to celebrate the film were dressed to the nines. They sported flirty frocks and their best party heels in homage to The Girls: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha....

New 1930s Cocktail Menu at Lawry's the Prime Rib

When you think Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, we'd bet good money that you don't think "cocktails!" But with the debut of the restaurant's 1930s cocktail menu, created to celebrate Lawry's 70th anniversary, that may change. The cocktail tasting we attended was to present the so-old-it's-new list, with its collection of post-Prohibition libations (no vodka-based ones, thank you very much). In the small tasting room in the back of the restaurant with us...

Drink & Surf: Roundup of Bars With Free WiFi

It's 6:30pm and you wanna hit the last bit of happy hour before it's over, but you still have a ton of emails you need to send out. What's a drink-happy working stiff to do? Or what if you wanted to use your iPhone to look up the next bar on your barhopping itinerary? Or liveblog while tying one on? Fortunately, we've got plenty of bars in Los Angeles that offer free wireless Internet...

Make Racecars, Not Lemonade: 24 Hours of LeMons

What do you do when you're a gearhead with lightning-quick MacGyver fixes, $500 to spare and the need for speed? Most likely you're racing a junker you rebuilt with zip-ties and duct-tape at the 24 Hours of LeMons in Altamont Motorsports Park located between Livermore and Tracy in Northern California. That's where I spent this past weekend, tagging along with one of the LeMons veteran teams, Eyesore Pimpin (formerly known as Eyesore Racing) from...

Photo Essay: Last Night at the Edison's Incandescence Wednesday

Last night we hit downtown L.A. for the Edison's weekly event, Incandescence, where vaudeville circus/dance troupe Lucent Dossier was performing from the stage, from the rafters, from the floor amid the audience. We sampled the absinthe cocktails which were served to us in vintage-looking glass bottles that we were allowed to take home. And even some of the liquor shots were handed to us in corked glass bottles that resembled those miracle elixirs con men...

Tonight at the Edison: Absinthe, Vaudeville and Incandescence

Tonight the circus is in town...at the Edison. Every Wednesday night, Lucent Dossier, vaudeville circus/dance troupe, will be hanging from the rafters and performing on stage for the well-dressed Edison patrons in the upscale downtown bar's weekly happening, Incandescence. (Get it? Like the lightbulb.). To get a sense of what Lucent Dossier is like, check out an early LAist photo gallery. And if the night isn't crazy enough, maybe a little absinthe will do...

No Lines at Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day?

Ben & Jerry's 30th Annual Free Cone Day is in full swing with 1 million cones expected to be given away today. But what's this? When we stopped by our local B&J's on Main Street in Santa Monica, there was hardly a line. We waited barely a minute in a quick-moving line of five people to get our free scoop of the new flavor, Seven Layer Bar. What helped, we think, is that there were...

Photo Essay: Father's Office II on Opening Night

Last night Father's Office II in Culver City* Los Angeles finally opened to the thirsty and hungry, but mostly thirsty, masses. It was supposed to be a soft opening but word got out and the bar/restaurant filled up right quick. A line formed outside the front door but patrons who finally made it in said the wait wasn't too bad, just about 15 minutes....

Father's Office II in Culver City Opens Tonight*

Hey, there, beer fans! The word is out on the street, Father's Office II in Culver City finally opens its doors tonight! You heard me. Rumors say 5pm. Our coverage of the preview party probably left you wanting more but starting tonight you get to see it for yourself, taste the gastropub fare goodness for yourself, choose from what looks to be a gazillion beers on tap and guzzle, I mean, savor, for yourself....

Photo Essay: Tranquility Base's First Annual Cocktail Party

Tranquility Base, downtown's newest restaurant/bar, celebrated its grand opening with a "first annual" springtime cocktail party last night. There were some passed hors d'oeuvres, a cocktail tasting to choose the restaurant's featured cocktail and lots of dressed-up 30-something revelers enjoying the warm evening by the outdoor firepit....

The Doheny: Cedd Moses' Ultra-Private Club Revealed

Update: The Doheny sent over some fun facts regarding items mentioned in this piece. You can read about the biometric fingerprint reader, Sheperd Fairey's artwork and other information here. For the record: In the original story below, it was said that the initiation fee is $4,950. To clarify, $2,750 is a one-time initiation fee. When combined with the annual $2,200 membership fee, the total for the first year only is $4,950. I did it!...

'They're Already Celebrating St. Paddy's Day?'

Went to Finn McCool's in Santa Monica this afternoon for a "business meeting" and suddenly found myself surrounded by people dressed in green and drinking green beer and slamming Irish car bombs. I guess everyone's getting in their St. Patrick's Day celebration early to avoid the crazy bar crowds on Monday. Smart idea! Step-by-step of Irish car bombing after the jump....

Pre-St. Paddy's Day Party Tonight: Ollin, the Mexican Pogues, at 7 Grand

Seven Grand is kicking things off early for St. Patrick's Day with East L.A. band Ollin performing at the beloved downtown whiskey bar tonight at 9pm (see a video of them below). Ollin is known as "The Mexican Pogues" for their fiesta-festive take on the English/Irish band's songs. Think Irish Mariachi music. Ollin has performed at Mr. T's Bowl and Spaceland and even opened for the Pogues last year at the Wiltern. They would have...

Cocktail Review: NeoMeze's Old Blue Eyes

Old Blue Eyes is the most expensive cocktail at Mediterranean restaurant/lounge NeoMeze in Pasadena. A $21 concoction standing apart from a list of $12 drinks, this one is made of 2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin and 1 part Johnnie Walker Blue Label and it is some potent stuff....

St. Patrick's Day: Gentlemen, Start Your Livers

All right, you alchie lads and lassies, your day is near, the one time of the year where the bars open up for breakfast and people won't look at you twice for having a little whiskey with your morning cuppa. Take the day off so you can start drinking early to beat the mad crowds and avoid the long lines. These Irish pubs can accommodate your pre-dawn cravings as they open up in the...

Cocktail Review: The Hungry Cat's Sourpuss

Want your date to pucker up? Take her to the Hungry Cat in Hollywood, well-known for its innovative and freshly juiced cocktails, and order her up a Sourpuss ($12). I had tried one on the recommendation of the bartender. She swore that despite its ingredients of 1792 Bourbon, fresh orange juice and lemon with caramelized simple syrup that it was far from tart. I don't like tart, ya see. According to the bartender, the...

The Waffle: A Breakfast Joint for Dinner and Cocktails?

"hey, i wanna check out this new place daily candy wrote about today. the waffle. i checked out their menu and it sounds cool and they're open til 4am on fri/sat nites." My friend Shelley IM'd me this last week. I gave their menu a look-see, Googled them and found that not only Daily Candy wrote about them but LAist, LA Times' The Guide and Eater LA. "I can't believe I found out about...

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