Tis the Season for…the Holidays in LA pt.1

As fall turns into winter…or in LA as the weather chills down enough for you to justify your faux fur coat purchase that you’ll likely wear 2x out of the year, the city of stars also gives a bounty of fun to-do during the Holiday season.

From moonlit walks through festively strewn parks to annual magic at the happiest place on earth, add some cheery spice to your Thanksgiving through Christmahanakwanzika line-up.

Moonlight Forest

October 26th-January 6th

Aboretum’s Moonlight Forest

Location: The Arboretum, Arcadia

Enjoy the wonder of the season at the Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest, a full fledged winter spectacle for all ages. The event debuted at the end of October but churns on well into the new year featuring art, food trucks, “adult beverages, and a whole lot of fun.

Disney’s Festival of Holidays

Festive Holidays at Disneyland

November 9th- January 6th

Location: Disneyland and California Adventure, Anaheim

So this one is a given. There is nothing quite like celebrating the Holiday season at the happiest place on earth. From cinnamon scented “snow” flurrying through the air at the close of the holiday parade to Mickey’s jolly best, Disneyland is a festive no-brainer. A celebration of ALL holiday traditions is represented throughout both parks as the perfect day of fun for the entire family.

Pershing Square Ice Rink

Pershing Square Ice Rink

November 15th-January 21st

Location: Downtown

Certainly, one does not have to be Michelle Kwan or Adam Rippon to enjoy a day or night on the ice. That being said, Pershing Square’s DJ-led free skate sessions set the scene for their outdoor ice rink in the middle of DTLA.

Reindeer Village at the LA Zoo

Reindeer Village

November 16th-January 6th

Location: Griffith Park

How old were you when you found out Reindeer are real? If your answer is today years old, your welcome(if not congratulations on knowing your mammal species) and also your in luck. This holiday season you’ll find your antlered friends hanging out in Reindeer Village at Griffith Park. Along with Comet and Blitzen as the main attraction, the zoo will also be decked in bells of holly. Just Kidding. But it will be decorated in winter splendor during Zoo Lights, which includes NYE festivities, a happy hour lounge and more.

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot

November 22

Location: Downtown

If your looking for something to combine giving back and the exercise you’ll need alongside your festive feast, the Turkey Trot answers that call.  A charity race through DTLA benefiting The Midnight Mission, give thanks this season to your cardio incentive.

 

The Queen Mary 

November 23-January 6th

Queen Mary Christmas

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

The Queen Mary is a graceful step back in time. Whether you opt to enjoy their first class dining on Thanksgiving(November 22nd) or prefer to savor an extra day until the annual Christmas celebration begins. Decked out in twinkling lights that nestle perfectly with the night sky is a months worth of live music, food & drink, and family activities to delight the all aboard the iconic ship.

Langham Winter Festival

November 25th

Langham Winter Festival

Location: The Langham, Pasadena

The landmark Langham Hotel host their final Heritage with Heart event of the year. Already regarded as one of the premiere luxury resorts in southern California, the hotel will usher in the holidays stylishly. Enjoy the hotels tree lighting ceremony, a live performance by the Lythgoe Family, holiday food and of course Santa.

Here & Nows Blitzen

November 27-December 31st

Here and Now

Location: Arts District, DTLA

A fun winter pop-up helmed by Va’La Hospitality and Westbound’s original founder Sarah Meade, is Here & Now. The holiday themed limited engagement in DTLA’s Art district will feature a snow machine, themed entertainment and all the spiked hot cocoa and festive bites you can consume. Just remember to celebrate responsibly!

Wine Winter Wonderland

Wine Winter Wonderland

November 30th

Location: Hotel Constance, Pasadena

Holidays arrive early with this Wine enthusiast treat. Enjoy access to unlimited wine tastings(and some beer options) along with tasty bites at this vino centric festival at Pasadena’s Hotel Constance.

Looking for Pt.2? You’ll have to stay tuned until Dec. 1st for more on the Holidays in LA. So put away the festive decor, we haven’t even fried the Turkey yet!

 

Weekend Events: Nov. 9th-11th

With all the hustle and bustle of our weekday routine we bring you a curated list of the weekends top activities happening throughout the city of stars.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Limited engagements taking place this Nov. 9th-11th

FRIDAY NOV. 9th

PASADENA CRAFTSMAN WEEKEND (OPENING DAY)
Pasadena Craftsman Weekend

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: THE GAMBLE HOUSE, Pasadena

Taking place Friday Nov 9th-Nov. 11th at The Gamble House is a tribute to Pasadena’s unique contributions to the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Craftsman Weekend is the largest most comprehensive celebration of the Craftsman Movement in the Western United States
ALISA WEILERSTEIN, CELLO
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills

The young cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a recipient of a 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, has justly earned international acclaim for emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music. Weilerstein will bring her technical precision and impassioned musicianship to the extraordinary task of performing all six of Bach’s solo cello suites in one evening.
L.A. Coffee Festival
LA Coffee Festival

Time: Time varies based on purchased pass

Location: Magic Box at The Reef, DTLA

Alright all you Cup-O-Joe drinkers, this weekend will serve as the debut of LA’s first ever coffee festival. Yes you heard that right. Kicking off on Friday and spanning the entire weekend, is a caffeine-obsessed day of fun. Patrons will enjoy Barista competitions, samplings, demos, workshops, chefs, music and food from LA’s coffee/dining stars. Join them Friday for their Industry Day Trade show with Saturday and Sunday offering up a jolting dose of available sessions for the coffee bean enthused.

Saturday NOV. 10th

 

POMONA ART WALK
Pomona Art Walk

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: DOWNTOWN POMONA: POMONA 

More than two dozen galleries feature the work of hundreds of local artists covering media ranging from painting to photography to ceramics and jewelry.
Taste of Art: Los Angeles Restaurant Menus

 

The statue entitled ‘Love, the Captive of Youth’ surrounded by an 18th-century French stone tempietto inside the the Rose Garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino.
///ADDITIONAL INFO: pasc.huntington.xxxx.dak 06/30/14 – Photo by DREW A. KELLEY, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, Pasadena

Explore iconic Southern California architecture of the 1920s and ’30s in the exhibition “Architects of a Golden Age,” then prepare a meal inspired by menus from some of the era’s most popular L.A. restaurants, including the Musso & Frank Grill and the Brown Derby. Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites leads this cooking workshop.

AFI Fest
AFI Fest

Time: Varies

Location: Throughout LA

AFI Fest presented by Audi features red carpet galas, acclaimed international films and the best of independent cinema. It also presents conversations and panels with notable filmmakers, as well as a tech showcase featuring immersive virtual reality experiences.  The complete schedule of events is listed online, but highlights include centerpiece galas; special screenings; as well as world cinema, shorts, virtual reality films and a competition for first- and second-time filmmakers.  All film tickets are free, but limited. Special packages that include such privileges as priority access, reserved seats, access to the VIP lounge and invitations to festival parties are available for $400–$2,500.

 

SUN. NOV 11th

ART WITHOUT WALLS: THERE’S MORE TO ME THAN WHAT YOU SEE

 

Art Without Walls

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: HAMMER MUSEUM : LOS ANGELES, CA 

Join Karina Esperanza Yánez in challenging stereotypes and celebrating your identity in this workshop inspired by the art of Adrian PiperART WITHOUT WALLS is co-presented by the Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Families create art inspired by social justice issues, literature, and Hammer exhibitions. The same activities are offered at each site. The Hammer program includes storytelling in the galleries. The library program is bilingual in Spanish and English. Recommended for children ages 5+, teens, and grownups.

Raw Wine FAir

 

Raw Wine Fair

Time: 10a.m.-6p.m.

Location: City Market Social House, DTLA

If there is one thing we love in LA it is our all-natural, certified organic bounty of food and beverage options. With that in mind the 2nd annual Raw Wine Fair returns to DTLA showcasing the best of the best in natural wine goodness. The organic and biodynamic festival will include winemaker dinners, tutored tastings, as well bites from restaurants like Helen’s, Tabula Rasa and Kismet.

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
West-Eastern Divan

Time: 7:30

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA

Daniel Barenboim unites young musicians to create one of the musical wonders of the world. One of the wonders of the world, Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together young musicians from Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Spain to make music at the highest level.

***Pre-Concert Talk: Upbeat Live
With Derrick Spiva Jr. –  6:30pm
Enhance your concert experience with a pre-concert talk starting at 6:30pm

Thanksgiving to-go

Thanksgiving to-go? We aren’t talking about featured bites on Grub-Hub. This curated list of LA restaurants offering an entire feast to your door will save you time on learning how to bast a Turkey and more time avoiding awkward family questions. Hang up your apron and call ahead because these birds are flying fast(last corny joke of the year…maybe).

The Belvedere

Beverly Hills

This fall, The Belvedere’s iconic Thanksgiving at Home is back by popular demand. Offering complete reprieve from the kitchen, the family-style feast will feature three hearty courses and a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne. Created by Executive Chef David Codney, the plentiful spread combines Thanksgiving classics, such as a 12 lb. Roasted Free-Range Natural Turkey, with Belvedere favorites like the Charred Caesar Salad and a Whole Baked Pumpkin Pie with our House-made Vanilla Ice Cream.

Price: $390 for 4 guests

Order by: November 19th

Pick up: November 23, at Valet 11:30am-4pm

 

Barrel & Ashes

Barrel & Ashes
Studio City

This Studio City BBQ outpost is going full-on comfort food for this year’s Thanksgiving menu, offering the full spread à la carte and brimming with hearty classics. Opt for an entire smoked turkey, then fill your table with hoe-cake stuffing, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and more, for an indulgent and smoky Southern feast.

Price: whole turkey, $80; sides, $10-$45; whole pumpkin pie or apple crisp, $35
Order by: November 22 at noon
Pick-up: November 23, noon-2pm

Belcampo

Belcampo
Santa Monica

Leave it to a restaurant with its heart in the butcher shop to do Thanksgiving right. Belcampo’s Luxegiving is one of this year’s most decadent options, with a full spread for up to 14 people and a bottle of champagne. Begin with a Belcampo-made charcuterie board, then proceed to a menu of butternut squash soup; kale salad; a roasted 22-to-26-pound Belcampo Farms turkey; truffled mashed potatoes; mustard-and-whiskey-braised Brussels sprouts with guanciale; green bean casserole with a trumpet mushroom Béchamel; and both a pumpkin pie and caramel apple pie, among other dishes.

Price: $899
Order by: November 13 by 5pm
Pick-up: November 23, by around noon, at Belcampo in either Santa Monica or Larkspur. DoorDash delivery is available in select zipcodes within 15 miles of either location.

Got Kosher?

Got Kosher?
Westside

Put an entirely kosher and dairy-free meal on the table with a little help from Fairfax’s Got Kosher? This Tunisian and Moroccan restaurant is preparing a prixe-fixe meal that includes salt-roasted turkey with rosemary pan gravy; cranberry sauce with orange, almonds and dates; spinach gratin; roasted vegetables; pretzel rolls; apple, pecan and cranberry cornbread stuffing; and three choices of dessert. There are even plant-based alternatives to the turkey, which makes this a killer vegan option, to boot.

Price: $40 per person
Order by: November 20 at 5pm
Pick-up: 10am-1pm

Maple Block Meat Co.

Maple Meat Block Co.
Culver City

The Culver City BBQ restaurant will be offering whole wood-smoked, all-natural, free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys in three sizes, so you’re covered no matter your party size. And hey, if you order the largerst—a 17-to-18-pound bird—you’ll probably have some for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches the next day. Score. Don’t neglect the bevy of sides. Think: cornbread-and-sausage stuffing; buttermilk biscuits with whipped honey butter; roasted root vegetables; braised greens; and of course the dessert, chocolate bread pudding.

Price: turkey, 12-14 pounds, $217; turkey, 15-16 pounds, $252; turkey, 17-18 pounds, $276; sides, $14.50-$90; dessert, $45-$90
Order by: November 15
Pick-up: November 23, noon-3pm

Wexler’s Deli

Wexler’s Deli
Downtown Historic Core

Wexler’s Deli usually serves hefty pastrami sandwiches and bagels with lox, be it in Grand Central Market, Santa Monica or Century City, but this Thanksgiving, they’re offering an entire 10-to-12-person dinner that includes an entire smoked turkey, challah stuffing, gravy, salad, squash soup and cheesy pull-apart rolls.

Price: Smoked bird Thanksgiving Dinner, $350; whole-pie add-on, $40
Order by: November 19, call 424-744-8671, ext. 1
Pick-up: Available for delivery or Santa Monica pick-up on November 23

WOLF

Wolf
Melrose

Marcel Vigneron’s thoughtful and hyper-seasonal dishes are getting ready to land on your home table. Choose the more traditional brined-and-spatchcocked turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, or swim upstream and opt for the salmon with cauliflower cream and romanesco. Either way, you’ll also enjoy kale salad, squash soup, cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing and roasted root vegetables, and to top it all off, a pumpkin-and-banana bundt cake.

Price: dinner for 2, $250; dinner for 4, $300; dinner for 6, $450
Order by: November 19 by 9pm
Pick-up: November 22, noon-5pm or November 23, noon-3pm

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Lawry’s Prime Rib
Beverly Hills

This year, why limit yourself to turkey? Prime-rib and spice institution Lawry’s is giving you the best of both worlds with full Thanksgiving feasts that have a little something for all. Opt for turkey or prime rib, whether you’re buying your mains à la carte or as part of a family-style meal. Then add your sides, including the options of Yorkshire pudding batter, extra jus, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, whipped horseradish, creamed corn, cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing.

Price: Family-style turkey dinner, 10-12, $255; family-style prime-rib dinner, six-eight, $300; family-style prime-rib dinner, 12-15, $495; sides $3-$20; whole pie, $25
Order by: November 21 at noon
Pick-up: November 23, 11am-4pm

Courtesy of TimeOut LA

Best places for Thanksgiving Dinner in L.A.

Alright, so your no Curtis Stone in the kitchen and thats ok. With Thanksgiving creeping up sooner than Holiday songs on the radio, we’ve rounded up your go-to “go out” options to spare you the culinary turmoil. So put the deep fryer back in storage and ditch your Mom’s famous stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving the L.A. way.

Akasha

Akasha

Culver City

This Thanksgiving-Akaska in Culver City is dishing out their take on modern California inspired fair. The menu is pre-fixe and full of items like the persimmon-and-pomegranate salad, gluten-free cornbread and herb-roasted organic turkey. In the mood for dessert, enjoy an entire “pie buffet”. Need we say more? Reservations are from 1-8pm and prices are listed as $80 for Adults; $35 for Children (10 and under). 

Polo Lounge

Polo Lounge

Beverly Hills

Nothing is more quintessential Beverly Hills then the Polo Lounge and Thanksgiving in the Pink Palace is nothing short of luxury. Also offering a pre-fixe menu selection(like most restaurants in L.A. on a holiday), the pairings do not disappointment. Opt for the traditional Turkey-organic of course-or take a chance with something outside the box, there menu always pleases. And be sure to save room for dessert as the Sweets buffet will be serving a range of customer confectionaries courtesy of their in-house pastry team. Their Brunch will be hosted 11am-3pm with dinner commencing at 5pm-8pm, with the fixed menu priced at $175 per Adult, $60 per Child. 

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

Glendale

If Glendale is your local, Bourbon Steak is your destination this Turkey Day. Their three-course dinner will feature traditional-roasted heritage turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry compote. Or opt for the exotic like pan-seared scallops with roasted cauliflower and tamarind brown butter. Not feeling the bird, there’s also an 18-ounce dry-aged, bone-in ribeye. If that catches your feasting eye, reservations are available from 2-8pm at $75 with wine pairings available at an additional cost.

Craft

Craft Century City

Century City

Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant rings in the day of thanks with family-style starters like their pork belly with butternut squash and sage, and entrees like braised lamb, fish and pasta. Share a range of family-style sides such as sausage-and-raisen stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Lastly is of course a premium selection of Fall-inspired desserts, artfully whipped up by pastry chef Shannon Swindle. Reservations are available 1-8pm with menu pricing offered Ala Carte.

Crossroads Kitchen

Crossroads Kitchen

Melrose

For the none Turkey-Eaters (and just non-meat eaters in general), Crossroads is a perfect plant based option. While the idea of such may seem oft for this particular Holiday, Crossroads is a cut above the rest in offering dishes that beguile its patrons as to wether or not its just plants. This year’s menu is four courses of autumn-appropriate dishes like butternut squash bisque with nutmeg creme fraiche; spiced chickpea cake with cranberry cabernet sauce, and mashed potatoes with porcini gravy. Stimulate your dessert senses with delights like their pumpkin mousse verrine. Hours for the evening are noon-5pm with the menu priced at $75 pp.

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Gwen LA

Hollywood

You didn’t think we’d mention the famed chef with out spotlighting his holiday menu? Chef Curtis Stone’s Hollywood outpost-Gwen already amazes with decadent classic fare every day of the week and the Thanksgiving Menu holds to that tradition. Dishes like the white onion veloute pair perfectly with traditional heritage turkey and his green bean casserole. Finish off the evening with a selection of perfectly prepared pies and your absolutely acceptable 4th glass of wine. This festive fete is offered 2-6pm at $75 pp.

Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s

Melrose

Your possibly thinking, Italian for dinner how strange? While the famed West Hollywood eatery dishes out the best southern Italian fare in the L.A. area, their thanksgiving feast is every bit as traditional as you would hope and savor over. Served family style, the courses provide the same familiar heartiness found in their comfort dishes mixed into America’s favorite cuisine. Indulge on porcini corn bread stuffing, squash tortellini and truffle mashed potatoes, as well as a selection of seasonal sweets including apple-pecan crostata. Thanksgiving with an Italian touch is served at $95 pp from noon-10pm. 

Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot

DTLA

This California-French restaurant with a gorgeous, tree-dotted patio will be serving your choice of a three- or four-course prix-fixe dinner with both traditional fare and a few brow-raising dishes, to boot. Find sliced turkey breast with heirloom cauliflower and mole; sunchoke soup with a red wine and shallot jam; and filet mignon au poivre. Finish with pumpkin mousse or an apple crumble to really get into the fall spirit. Dinner is served 2-8pm, with a $70 per three-course meal, $90 per four-course meal; and $29 per child 10 and under.

Playa Provisions

Playa del Rey

Take Turkey to the beach at Playa Provisions, which is offering a downright steal of a meal: just $38 to feast on roast turkey or honey mustard ham, plus a variety of sides, including chicory salad, roasted acorn squash and cranberry sauce. Finish with a selection of seasonal desserts including but not limited to pumpkin pie and cran-apple pie. This is a highly kid-friendly option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adult, round the corner to Playa Provisions’ whiskey bar, Grain, which will be offering à la carte holiday specials in liquid form. Satisfy your turkey cravings from3-8pm at $38 per adult, $20 per child.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Saddle Peak Lodge

Calabasas

Head to this rustic mountain lodge for a four-course meal that lets you choose from hearty dishes like buffalo tartare, seared elk tenderloin with a foie gras and mushroom sauce, roast turkey with sausage-and-apple stuffing, and grilled quail with spiced cherries. Pro tip: Don’t leave before the pumpkin pie or banana-huckleberry bread pudding. Start off the day from noon-8pm, with the menu priced at $105 per adult, $65 per child 12 and under.

Tavern

Tavern

Brentwood

Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and chef de cuisine Joel Walsh are bringing a little something for everyone to their Thanksgiving table, with options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. Settle in for a three-course meal that offers herb-roasted organic turkey breast and stuffed leg with mashed potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and thyme, cranberry sauce with mint and orange, sweet potatoes with sherry, and sourdough stuffing with turkey sausage. There’s even the “vegan thanksgiving extravaganza” option, which offers sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, Italian broccoli and Suzanne’s stuffing and wild-mushroom persillade. Your day at the Tavern starts serving 1-8pm, with pre-fixe at  $95 per adult; $45 per child 10 and under; free for children four and under.

Catch

Catch Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Enjoy your Turkey Day seaside at Catch in the Hotel del Mar, because chef Gemma Grayis whipping up all the classics and even a few contemporary plates right at the beach. Look for a prix-fixe involving slow-roasted organic turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing, as well as roasted cauliflower pie with wild mushrooms, and Japanese snapper crudo with pumpkin vinaigrette. Spend the day seaside from 11am-10pm at $110 pp.

 

 

Your Halloween Event Round-up

If your brave enough to venture out on a weeknight we’ve got you covered. We scoured the dismally long list of Halloween events happening throughout L.A. this Wednesday. So sleep well on Hallows eve because this round-up is sure to keep you jolted till dawn.

Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids

DTLA Halloween Festival

Location: Grand Hope Park, DTLA

Getting to downtown for trick-or-treating may seem like the real Halloween scare but its worth it when you make it to The Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids! The locals know how to throw quite the shindig and the event continues tor hive as parents celebrate the spookiest night of the year with bounce houses, puppet shows and faux trick-or-treat-doors.

More info

Vampyr + Halloween After-Party

Vampyr + Halloween After Party

Location: Theatre at The Ace Hotel, DTLA

Menace lurks behind every shadow in a remote village filled with secrets. The LA Opera’s annual Halloween mash-up of opera and cinema returns to the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel with filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s surreal 1932 masterwork, one of the most unsettling vampire movies ever made. LA Opera and The Theatre at Ace Hotel invite you to be our guest immediately following Vampyr for a Halloween party with music and cash bar. Included with ticket to the 10/31/18 Vampyr performance.

More info

Mickeys Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Location: Disneyland, Anaheim

Perfect for all ghouls and goblins is this Halloween Extravaganza at the Happiest Place on Earth. Mickey’s Halloween party brings out all your favorite Villains from Cruella to Lady Tremaine. Delight at a Ghostly Space Mountain and Tim Burtonized Haunted Mansion as lively Jack-O-aterns line Main Street.. Trick-or-Treat throughout the park until the evening hours end with a spectacular Halloween Screams Firework show. Be sure to arrive early if you’d like a true thrill on any of the rides up to three hours prior to the event.

More info

West Hollywood Carnaval

West Hollywood Carnaval

Location: Santa Monica Blvd(Starting at Doheny), West Hollywood

Considered the largest Halloween street party in the world, there isn’t really a better place to be for the true costume aficionado. Yes the crowds are massive and to some quite rowdy but the amazing display of themed attire and general merry-making spirit deem it as at least a worthy stop along your way. Enjoy dancing in the streets, festive beverages in the bars and a night full of spooky fun!

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Cabaret de L’Enfer

Cabaret de L’Enfer

Location: The Edison, DTLA

Spend your Halloween underground–alittle closer to the dearly departed–at the Edison. The clubs Cabaret L’Enfer will feature DJ sets, live performers, stilt walkers, tarot card readers and an “extraordinary selection of Attractions Diaboliques”. Like most other parties at the Edison, expect an old-time but sleek subterranean shindig. Costumes are not required but recommended(come on it’s Halloween!)

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Haunt Massive

Haunt Massive at Avalon

Location: Avalon, Hollywood

Since coming back from the dead a few years ago, Hollywood and Vine’s historic playhouse Avalon has put on a ghoulish extravaganza each All Hallows’ Eve. Break out your provocative costumes and make your way to the dance floor and four themed areas.

More info

 

Top 5 Sports Bars in L.A.

Alright Angelenos’ the times has come. The Dodgers have made it to the World Series and only one question remains.

Where can I watch the game? Well if your wanting to venture out if your abode we have gathered up the best sports bars in town where you can don your best white and blue. So batter-up and read below!

World Series 2018

Busby’s West

Busby’s West

Westside sports fans have flocked to Busby’s since its 2003 opening. With 50 TVs tuned to every available game, at least one will likely be showing yours. Food is solid if not revolutionary—the large menu features sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizzas and the usual bar apps.

3110 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica,   310.828.4567

Goal Sports Cafe

Goal Sports Cafe

The name Goal Sports Cafe really says it all. If your goal is to watch sports, eat and drink all day then chances are if you come here, you’ll leave happy. There’s a giant 12-foot projection TV (with regular ones ringing the entire restaurant) and big booths to hang and take in all the action. Food-wise, you can custom-build a burger or choose from the menu of tacos, salads and bar apps. The beer selection is solid, too.

8334 W. Third St., Beverly Grove.,   323.655.5955

Rocco’s Tavern

Rocco’s Tavern

Come for the football, stay for the pizza. Rocco’s New York-style pies are the real deal with the perfect ratio of thin crust to gooey cheese and generous toppings. The chicken wings, hero sandwiches and pasta creations are also solid options. With big TVs occupying nearly every inch of available wall space, you can get a good view of your game no matter your seat.

3843 Main St., Culver City, 310.559.5500; 1000 Gayley Ave., Westwood, 424.248.3145

Boneyard Bistro

Boneyard Bistro

This Valley “bistro” feels a bit more like a pub, although the food is plenty up to the task. From hulking $22 “OMG” burgers to all the ribs you’ll ever need, it’s a great place to catch a ballgame and decent eats in the Valley.

13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Ca. 91423.   818.906.7427

Brack Shop Tavern

The Brack Shop Tavern

Come dressed in your best Dodger gear on game day to score a free appetizer for the table at craft cocktail haven Brack Shop Tavern. Talk about a home run. Classic cocktails, craft beers, warm people, and great food are the cornerstones. At Brack Shop Tavern, you can replace gridlock with happy hour, challenge friends to a game of  Pac Man, or enjoy a night out with live music and good drinks.

525 W 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014.   (213)232-8657

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L.A. Eats of the Week

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh worthy eats throughout L.A.

“Breakfast is the most important deal of the day…”

Little Vitaly

Location: Beverly Hills

Little Vitaly-L.A. Eats
Little Vitaly

Your morning just got molto buona”!  Little Vitaly has opened up in the golden triangle serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Italian way. Start your day off with their Malaya Fruit Bowl, a blend of mango, pear, pineapple, and banana in rich coconut milk and granola topping. For more information click here.

Lately

Location: Chinatown

Lately-L.A. Eats
Lately

Lately…you’ve probably had you usual breakfast go to(pun title intended). Enter, “Lately”, chinatown’s busting new breakfast and lunch eatery established by Master Chef finalist Becky Reams. The cozy space offers contemporary California comfort bites like Cake Donuts and Green Tomato sandwiches from their window service. A perfect place to stop when your on the go or owe the office breakfast. For more information click here.

Go Get Em Tiger

Location: Echo Park

Go Get Em Tiger-L.A. Eats
Go Get Em Tiger

Delivering the best morning mantra and delicious breakfast burritos is Go Get Em Tiger in Echo Park. The cafe style spot offers patrons counter service or sunny window spot seating along with an expansive menu of options. Choices range from the GGET Breakfast sandwich to the Chickpea Frittata or Yeast Raised Waffles. Pair one of these alongside their Almond Macadamia latte or Fizzy Hoppy Tea to get you in jet-set mode. For more information click here. 

“Lunch, Brunch 2nd Breakfast!”

Joss Bites

Location: Beverly Hills

Joss Bites-L.A. Eats
Joss Bites

New to the lunch scene is Joss Bites, a deep space worthy eatery in beverly hills serving pan-asian cuisine. While the design is futuristic the meal options are fairly straight forward and of course delicious. Chose between steamed buns with duck confit or pork Jia Jiang mein. The ambience will feel something similar to the Starship Enterprise but the eatery is casual so leave your laser beams at home. For more information click here.

Guerrilla Tacos

Location: Arts District

Guerrilla Tacos-L.A. Eats
Guerrilla Tacos

Dishing out some of the cities most inventive tacos, is Guerrilla Tacos in the heart of the Arts District. While this area of downtown is known for being a cuisine hotspot, Guerrilla brings a true homage to Chicano-American comfort food with Chef Wes Avila at the helm. The Sweet Potato Taco is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy notes drizzled in Almond Chile and topped with Feta, Fried Corn and Scallions. Opting for something from the sea? The Fried Oysters in burnt Tomato Chile, Red Pepper Escabeche and a Horseradish Cream Parsley is screaming with seaside fusion flavor. For more information click here. 

Entre Nous

Location: Pasadena

Entre Nous-L.A. Eats
Entre Nous

Entre Nous debuts with Traditional Southern French are in Pasadena. The new bistro is helmed by French chefs Mathias Wakrat and Jean-Christophe Febbrairi who bring their French Riviera expertise to Old Town. Expect specialities like their Marseille Bouillabaisse to be your new lunchtime go to if your not full off of the sumptuous Duck Confit. If your midday meal permits, the international wine experience is worth at least a glass from regions in New Zealand all the way to Saint-Tropez. For more information click here. 

“Whats for Dinner?”

Conservatory

Location: West Hollywood

Conservatory-L.A. Eats
Conservatory

WEHO welcomes a new Conservatory to it’s sprawling landscape of trendy eateries. The restaurant stands at the landmark spot former Irv’s Burgers stand on historic Route 66 and dishes outa bounty of flavor. Choose to start off with the Grilled Lamb Kafka and sumac Tzatziki or a light pairing of the Seared Ahi Crudo drenched in sesame ginger vinaigrette. Move onto entrees like their  simmering Roasted Cauliflower steak in Golden Raisin Chutney. Or if your feeling “Fall-ish”, the Fall Squash Burrata in a pumpkin seed pesto does not disappoint. After dinner head over to the Society Room for cocktails like the “Miso Wari” whipped up by Josh Goldman of Soigne Group. For more information click here. 

Capital Seafood

Location: Beverly Hills-Restaurant Row

Capital Seafood-L.A. Eats
Capital Seafood

Quality Dim Sum has arrived at Capital Seafood in Beverly Hills. Joining the famed restaurant Row, the evening sot takes over former;y housed New Port Seafood. With successful locations in the Valley, Capital Seafood brings an extensively rich menu to it’s patrons. Go traditional with the Peking Duck perfectly seasoned inside fresh handmade buns. While dishes like the Garlic Gai Chai hot pot offer a supreme vegetarian alternative option. For more information click here. 

Hippo 

Location: Highland Park

Hippo-L.A. Eats
Hippo

Established by James Beard Award winning chef Matt Molina, Hippo serves up seasonal Cali fare. Tucked away behind Triple Beam Pizza along Figueroa is an approachable and perfectly priced dining spot full o flavor. Try the Barbecued Quail wrapped in pancetta  or their Cedar Smoked Ocean Trout all grilled on Almond Wood. Pair your meal alongside their Organic selection of wines from regions sprayed across Europe and California. Be prepared, “Hippo is a dangerous animal” For more information click here.