Let me go off-the-cuff for a minute. I love Los Angeles. There is something different to do every day of the week in this city and if you really wanted to, you could go without having to repeat yourself for a few years. You realize these things when you go out of town, y’see. This weekend I’ll be in Vegas for some bachelorette action. (See? I have my own “B.”)Â I’m cold to lukewarm on the desert (my last visit was to canvas for Obama – that is, in Henderson) yet determined to keep an open mind – especially since I know a couple or so locals. But if I were still in L.A., I know in a heartbeat where I’d be this weekend. So indulge me while I paint the scenarios:
$3 bubbly at Barbrix
We all have that girlfriend who drinks bubbly all the time. And it’s my duty to try and keep up. Barbrix, in celebration of their recent review in L.A. Magazine, will be offering $3 glasses of prosecco from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Hang out with or pretend you’re a Silver Lake local at the local wine bar … hangin’ out. I hear the place has been packed since its opening in May – maybe it’s the buzz wine bar for now, or maybe they’re “for serious.” After all, the bio in their Twitter account says, “White Zinfandel…NOT!” Sike! Zort! Narf!
6:30 – 7:30 PM
2442 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Seems as if The Getty realized that people are trying to get home for a reason on Fridays and revised their summer weekly to Saturdays. So whether you’re avoiding the freeway or not, this Saturday, We Are The World opens for Cut Chemist. Parking is free if you arrive after 5 PM. The former Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli turntablist rarely disappoints and always innovates so be ready to hear him drop some serious beats. The Getty is an architectural wonder in and of itself so I can imagine this will be quite the setting to experience his mad skillz. Probably the only thing that could top this would be seeing he and DJ Shadow spin from personal-sized tape mixers hanging from their necks at The Hollywood Bowl (yeah, I’ve done that).
6 – 9 PM
Admission & parking are free
1200 Getty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Someone said, “What? A cemetery in Hollywood screens movies?!” and decided to best that with screenings at a shut-down Circuit City. I’m willing to give it a try – just not this weekend. But if watching a drunk Dude debate a Polish Catholic on his Judaism in an open air “theatre” fits your fancy, join Hollywood Outdoor Cinema for their opener screening. They’re giving away an Xbox 360 every week to the best costume – so be sure to Lebowski it up! (Pretty In Pink, on the other hand, is one I won’t miss!)
Psst…if you RSVP through Yelp (make sure you have a Yelp profile) you can also get in for free. Yelp Elit[e/ists] can enjoy a special pre-party from 5-7 PM with a photo booth and food. For the movie, everyone should come prepared with blankets, short chairs, food and booze for your own enjoyment.
Doors open at 7:30; Movie at 9 PM
4400 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
L.A. Beerfloat Showdown by FoodGPS
Haven’t had a beer float yet? This is a great place to start. Dueling for the best beer float in Los Angeles is The Golden State with Scoops Ice Cream vs. Bottlerock LA and Milk. Every attendee is a judge with 2 votes for their favorite floats from each competitor, which means 4 votes total. With the 8 oz. beer floats running $7-8 at the restaurants and early RSVP being $23 – it’s worth it to decide you’ll go in advance. Proceeds also benefit 826LA Writing Project so there’s no reason to miss out.
$23 with RSVP (joshua [at] foodgps [dot] com); $28 at the event
Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028
Bigfoot Lodge West
That is, west as of totally west of Atwater Village – home of the first L.A. Bigfoot Lodge. Even though I’m over in those parts way more often, I found out last friday at their VIP opening that Bigfoot West provides plenty of reasons to hang out on the westside. Decidedly a whiskey bar with a great list and taxidermy for that cabin feel to boot, the atmosphere of Bigfoot West was a charm. Thanks to the hospitality of owner Bobby Green, I had a comp’ed Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon – on the rocks just for posterity and was pleased to sit at the bar while absorbing the campy feel. It would be a sin to omit that the woodwork inside the place was absolutely perfect with no corners cut on any detail, from the tightÂ seams in the bar made from recycled wood and all-out taxidermic murals of wildlife making impressive finishing touches. I can get behind this scene.
This bar just opened to the public on Wednesday, so it’ll be interesting to check it out during its opening weekend.
Bigfoot Lodge West
10939 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
It’s a wonder I’m apprehensive about leaving the city. But change is good, right? Good for character. All right, everyone – have a great weekend. 🙂