Last week, I got to enjoy up close a private concert by Paul McCartney right on Hollywood Boulevard. Considering the audience reached all the way back to La Brea Avenue (or, for the first two songs, the audience of the Jimmy Kimmel Live telecast), it was truly an honor when Guinness asked me to be a part, first with Guinness in the makeshift green room and with a great view of Sir Paul on the Boulevard.
Beforehand, we had an early burger dinner at 25 Degrees in the Roosevelt Hotel furnished with none other than creamy Guinness milkshakes. If you haven’t already had one of these shakes, it’s a definite must-try. They’ve other adult varieties like Salty Caramel, but the Guinness is my favorite.
Didn’t manage to fanagle your way into the Oscars? For all us commoners – or those who didn’t pass the background check – the next best thing is to corral friends together for a viewing party across the street. The Roosevelt Hotel will be setting up screens in the lobby, Dakota and 25 Degrees for your viewing pleasure. And before I send you intoÂ theÂ flustercluck that is Hollywood on Oscars night, just be aware of the street closures in the area and be sure to carpool or Metro it on in.
The best part is most definitely getting to try special Oscars-themed cocktails dreamt up by the famous Matt BiancanielloÂ – all for $12 each. Typically drinks at The Library Bar run $16; call it an incentive. (Edit: Unfortunately, Matt will not be there personally as he’ll be on the other coast for a national mixology competition – but the recipes he leaves behind will tide us over until he comes back. 😉 )
“Up in the Airâ€ Aviation – Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Creme de Violette
â€œThe Hurt Lockerâ€ Breeder’s Cup – Hendricks Gin, cucumber, lime, agave, beet horseradish and salt
â€œPreciousâ€ Strawberries on Fire – Patron Silver, lime, lemon, strawberries, agave and jalapeno
â€œInglorious Basterdsâ€ 10 Cane Old Fashioned – 10 Cane Rum, sugar, bitters, lemon and orange peel
â€œAvatarâ€ Saving Grace – Basil Hayden’s bourbon, lemon, mint, Grand Marnier and ginger
They all sound so delicious, I’m going to have an extremely hard time not trying the whole menu. Metro, indeed!!
And to soak up all of Matt’s mixology magic, take a peep at the menu that will be served in the lobby – after the jump. (Or, head to 25 Degrees for a burger or Dakota for an entree – if that’s more your steez.)
Who and where’s your NFL team playing this weekend? Just when I thought I had no reason to watch since the Packers are having their bye week, 25 Degrees‘ PR shoots me one of these. Whether you’re eyeing the $2.50 PBR (you can tell me later) or the half-off their other beer selection of Miller, Stella Artois, Guinness, Hef and Amstel Light – I’m curious myself to try the buffalo and spicy soy bbq wings that aren’t normally on their menu. Nor the chili cheese fries, that is. One thing I do know is that I’ve always loved the tiny, french-cut french fries at 25 Degrees so we’ll see how their chili and cheese are.
I know what you’re thinking – too bad the burgers aren’t on special. I’ll make this easy for you – a burger is probably what you should be ordering, whether on special or not, anyway. Also, the Guinness Milkshake. So yes, this is just a ploy to get you in there to watch the game. But at least I’m honest. Anyway, I’ve been growing a second stomach, lately! Nothing’s off-limits!
I got an update on pricing. See below for the damage:
$2.50 PBR cans Half-off all other beer = $3.50 bottles and draft $8 half-dozen wings (Buffalo and Spicy Soy BBQ) $12 dozen wings $10 plate of chili cheese fries Â
25 Degrees (Bottom of Roosevelt Hotel) 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.785.7244