Mondrian Sessions Offer (Good) Free Music, Poolside Vibe, Eclectic Crowd

Fool's Gold

Last week, I fortunately caught on Kevin Bronson’s Buzz Bands blog that LA-based Afro-pop group Fool’s Gold was playing at Skybar at The Mondrian for a free show. Sure, Arcade Fire was playing a surprise show the same night – and people had started lining up for tickets the night before – but that whole …shebang… was just not my bag.

It was Skybar and I had no trouble getting in. There were no sexagenarian gentlemen with appletinis and women half their age. In fact, it was a rather mixed crowd with a casual vibe. My Jameson, neat, was still $14 – no surprise – but more a product of The Sunset Strip than the fault of The Mondrian’s. This collaboration with IAmSound could mean that Skybar could be on to something and perhaps even turning a new page.

Fool’s Gold sounded great. With the exception of Surprise Hotel and Poseidon, the 5-piece (for the night, anyway) played all new material for over an hour. I was a wondrous hour filled with electric melodies – and lyrics in Hebrew – floating over African beats and rhythms. Saxophone, flute, bongos, guitar, drums – it really doesn’t get any more “world music” than this. I was surprised well everything was mixed.

So check out the dates for bands to come – including the awesome Dum Dum Girls tomorrow. It’s free – and all you have to do is email [email protected] to RSVP. Word is, the Lykke Li date is practically booked – but if you love her Swedish pop sound enough, it may be worth a try.

Thursday, February 17 – Dum Dum Girls
Saturday, February 19 – Ted Leo (Solo)
Saturday, February 26 – Zola Jesus
Thursday, March 10 – Lykke Li
Saturday, March 12 – Gonzales
Friday, April 8 – Twin Sister

See you poolside!

Various dates: 8 PM – Midnight

Set time is usually 9 PM

[email protected]

Skybar at The Mondrian
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Sips & Kisses on Sunset at Skybar

The Goodnight Kiss

I’ve never been one for especially sweet drinks – you know, the kind that out me as a member of one particular sex over the other – but hey. I’ll try anything once. Especially if real muddled fruit is involved. I am beginning to appreciate rum more, these days. And with all the craze about St. Germain liqueur lately, I gotta say I’m pulled into that as well. Sweet cocktails, to me, are usually more palatable with St. Germain. There is something about elderflower that gives the cocktail more depth and – of course – more fragrance. I think it also makes the cocktail more delicate.

In the last installment of a 3-part “Summer Sips” series at Skybar at The Mondrian on Sunset Blvd., they’re introducing The Goodnight Kiss – a decidedly summer drink made with Cabana Cachaça. It’s a rum distilled from sugar cane as opposed to molasses in keeping with the lightness a summer cocktail should require. Peep the recipe below to get an idea:

Muddle 3 strawberries

¾ oz lime juice

1oz St. Germain Liqueur

1 ½ oz Cabana Cachaça

Shake and strain in low ball
Garnish with a strawberry and lime wheel flag

And if you know anything about the establishments on Sunset Blvd., you know Skybar is notorious for a lot of things: A beautiful poolside deck, an island thatch roof motif (the layout of which I admire), and yes – perhaps amongst all the beautiful people there’s a larger share of older, well-to-do gentlemen. Another thing I’d add: Difficult entry at peak times like Friday and Saturday nights unless you actually have a room booked at The Mondrian. Personally – I avoid those nights on The Strip because while I love parties and cocktails, I am a low drama-loving kind of gal – scene-wise and parking-wise. Regardless – I have my readers covered!

If you want to try The Goodnight Kiss and soak up the Sunset scene, just call Skybar at 323.650.8999 x 4207 to make a reservation (that is, for larger parties) or to be added to the list if the time of your raucous visit necessitates that. Mention that you are there to try “The Goodnight Kiss” and you’ll be added to the list. Oh – and did I mention it’s $8 while cocktails at Skybar are usually $16??

You scenester, you…

Goodnight Kiss cocktail is $8 (half-price) til the end of September

Open seven days a week

SKYBAR at The Mondrian Hotel
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(x4207 – for reservation & list inquiry)