Love is in the air. Whether you are committed, undecided, or going stag, here are 2 Proms, 1 Wrestling Match, & 1 Rebel Dinner to Celebrate this Day of Love.
Big Bar Prom
Big Bar is back with the annual Valentines Day Prom. Proms past include horse drawn carriages, an Eiffel Tower, and a giant elephant. This year's theme is Carnival Cabaret. I am told a magician will be in attendance and a Royal Couple will be crowned. Don't forget to nominate your favorite pair for that honor. For pictures from Proms Past - check out their Facebook Page.
Fake Prom by the Unique Space
Irony abounds at Fake Prom 2 where $40 gets you kombucha, an awkward photo booth photo, a Cool Haus Sundae Bar, and so much more. Get a group together, bring a date, or go alone - paper hearts are given to singles in attendance to pin on your sleeve, so someone can steal it.
Looking for some excitement on Valentines Day? The Sexo is abundant and they'll even throw in a side of violence for good measure. It's the annual Valentine's themed Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling paired with saucy burlesque to even out the spectrum. Feb 12 & 13, so you can still celebrate with one of these other options on Valentine's Day if you are so inclined. If you've never been to a show, you can see my pictures here or visit their website for details.
Need a prix fixe meal to make Valentine's Day feel authentic? Here is a decadent Underground Dinner from Amy's Culinary Adventures.
Home Sweet Home
You who run to the beat of your own drum and would rather skip the fray to create the romantic evening of your dreams - here are some options for you from Move LifeStyle. To start the evening right, there are 4 Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipe's to Melt your Heart & to fill your tummy are some Heart Healthy Recipes for your candlelight dinner.
Happy Valentine's Day! Let us know if you try any of the above or... if you have a fun evening planned of your own!
Grand Park Downtown has a fun afternoon planned, gratis. As soon as the sun goes down, the outdoor space will be filled with food trucks, DJs, art installations, and large-scale animated projections, ringing in 2014 like DTLA knows how to do! Take the Metro - all metro bus and rail lines will be providing free service for NYE from 9PM-2AM See the whole lineup on the Grand Park Countdown to 2014 Facebook Event page.
Around the World Countdown
Starting at 3pm, Big Bar Alcove will be celebrating 10 timezones in a series of 10 mini NYE parties starting at 3p! Every hour, they will celebrate the countries and cultures who will be ringing in the New Year. Pick up the Big Bar Cocktail Passport with adorable illustrations by Mr. Dave Stolte, depicting the cocktails and recipes represented for each timezone, so you can show off your worldliness as you drink! I love the idea of drinking around the world without leaving my spot at the bar! Collect them all!
Live Band Karaoke NYE
If you're feeling less than motivated to get all dolled up this new years, try this decidedly dress down affair up in the valley. If low key isn't low key enough for you, get yourself out to a little dive bar in the Valley called The Cork Lounge. Sing your heart out with the live band, grab a glass of free bubbly, and call it a night.
Be safe this New Years
If you don't have a DD set up, check out these options for getting around town while you're celebrating:
Metro is free to ride from December 31 at 9pm – January 1, 2am.
Lyft has an app if you need a lift; the pink mustachio’ed cars have background checked/insured drivers and who doesn't love a moustache on a car!
Uber also has an app to provide an on-demand car with the choice of a budget-to-luxury vehicle.
Tipsy Tow: This AAA service offers a complimentary ride and vehicle tow of up to seven miles for over-imbibers; call 1-800-400-4222
Check out some of the event pages, as they might have some discount codes for first time users.
It's no surprise that I love Los Angeles and all that it has to offer. What better time to #shoplocal than the holidays. You can stop by the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend which will be filled with local artisans (clothing, food, jewelry & more) pimping their wares just in time for you to stuff some stockings, or you can check out some of my local favorites below.
Too pretty to eat? or so delectable, you can't help but devour these decadent morsels, despite their dapper dress. The truffles that Jonathan Grahm creates are to-die-for. Just ask Oprah, who picked his chocolates as one of her favorite things, over whiskers on kittens. The bars and truffles are my favorite chocolates in Los Angeles, and I could have chocolate with every meal.
I love this bauble as a triumphant medal conquering your daily commute. These charms are the quintessential representation of life in Los Angeles, in the form of delicate freeway signs in precious metals. Whether as a symbol of your road trip through life or a way to proudly represent your Southland neighborhood, L. Makai's Commuter Collection necklace can be customized for anyone on your wish list. You can find the Commuter Collection this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair Dec 14 & 15.
Finally marrying two of my favorite things: smoke and olives, Orgasmo de la boca smoked olives are true to their namesake: an orgasm in your mouth. In Bloody Mary's, on a cheese plate, or just to snack on while binge watching Homeland, Chef Alessandra's smoked olives are best enjoyed with company, or you may find yourself finishing off every last bite yourself.
Jazz Guitarist Chris Standring pairs up with singer songwriter Kathrin Shorr for an album of new holiday classics. These two are fixtures in the LA music scene and have succeeded in creating an album of original Christmas songs that warms your hearth and decks your halls with jazz & joy. This is a simple way to support local artists by purchasing some festive music for the holidays.
If you're not sure you're in the Christmas Sprit, you just need to step foot in Aldik's store during the holidays, and you will find every manner of tree, trimming, ornament, and tinsel. This is a wonderland of epic proportions with trees and decor in every style from traditional to whimsical to modern to handmade. If you didn't have enough holiday cheer, stop in here.
Curating the finest in vintage barware & an impeccable liquor selection, Joe Keeper also has the best gift basket for your cocktail curious cubicle buddy. All the ingredients you need to craft your own craft cocktail at home are conveniently curated into a gift box, along with the recipe from a classic cocktail or if you're adventurous, the secret ingredients to one of LA's finest bartender's signature cocktails. Shaken or stirred, the secrets will be revealed to you when you open your box.
What are some of your local favorites? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
I have a new way for you to get wild this summer. Starting on July 11, The LA Zoo is hosting some summer night parties for the 18 and over set. Every Thursday Night in July, there will be food trucks, DJs spinning at the carousel & standup comedy at the petting zoo. Impress a date or bring your sweetheart to Wild Summer Nights at the LA Zoo. There's full bar service for those of legal drinking age, so you can also bring your buddies and just party with the animals.
WHEN: Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
- July 11: Live band So Many Wizards; Comedians Rob Gleeson and Jonny Loquasto
- July 18: Live band CHIEF; Comedians Francisco Ramos and Helen Hong
- July 25: Live band NO; Improv comedy troupe
WHERE: The Los Angles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 (Golden State)
and the 134 (Ventura) freeways. The Zoo is directly across from the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
COST: The event is $18 for general admission, and $15 for GLAZA and KCRW members.
INFO: For more informationonline, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lazoo.org/roaringnights or call (323) 644-6042.
All events are 18+ and up. No outside food or drink is permitted.
Around St Patrick's Day, it's alway so difficult to find a green drink that doesn't involve putting artificial food coloring into your beer and pretending that that's perfectly normal. There are plenty of naturally occurring green things in the world, so why is this so difficult? Luck of the Irish for you, I've got this Kiwi number that should fulfill your green party needs in more ways than one. You can thank SHOREbar for the recipe.
1/2 a Kiwi
1 oz Lime
1/4 oz St.Germain
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Build in shaker. Half a kiwi, lime juice, st.germain, simple syrup & muddle. Add Gin and ice then shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.
As always, if you would like to trust the pros with your imbibing, SHOREbar has got you covered. Check out their St Patty's Day celebration & maybe you'll get lucky.
Valentine's Day: the celebration of overprix-fixe plates, pressure laden plans of romantic bliss, and otherwise available single ladies crying themselves to sleep over re-runs of Sex in the City. So depressing that it kinda makes you want to re-live your last awkward moment of single-hood, the one where you went stag and got drunk in the parking lot (alone) - yes, I'm talking about Prom Night. In fact this could be your chance to tell Valentines Day & Prom Night to suck it - at the same time. Welcome to Big Bar's Bollywood Prom where there are no faculty chaperones to keep you from the Gin & Tonic Bar.
If you loved Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (mom, I'm talking to you), break out your saris or just some colorful pajamas and make your way out to Big Bar, because this year's prom theme is Bollywood. There will be a henna artist, an eye ball reader (yeah, I'm as curious as you are), delicious food and libations of South Eastern descent, and a coronation of Big Bar's Prom King & Queen (or King & King or Queen & Queen... it is Silverlake after all).
As if that weren't enough. There will be an elephant. Seriously. An elephant.
Looking for something unconventional to do on Valentines Day?
Look no further: Bollywood Prom at Big Bar
6:00 pm-Midnight. Free Admission. No reservations.
1929 hillhurst avenue
los angeles, ca. 90027
t: 323.644.0100 | f: 323.644.0111