Los Angeles Weekend Roundup
Chicas Tacos, the award-winning Mexican fast-casual concept and home to “A Better Taco,” announces the opening of their second Orange County location. The menu will feature some key sought-after staples, including the award-winning Beer Battered Fish Tacos and Michelin Bib Gourmand flour tortillas used to make our burritos, tacos, and pizzas. Chicas Director of Tacos and Executive Chef Eduardo Ruiz has created some new menu items exclusive to the new location. “We’ve decided to launch some unique dishes, specifically with the Orange County diner in mind,” explains Chef Ruiz, “We’re excited to introduce our Pork Belly Taco, Dirty Fries, and Chicken Wings, which we think will resonate well with the brewery and neighboring community.” Various prices; Mondays – Sundays, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Rodeo 39 – 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680
CicLAvia Kicks off 2023 Season with LA Ale Works Beer Collaboration Celebration/Fundraiser at Culver City Tasting Room
Tonight, 501c3 non-profit CicLAvia has partnered with Los Angeles Ale Works to kick off the 2023 season and launch a beer collaboration with a West Coast IPA affectionately named seek-la-VEE-ah. To celebrate the launch, CicLAvia and Los Angeles Ale Works will work in conjunction with Culver City Arts District Night Market, where there will be several food trucks, music, games, local vendors, Wags and Walks dogs up for adoption, other special entertainment, and kid-friendly activities such as The Ballusionist. In addition, CicLAvia will be on-site selling merchandise and sharing information about the 2023 schedule. All ages are welcome. A portion of the proceeds from the event and all future sales of seek-la-VEE-ah will be donated to CicLAvia. Free entry; Friday, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am (LA Ale Works) and 5 – 10:00 pm (Culver City Arts District Night Market); Los Angeles Ale Works, at the Ivy Station Complex, 8809 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. *Outside of LA Ale Works’ tasting rooms in Culver City and Hawthorne, the beer will be available in cans and on draft throughout Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties in neighborhood craft beer bottle shops up to larger retailers like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Total Wine. Partners who are interested in carrying the beer, please contact LA Ale Works.
Melanie Wine Bar, West 3rd Street’s hip wine and food pairing hotspot, officially introduces its “Happiest Hour” program to the neighborhood! Melanie Wine Bar’s Happiest Hour offers 50% off all by-the-glass wines! Led by Wine Director Steven Sherry, Melanie’s team of expert sommeliers can provide personalized wine recommendations to satisfy any palate. The menu consists of a rotating selection of local and globally-sourced varietals. Current by-the-glass wines include Brundlmayer, Austria, 2020 ($15), Giornata, Paso Robles, California, 2021 ($20) , and Bernard Vallette ‘Quatre Saisons,’ Beaujolais, France, 2020 ($14). Mondays – Sundays, 4 – 5:00 pm; 8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323.592.3390
Where great design meets versatility, leading Scandinavian kitchen design brand Reform is the newest interior design tenant open at ROW DTLA. The Copenhagen-based company collaborates with internationally acclaimed architects and designers to create modern, outstanding, accessible, and adaptable kitchen spaces with modular storage solutions that honor both functionality and design. Positioned between A+R and the Morrow Soft Goods x Floyd showroom, Reform adds to the burgeoning innovative design district at ROW DTLA. This is Reform’s first showroom on the east side of Los Angeles and its second on the West Coast. Globally recognized names found inside Reform are BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Norm Architects, Muller Van Severen, Note Design Studio, and most recently, the French architect Jean Nouvel. Various prices; Mondays – Sundays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; ROW DTLA – 767 S. Alameda St., Ste 192, Los Angeles, CA 90021; 833.733.6769
The Pierside Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Ocean Avenue and Colorado, debuts following a multi-million-dollar reimagination as a premium lifestyle hotel. This is the first hotel to open on the renowned Ocean Avenue in over a decade. It’s the closest to the Santa Monica pier, making it an iconic destination for travelers and locals alike. Inspired by Southern California’s captivating spirit, The Pierside Hotel is home to 132 guestrooms and suites, many with coastal views; an inviting, light-filled lobby offering communal seating areas; an elevated pool experience with food and beverage service; a full-service gear rental, The Board Shop; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Pierside Hotel will soon debut its signature restaurant and bar, The Surfing Fox, which is located on the ground level and features an unparalleled alfresco dining experience with unhindered Pier views. Please contact the hotel for pricing and availability; 120 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.451.0676
Benny Boy Brewing is hosting a “Meet the Makers” & Bottle Release event for the launch of Harvest Handshake, a sparkling rosé cider created in collaboration with Pali Wine Co. The event will be a guided tasting experience celebrating “cider is wine” by the makers themselves: Benny Boy Brewing’s cidermaker Benny Farber and Pali Wine Co.’s winemaker Aaron Walker. Enjoy a flight of four tasters – cider, co-ferments, and wines – while learning how the two swapped apples and grapes to create two hybrids that honor California fruits and fermentation fun. Be among the first to taste both Harvest Handshake and Chardonapple. The day’s pop-up food vendors are Baserriko Peppers and Perlitas Oysters. Please note this event is for 21+ only, and valet parking is available. $20; Saturday, 2 – 5:00 pm; Benny Boy Brewing (Cider House), 1821 Daly St., Los Angeles, CA 90031
This weekend Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles will host a Rise & Flow yoga and wellness event. In partnership with Fit Girl Club, guests can kick off Saturday morning with a cleansing yoga class led by Jordan. Mats and towels will be provided. Afterward, shop poolside featuring local beauty & wellness brands, including KOA Life, Naven, Wolven, York & Angel, Beso del Sol, Aura Rae, and more. Wellness treatments will also be offered in the cabanas. Lay out poolside with sweeping city views and enjoy DJ sets by the Naven Twins. $0 – $22 (complimentary for hotel guests); Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles – 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Palm Grove Social – the café, bookshop, and event space located in Mid-City and founded by Ben Sealey of renowned casting agency Cast Partner, boasts a nearly constant rotation of cultural programming from DJ sets, live music performances, and launch parties throughout the space, to exhibitions in the gallery, to yoga classes and chess matches in the lush outdoor garden. One program with a large following is the weekly Chess Club. The growing community of chess lovers features players of all ages coming together each Saturday to play, mingle, and enjoy a range of refreshments. While they may come for the game, they stay for the company. Free; Saturdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 4660 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Super Bowl Sunday is here, and in case you’re wondering where to watch Super Bowl 2023 in LA, we got you covered. Los Angeles is booming with Super Bowl parties, so whether you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or Kansas City Chiefs or just want to watch Rihanna’s halftime performance, we’ve got a list of the best LA sports bars and restaurants showing the Big Game. Are you ready for some football!?
(2/14): Valentine’s Day
(2/24): The Wayfarer DTLA and Russell’s Reserve Host “Meet the Makers” Exclusive Rooftop Bourbon Dinner
The Wayfarer DTLA is teaming up with the legendary family-run bourbon distillery Russell’s Reserve for a “Meet the Makers” exclusive rooftop bourbon dinner on 2/24. Guests are invited to enjoy a special curated menu inspired by the unique flavors of the spirit. They will also meet the makers behind Russell’s Reserve and dive into the world of whiskey and its rich history throughout the evening. The dinner includes a welcome cocktail, a whiskey flight, a curated selection of Asian-inspired BBQ bites, a bourbon-infused dessert, a nightcap cocktail, and a take-home souvenir. $132.22; 2/24, 7:00 pm; The Wayfarer DTLA – 813 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.285.4400
Mark your calendars! The date for the 6th annual Masters of Taste has been announced. The premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival will return to the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on 4/2 with Chef Michael Reed and Kwini Reed as Hosts. Host Chef Michael Reed is a classically trained chef and restaurateur who has spent 19 years as a chef for restaurants across New York and Los Angeles. Today, Chef Reed is the co-owner and Executive Chef behind two Los Angeles restaurants, Poppy + Rose of Downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim’s Poppy & Seed. In addition to the two concepts, Chef Reed and his wife and co-owner, Kiini Reed, also run an upscale catering company, Root of All Food. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization celebrating 50 years of providing homeless services and housing for thousands of neighbors. $155 – $225; Sunday (4/2), 3 – 7:00 pm; Pasadena Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.791.6677