Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles This Weekend (July 14, 2023 – July 16, 2023)
Bar Lis, one of Hollywood’s hottest rooftop spots, is hosting an extravagant celebration in honor of Bastille Day. The event promises an evening filled with all things French, featuring live music, songs, and captivating performances by Miss Tosh’s can-can and burlesque dancers. Free entry with RSVP; Friday, 6:00 pm; Thompson Hollywood – 1541 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.465.1234
Ho Ho Ho, get ready to celebrate Christmas in July! Blitzen’s holiday pop-up has made its grand appearance at Here & Now, and it’s here to stay until 7/30. Join the DTLA bar for a refreshing escape with delightful holiday beverages, scrumptious treats, and an abundance of Christmas carols. Various prices; Fridays – Saturdays, 5:00 pm – 1:00 am and Sundays – Tuesdays (excluding Mondays), 5 – 11:00 pm; 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite N, Los Angeles, CA 90013; 213.262.9291
Alfresco dining spot Patio del Mar at Hotel Casa del Mar has reopened for the summer. The outdoor restaurant, located on the strand, offers a variety of fresh seafood in addition to new menu items. Enjoy Oysters, Shrimp Ceviche, Wagyu Burgers, Fish Tacos, and more. And of course, make sure to sip on an Aperol Spritz, Red Sangria, or a crisp glass of Champagne while taking in the ocean breeze. $26+; Wednesdays – Sundays, 12 – 8:00 pm; Hotel Casa del Mar – 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310.581.5533
On weekends, Beverly Hills hotspot TATEL takes the party outdoors to El Patio (the back patio), where diners and revelers are entertained by local DJ sets and a cover band. Friday nights sizzle with the spicy beats of Latin and Cuban music, while Saturdays electrify with popular dance mixes and a cover band. And to refresh and revitalize guests, TATEL’s new cocktail menu created by mixologist Fischer pairs perfectly with these festive nights out. Enjoy Spanish iterations of classics like the Old Fashioned and Negroni, as well as fresh modern inventions sure to satisfy any discerning crowd. The Dalí, inspired by Salvador Dali, is reminiscent of a white negroni made with Haku Vodka, Cocchi Rose, a housemade Milk-Clarified Micro-Arugula Cordial, and a Kinome Leaf garnish–a playful homage to Dali’s mustache. Ladies will love the Buen Retiro concocted with Nordes Gin, Lychee Puree, Green Tea, and Hibiscus Water, as well as the Como La Flor prepared with Nat Kidder Vodka, Elderflower, Hibiscus, and Strawberry. And, for a classic martini with a Spanish twist, TATEL’s Olive Oil Martini served with a choice of gin or vodka and garnished with a confit of garlic and TATEL Olive Oil, will not disappoint. Free entry; Fridays – Saturdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 am; 453 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.651.8553
In celebration of National Tequila Day (7/24), Milagro Tequila is setting out to name a CMO…Chief Marg-eting Officer for one-day only. The only qualifications? To be able to sit and enjoy a Milagro Freshest Margarita. The CMO will receive a highly competitive one-day salary for a position that’s entirely low stress and perfect for easy-going marg-eters. Given the cooling job market, Milagro is here to brighten the job search for one lucky person willing to trade in the corporate mentality of “blood, sweat, and tears” for the Milagro mentality of “tequila, lime, and agave.” The role pays $1,562.10* for the day, based on the estimated daily salary of the average Chief Marketing Officer in the US. On top of the salary, Milagro’s CMO will receive a $500 Marg-eting Budget to maximize their one day on the job. Anyone who believes they have the skills to be Milagro’s first-ever Chief Marg-eting Officer can register and answer just one question – how would you manage your $500 Marg-eting Budget? Entry is open through 7/21.
Calling all classic car enthusiasts. Have you been to Bob’s Big Boy’s® weekly car show? Here, the excitement is not only in the air but also on the plates, as the food sizzles while the cars steal the spotlight. At Bob’s Big Boy®, every visit promises a delightful surprise. You never know who or what you might encounter. In fact, musical legend Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, and Jay Leno have been known to make an appearance at this auto event. Free; Fridays, 4- 10:00 pm; 4211 W Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505
Today, Friedman Benda Los Angeles will debut CHORUS, a solo exhibition by Farrell Hundley – which is a collaboration between William Farrell and Elliott Hundley. The show will mark the LA-based design duo’s debut presentation in Los Angeles and the works on view will be allegories that meditate on the rise and fall of empires and the poetic power of these fragmented narratives. To celebrate the opening, the gallery will host an opening reception tonight, 6 – 9:00 pm. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (through 8/12); 8260 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90069; 212.239.8700
Journey to Isla Nublar and join a team of scientists at Jurassic World Live. But be prepared as your trip takes a terrifying turn when the Indominus Rex escapes, causing chaos in the park. Unravel a corrupt plan. Become part of the adventure to save Jeanie, a Troodon dinosaur, from a terrible fate. Encounter iconic dinosaurs, and get up close with Blue the Raptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. $22+; Friday, 6:00 pm (preshow) and 7:00 pm (show time), Saturday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, and Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806; 714.940.2859
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG), one of LA’s premier art galleries, will proudly unveil two new exhibitions today. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 – 6:00 pm (through 8/19); 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033; 310.287.2340
- The Fourth Wall: The Fourth Wall will make its debut in the Main Gallery featuring new works from Irish oil painter Chloe Early, UK-based mixed-media artists HUSH and Ian Francis, and Indonesian artist RYOL.
- Five Artist Show: The Five-Artist Show will be shown in Gallery 2 featuring new works from Japanese artist aica, UK-based mixed-media artist Annie Montgomerie, Los Angeles painter and illustrator Bob Dob, New Orleans-born artist, sculptor, and toymaker Sean O’Meallie, and Japanese oil painter Tada Koiichiro.
The wrestlers of New Orleans Choke Hole go arm-to-arm in a Battle Royale of forearm strength at an ARM-WRESTLING spectacle. No rules, no holes barred, and absolutely no Miss Congeniality – Choke Hole is the Punk! Drag! Wrestling! event of your wildest/sickest dreams. Free (hotel guests) – $20; Saturday, 8 – 10:00 pm; 1260 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Sundays are for rooftop yoga and bottomless mimosa brunch! The AC Hotel Beverly Hills welcomes you to spend your Sunday am with a rooftop sweat and flow session, before relaxing with a lovely bottomless mimosa brunch. Cheers! $35; Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm; 6399 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323.852.7000
Join Cookie Pop, Candy Pop, and Cereal Pop at Doughbrik’s Pizza on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for National Ice Cream Day. Get ready for FREE soft serve ice cream with delicious candy, cookie, and cereal-coated popcorn topping featuring OREO, Sour Patch Kids, Fruity Pebbles, and M&Ms Minis flavor from @Cookiepop_Candypop for the first 100 people starting at 1:00 pm. All day long guests from 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm will also receive free popcorn with an ice cream purchase, while supplies last. A portion of the day’s proceeds will also be donated to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (@Ryanfoundation) which supports its national children’s hospital network, including the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Free+; 8363 Sunset Blvd., Sunset Strip, West Hollywood 90069
The iconic Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race are strutting into Bar Moxy, purse first, for a one-night-only after-party celebrating their Microsoft Theater Werq The World performance. Mingle amongst legends, as Bar Moxy transforms into a Ru-approved runway, hair-to-the-heavens, extravaganza. Various prices; Sunday, 10:00 pm – 1:00 am; 1260 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Every Sunday night, TATEL’s El Patio transforms into a sultry salsa haven where patrons can dance the night away with LA’s top salsa dancers. Salsa Sundays are one of the sexiest nights of salsa dancing in Los Angeles. They’re a celebration of Latin culture with authentic cuisine and drinks to match the fiery rhythms of the music. From 8 – 9:00 pm, diners can take a complimentary dance class, which is perfect for beginners and seasoned dancers alike. A $10 entry fee is required for non-diners wishing to take a lesson. At 9:00 pm, Social Hour kicks off for a night for freestyle salsa and is $15 for non-diners. Sundays, 8 – 11:00 pm; 453 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(7/17): Rock & Brews Gives Out FREE Tattoos and 1¢ Pints of Select Rock & Brews Beers for National Tattoo Day
In honor of National Tattoo Day, Rock & Brews, the national rock ‘n’ roll-inspired restaurant concept created by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, is honoring body art with two specials: FREE tattoos and 1¢ pints of select Rock & Brews beers.
- FREE Tattoos: Rock & Brews is partnering with the Body Art Bus to offer free tattoos up to $50 to the first 20 guests who pop by the truck! While folks are welcome to get tattoos higher than $50, the first $50 is complimentary, courtesy of Rock & Brews. Once the first 20 guests receive their free tattoos, Body Art Bus will be offering additional tattoos for standard rates. 7/17; Buena Park, El Segundo, and Corona, CA locations
- 1¢ Pints: In addition to the live tats, diners with tattoos at all participating locations in SoCal (Buena Park, Corona, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Tustin) can enjoy “penny pints” or 1¢ pints of select Rock & Brews beers. Guests can buy one pint at regular price and get the second one for just 1 cent when they show their tattoo. Please note that this offer is limited to one penny pint per person for select beers only. Pair your penny pints with menu favorites such as the savory Demon Chicken sandwich (inspired by co-founder Gene Simmons!) or the rockin’ Alice Cooper’s Poison Burger. 7/17; Various hours and all locations
West meets East for a collaboration by longtime colleagues Suzanne Tracht and Raphael Lunetta at Jar for a best-of-summer dinner. It’s been a long time coming and it’s coming soon. Suzanne and Raphael have been talking about doing a dinner together for months. The four-course dinner begins with an Amuse Bouche of Sweet Summer Melon with Dungeness Crab with Jalapeno Vinaigrette & Persian mint. Then to share for the table, guests will savor Suzanne’s signature Fried Ipswich Clams with Cocktail & Roasted Garlic Tartar Sauce. Next is a Wild Striped Bass & Spot Prawn with Sweet Corn Succotash, followed by the entrée of Westholme Australian Wagyu New York Strip with Weiser Farms Baked Potato, Wild Watercress, Gorgonzola, Tomato Confit & Roasted Balsamic-Glazed Ojai Roots’ Vidalia Onions. Finish with Raphael’s Chilled Summer Cherry Soup with Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Biscotti for dessert. Guests can pair their meal with Jar’s complete list of wines, cocktails, and beers, available à la carte. The dinner must be reserved and pre-paid. $172; 8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323.655.6566
(7/20 – 7/21): Meet the Makers of SelvaRey Rum at Marina del Rey Hotel’s SALT and The Wayfarer DTLA Rooftop
The Meet Your Makers drink series at Pacifica Hotels continues this month at Marina del Reys Hotel’s SALT and The Wayfarer DTLA Rooftop. Each month, food & drink connoisseurs (or those who just want a nice night out on the town!) will have the chance to meet the makers of, enjoy delicious aperitifs, and learn what it takes to create a world-renowned liqueur, wine, and beer. Each event will offer vastly different food offerings paired with the highlighted drink to ensure that epicureans have a unique experience each time. This month features pairings with the legendary SelvaRey Rum, co-owned by Bruno Mars.
- 7/20 – SALT – Waterfront restaurant SALT invites you to meet the makers of SelvaRey Rum with three cocktails featuring SelvaRey Rum – White Rum Daiquiri, Coconut Jungle Bird & Iced Rum Mocha, a three-course dinner – Assorted snacks for the table, Hiramasa Crudo, Korean Braised BBQ Beef & Pot de Creme, and a take-home gift bag. $55; 7/20, 7:00 pm; Marina del Rey Hotel – 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 424.289.8223
- 7/21 – The Wayfarer DTLA: The Wayfarer DTLA is teaming up with the makers of SelvaRey Rum for a Meet Your Makers dinner on The Rooftop. Guests are invited to enjoy signature cocktails and a curated menu inspired by the unique flavors of the rum, such as Balinese Chicken Satay and Skwerrum N Pepper Painted Fish. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the makers behind SelvaRey Rum and dive into the world of rum and the spirit’s origins. The event will include three signature SelvaRey Rum cocktails, a selection of small bites, and a take-home souvenir. $55; 7/21, 7:00 pm; 813 Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.285.4400
X Games California 2023 tickets are on sale now. Next weekend the X Games California will take over the Ventura County Fairgrounds for three days of heart-pounding action as the world’s best skateboard, BMX, and Moto X superstars throw down their best tricks and compete for X Games gold! See your favorites like Tony Hawk, Sky Brown, Elliot Sloan, Nyjah Huston, Garrett Reynolds, Kevin Peraza, Axell Hodges, and Momiji Nishiya, among many other elite competitors. GA tickets include access to all competitions plus access to X Fest – the interactive fan experience featuring mini ramps, athlete appearances, art installations, food, live music, sponsor activations, games, and more family entertainment. Special ticket opportunities include SuperFan Passes, XIP Hospitality, and Exclusive Athlete Experiences. Can’t make it to X Games? Tune in live to ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, and streamed online on X Games platforms. Click here for the full X Games schedule. $60+ (Discounts offered for children ages 6-12, seniors, military, and students; children 5 and under are free with a paid accompanying adult); 7/21 – 7/23; Ventura County Fairgrounds & Events Center – 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, 93001
(8/24): The Celebration of the Central Coast – The 10th Anniversary of The Lark to Benefit The James Beard Foundation
The Lark presents a special dinner celebrating the Central Coast along with the restaurant’s landmark tenth anniversary. This intimate event is a benefit for the James Beard Foundation, in support of their Good Food for Good® mission and programs around equity, sustainability, and leadership. The dinner will be led by Executive Chef Jason Paluska and will feature a collaboration with James Beard award winners Nancy Silverton and Caroline Styne. The celebration will commence with an hors d’oeuvres reception at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective and a seated dinner to follow in The Lark’s private Pullman room. The menu is a collaborative design by Chefs Jason Paluska and Nancy Silverton. Wines to pair with each course are curated by Caroline Styne. Accommodations for The Lark’s special guests are generously provided by Hotel Californian. 100% of the proceeds raised from this benefit dinner will directly support the James Beard Foundation, providing critical funding for programs, and helping the James Beard Foundation achieve its Good Food for Good® mission. James Beard Foundation will use the proceeds at their discretion, targeting the programs that need support the most. Tickets for this event are extremely limited. $250; 131 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805.284.0370
*For fun things to do in Los Angeles next week, check back on Monday!*