Welcome to the weekend. You’re either drinking this weekend or running a marathon, or perhaps your a real pro and doing both. Either way, you’ve got options. Start it off on Friday as Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week wraps up. Perhaps you’d prefer to sample fine scotch at the Wine House. On Saturday start the St Patty’s party in West Hollywood or lay low painting and sipping wine in Pasadena. Then of course on Sunday, it’s the Marathon in the morning and binge drinking all night. Don’t forget to set-up your out of office notice for Monday.
Friday, March 15
Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
Start the weekend of drinking in Pasadena as the Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week comes to a close. Old Pasadena’s finest restaurants, bars and lounges offer food and drink specials during San Gabriel Valley’s most popular dinning event. From $1 martinis and $2 beers to $1 sliders and $3 appetizers, Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week offers something for everyone. Various restaurants and venues also host free musical performances by popular local world and jazz performers as well as special events including whiskey tastings, a wine and poetry night, and much more.
Scotch: Introduction to Scotch Whisky
West LA (7:30pm)
Here is your chance to tour Scotland without ever leaving the comfort of the Wine House. Hosts Richard Merenbach and Coffield Appiah will take you from the delicate flavors of the Lowlands to the wide expanse of the Highlands, ending the tour with a visit to the peat- scented islands. You will taste both distillery-bottled spirits and the rarest of single cask scotch; this is a great opportunity to get a thorough look at this fascinating subject. Tickets are $60.
Saturday, March 16
Rock & Reilly’s St Patricks Day Block Party
West Hollywood (12pm-10pm)
Rock & Reilly’s are throwing their second annual St. Paddy’s Block Party on Saturday, and this year they’re taking the party to a whole new level! 14 full bars, 2 DJ stages, beer trucks with plenty o’ Guinness, numerous food trucks, pizza, and brats, a photo booth, games, plus a VIP section with bottle service. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or $40 for VIP. Get your tickets at the bar.
Paint ‘n Sip Party
Uncork your inner artist and join Pasadena Paint & Sip for a fun evening of painting, sipping and socializing as a talented, local artist walks you through their featured painting. Everything you need will already be set up when you arrive – canvas, brushes and aprons. Complimentary appetizers and one glass of wine are included. The event takes place at Margarita Jones in Pasadena. Tickets are $45.
Sunday, March 17
1st Annual “Paddy O’Party” at Wilshire
Santa Monica (11am-close)
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day on the Wilshire’s award-winning patio at the 1st annual PADDY O’PARTY benefitting the Westside Food Bank. Guests will enjoy a special St. Patty’s Day Menu by Chef Nyesha Arrington, Drink Specials, DJ’s, Live Music and more. The Irish-inspired menu will include items such as Green Eggs and Ham, Corned Beef Sliders, Irish Stew Pie, Bangers and Mash and Fish and Chips. Pot of Gold Drink Specials include $2 Green Beer 11am-1pm, $6 Irish Coffees, Whiskey shots and Irish Car Bombs, $6 Guinness Beers and $5 Green Beer. $10 suggested donation.
The Del Monte Speakeasy
Join Townhouse and The Del Monte Speakeasy for an all day St Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy Irish Punch $5, Irish Cocktails $10, and $8 Irish Whiskey Specials all day/night. Traditional Irish bands will be playing all day (and a bagpiper too!), plus a live band in the Del Monte later in the evening. Complimentary Irish Stew all day and night while supplies last.
Eagle Rock Brewery’s Beer Floats
Eagle Rock (2-6pm)
Enjoy Beer Floats made with beer for the people! Chunk-n-Chip ice cream is providing the cool creamy goodness, paired with Eagle Rock Brewery’s fine beers. Floats are $5, or $6 to keep the pint glass. You can almost bet there will be at least a food truck or two.
St Patrick’s Celebrations Around Town
Eater has a great wrap of of various offerings. From classic St Paddy’s Day choices (and also crazy busy) to some other off the beaten path, and hopefully less crowded, options. Click here to check out their full list of events.
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.
Villains Tavern Presents: Chicken & Pancakes Sundays
Downtown Los Angeles
Villains Tavern, voted #1 BEST NEW BAR in Los Angeles Magazine’s June 2012 “Best Bars” issue, is now featuring
Chicken & Pancake Sundays with live music. Celebrate brunch steam punk style on the patio with drink specials like a 32oz Big ASS BEER, Dave’s Ultimate Bloody Mary and Dave’s Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas. Grub on fried chicken and pancakes smothered with maple syrup. Sounds like a good hangover remedy to us.
Burgers and Bubbly at Tavern
West LA (3-9pm)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are now serving up sliders and champagne pairings every Sunday night in the Blue Room at Tavern. Choices include a turkey slider with arugula and tomato confit paired with J. Lassalle Brut Chigny-les-roses, a triple pork burger slider with manchego cheese and romesco with extra dry Prosecco, and a Niman ranch beef slider with fontina, lettuce, and tomato with Veuve Fourny rosé. At $30 it’s not a cheap meal, but how often do you get bubbles and burgers? Make your rezzy by calling 310-806-6464
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
Sunday Suppers at Cecconi’s
An elegant Sunday Supper that will feed up to four for just $50? Cecconi’s in West Hollywood has you covered. Chef Andrea Cavaliere brings classic Italian comforts such as wood-oven fired artisanal pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta and seasonal salad to the dinner table on Sundays at Cecconi’s – all with a sophisticated setting and price that’s hard to beat. Wine specials include a bottle of house red or white for $25. And if you have an additional guest in your group, add a pizza or pasta for just $12.50.
Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.
Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.
Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.
March 24 – For the first time, Chef Terri Wahl of Auntie Em’s Kitchen will be spilling her secrets to the next up and coming chefs – kids! Children with a penchant for sweets are invited to spend an afternoon at Auntie Em’s bakery where Wahl will be teaching all the tricks there is to know behind her nostalgic desserts. While the children are busy decorating cupcakes, parents are invited to take a break and sip on a mimosa or two while indulging in Auntie Em’s classic appetizers. Kid-friendly snacks will also be on hand to satisfy rumbling tummys. Price is $30.00 for one adult and one child.
June 8-9 – Roam the streets of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood at the LA Wine Fest. With your souvenir wine glass in hand, visit wineries from up and down the California Coast and at least 20 countries and taste over 500 excellent wines; check out the brews and spirits along the way; and be sure to drop by the lifestyle exhibitors and gourmet food trucks, take an educational class or two such as how to pair wines & cheeses; all while mingling with your friends and listening to great live music on this historic studio lot. And, the event benefits Food Forward so you’re helping a great cause. Tickets start at $50. Get them here.
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