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Prime your sipping muscles and bulk up your drink-hefting biceps to prepare for a trio of musn’t-miss spirits events!

World Whisky Day at miro World Whisky Day at miro

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year isn’t in December; it’s this Saturday, May 20.

Of course, Ms. Go Go is referring to World Whisky Day, which you’ll want to spend at miro: a fave on DTLA’s “restaurant hot list”.

The cocktail hour festivities will take place in the “NEW” version of The Whiskey Lounge. Why “New”? Come see for yourself on Saturday because what’s a party without a surprise?

Your $40 ticket includes hosted small bites and sponsored tastings from an international roster of brown spirits including: Scottish Glen Grant and Benromach; Irish Teeling and homegrown Wild Turkey and Russell’s Reserve.

Special cocktails are only $8. That means you can sip an Alexander Murray & Co.‘s Glasgow (Bon Accord, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth) paired with  Smoked Ricotta Tortellini and still have enough moolah for a WhistlePig Pig Puns cocktail (WhistlePig 10yr, Laird’s AppleJack, WhistlePig Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Angostura, Lemon Peel) matched with WhistlePig Chicken and Waffles .

It may be World Whisky Day but you still gotta eat.

 

Jack Daniel's and Frank SinatraSupper with Sinatra: A Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner

Ol’ Blue Eyes still knows how to throw a swingin’ bash and you’re invited!

Singer, actor, and cultural icon Frank Sinatra enjoyed a long and very public love affair with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. He was so fond of the classic American spirit that he created a private society to which, during his lifetime, only his friends and associates were granted membership.

This Sunday, May 21st, guests at Supper with Sinatra: A Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner (co-presented by The Museum of the American Cocktail and Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles) will enjoy formal induction into Frank’s exclusive “country club” by renowned whiskey expert and Jack Daniel’s ambassador Eric “ET” Tecosky

Naturally, there will be Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey in honor of the Bourbon Baritone!

Guests will enjoy seven neat pours of Jack Daniel’s finest, including some rare and never before available expressions, plus a cocktail or two, as well as five courses of gourmet Italian American fare from the kitchen of Osteria La Buca.

The Chairman of the Board would definitely approve….

 

bbbfinalBurgers Bourbon + Beer 

The award for the Best Memorial Day Prep Event goes to Los Angeles Magazine‘s 2nd annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer.

Get unlimited bites from some of L.A.’s best meat shrines from old school Cassell’s Hamburgers to modern charcuterie palace The Cannibal to food truck winner-turned-Death Metal brick-and-mortar Grill ‘Em All.  Then vote on your favorite patty & buns combo to be crowned People’s Choice Best Burger 2017.

Oh, the power….

The difficult job of burger judge will be made much, much easier with craft quaffs from L.A.’s own Golden Road Brewery and Ms. Go Go’s fave arm of the food trifecta: bourbon.  Sip and sample the best of America’s Own Whiskey including: Knob Creek and Knob Creek Rye; Maker’s Mark and Maker’s 46; Four Roses and Michter’s.  And while they’re not bourbons, don’t miss a chance to sample international whisky-without-the-“e”  from Scotland and Japan include Kilchoman, Tamdhu and Toki. (Pro tip: the latter makes the best highball known to woman or man.)

The Hump Day kick-off to the unofficial start of summer not only includes all the culinary and booze staples of the season but dancing to live music and a GEARYS & Orrefors-sponsored photo booth to capture your booze and grilled meat shenanigans.

Of which there will undoubtedly be many….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

And check out Ms. Go Go Drinks: A Bowmore and Laphroaig Whisky Tasting with Simon Brooking!

Pour of Laphroaig Cairdeas (photo Eugene Lee)

 

Tonight and beyond…so many ways to celebrate Spring!

Sprung on SpringSPRUNG ON SPRING

Wanderlust bigger than your spring fever travel budget?   Alcove and Spring Bar have you covered! Tokyo and the South of France are just a couple of the garden-centric locations you can visit tonight via delish libations at this annual Los Feliz cocktail bash; think Suntory Toki highballs/cherry blossoms and St. Germain cocktails/elderflowers. Or take a trip down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which includes Hendricks gin cocktails and an “Eat Me/Drink Me” shot.  Admission is free and so is the spring-themed photo booth. Cocktails can be obtained via tokens at the bar. The first 75 people in attendance get swag like flower crowns and aura photographs; with five drink stations, your aura will definitely read “very, very happy”.

 

 

THE TASTE OF THE VALLEYtaste valley

Best way to celebrate Hump Day?  Head to Westfield Topanga for the 21+ The Taste of the Valley.  Your ticket to this one-stop gourmet stroll unlimited samples of  sweet and savory bites from 45+ restaurants (including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Tender Greens, Pedalers and A Sweet Bite) plus delish sips from 120 wineries, three dozen spirit purveyors — think high-end tequila, rum, gin and whisk(e)y — and over a dozen microbreweries from California and beyond.  Tickets will be more at the door so grab yours today!  Wednesday never had it so good….

 

 

GOLDEN STATE WHISKEY & CHEESE TASTING

Greenbar & Cheese

 

You know about pairing wine and cheese…but what about pairing whiskey and cheese Learn how to nose, taste and pair these two fab food groups in an intimate class lead by Hilary Kinzler, a TV producer for the Food Network and Head Cheesemonger at V Cheese Shoppe, and  Kim Ohanneson, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and the President of  Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go!) California’s craft whiskey movement is exploding and Kim will introduce you to three unique and delicious expressions from the Golden State’s most innovative distillers and micro-producers.  Hilary will pair the whiskey with cheeses so good they will practically make you weep with happiness.  Plus, get unique gifts or stock up on weekend party supplies with V Cheese Shoppe’s fabulous selection of  cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, olives, vinegars, and accoutrements. PLEASE NOTE: this is a VERY small and intimate class and will sell out quickly!

Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

So many NYE events, so little time.

Maybe it’s the proximity to the Christmas full moon but L.A. taste makers and fun providers have gone into overdrive for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ms. Go Go has carefully sifted through the approximately one billion (+/-) L.A./NYE events to create the following cheat sheet of 15 events where you can bid a memorable good-bye to 2015.

Some are FREE, some are intimate, some are big, all are fab.  Each has something special to make it a Go Go-worthy NYE destination.

L.A. party people, rev your engines….

FREE!!! (No entry fee, at the very least….)

N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park + Music Center (Downtown L.A.) — 3-D projections!  Art installations! Photobooths!  3 music stages!  20 food trucks!  (Family friendly/no alcohol.)  Why: Seeing yourself projected two stories high on the side of City Hall.

Pluto’s First Party at the Ace Hotel (Downtown L.A.)— DJ’s include Devendra Banhart!   Alien sightseeing!  Future life form caricatures!  Interstellar light installations!  Why: Devendra Banhart + Encounters of the Stirred Kind….

No Cover New Years at Angel City Brewery (Downtown L.A.) — Limited edition “best brews of 2015” on tap!  Midnight toast!  Food trucks!  Free party favors to first 150 guests!   Why: The opportunity to drink your way through a “best of” list.

NYEx10: Have Cocktail, Will Travel at Big Bar (Los Feliz) —  10 time zones!  10 cocktails!  10 countdowns!  10 playlists!  1 Cocktail World Map (supplies limited)!  Why: “Drinks Without Borders” with new bar manager Carrie Hah in  the cocktail cockpit.

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar (Downtown L.A.) — L.A.’s best whisky bar!  Masquerade themed!  No reservations required!  Why: Sipping top-flight whisk(e)y incognito.

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Best NYE Bang for Your Buck

Madera Kitchen (Hollywood) — Ticket includes welcome cocktail & dessert bar!  Table reservations available!  Cash bar + dancing! Gorgeous heated patio!  Artisanal restaurant! ***Book through LASKEY***  Why: Pretty people in a beautiful space….

The Normandie Club (Koreatown) — Welcome cocktail, snacks and Midnight Champagne Toast; reservation only from 9pm!  Limited table reservations!  Or check out the earlier Extended Happy Hour Cocktails and Bites (no entry fee/reservations) from 5-8:30p.m!  Why: Cozy kissing at midnight without the crowds.

Trapeze: NYE Golden Regale at Syrup Loft (Downtown L.A.) —  Burlesque beauties!  Electroswingers!  Lascivious poets!  Champagne countdown!  Rooftop oasis!  Royal photo booth!    Drink specials!  Continental breakfast!  Why: Watching the first dawn of 2016 on a DTLA rooftop surrounded by strippers.

Intimate Dinners with a Twist

New Year’s Eve at The Varnish (Downtown L.A.) — Full, late-night dinner!  Open bar + snacks!  Live jazz trio!  Annual limbo contest!  E-mail thevarnish@thevarnishbar.com to make reservations.  Why: Finding out how low you can go in a speakeasy….

Jardin Enchanté at Little Door/Little Next Door/Little Door Santa Monica (WeHo/Santa Monica) —  Alice in Wonderland-themed NYE !  4 course prix fixe dinner/2 seatings!  Fantastic attire requested!  Queen of Hearts dancers!  DJ!  Cheshire Cat fortune teller!  Why: Go down the rabbit hole on NYE….

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Hey, Big Spender: Stellar Bashes Worth Every Penny 

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with “Grand Hostess” Dita Von Teese at Clifton’s (Downtown L.A.) — Legendary  burlesque!  Live music! Magic!  Surprises!   Select complimentary cocktails created by barman extraordinaire Michael J. Neff!  Why: Taxidermy, a giant redwood, and a gorgeous, mostly naked woman in an oversized martini glass.  On the same night.

Unparalled Cabaret Bar at the Edison (Downtown L.A.)  — Singer Desi Valentine!  Aerialists!  Stilt walkers!  Dancers!   Epic champagne toast!  Glam Deco in a former power plant.  Why: The (NYE) toast in the machine.

Prohibition NYE at Union Station (Downtown L.A.)  40-foot ball drop!  Union Station!  Water Grill oysters!  Signature cocktail!  Dollhouse Entertainment burlesque!  Premium open bar!  Why:  Vamp the night away….

Black Tie Masquerade Ball at the Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica) —  Hosted bar!  Decadent hors d’oeuvre! s KCRW DJ’s Jason Bentley & Raul Campos!  Why: (Optional) NYE countdown in a cabana.

New Year’s Eve: A Benefit for the Victims of Paris w/ Jesse Hughes of Eagle of Death Metal at Harvard & Stone (Los Feliz) Dancers!  Live music!  DJ’s!  All night open bar: craft cocktails & punches, craft beers, and bottomless champagne!  Plus, so much good karma!  Why: Good drinks and good deeds for the new year.

Happy New Year & thanks for making The Go Go your 2015 guide for “offbeat fun, quirky culture and cocktails whenever possible…!”

Have fun; be safe!  Metro Los Angeles will operate 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, plus Orange and Silver Lines with FREE fares from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

Turkey Trot

How to trot your turkey….

Welcome to the year’s only multi-part weekend.

Thanksgiving
Laugh Factory 36th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Feast —  Turkey with a side of laughs?!  Yes, please!  Top comedians TBA!  Arrive an hour early for servings at 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Open to all!    Thurs 11/26

LAVA’s Thanksgiving at Clifton’s Cafeteria — Join The Los Angeles Visionary Association, a redwood tree and some taxidermied animals from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a no host Thanksgiving get-together at so-old-it’s-new-again Clifton’s Cafeteria.  Space limited – RSVP a mustThurs 11/26

Black Friday

Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk — You can burn off your too-many-corn-muffins muffin top battling crazed big box shoppers for a microwave.  OR you can revel in fresh air and see L.A. sites with this twelve-mile-loop urban hike led by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel.  The walk, which includes dirt trails, city streets and hidden stairs, has a mass transit-friendly starting point and mid-hike entry point.  Fri 11/27

Illuminated elephants at the L.A. Zoo.

Illuminated elephants at L.A. Zoo Lights.

L.A. Zoo Lights – Forget the congested drive through Griffith Park with the tired light show.  Instead, head to the L.A. Zoo for a light-and-sound extravaganza including a transformed L.A.I.R.: the zoo’s habitat featuring rare species seen nowhere else in the world.  Plus peep live reindeer while enjoying holiday treats.  Opens Fri 11/27 – Sun 1/3/16

Small (Business) Saturday

5th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Gotta shop?  Shop small and local at Northeast L.A.’s top foodie destination and most walkable ‘hood.  Three dozen shops and eateries will offer discounts, demos, consultations and art exhibits including a Live Drawing + Pop-Up  at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a Family Fun Zone at The Green Bean, and Milkfarm‘s Meet the Maker: Letterpress Chocolate and  25 cent wine tasting. Sat 11/28

Make It Mar Vista — This small biz Westside shopathon, which was made possible by a Great Streets grant, features 40+ local participating businesses including brick and mortars and artisan booths.  In addition to live music and an art exhibit, check out community events including a paint-by-numbers mural, a Story Corps Mar Vista History Project and a kick-off bike ride along a pop-up dedicated bike lane.  Sat 11/28

Visionary.... (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

Visionary…. (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

The Go Go: Beyond the Weekend….

VisionLA Climate Action Arts Festival — In December 2015, UN Delegates meet for the 21st Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

Starting Monday, November 30 in multiple venues over two weeks in the Greater Los Angeles Area, VisionLA ’15  celebrates the power of art to effect change.

You’ll want to clear your calendar….

The comprehensive range of programming includes visual arts  film, music, performance, literary, family friendly, and climate action events and workshops

Highlights include: Clare Graham’s recycled art at MorYork Gallery, Dominique Moody’s Found Object Assemblage workshop; uplifting Words to Save the World with notable L.A. writers including Linda J. Albertano, S.A. Griffin and Peggy Dobreer; TreePeople’s Earthworks workshop on how to harvest rainwater (Hello, El Nino!); and Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists whose work strives to bring awareness to the climate crisis through various fine art mediums.

The above are merely tip-of-the-iceberg highlights in a mind-boggling array of notable events, which include an Opening Gala with KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Envision: a closing celebration featuring a full installation dance/concert from Los Angeles based String Theory Productions and an original piece from Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez.

Who knew saving the planet could  be so much fun?

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Champagne fountain for fiends....

Champagne fountain for fiends….

Could this week be packed with more fun?

Ms. Go Go thinks not.

Clear your calendars.

Awash in Words

Here’s the best Hump Day remedy ever.

Join other lit-loving aficionados and swarm the streets of NoHo this Wednesday for the 3rd Annual NoHo/LA Lit Crawl.

40 events.  35+ venues.  One night.

Better yet, it’s FREE!

Presented in three, 45-minute rounds (7pm, 8pm and 9pm) as well as opening and closing events, LitCrawl offers opportunities to check out wordsmiths of every persuasion — novelists, poets, comics and musicians — tackling a wide variety of genres: horror, noir, confessional, sci-fi and erotic.

NoHo Ho....

NoHo Ho…. #LitCrawlLA

The events take place at venues all over NoHo from a tiki lounge (Wide Awake at the NoHo Lit Crawl from Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center) to a comic book store (Creepy Crawlies from Shades & Shadows) to an adult entertainment shop (Inside The Ultimate Sex Shop of My Imagination from Cultural Weekly).

And if the latter venue gives you a chance to shop for “necessities”?

Hey…you’re the ultimate cultural multitasker.

LITCRAWL L.A./NOHO — Wed, Oct 21; 6pm – 10pm.  FREE/all ages (some venues 21+)Various locations.  More info, including schedule, writers and maps, HERE.

Beach Beautiful

How to best embrace SoCal’s Endless (and then some) Summer?

Head to the WestEdge Design Fair this weekend for the ultimate inspiration from 150+ exhibitors.

Thursday night’s Beach Chic Opening Party benefits the fab A+D Museum and kicks off four days of fabulous design with a silent auction of re-imagined beach chairs designed by top local architects and designers.  Also, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, natch.

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping!

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping at #WestEdge

Luxury interior designers create indoor and outdoor rooms utilizing Sunbrella fabric for the Sunbrella Perspective Los Angeles Lounge, which will also serve as the fair’s main interior lounge, the site for special events throughout the show and Barker Hanger’s central bar.

In other words, head here for restorative cocktails.

New this year is MADE:MODERN, which showcases dozens of independent creators of contemporary furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories.  An opening day panel on Craftsmanship & Design complements the celebration of the hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.  Limited edition items will be available for purchase so bring the plastic.

If you check out accoutrements as much as actors, don’t miss the modern-day speakeasy created by the  Set Decorators Society of America in partnership with Robb Report Home & Style. Head here for daily mixology demos, samplings and specialty design.

Also, specialty cocktails.

Learn more at educational panels!  Topics include: Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator SecretsBringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World; and Entertaining with Style.

Cocktails will undoubtedly be covered.

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR — Thurs, Oct 22/ Opening party, 6:30-10pm. Oct 23/11am-8pm.  Oct. 24/11am-6pm/ Oct. 25/11 am-5pm. Opening party $95/$20 advance online/$25 atd/Parking $10 cashBarker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Airport.  Tix and more info HERE.

A Pearl of a Fest

Wine has sommeliers.

Beer has cicerones.

Oysters have Maitre Écaillers (Shellfish Masters).

The City of Angels has  Christophe Happillon: L.A.’s only Maitre Écailler and the bivalve guru behind the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market.

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

This weekend, embrace the mollusk magic with the inaugural DTLA Oyster Fest. Admission is FREE; for two days, you can buy $2 oysters directly from oyster farmers from the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with Norman Abell (Acacia Pacific Aquaculture), the guest farmers will be available to chat about proper oyster selection and handling, sustainability of oyster aquaculture, and “merroir”: Happillon’s play on winemakers’ “terroir”, which means “a sense of place” in French.

Participating farms include: Sol Azul Seafarms (El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve: a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Baja CA); Grassy Bar Oysters (Morro Bay, CA); Rock Harbor Oysters (Cape Cod, MA); Morro Bay Oyster Company “Pacific Gold” oysters (Morro Bay); and Hama Hama (Washington State), which has been active since 1922 and is  the oldest oyster farm on the West Coast.

That’s a lot of delectable goodness.

Luckily, the Oyster Gourmet will have an assortment of French wines available to wash down the briny morsels. For a change of pace, the stand’s usual menu of assorted, ecologically sustained seafood will also be available.

Happillon’s Oyster Shucking 101 seminars are full but there’s a strong possibility the Oyster Gourmet will have Friday night shucking seminars post-fest.

You’ve got two days of oyster slurping to lobby for the Best Date Night Ever.

DTLA OYSTER FEST — Sat, Oct 24 & Sun, Oct 25. Fest hours: 11am – 6pm.  Admission FREE; oysters $2 each — The Oyster Gourmet, Hill Street Platform/Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, LA 90013.  Parking Garage Entrance: 308 S Hill St.  Map and more info HERE.

Dead souls will roll....

Dead souls will roll….

Old Souls

Dilemma: you love the spirit and tradition of Day of the Dead but find it challenging to honor ancestors while being jostled by a crowd.

Solution: An Evening of Art and Music celebrating Dia de los Muertos from FolkWorks.

Held at the historic, oh-so-cool Church of the Angels on the Pasadena/Highland Park boundary, Saturday’s celebration offers an opportunity to bring a memento of your dearly departed (including pets) to the ofrenda or community altar, which has been created especially for the occasion by a team of local artists.

You’ve been saving your airplane bottles of bourbon for just such  an occasion.

DJ Tita Juana will spin Mexican classics and Chicano oldies during an early evening, open-to-the-public wine and cheese reception where you can peruse work by local artists.

The evening continues with a ticketed concert inside the Church of Angels sanctuary.  Beloved Highland Park band I See Hawks in L.A. delivers their signature, psychedelic-influenced roots music: a perfect choice to celebrate the night of the year when the curtain between this world and the next is believed to be at its “thinnest”.

The Christina Ortega Band brings a cross-cultural sound that embodies the full spectrum of the Golden State’s heritage from the beloved norteño of the migrant farm worker to the Western swing of Dustbowl-era Okies working the oil fields.

“Musician’s musician” Matt Cartsonis, who’s played with Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams and Steve Martin, contributes his immeasurable talents to the evening.

This Saturday, come serenade the dead.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CHRISTINA ORTEGA & I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. — Sat, Oct 24; 5pm/FREE art reception & DJ. 7pm/$20 ticketed concert.  All agesChurch of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena 91105.  Tix & more info HERE.

Frans Lanting's LIFE: from the Big Bant through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

Frans Lanting’s LIFE: from the Big Bang through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

MORE Weekend Go Go fun!

Charles Phoenix: Downtown Los Angelesland — Kitsch/historic tour of DTLA & environs!  Live slide show performance!  FREE!  Fri 10/23

Frans Lanting: LIFE – A Journey Through Time — National Geographic photog Frans Lanting!  Big Bang through present!  Annenberg Space for Photography!  Sat 10/24

Los Angeles Theater Company Gala Carnaval —  Cocktails!  Dinner!  Dancing!  Sat 10/24

16th Annual Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Shamanic Visions of the Huichol theme!  Ceremonial altars!  Music!  Sat 10/24

Aero Theater’s 10th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon — 7 movies!  FREE all night snacks & coffee!  Giveaways!  Sat 10/24

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

My what a big shamrock you have....

My, what a big shamrock you have….

Was your leprechaun count lackluster last year?

For better luck with the wee folk…or your fave pair of smilin’ Irish eyes, try one or more of Ms. Go Go’s St. Paddy’s Day picks.

Be safe.  Have fun.

And while one Irish saying opines that “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures,” you might want to stock up on hair of the dog, just in case.

Pub Crawls

Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl  A dozen+ pubs!  Drink specials! After-party at Outpost! March 14 (noon – 2am) and March 17 (2pm – 2am)

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl — Santa Monica’s only pre-St. Paddy’s Day Pub crawl!  A dozen+ venues!  Drink specials!  Wear green or get booed.  Sat, March 14 (2pm – 10pm)

Pre-St. Paddy’s Day Parties

Rock & Reilly’s 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party —  100 kegs of green beer and a bounce house????  May the luck of the Irish be with you at this mad hooley: an afternoon benefit for House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Also food trucks & DJs for max bounce energy. March 14 (1 – 10pm; entry not guaranteed after 3pm)

Paddy O’ PartyWear your best leprechaun attire for Irish jig contests at Whiskey Red‘s in  Marina Del Rey!  It’s a waterfront…pretend you’re in Galway! Live music & DJs!  Food & drink specials!  Sat, March 14 (5 pm-midnight) 

Smart Drinking: Pre/Post St. Patrick’s Day

Angel City Brewery —  Are you more of a thoughtful suds sipper than a green beer guzzler?   The monthly “Ale Academy” at everyone’s favorite DTLA brewery is going Irish on the eve o’ St. Paddy’s with a “Slainte!” to Irish styles.  For a nominal fee, study up on everything from stout to the modern-day Irish lager and wow your soused friends.  Mon, March 16 (7-9 pm)

Drinking Hibernia: Irish Whisky in Cocktail and Song — If you’re still craving a bit o’ the green post-Paddy day, Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Touring the Cocktail program will highlight Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers portfolio.  Grab your ticket to learn about Jameson, Redbreast, the rare Green Spot, and the even rarer Yellow Spot.  Trad Irish music from L.A. folk musicians help bring the Gaelic to General Lee’s in Chinatown.  Wed, March 25 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Tom Bergin's and green signAll Day St. Paddy Parties

Tom Bergin’s — Tom Bergin celebrates 79 years of St. Paddy’s Days with a 20 hour indoor/outdoor bash!

Irish breakfast runs from 6 to 10:30 a.m.; pub fare from 11am to 11pm.

A Guinness-on-tap truck will pour Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager; four satellite bars will pour beer and Irish-inspired cocktails like “Whiskles” (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and housemade pickle juice). Shamrock Hour (3-5pm) special: $6 Miller Lite.  Plus Music!  DJs!  Tues March 17 (6am – 2am)

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival — Head to DTLA where Casey’s Irish Pub hosts its 42nd annual, all-day-and-night  street festival with St. Paddy’s Day staples like Reubens, corned-beef sandwiches, Jameson and green beer.  Sign up for Curb ride service to drink safely and win prizes. Tues, March 17 (6am – 2 am)

Tam O’Shanter – The Tam O’ Shanter is one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants and throws one of the biggest — and most schizophrenic! Gaelic bashes in the city. There’s Jameson, kegs of Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage for purists, flashing shamrock necklaces and sugar shamrock cookies for the frat crowd, and Jameson and Guinness girls, in decidedly non-trad outfits, for…well, everyone. Plus live music, swag, merch, drawings and prizes. Tues, March 17 (noon until “late night”)

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

Odd But Great St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound — One of the best and most oddball Gaelic bashes in town — at the Greyhound in Highland Park — features a marathon of Patrick Swayze movies, corned beef cabbage, DJs and specials on Irish Whiskey shots and draft beers from Moylan’s Brewery.  No cover and no shaming if you’re dressed head to toe in black instead of green.

At the Greyhound, nobody puts Baby in the corner.  Tues, March 17 (noon – 1:00 am)

The Weekend Go Go – FREE Events!

ArtNight Pasadena —  FREE! Art!  Music!  Museums!  Fri, March 13 (6-10pm)

Claremont Pi(e) Festival – FREE celebration of Pi with Pie to eat and make!  Sat, March 14 (11am – 4pm)

A Week of French Language Cinema — Films from Canada, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Belgium and France; some nights sold out. FREE with RSVP (click link above) Sun, March 16 – Sat, March 21 (7:30pm)

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Robert Burns: still one of the cool kids.

Robert Burns: still cool at 256.

The main drinking holiday of the Irish involves St. Patrick, green beer, and corned beef.

The main drinking holiday of the Scots involves poet Robert Burns, Scotch whisky and haggis.

You have to give props to a country whose national holiday celebrates a womanizer who wrote a love poem to sheep organ pudding.

The latter will make an appearance during some of the following Burns Night events commemorating the birthday of the man who wrote “Ode to a Haggis” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

Luckily, the odds are even greater there will also be Scotch whisky and plenty of it to help you get through it all.

Here’s where to raise a wee dram — or several — to Scotland’s favorite son.

The Daily Pint — Included in Barfinder.com‘s “top 100 bars in the country” because of its extensive beer and whisky collection,  this Santa Monica establishment celebrates Burns Night a day early, allowing you to get a head start on the festivities tonight.

In addition to whisky specials, the Daily Pint offers plenty of Scottish libations for the occasion; Belhaven Scottish Ale, Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, Belhaven Scottish Stout,  and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil will be on tap.  Bottled Scottish ales will also be available including Harviestoun’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Ales Ola Dubh.

The Daily Pint is also serving traditional Scottish food: “Heroic Haggis” “Courageous Cock A Leekie Soup”, “Orkney Clapshot” (mashed turnips and potatoes) and Scotch Eggs.

Wear a kilt and get 10% off.

You’ve been waiting for the chance.

THE DAILY PINTSat, Jan 24 starting at 7:30.  21+2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405. For more info, go HERE.

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Beckham Grill & Bar — Looking for  a Sunday supper option for Burns Night?

Order from this Pasadena staple’s regular dinner menu  — prime rib and Yorkshire pudding are favorites — and you’ll get bagpipes with your “Ode to a Haggis” ritual.

There’s a nicely curated selection of Scotch whisky in case the skirling of the bagpipes inspire a recitation of the following lines from Burns’s poem Scotch Drink:

“Inspire me, till I lisp an’ wink,
To sing thy name!”

BECKHAM GRILL & PUBSun, Jan 25, 5-9 pm — Beckham Grill & Pub, 77 West Walnut St, Pasadena 91103  626.799,3699. Online reservations: Bookit@BeckhamGrill.com.  For more info, go HERE.

The Poetry Brothel: Happy Birthday Robert Burns — At the Poetry Brothel, a monthly poetry reading in which poets are cast as courtesans dispensing happy endings through word instead of deed, the focus is on Burns’s verse: the bawdier the better.

Couched as an evening of “strong drink, zesty living and some of the most intriguing poetry ever written”, the Poetry Brothel invites and encourages guests to bring a Burns poem to read as well.

There will also be “private poetry readings”  — think it as the literary equivalent of a lap dance — for $5 a poem so bring some cash.

If the above seems daunting without some liquid courage, the Must, where the Poetry Brothel is normally in residence during the Second Thursday Downtown Art Walk, has a small but tasty selection of Scotch/Scotch-style libations.

You’ll also be primed for the likely recitation of one of Burns’s lesser-quoted, but friskier poems:

 “Nine Inch Will Please a Lady

THE POETRY BROTHEL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT BURNS —  Sun, Jan 25, 7-10pmThe Must, 117 Winston St, DTLA 90013.  For more info, go HERE.

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