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”.




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….




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!

Arroyo Seco, the watershed that spawned Los Angeles, means “dry streambed” but there’s no shortage of great bars in the neighborhoods north of the arroyo-adjacent Pasadena Freeway.  Those looking for a great gastropub, live music, or a flame-spouting bartender can find all three at these Northeast Los Angeles bars. 

Here, in the second of three posts, are three more of the eight top picks, arranged by neighborhood for maximum pub-crawling ease.


Eight Great Bars of the Arroyo Seco/Part 2:


Highland Park/Figueroa Street (from South to North) 


With its deep horseshoe booths, red and yellow burlesque lighting, and retro/cheesy paintings of naked ladies, Footsies is a dark, comfortable, low-key, neighborhood bar.  Friendly bartenders serve a solid selection of liquor and bargain brews, such as $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon specials, at the capacious bar. DJs spin a few nights a week by the defunct telephone booth; the well-stocked juke box entertains thirty-somethings playing pool or smoking on the outdoor patio. Front and back door security; parking is free in the back lot after 6:00p.m. (2640 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90065 323.221.6900) 



The ultimate dive, this former Highland Park bowling alley (a ball return still intrudes into the room) features a miniscule bar, red diner booths, cheap beer and booze ($6 for a healthy shot of Herradura tequila) and live music with an emphasis on punk. (A reincarnation of seminal Los Angeles band the Germs once played here.)  Patrons are loud and excitable; seats with cup holders ring the dance floor. Free parking after 6:00 in the well-lit, public parking lot off the monitored back entrance. (5621 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90042 323.256.7561



Sparkly black ceiling? Check. Bat and red light motif? Check.  Fire breathing bartender?  Check.  This small, kitschy, Highland Park bar with two outside patios is the ‘hood haunt for a friendly, eclectic crowd. An attentive bar staff serves signature Count Choculas and Bat-tinis made with black, Blavod vodka.  Old school entertainment includes a Pacman/Galaga video game and an Eighties-themed jukebox. There’s plentiful street parking so avoid tow-happy lots.  (5922 N Figueroa  Street, Los Angeles 90042  323.255.6871

Ready?  U know U want 2 go go….


Tomorrow: Eight, Great Bars of the Arroy Seco/Part 3:

Highland Park/York Street