Go Go’ers, it’s been a helluva decade.  Ring it out in style at one (or if you’ve got the stamina…ALL!) of the following Downtown palaces of drinks, delight and debauchery.

THE BIG TICKET: “1 Ticket, Eight Open Bars” is 213 Downtown L.A.’s promise to help you welcome the New Year in style.   You’ll want to wear your high-heeled sneakers for this celebratory crawl!

Casey’s Irish Pub
GRAM RABBIT on stage and well spirits +11 craft drafts and wine in your hand.
‘Nuff said.

Golden Gopher 
Go Go to the Gopher for open bar all night on well, beer and wine
DJ Mike Turski spins rock ‘n’ roll till 2am

Las Perlas
Flower power your New Year! Open bar features handcrafted Spiced Daisy and popular Las Perlas house Margaritas
Indie Big Sonic Heaven DJ Darren Revell and Kapsoul rock the casa.

Seven Grand
Step into 2011 in high style  with Vieux Carre, Manhattan, Bourbon Fix cocktails inspired by Jim Beam Rye, Wild Turkey Rye, and Buffalo Trace or well spirits (or call for Maker’s Mark) + Deacon Jones All-Star Blues Revue w/ Artwalk Jamal and Special Guests

Broadway Bar
Party like it’s 1999! DJs B-Mix and J-Cru spin 80’s, Disco and Funk while you patronize the all-night open bar on all well products.

Tony’s Saloon
Keep it real at Tony’s; open well bar with select premium cocktails all night +
Raw roots blend of rock and twang with Paul Chesne and Guest DJs

Cole’s French Dip
Get your champers on at Cole’s.  Open Champagne Cocktails  Bitter Bar  featuring cherry, chocolate, mole and other libations  made with your choice of   housemade or branded  bitters.

Cana Rum Bar
Drink in the decade like Papa Hemingway with Cana’s Daiquiri Bar. Fresh handcrafted cocktails served throughout  the night while Icy Hot Club serves up vintage gypsy jazz with a modern twist.

(All-access Downtown L.A. New Year’s Eve party pass; $119 – $250 http://nyedowntownla.eventbrite.com/)

THE ROGUE’S CHOICE: Roots orchestra Dustbowl Revival will be tearing up the joint for FREE (That’s right!  A No Cover New Year’s Eve!) at  Villains Tavern.  The raucous revivalists go on at 9:00p.m.; the temple of boozy toasts starts serving free champagne after 10:00 p.m. (1356 Palmetto Street, 91003, 213.613.0766, www.villainstavern.com/)

IF THE COCKTAIL IS KINGCocktalian purists will want to head to the Varnish  to welcome the new with expertly handcrafted cocktails and a bottomless Bols Genever punch.  The Apple Sisters comedy trio (“Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs” as described by the L.A. Times) will count down to the midnight champagne toast.  Contact general manager Chris Bostick to make reservations. (9:00 – 2:00 a.m. $119.  118 East 6th Street,   213.622. 9999  www.thevarnishbar.com

IF LUCK IS ON YOUR SIDEPresale tix to the Edison‘s ever-elegant New Year’s Eve event  have been snapped up but it’s worth stopping by the palace of steampunk at 10:00 p.m. for a chance to snag any unclaimed tickets.   The $75 billet  includes a midnight champagne toast, midnight tray passed dessert and performances by DJ James Spooner and two Stilters (that’s stilt-walkers to the uninitiated) PLUS a rare chance to see the Yard Dogs Road Show, a traveling cabaret self-described as a “love letter from the bordello of your imagination.”  Yes, you hope that Lady Luck smiles on you at 10:00…. (Yard Dogs Road Show performs at 10:00 and at 11:45;   $75; 108 West 2nd Street, 90012; 213.613.0000; www.edisondowntown.com)


***Ride with the Angels — On New Year’s Eve only, the Angels Flight railway fare will be a penny to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the opening of the “World’s Shortest Railway” December 31st, 1901.   Angels Flight will maintain its regular 16 hour schedule that day, from 6:45am to 10:00pm.  A one way ride on the 298 foot railway currently costs 25 cents, $1 for five rides, or 40 rides for $7.50.  (351 South Hill Street, 213.626.1901.)

***Go Metro — Holiday Service FREE all night so no need to drink and drive, Go Go’ers!

***AAA Tow Service —  AAA is offering free towing for the 14th year in a row. Between 6pm and 6am December 31 to January 1, call 1-800-400-4AAA and ask for a “tipsy tow”. This does not include rides for passengers, and is a one-way tow up to seven miles. Anything after seven miles will be charged at normal rates. You do not have to be a member of AAA to use the free towing.

Drink like it's illegal at the ERA Party at Cana Rum Bar!

Flappers and flippers, dud up and drag a sock down to Cana Rum Bar at the Doheny for whoopee and whangdoodle at the return of the ERA, a 1920’s party.

Presented in connection with Red Light Special Events, the boffo, invitation-only (so RSVP below, lounge lizards)  event on July 23rd costs 20 bricks at the door or 15 clams with special Prohibition/speakeasy-type password).  The hosted bar is from 9-10PM; rum will be the featured giggle water, natch.

Grab a flop, bar side, or stretch your stilts on the patio with the smoke-eaters while lapping Santa Teresa rum cocktails.   Allan Katz, the Cana Rum Bar’s new General Manager, will be overseeing the hooch, special guest DJs Beat Ventriloquists will tickle your eardrums, and the Ryan Roberts Group will get hot with live vintage jazz.

Cocktail or 1920’s attire encouraged so gander up in glorious regalia and ankle over, jazzbos and barlows; this blow will be the berries!  No hokum!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Writhing and wrestling at the Mayan June 23/24

The Mayans used to rip out the hearts of  the living as offerings for the god of the dead.  The entertainment will be equally dramatic, if not quite as dire, at The Mayan theater when Lucha va Voom takes over the downtown temple of fun with “Hot Fun in the Summertime“.

First, get in the va Voom mood at one of Cedd Moses’s joints: perhaps a couple of  “Poblano Escobars”  (mezcal, poblano peppers, cumin, pineapple and orange liqueur) at Las Perlas or a “Cana Punch” (rum and many, delicious, secret ingredients) for you and seven of your closest, lucha-loving friends at the members-only Cana Rum Bar.  (The donated-to-charity, per annum dues  are $20; a pittance considering the potent punch of the punch.)

Fully lubricated with liquid cheer, wend your way to the Mayan where you’ll get  “lei’d” at the door if you come in luau or South Sea attire.   The main event of the midweek madness  is the  debut of high-flying Mexico City luchadores Turbo and SuperNova who will take on “the Superbad, one-eyed Pirata Morgan“.   (On a personal note, Ms. Go Go is super excited to learn how to say “Avast, me hearties” en Espanol.)

Expect agility and aerial maneuvers rather than chairs smashed over heads (although Mexican grannies have been known to beat on rudos – the bad guys, natch –  with their purses if they fall into the crowd).   The “minis”  (li’l luchadores who put the pow in pint-sized) will return, as well as crowd fave Chocolate Caliente. (He won’t melt under hot lights!)

Comedians Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Squarepants) and Blaine Capatch (The Comedians of Comedy) will be on motormouth mic duty to help you root for the tecnicos (That’s “good guys” to you gringos.) and cheer on the chicas calientes. (That’s “hot girls” to anyone under ten.)  Sizzle-tease superstar Kitten Deville brings steamy summer fun with a new-to-you number, Carolina Cerisola unleashes her caged leopard act for the very first time, and a bevy of Lucha va Voom burlesque beauties help bring the boom boom to the room.

You’ll be reassured to know that when  Lucha va Voom partners and co-creators Liz Fairbairn and Rita D’Albert evaluate burlesque dancers, they look for original concepts and great music.

Which are your top two criteria for striptease artists as well….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Drink rum and help Haiti's kids at the opening of the Doheny's Cana Rum Bar


Eat your Wheaties, Go Go’ers, because it’s gonna be a marathon of downtown fun Thursday night. 

The usually exclusive/private Doheny kicks off the evening with an inclusive/public  opening party for the Cana Rum Bar: a benefit for the United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti.   A one-time $20 fee confers a one-year membership in the Cana Rum Society;  think great, handcrafted rum cocktails, Tiki rum punch and spirits (rum yum yum, in other words)  plus evites to rum tastings, spirit education (presumably, the drinkable kind, not the ectoplasmic kind), and special events.   The evening includes a complimentary taste of Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum Punch (while supplies last), plus music by Domingosiete at 7PM and DJ Ruin at 11PM.   Go Go’ers, let the Conga line begin…..
If you’ve got a glint in your eye as well as a shimmy in your step, head over to the Los Angeles Athletic Club for the free lecture by John Buntin, author of the rave-reviewed L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, which explores LAPD Chief William Parker’s war on gangster Mickey Cohen and the L.A. underbelly.  Buntin’s lecture should get you in just the right frame of mind for the final weekend of American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater; augment your  underworld weekend with Esotouric’s John Buntin L.A. Noir crime tour on Saturday.  (Details in upcoming U Want 2 Go Go post!)
Post-lecture, wend your way to the Downtown L.A. Art Walk.  Highlights include: Pedals and Prints, a multi-artist show curated by Two Rabbits Studio at Crewest;  the de LaB sale at Ball-Nogues Studios, where you can find products for sale by architects, designers, illustrators and artists working east of La Brea, and the Plasticgod post-Art Walk exhibit and party with large- scale art works, dj and dancing and (rumored) red velvet cupcakes.
Go Go’ers, start your engines….
Ready?  U KNow U Want 2 Go Go….