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!

Paris Photo LA 2015 at Paramount Pictures Studios.  Photo by Joaquin Trujillo from his series "Flores"..

Paris Photo LA 2015 at Paramount Pictures Studios. Photo by Joaquin Trujillo from his series “Flores”..

May Day, May Day!

Put on your pARTy shoes, Go Go’ers; this weekend is nonstop arts, music, booze and fun.

Think of it as pre-training for summer.

Seeing Double

Starting Friday and extending through Sunday, the heart of Hollywood will be a white-hot destination for foto fans with TWO of the year’s best photography shows right across the street from each other.

No shuttle required.

Paris Photo L.A.one of the year’s most hotly anticipated photo shows, gives image aficionados an early start at the weekend with a noon opening on Friday.  Located on the iconic New York Street back lot at Paramount Pictures Studios, Paris Photo’s only U.S. event hosts 79 premier art galleries and specialized art book dealers  from 17 countries.

At this year’s Paris Photo, expect leading edge solo exhibitions, young galleries and photo-centric booksellers with an emphasis on presentations of the work of individual artists including: Joaquin Trujillo’s unsettlingly cheerful Mal de Ojo and Flores (see photo, top left); Melanie Pullen’s disturbingly beautiful High Fashion Crime Scenes; Hassan Hajaj’s vivid mixed-media My Rock Stars; and Edward S. Curtis’s  never-before-exhibited copper photogravure printing plates from The North American Indian.

Scroll through the list of exhibitors and check out the program to schedule your visit around book signings and the Sound and Vision Conversations and Screening series with artists, magazine editors, artistic directors, and museum curators and directors.

PARIS PHOTO L.A.Fri, May 1 & Sat, May 2, noon- 7pm; Sun, May 3, noon – 6pm. $20-$40Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, LA 90038.  Tix and info HERE.

Photo by Chis Bowes at Photo Contemporary.

Photo by Chris Bowes at Photo Contemporary 2015 at Raleigh Studios

As the name implies, juried art fair Photo Independent  showcases independent fine art photographers working outside the gallery system.  This year, Fabrik Media’s Photo Independent also encompasses Photo Contemporary, a more traditional gallery-type experience, and Photobook Independent.

Program highlights at the Raleigh Studios-based fair include moderated conversations with exhibiting photographers such legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland (LOOK and LIFE), Pulitzer Prize-winning Barbara Davidson. Mark Kazen who created Late Night with David Letterman’s “no-logo logo” incorporating NYC photos, and photographer/actor Scott Caan who is also the guest of honor at Friday’s Opening Night Preview Party.

PHOTO INDEPENDENTPreview party Fri, May 1, 5-10pm; Sat, May 2; 11am – 7pm. Sun, May 3, 11am – 6pm.  GA $15-$25; VIP $105 ($95 online)Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, LA 90038.  Tix and more info HERE.

Two celebrations in one!

Two celebrations in one!

Seven Grand for the Win!

Unless you’re headed for Louisville, KY, or have a stake in favored thoroughbred American Pharoah, you may not be focused on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

a.k.a. mint juleps and big hat day.

The best place in L.A. to swan around in an extravagant chapeau while getting soused sipping bourbon-based bevs?

The Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at DTLA’s Seven Grand  — especially since the whiskey bar’s eight year anniversary fortuitously coincides with the 2015 Triple Crown race.

Doors open at noon — no entry fee! — so you can fully embrace the straightaway spirit with Heaven Hill and Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon: the official bourbon of Run for the Roses.

Wear your spiffiest fedora or fanciest fascinater to win prizes at the best-dressed contest while imbibing $7 Mint Juleps, Old Fashioneds and Whisky Sours and jiving to the jazz of the Grammy-nominated dapper gents of the California Feetwarmers.

Pony up!

KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY at Seven Grand — Sat, May 2 at noon.  FREE entry/21+Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St; 2nd flr, DTLA 90014.  More info HERE.

Wing it this Sunday....

Wing it this Sunday….

Good in the ‘Hoods

L.A.’s been called “a city without a center” but it’s more like a mosaic of micro-neighborhoods.

This Sunday, join Angel City Brewery and Cartwheel Art — two of the Arts District’s most community-engaged entities — at the Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival to  celebrate the vibrant and varied ‘hoods that have made Downtown L.A. a go-to destination

Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, has curated a lineup of 50+ artists living and/or working within the Arts District; Cartwheel Editorital Director Lisa Derrick has curated artists in surrounding communities such as Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights and more.  Tickets are also available for Cartwheel’s pre-fest immersive urban exploration tour; otherwise, entry to the festival entry is free.

Check out Angel City’s Beer Bazaar and featured cellar beers while listening to the Bloodhounds, Blackwater Jukebox and more presented by Echo Country Outpost.  Raven Gypsies presents the Heritage Stage; Cultural Performances include Taiko drumming, Native American Dance, Capoeira, Aztec Dancers and more.  Of course, there will be a full line-up of delish food trucks.

You’re guaranteed to find plenty of center + heart and soul.

ANGEL CITY HERITAGE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVALSun, May 3; noon – 8pm.  Fest is free; Cartwheel tour tix are $35Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012. Cartwheel Art tour tix HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Celebrate a year of trading whisky for words at Seven Grand!

Celebrate the Whisky & Poetry Salon’s one-year anniversary at Seven Grand!

The out-of-town relatives are on the horizon.  The turkey looms.  The mashed potato vs. candied yam debate has begun.

Stuff it all and get happy with Whisky & Poetry Salon this Saturday, November 23, as we celebrate a year of trading whisky for words in style at Seven Grand, Downtown L.A.’s best whisky bar.

In addition to whisky punch and flights of single malt scotch, check out this amazing line-up:

Iris Berrya musician, writer, poet, Los Angeles pop culture historian and actress. One of the true and original progenitors of the L.A. punk scene. A native Angelino, her lifetime spent in the City of Angels has resulted in over two decades worth of astonishing literary contributions.

Dennis Cruz is one of the City of Angels’ most iconic poets.  Acclaimed for his distinctive reading style, Punk Hostage Press just published Dennis’s newest book of poems: Moth Wing Tea.

Neil McCarthy is an internationally acclaimed Irish poet (and Salon fave).  It’s one of Neil’s last L.A. performances before he returns to Ireland and you don’t want to miss his sly, funny, gorgeous word magic.

Come hear Iris Berry, punk poet goddess, at Whisky & Poetry Salon's  1 year anniversary bash!

Come hear Iris Berry, punk poet goddess, at Whisky & Poetry Salon’s 1 year anniversary bash at Seven Grand!

More poets being added! Keep an eye on our FB Event page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/252046588287799/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

WHISKY & POETRY SALON’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASHSat, Nov 23 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. $25/21+Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St, 2nd floor, DTLA 90014; parking available in two lots on 8th and Olive.

PRESALE TICKETS ONLY!!!!!!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whisky-poetry-salon-one-year-anniversary-bash-tickets-9362608815e

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Vote! Drink! Watch!

Go Go’ers, it goes without saying that you are voting today.

Reward yourself for doing your democratic duty while riding out the results at the following establishments.

Patriotic fervor may ensue.  Also, patriotic drinks.

Proud to be an American.

ELECTION WATCH ON THE EASTSIDE

Seven Grand (515 W 7th St, 2nd Flr, DTLA 90014; 213.614.0737; RSVP here.)  Past spots for your “I Voted” sticker have included your shirt, your baseball hat, and — whimsical you — your third eye.

This election, starting at 5:00 pm, that sticker is worth a free flight of Glen Grant whisky (Glen Grant 10 year, the Major’s Reserve, the Glen Grant 16 year) courtesy of Glen Grant Ambassador Johnnie-the-Scot Mundell, Glen Grant Distillery, and Seven Grand.  (One free flight per customer, so don’t get greedy.)

This year, Vote for Whisky.

All shades of politics represented at Grand Park.

Grand Park (200 N Grand Ave, 90012; 213.972.8080; more info  here )  Democracy is for everyone and so is Grand Park, which will be hosting a free, open-to-the-public, 5:00 to 10:00 pm election night event.  Results coverage will be projected on a GRAND 30-foot-screen on the performance lawn.

You like your CNN talking heads giant-sized.

Anthony Valdez of KCRW will be special guest DJ in addition to DJs from dublab.

Food trucks will be available to keep you gnawing off a finger with hunger and nerves.

MIDWEST WATCH IN MID-CITY

Lexington Social House (1718 Vine St, Hollywood, 90028; 323.461.1700)  Be a non-partisan partier with the  red, white and blue”Flag Flight”.

Try saying that ten times fast….

The “Election with Lexington” special is a three cocktail tasting for $18.  Starting at 5:30 pm, sample the Red (muddled strawberries and basil leaves, simple syrup, vodka, apricot liquor, lemon juice, tiny dash of peach bitters, and a dash of sprite), the White (tanteo chocolate, coffee liqueur, horchata) and the Blue (lightly muddled serrano chili and sage leaves, Reposado tequila, blue curaçao, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and fresh pear puree over ice).

A couple of those and you’ll be as star-spangled as Old Glory.

Rock and Reilly (8911 W Sunset Blvd, WeHo 90069; 310.360.1400)   Are you as pugnacious passionate about politics as the Irish?   Have you called in sick and committed to an all-day election watch?

The WeHo ‘hood Irish pub is serving up MittMosas (OJ and champers), Vodka on the Baracks (Svedka Vodka on Ice), and Sham-Barack-ed (Mother’s Milk whisky, Midori, Irish cream) from 8:00 am ’til you collapse.  Plus, 17 indoor and outdoor big screens will feature live results coverage at night.

Pace yourself.

WASHINGTON WATCH ON THE WESTSIDE

Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood 90042; 310.443.7000) Don’t want to swig Great Lakes Blackout Stout and stare at the T.V. by yourself all night?   The Hammer’s FREE election night event offers plenty to keep you busy.  Live results coverage will be screened in the Billy Wilder Theater and in the museum’s cafe, Ammo.   Check out Jonathan Horowitz’s installation Your Land / My Land: Election ’12, which features monitors on both MSNBC and Fox News.   In the courtyard, a cash bar and a highlight reel of TV’s best political parodies will keep you occupied ’til decision time.

Think of the latter as weapons of mass distraction.

Rush Street (9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232; 310.837.9546)  No matter which party you’re affiliated with, Rush Street has L.A.’s biggest Election Party.  Starting at 6:00 pm, 15 wide-screen TV’s on two floors of bars, lounges, and patio decks will feature non-stop election coverage.

The whole set-up is perfect for pacing.

Calm your nerves with $4 Red/Blue draft beers, $8 Commander-in-Chief cocktails, and an all night, half-price bottled wine menu.  Settle your stomach with dinner (5:00 – 10:00 pm) and gourmet pizzas (’til 11 pm).  Plus, Rush Street is giving out free Presidential party favors.

Fingers crossed for purple stadium horns.

Café del Rey (4451 Admiralty Way,  Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 310.823.6395) Watch the sun set (finally!) on the 2012 election at Cafe del Rey while sipping $6 election-themed cocktails like the Barockin’ Bayonet (coconut tequila, blue curacao and lime!), the Not-So Radical Romney (bourbon, cranberry, grenadine), and the 270 (Charbay vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and Sprite).

Design proposition for politicians: make Old Glory red, blue, and purple….

Wear  your “I Voted” sticker and get a free cocktail with the purchase of a second.  Happy hour pricing and election coverage on flat screen TV’s  (starting at 4:00 pm.) are in effect  all night long.

Given the situation in Ohio, you’re counting on both.

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go…VOTE!

Ms. Go Go is usually a forward-fun-looking gal but last week’s Bowmore Whisky-Oyster Pairing with Poetry at DTLA’s Seven Grand deserves a recap.

The concept of the evening was intriguing; match briny oysters with Bowmore  whisky: one of the  peat-smoked single malts from Islay, an Inner Hebrides island west of Scotland.   As an added fillip to the evening, Pedro Shanahan, Seven Grand’s Spirit Guide and Whiskey Society co-curator, informed interested parties that the price of the evening was a poem.  And not just a poem on a piece of paper to add to a pile but a poem to be read to the assorted company; those too shy to read the poem themselves, said Pedro, could have their poem read.

You might think this would limit involvement.  Au contraire.  According to Pedro, the event, which was capped at 30, was full in six hours.

The  dark and intimate Jackalope Room at the back of Seven Grand’s 2nd story whiskey palace is  always cozy but the night of the Bowmore/oyster/poetry event, people were two and three deep.  David Wilson, Sales & Marketing Director for Morrison Bowmore Distilleries and Jamie MacKenzie, Regional Manager for North America, were squeezed into a corner.   Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune barely managed to grab seats.  Seven Grand always gets an involved crowd but there was a palpable sense of anticipation in the room.

Johnnie “the Scot” Mundell, Bowmore’s West Coast Ambassador, was in charge of spirits: both the alcoholic and the “raising of….”  Master Ecailler Christophe Happillon of the Oyster Gourmet — you’ve seen him shucking oysters at Church & State as well as the Edison — took care of the bivalves.

Johnnie, many of whose 64 cousins transported whisky off the Isle of Islay via the Kennacraig Ferry,  explained that seafood and Islay whiskys are a natural pairing,  The Harbour Inn on the Isle of Islay is renowned for its seafood bought from local fishermen;  Johnnie introduced the assembled guests to the Harbour Inn’s method of serving oysters on the half shell.

First, little glasses of malted barley, both plain and peat-smoked over a mesh floor at the two century+ Bowmore Distillery, were passed around so guests could taste the difference.

Ms. Go Go would just like to say that as a bar nosh, peat-smoked barley beats beer nuts, pretzels, and peanuts by a mile.

Each guest then received an oyster on the half shell and a glass of  Bowmore 12 year old single malt.  Johnnie instructed everyone to sip a little of the oyster liquor, then a little of the whisky.  Next, guests held the shells horizontally to preserve the liquor and swallowed the oysters, which were meaty and not too salty.  Then, a little whisky was poured into the remaining oyster liquor and sipped from the shell.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

As Johnnie said, the whisky replaces anything else that you would put on an oyster: lemon, Tabasco, mignonette sauce.  The 12 year old was followed by Bowmore 15 – Darkest, with the sherry cask adding a hint of sweetness.  We finished with the Bowmore 18 year old, whose smokey, salty flavor really complemented the oyster’s brine.  Ms. Go Go is a fan of unadorned oysters but  the Islay whisky made the wild sea flavor of the oysters even more pronounced.

The most surprising thing about the evening, though?  The poems and those who read them.

Johnnie and Pedro set the mood of conviviality.  Pedro read some not-so-cheery gulag-themed poems that, no pun intended, broke the ice.

Johnnie had everyone who read a poem give their “star sign” first.  After admitting you were a triple Scorpio, reading a poem was nothing.

Ms. Go Go was sitting in a mini Poet’s Row.  On my left, were Steve Schechter and Marcia Schechter of Witch Creek Winery.  Steve read an original, convivial poem about whisky.  On my right were the Dell sisters Elizabeth and Emily:  partners (producer and writer/director respectively)  in Two Camels Films. (B-Girl, upcoming Battle.)

Johnnie called on Emily to read a poem she’d written to celebrate the birthday of Scottish poet Robbie Burns for the 2012 Burns Night Supper of the Los Angeles Scotch Club at Beckham Grille in Pasadena.  Everyone who performed was rewarded with, as Elizabeth described it, “a poet’s bottle whisky tasting.”  Johnnie, who dubbed Emily’s poem “Stolen Poem”, purchased the poem for Bowmore with the proviso that she’d read it if called upon.

She was and she did.  It was a stunning  poem. Wild applause ensued.

Ms. Go Go, the slacker, read Herman M. Ax’s poem Drunkenderatawhich encourages lushes to be competitive  with other drinkers and chat up everyone who might buy them a drink.   No surprise there.

Poems were read from books.  Translated poems were read.  Haunting, intimate original work was read.

And here’s what became apparent.  The poems were as much of a draw as the whisky and the oysters.  People weren’t getting up to read because of whisky courage — although the combination of whisky and poetry was pretty potent.  People couldn’t wait to get up and read — and those who didn’t read regretted “not having ownership of that night”, according to Johnnie who agreed, along with Pedro, that it was an exceptional night.

There was such generosity of spirit,” said Johnnie.  “Everyone belonged to the moment we were in.”

Monthly poetry and whisky salon, anyone?

(Check out Eat: Los Angeles for initial post about the event.)

Robbie Burns: "O you, my Muse! good old Scotch drink!"

Ms. Go Go has a wee touch o’ the Scots in her blood — the Ogilvie clan, doncha know — which may, in some small way, explain her appreciation of whiskey.

It doesn’t exactly explain her appreciation of rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and other assorted spirits; the latter is undoubtedly due to natural joie de vivre.

Fingers crossed.

And Go Go’ers, if there was ever a man who appreciated his whiskey it was Robbie Burns, Scotland’s most beloved poet, who romanced women all over the Highlands in the 18th century while writing odes to his native tipple as well as to a Mouse, a Louse, and a Haggis.

You’d expect nothing less from a bard whose Muse is “good old Scotch drink’.

“Burns suppers”, which celebrate the poet’s January 25th birthday, traditionally include the “slaying o’ the Haggis”.  Even bravehearted men and women  have been known to quail at the thought of eating haggis, Scotland’s national dish of oatmeal and offal, although Larousse Gastronomique assures anxious eaters that,  “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour”.

Burns doesn’t call it the “Great Chieftain of the sausage race!” for nothing, Go Go’ers.

But here’s even  better news.  Whiskey is an equally important component of Robbie Burns night — and every other night, in Ms. Go Go’s opinion — and with multiple “wee drams” being drunk and Burns’s odes being orated and bagpipes being…piped, you’ll be nibbling haggis like a native.

So raise a glass to the man who wrote, “I sing the juice Scotch barley can make us.”

You’ll be singing the juice too. Guaranteed.

“…a Glass of Whiskey Punch With Honest Men”

“Spirit Guide” Pedro Shanahan and his crew make whiskey palace Seven Grand a fave destination whether celebration or no but Shanahan promises special revelry for “Bobby Burns Night”.   In addition to a a specially crafted Bobby Burns cocktail and a $5 Punch Special — bring some honest men to drink it with, natch — Shanahan is offering discount flights of Glenrothes Vintage Bottlings of ’98, ’94 and ’85 with “free education” until 8 p.m.

You always like to immerse yourself fully in your studies.

Shanahan will be conducting a reading of Burns poetry at 10 p.m. .and encourages eager orators to get in touch (Pedro@213downtown.la) if they want to take part.

After drinking all that Glenrothes, “Oh Whiskey! soul of plays and pranks!” should roll right off the tongue.

(BOBBY BURNS NIGHT – Wed, Jan 25; 5pm – 2 am — Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St, 2nd flr,DTLA, 90014, 213.614.0737.  For more deets: http://213nightlife.com/bobby-burns-night-at-seven-grand-wednesday-12512-2?id=January%2025th,%202012)

"Rabbie" says "See you at The Gorbals."

“You Make Good Food”

Whiskey is the “life of  public haunts” according to Burns and Chef Ilan Hall, second season Top Chef  winner, is definitely the life of  the party at The Gorbals,  his downtown haunt of  daringly delicious Jewish-Scottish fare that would undoubtedly have Burns crying, “O what a glorious sight!”

“House tunes and a piper” will set the mood — ably abetted by The Gorbals’ usual selection of whiskey, bourbon, and single malt scotch — and Hall is offering an a la carte “Burns supper” with entrees such as “Wilted Leek Pie” ($9) and “Acorn Fed Pork Sausage, Crispy Poached Egg” ($15).   Hall promises that “everyone will get some salty short bread at the end!”

Yay to that!

And if you want to start — or continue — your haggis education in spectacular fashion, start off your Burns supper with  “Haggis, Clapshot, Lagavulin Cream (for two, $27)”

Great chieftain of the sausage race, indeed.

(BURNS SUPPERWed, Jan 25, 6 pm – midnight501 So Spring St,  DTLA, 90013, 213.488.3408; For info/reservstions: http://thegorbalsla.com/)

We will take a cup of kindness yet....

“Give Her a Haggis!”

If you’re looking for more of a traditional Burns night, want to extend the celebration, or just “need” a reason to drink whiskey (as if)  — head to Pasadena  on SUNDAY, January 29th for Beckham Grill‘s “Robert Burns’ 253rd Bagpipe Birthday Celebration”.

Beckham Grill will be serving their regular dinner menu but diners can enjoy Cindi McIntosh on bagpipes — Ms. Go Go says give her a haggis! — as well a toast and slaying of the haggis by Dr. Neil Stewart McLeod.  (McLeod’s a Life Member President of the Los Angeles Burns Club so you know he’s got his haggis slaying down.)

The Burns brohaha is gratis and haggis is available “if you dare”.  Since Beckham Grill has a solid menu of single malt scotch, you’ll definitely want to take the plunge.

To quote the poet’s ode to “Scotch Drink”:

“…oiled by you,
The wheels of life go down hill, careering,
With rattling glee.”

What single malt does for wheels of life, it can definitely do for haggis.

(ROBERT BURNS’s 253RD BAGPIPE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSun, Jan 29th, 5 – 9pmBeckham Grill & Pub, 77 West Walnut Street,  Pasadena, 91103  Reservations: 626.796.3399, http://www.beckhamgrill.com/Events.html)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

That's a scary gnome, yo....

Go Go’ers, the above chant of Macbeth’s hags could certainly apply to Ms. Go Go’s recent months and consequent long absence.

But let’s use it as marching orders for this Dark Side of the Moon weekend., shall we?

Here’s how to get in double trouble every night.

Saturday, October 29th

Villains Tavern (1356 Palmetto St, LA 90031, 213.613.0766)

Downtown’s outdoor cathedral of cocktails has the weekend’s marathon witching hours.  The free night starts off young…at 1:00pm.  That’s eleven hours for:

— Frivolity (Costume Contest!  Tarot Card Reading!)

— Fine bands (12, including Icy Hot Club, Dustbowl Revival)

— Fancy drinkies (a.k.a. handcrafted punches)

— Freakshow Deluxe (Yeah, the guy sticks a needle through his skin.)

BONUS!  A beer bus takes you to the One-Eyed Gypsy, the carnival-themed sin-sister of Villains Tavern.

Oh to be a fly on that beer bus….

Urban DeathZombie Joe’s Underground   11pm/$15 (4850 Lankersham, North Hollywood, 91601, 818.202.4121)

Go Go’ers, Urban Death is not for the faint of heart, delicate of stomach, nor small of mind.  Think Grand Guignol/Haunted House tableaux…except instead of shuffling through a dark building, you’re trapped like a rat seated in a black-as-night theater.  Think lusty nuns, self-cannibalizing artists, things that slither past your foot. THIS is real Halloween horror, baby.

Ms. Go Go double-dares you.

Sunday, October 30th

Haunting your dreams.

5th Annual Haunted Halloween Festival – Out of the Box 6-8:30pm/$25 (6500 Hollywood Blvd LA 90028, 323.799.1374)

After all that racketing around and terrified sitting still, you will surely want to get out into the wide spooky world on Sunday.  Ms. Go Go isn’t sure who counts the ghoulies but Out of the Box Events claims Los Angeles is the 5th (or is it the 7th?) most haunted city in the U.S. of A. This scavenger hunt — but not a dweeby one — takes you on a tour to all of Hollywood’s haunted haute spots, including the (now-closed) speakeasy where the Black Dahlia drank the night she died.

Out of the Box urges you to join them for a drink after the tour.  You’ll want to do that.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Silent Film/Live Organ – Disney Hall  7:30pm/$38-$63.50 (Walt Disney Concert Hall, 11 South Grand Ave, LA 90012, 323.850.2000)

Sure, it’s a little pricey,Go Go’ers but figure you’re getting a movie AND a concert AND a Los Angeles icon at this one. Those in the know go for the cheap seats anyway.

You don’t want to be looking up Dr. Caligari’s nostrils, do you?  Ms. Go Go thought not.

Monday, October 31st

Seven’s Grand Devil’s Cut Halloween Party Free (515 W 7th St, 2nd Floor,LA 90014, 213.614.0735)

You drink cocktails, they'll eat your flesh.

It’s the Big Night and you could wander aimlessly around Hollywood Boulevard with the year-round Living Dead but if you prefer your animated corpses in kilts bearing whiskey — and really, who doesn’t? — head Downtown for a  creepy pub crawl culminating at the Seven Grand’s Devil’s Cut launch party.  All of Cedd Moses’s 213  gin joints will be zombified through the weekend and All Hallow’s Eve  and serving liquid courage/specialty punches for $5 a glass.

You always appreciate a booze bargain while fending off flesh eaters.

All Hallow’s Eve @ The Edison $25 – $40/8pm (108 W 2nd St, LA, 90012, 213.613.0000 – Call for table reservations)

It’s always a little bit eerie downing libations amidst The Edison’s Industrial Age graveyard — who knows what lurks beyond those hulking machines?  If you prefer a spooky-but-civilized All Souls Eve, choose this Downtown haunt for an elegantly ghoulish evening.  Tix are cheaper in advance/on line but if you show up at the door in your bone-chilling best, it’s only $30.  According to The Edison, “Gifted Eccentriques from across the Globe” will perform including Helios Jive and the Stilt Circus.

You always prefer your terror on the tall side.