The Let’s Go Disco & Cocktail Club
As the holidays come to a close, Los Angeles in January is showing no signs of slowing down. Noble 33 restaurant Casa Madera finally opens, plenty of your favorite bars and restaurants are serving up nonalcoholic and low ABV drinks for Dry January, there is a new dispensary on the Westside and more. See below for everything happening in Los Angeles this month.
From Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, The Macallan is taking over Carrera Cafe, transforming the space into an immersive whisky and coffee pop-up. The Macallan Harmony Café celebrates its new coffee-inspired limited edition whisky. At the pop-up, guests (21+) will be able to enjoy complimentary treats, branded lattes and food pairings, tastings of the new whisky and fun photo moments. RSVPs are now open. 8251 Melrose Ave 90046
On Jan. 22, Ardor at The West Hollywood Edition will launch Sunday brunch, which will be available noon to 3 p.m. From Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, diners can expect a menu that hones in on the restaurant’s vegetable-forward, hyper-local cuisine. Highlights include waffle-fried chicken, a brie and truffle omelet, a customizable Bloody Mary set, a latte with Japanese whiskey, turmeric, oat milk and honey and more. 9040 W Sunset Blvd 90069
On Jan. 27, the Los Angeles Bob Marley One Love Experience opens in Hollywood. Across 15,000 square feet, the multi-room exhibit features the entire Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Bob Marley Archive, including previously unseen photographs and rare memorabilia. Tickets are now available. 6801 Hollywood Blvd 90028
On Jan. 24, The Den on Sunset will launch happy hour, which will take place Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Highlights include $12 oysters, $11 Kennebec Potato Chips, $14 Grandma’s Meatballs, $21 Den Burger, $12 cocktails and more. 8226 Sunset Blvd 90046
On Jan. 15, the Fairmont Century Plaza was host to the Critics Choice Awards. But even with the ceremony now over, the hotel is the go-to place all awards season long. Guests staying at the hotel can opt for the Lights, Camera, Centura Plaza! package. It includes accommodations of your choice, a $100 food and beverage credit to Lumiere Brasserie and the award-winning Red Carpet Radiance Facial. Book now
As part of their chef-spotlighting series, chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne will host James Beard Award-winning chef April Bloomfield. Together, they will present an evening inspired by her cookbooks, A Girl and Her Pig and A Girl and Her Greens, for one night only on Jan. 29, 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations
On Jan. 23, The Hideaway in Beverly Hills will start serving up a special prix fixe lunch menu alongside its regular menu. Named “Uno, Dos, Tres,” it includes three courses plus a guacamole starter for $28. For the first course, choose between corn empanadas and wagyu beef tartare; for the second, your choice of fajitas or a hamburger and finish with churros or a margarita sorbet. 421 N Rodeo Dr 90210
Hotel June has teamed up with independent publishing house Parea Books and Bomb Vinho for a series of events inspired by Parea’s latest release, Jenna Matecki’s The Hours Before Dusk. The lineup kicks off on Jan. 29 with a creative journaling session coupled with conversation and pours of Spanish and Portuguese natural wines. Then, on Jan. 31, guests will be taken on an escape to Portugal via Bomb Vinho’s wine selections. Stay tuned for the final two events during the first week of February. Register
From 4 to 6 p.m., Hotel Per La hosts an Aperitivo Hour at its Per L’Ora Bar. The new nightly offering features classics and specials, including $13 specialty cocktails, $9-a-glass wines and zero-proof options, small plates and $14 negronis. 649 S Olive St 90017
The Grove and The Americana at Brand are celebrating Lunar New Year until Jan. 31. At either place, stop at Caruso Concierge to pick up a red envelope with exclusive offers. There is also 20% off at Nordstrom Bar Verde; a limited edition cupcake at Sprinkles at The Grove and Lunar New Year collections at Tory Burch and Sur La Table. On Jan. 29, don’t miss the New Year parade at The Americana from 2 to 5 p.m.
Negroni Bistro & Bar is now open. Marking its first West Coast restaurant and second U.S. location, the Buenos Aires-born establishment serves up a Negroni-centric cocktail menu and imaginative, classic dishes like Ceviche Carretillero, Maki Funghi, Nigiri Vieiras, Wagyu Truffle Burger and whole red snapper. 8022 W 3rd St 90048
On a recent episode of Hell’s Kitchen, Danny Trejo popped in to judge the competing chef’s takes on elevated tacos. Thanks to L.A.’s own chef Dafne Mejia, her team came out as winners and in celebration of the win, her Hellrizo Taco will be available at Trejo’s Tacos Hollywood location from Jan. 26 to Feb. 7. What’s more, Trejo and Mejia themselves will be celebrating the win at the Hollywood location on Jan. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. for a meet and greet alongside orders of Hellrizo Tacos. 1556 N Cahuenga Blvd 90028
For one night only, experience an immersive dining experience by Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, The Mascot Wines and Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow. On Jan. 28 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Jean-Georges, the hearth-centric dinner will present a family style, seasonally driven menu paired with exclusive vintage wines. Reservations are now open. 9850 Wilshire Blvd 90210
Chef Ray Garcia’s new bar menu is ideal for anyone looking for a quick bite before a show or after work. It features the likes of caviar bites, beef tartare and a “corndog” made of Spanish octopus, Aleppo yogurt and pickled cabbage. It’s all perfect to pair with bar director Chris Chernock’s reimagined takes on classic cocktails, like the Martini #3 (nikka coffey gin, vermouth, dolin genepy, dill, maitake mushroom rinse) and Ti Milk Punch (rhum Agricole, lime, pineapple, green tea, toasted coconut). Website
1 Hotel West Hollywood is opening its new spa the week of Jan. 23. At Bamford Wellness Spa, guests can choose from a menu of nourishing massages, facials and day offerings, in addition to skincare products, signature candles and other wellness products. It’s centered around a holistic approach based on a connection with nature and devoted to nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Website
BOA Steakhouse Manhattan Beach has launched new lunch and happy hour menus. Lunch offerings now include a wagyu smash burger, classic wedge salad, chilled gazpacho and more. Meanwhile, from 4 to 6 p.m., take a seat at the bar for happy hour deals like $14 cocktails, $10 glasses of wine and bites (truffle tots for $11, BOA Chop Chop for $17, etc.) Website
On Jan. 18, Caldo Verde continues its series that highlights chefs, restaurateurs and food connoisseurs that had an impact on chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne. This time, the evening is inspired by Phil Rosenthal’s Somebody Feed Phil The Book and the menu will feature The Holy Burger, grilled oyster mushrooms and more. Reservations
Every third Thursday of the month, Chao Krung Thai will serve a special tasting menu called Sum Rup. Taking place on the 19th for January’s round, the multi-course pre-fixe tasting menu presents a new take on classic Thai dishes. Reservations can be made by phone (323.939.8361) or on Resy.
From Jan. 21 to 28, celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Crustacean Beverly Hills and its Heaven & Earth Prosperity menu. The eight courses begin with a caviar egg and goes on to serve up a rabbit dumpling, roasted crab and garlic noodles and more. For a special night, join in on the Lunar New Year kickoff celebration on Jan. 21, which will include the eight-course menu and entertainment. Website
Cult Gaia is opening its first flagship location in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. Native to the city, the brand’s retail space will be on Melrose and is designed by Alexis Brown and Anno Mille. 8440 Melrose Ave.
Starting Jan. 27, Disneyland Resort is celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company. That night, an all-new nighttime spectacular, World of Color- One, will debut. The Disney California Adventure Park show will highlight the storytelling legacy created by Walt Disney. Tickets
The Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand will open its 20th store in California at Pasadena’s One Colorado on Jan. 20. The 1,000-plus-square-foot store features Gorjana’s most popular necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. 49 West Colorado Blvd 91105
Kendall's has added a bunch of new delicious options to the menu, including loaded fries with braised short rib, tomato and basil clams, vegan pasta and more. In addition, for brunch, you can now choose from french toast, a breakfast scramble or Kendall’s Breakfast Sandwich. The bar team also revamped its menu with the addition of non-alcoholic and classics alike. Highlights include the Eastside (made with Seedlip), 0% Spritz, the French 75 and an Amaretto Sour. Website
On Jan. 21, La La Land Kind Cafe opens at The Grove with a grand opening where guests can enjoy 50 percent off all food and beverages. More than a place for coffee and tea, the cafe is on a mission to normalize kindness and hires and mentors foster youth.
The Let’s Go Disco & Cocktail Club is now open in the Arts District. From Lee Zaremba and the team behind De La Nonna, the new bar is inspired by the late ‘70s and ‘80s Southern Italian discoteca. Drinks include the Garibaldi Spritz and the Fizz Italiano. Website
The Los Feliz Italian eatery is celebrating 15 years with you in mind. On Jan. 16, executive chef Brandon Boudet is whipping up a one-night-only $15 Monday Night Supper (usually $25). The three-course meal includes a green salad, beef braciola with parmesan polenta and warm chocolate cake with caramel and creme fraiche whipped cream. Then, from Jan. 17 to Jan. 22, Little Dom’s will offer a selection of its most popular cocktail and dish specials from the last decade and a half, like grilled chicken meatballs with black winter truffles and ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms, kale and porcini cream. Website
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch is now available at Luminarias. Menu highlights include beef birria empanadas, fried chicken and waffles, Peruvian ceviche, crab huevos rancheros, bottomless mimosas and more. Website
The Vinyl District country-rock bar is honoring the queen herself. For a second time, Desert Spot 5 will host a tribute night to Dolly Parton on Jan. 19 and 10 percent of sales from select specialty cocktails will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. There will be live performances by the house band and special guests, and guests are encouraged to dress like Dolly. 6516 Selma Ave 90028
Following a successful run in New York City, the interactive photo and film exhibition Not Another Second will be open for viewing at The Watermark at Westwood Village from Jan. 28 to June 29. It honors LGBT+ elders who have paved the way for a new generation to no longer hide who they are and features portraits by renowned photographer Karsten Thormaehlen. Tickets
The Koreatown neighborhood cafe is bringing back their Lunar New Year dinner set on Jan. 26. Available for limited dine-in or pick-up, the menu features roasted duck breast, duck fat fried rice, tres leches cake and more. Book
West Hollywood has a new decadent cocktail lounge from George Kotsiopoulos, Rob Novinger and Stevie Schestag. A tribute to the golden era of disco dens, Or Bar promises nights of elegant cocktails beneath its 22-foot chandelier made of 3,700 crystals. 8228 Santa Monica Blvd 90046
The Culver City restaurant wants you to stay warm. Developed by co-owner and executive chef Macks Collins, the new winter dishes include Cao Lau Pork, Chilled Sichuan Beef, Winter Chicory Salad, Miso Pork Jowl and more. See more
On Jan. 15, Runway Playa Vista will host a Lunar New Year community event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also, on Jan. 21, it will have the Creative Communal Artisan Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes 40 local makers, photo ops, live music, brunch and barbecue and is pet friendly.
Gabe Mollica is bringing his off-Broadway show, Solo, to The Yard Theater for two nights and Avital Ash will open both shops. The limited L.A. run takes place on Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.
On Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Country Club, Visionary Women welcomes Angelenos to a salon featuring Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson Drybar founder Alli Webb and moderated by CNBC senior media and tech correspondent Julia Boorstin. Proceeds from tickets go toward grants giving. Tickets
Chef Michael Beckman has revamped his menu. Highlighting adventurous flavors and locally sourced ingredients, highlights from the new Workshop Kitchen & Bar also menu includes Oxtail Cannelloni, Iberian Pork Secreto and Torte Medovik. Website
Starting Jan. 9, Alo Moves members have the chance to win $10,000, a year of Alo Moves and a personalized, mini workout from pilates expert Bianca Melas. To enter, commit to Alo Moves’ new year’s challenge of completing 10 classes in the challenge series before the month ends. Website
Birdie G’s is serving up even more drink on the NA and low ABV cocktail menu with drinks like Reaching for the Cosmos (Monday’s zero-alcohol “gin,” lemon, cranberry, rosemary, vanilla, splash of soda) Bird of Paradise (passion fruit, lemon, orgeat, honey, Abstinence’s Blood Orange Bittersweet “aperitif,” Monday’s “mezcal,” splash of soda”and more. You can also opt for NA wines including Leitz’s Eins Zwei Zero’s Sparkling Riesling and NON’s sparkling wines. Website
Noble 33 will debut its newest restaurant on Jan. 14. A coastal Mexican concept, Casa Madera will be located at the Mondrian Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip and will feature a seafood-focused offerings and interactive cocktail menu. Reservations are now open. 8440 Sunset Blvd 90069
In partnership with L.A.-based Optimist Drinks, the Culver Hotel is offering a special Dry January-inspired no/low cocktail menu. The three beverages are built upon Optimist Drink’s Bright expression (inspired by Venice Beach) and pair well with the hotel’s weekly Silent Movie Nights or live music. Choose from the Cucumber Cooler, Bright New Year and Pear Affari. Website
The Katy Perry co-founded non-alcoholic sparkling apéritifs brand, De Soi, and Boisson have teamed up for an exclusive Dry January bundle and sweepstakes. The limited-time bundle ($99), now available, includes two gold-rimmed, double-walled stemless wine glasses, a silk scarf and one 750 mL bottle each of De Soi’s three signature sparkling apéritifs. Then, between Jan. 9 and 31, keep your eye out on the De Soi nad Boisson Instagram pages to learn how to enter to win a trip to Las Vegas to see Katy perform. Website
In addition to Esters’ non-alcoholic takes on classic Penicillins and French 75s, the Santa Monica wine shop and bar is now offering the Herbal Remedy (rosemary syrup, fresh lemon juice, Cleans’s NA “gin”) and the Ghia Gimlet (Ghia Ginger, sage syrup, fresh lime juice). Also, on Jan. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m., Esters’ weekly wine tasting will be Dry January themed. Sommelier Randall Middleton will be serving three different non-alcoholic wines from Proxies, bar manager Jonah Atkins will be mixing up mocktails and spritzes and reps from Proxies and Ghia will be on hand to share more about their drinks Reservations. Then, on Jan. 25, don’t miss the first guest chef pop-up of 2023. Chefs Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva (formerly of sister spot Rustic Canyon) will bring a variety of dishes from their Mexican and Jewish-inspired pop-up, Malli. Reservations
FORT:LA (Friends of Residential Treasures Los Angeles), the nonprofit dedicated to preserving architecturally significant residences in Los Angeles, is kicking off 2023 with Raphael S. Soriano and the Evolution of the Industrial Age. This trail highlights one house from each decade in which Soriano pioneered new design and construction possibilities: 1930s international style, 1940s wood, 1950s steel and 1960s aluminum. Angelenos are encouraged to drive to each location to see how the style of homes evolved from the ‘30s to the ‘60s. Also, on Jan. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., FORT founder Russell Brown, design writer Frances Anderton and architect Wolfgang Wegener will host a panel about Soriano. Admission is free, but you must RSVP to [email protected]. Website
Directed by Christ Eckert, The Completely Different Late Show returns to The Groundlings Theatre & School. The 80-minute sketch and improv experience is every Friday at 9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 6 and features the main company. If you’re looking for an earlier show, opt for Lights Up. The limited-run improv show (Jan. 6-28) is every Friday and Saturday and starts at 7:30. Tickets
On Jan. 28, Highway Cannabis Company will celebrate the grand opening of its first flagship store. The all-day block party is open to the community for a day of live music, brand activations, food trucks and more from 1 to 10 p.m. 13452 Washington Blvd
For the month of January, Irv’s Burgers is serving the “Just a Well-Made Cheeseburger For You” in honor of the Searchlight Pictures film The Menu. A tribute to Anya Taylor-Joy’s unforgettable performance, the special includes a burger made of Irv's sesame bun, two 3 oz. patties, American cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce and, as fans of the movies would expect, crinkle cut fries. You can order it at the West Hollywood location or on Postmates and UberEats. 7988 Santa Monica Blvd 90046
On Jan. 14, The Music Center will host an impressive lineup of special performances in honor of A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and features Dionne Warwick, Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, Morgan James, Nova Payton, Paul Rodgers, Joe Sumner, Sheryl Crow and Sting. Tickets
Watch the big game just 10 minutes from all the action at SoFi Stadium! Typically not open on Mondays, The Proud Bird is specially opening up from 3 to 9 p.m. for college football fans to watch the championship and feast on $10 food specials (BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders & Waffle Fries or Build-Your-Own Pizza), which nicely pair with happy hour specials ($5 Bud Light Draft, $7 Craft Draft Beers, $8 Aviation Cocktails on Tap, $18 Bud Light Pitcher or $24 Craft Beer Pitcher). If you’re closer to El Segundo, opt for Rock & Brews. Its menu has endless game day eats (wings, Bavarian pretzels, nachos, etc.), signature cocktails and craft beers, big-screen TVs and a vast open-air patio with large tables.
Piccalilli has whipped up four mocktail concoctions just in time for Dry January: Preserved Persimmon + Tonic, Yoo-Hunan, the Coconut Kiwi Lassi, and the Persimmon Highball. For those looking for refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, Piccalilli also offers the Farmer’s Market Smash and Passionfruit Lemonade. Website
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