This Weekend: Anejo Manhattans, Free Vodka, Hangover Brunch

— by Caroline on Crack


A trailer for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. Looks good!

Lots going on this weekend, most involve drinking. Yay!

Thursday, March 26

Westside Tavern Opens
Finally! This place is open! Remember talk of it opening in time for the holidays last year? Anyhoo, I’ll let that go. I’m just looking forward to the $9 Sazeracs, Sidecars and what’s this? An Anejo Manhattan with a salami-wrapped cherry? There’s also California comfort food for nosh like a burrata mozzarella BLT and baked artichoke and Fontina dip. Craft beer fans will also dig their selection ($5 per pint).

  • Opens today at 5pm. 10850 W. Pico Boulevard, West L.A. (map). (310) 470-1539.

Free Vodka at Puma and FoundTrack’s Thursdays at the R-Bar
DJs, art and a complimentary cocktail hour at your favorite K-Town bar and all for free! Thanks to the fine, fabulous folks at Puma and FoundTrack. However, you do need a password to get in. The German founder of Puma is the key, Rudi Dassler. Free Siku Vodka from 9 to 10pm.

  • 9pm. Free. R-Bar, 3331 W. 8th Street, Koreatown (map). (213) 387-7227.

Friday, March 27

Cocktails in Historic Places: The Kress
Party it up at one of the hottest clubs in L.A. the way it was meant to be done: in Art Deco glitz. The Art Deco Society is celebrating The Kress, which was built in 1934 as a department store but showcases a marble stairway, an ornate Italianate ceiling and a gorgeous Art Deco façade. It’s no host cocktails so no reservations required. Just show up in your Art Deco style before the nightclubbers do. There will also be a tour if you show up on time.

  • 6-8pm. The Kress, Mezzanine level, 6608 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map).

Saturday, March 28

New Red Eye Brunch Kicks Off at Rush Street
After that night of drinking you don’t want a stack of fluffy pancakes, you want something hearty for your hangover, right? Rush Street hears you and is kicking off its special weekend brunch for ye of mighty headache. A Beenadick sandwich (hot coppa, fried egg, arugala, roasted tomato, red onion & sambal hollandaise) will cure what ails you and if that doesn’t do it, the Red Eye Cure All (Stella Artois, tomato juice and tabasco) and Bloody Mary Bar certainly will. The best part is that all menu items are under 10 bucks!

  • Saturdays and Sundays. Rush Street, 9546 Washington Boulevard, Culver City (map). (310) 837-9546.

Sunday, March 29

Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash
Want some shopping fun without the guilt? Check out the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash in MDR where you can score 80% off designer goods by Ella Moss, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg to name but a few. VIP tickets are sold 2-for-1 for $20 or you can buy a VIP ticket on Goldstar for $9.50 (including the service fee) and get early entry, a gift bag ($30 value) and spa services.

  • General Admission ($3 cash at door) entry 11:30am, VIP (2-for-1 $20 or $9.50 on Goldstar) entry 10am. Marina Del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey (map).

Free Live Music at Pitcher Perfect Sundays at the Viper Room
Another FREE event! This one with live bands! Plus cheap pitchers of beer to keep you well hydrated, er, inebriated, during all that rocking out. This week’s event will feature the musical stylings of The Wingmen, Love and a .38, Her Skeleton, Culture Killers, Against All Will.

  • 8:30pm. Free. The Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (map). (310)358-1880.