This Weekend: Help Haiti, Milkshake Madness, GR Arty Party

— by Caroline on Crack

I’m out of town this weekend but here are some fun things for you to do. And remember, DineLA starts on Sunday so make your ressies if you haven’t already.

Thursday, January 21

Borracho Cantina Soft Opening
Tony is now a drunk. The restaurant formerly known as Tony’s Steakhouse has been transformed into Mexican restaurant, Borracho (aka drunk) Cantina. It’s got two happy hours at 3-6pm and 10pm-1am and apparently there’s a “secret society” where drinking a shot of every label in stock scores you a personalized shot glass and access to private tastings. The soft opening is tonight with the official one tomorrow but you can also check it out for DineLA — $16 lunch, $26 dinner.

  • Borracho Cantina, 8570 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (map). (310) 289-8809.

Giant Robot Biennale 2 Closing Reception
Free drinks, music and art. You won’t want to miss the closing reception of the art show that celebrates 15 years of Giant Robot. Here, you’ll actually get to chat with some of the artists who participated in the show as well as enjoy the works of Jeff Soto, James Jean and Theo Ellsworth. Get your groove on to musical guest, The Binges and DJ Puffs and mmm, free refreshments!

Friday, January 22

Wally’s Wine Spanish Wine Sale
Only one week left when you can get 20% off the wine store’s entire Spanish wine selection. Score a bottle of 2007 El Nido Clio for $43.99 (regular $54.99) or if that’s too pricey for you, there’s always the 2006 Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco, #71 in Wine Spectator’s 2009 Top 100, for $11.19.

  • Sale thru 1/29. Wally’s Wine, 2107 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (310) 475-0606.

Saturday, January 23

20+ Food Trucks at TLofts for Haiti Relief Plus Other Food Events
For the first time ever, over 20 food trucks will be docked in one place at the same time, all for a good cause: the Red Cross International Response Fund relief efforts for Haiti. For this one special day you’ll get to go on a smorgasbord of mobile treats from the likes of the Buttermilk Truck, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Nom Nom, Fishlips Sushi and Barbie?s Q to name but a few. For the Twitter list of which trucks are participating, click here. For other Haiti relief restaurant events, check here. And fyi the Fig will be donating all wine proceeds generated on Friday and Saturday to Share Our Strength, for Haiti.

  • 11am-4pm. 11500 Tennessee Avenue, West LA (map).

Sunday, January 24

BLD’s Milkshake Madness
Blah! I keep having to miss these! Every month BLD’s Pastry Chef Mariah Swan creates these yummy milkshakes. You can get them spiked with a little sumthin-sumthin or not. This Sunday’s beauties will be Winter Spiced Chocolate with Bailey?s Irish Cream, Maple Walnut with Jack Daniel?s or Maker?s Mark (Man! that sounds awesome), Caramel with Sauza or Don Julio Tequila, Graham Cracker with Crème de Cacao and Dreamsicle with Crème de Cassis. Sigh.

  • BLD, 7450 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (323) 930-9744.