This Weekend: New Cocktail Menus Abound, Wine Riot, Boozy Hunt

— by Caroline on Crack

Sorry, Eastsiders. I don’t know how but this turned into a primarily Westside weekend roundup. Is it enough to get you to finally come to our side of town?

Thursday, March 24

New Cocktail Menu by Death & Co Guys at Rosa Mexicano
Alex Day and David Kaplan of Proprietors LLC and formerly of Death & Co. in New York strike again. If you loved what they did for Bar & Kitchen in the O Hotel, you’ll love their revamp of this downtown restaurant’s cocktail menu — beer cocktails, stirred, shaken. Way to make the previously meh list mo betta, boys!

  • Rosa Mexicano, 800 W Olympic Boulevard, Downtown (map).

Tiny Bandit Sample Sale at Malo
If the 50-75% discounts off clothes aren’t enough to entice you to this sample sale maybe the DJs, $3 tacos and happy hour drink prices til 10pm are.

  • 5-10pm. Malo, 4326 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (323) 664-1011.

Wells4Wells Happy Hour at Mom’s Bar
Wells4Wells has a fun strategy for raising $5,500 to build a well at a school in Africa: throw a series of happy hours across the country. The LA event will feature free apps (while supplies last), raffle prizes and food trucks, which includes Manila Machine. The Filipino food truck will date $1 from every chicken adobo to the charity, while the bar is donating 15% of everything purchased from 6-9pm.

  • 6-9pm. Mom’s Bar & Lounge, 12238 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (310) 820-MOMS.

Friday, March 25

Michael’s Farm to Glass Cocktail Menu Debuts
Sounds like the Westside just got yet another reason for cocktail enthusiasts to cross the 405 border from the Eastside: farmer’s market fresh cocktails concocted by Jason Robey of Bar & Kitchen and Les Deux Estate. The cocktail menu ($12 a drink) goes crazy with produce, like the Karai Karai with jalapeno/red bell pepper simple, lemon, cilantro, jalapeno, grapefruit, chipotle Tabasco and Yamasaki 12-year single malt. That’s a lot of ingredients. There are also bar bites like $8 sage and lemon popcorn and a slider duo with foie gras and Wagyu beef.

  • Michael’s, 1147 Third Street, Santa Monica (map). (310) 451-0843.

Second Glass Wine Riot
This wine event at the Santa Monica Place sounds perfect for the younger generation of wine drinkers. Rock out to DJ Andie Cassette while sipping and sampling over 250 wines from all over the world. Each day of the two-day event will also feature 20-minute “Crash Courses” like “Riesling Rocks” and “Price Whore No More” so you can learn and stuff. Afterward, flash your Wine Riot ticket at participating SaMo Place restaurants to score discounts. BTW a $1 of every ticket purchased goes to 826LA.

  • Friday-Saturday. Santa Monica Place, 315 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica (map).

Saturday, March 26

Booze Clues Santa Monica Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt
When pub crawling, the most activity I’d be willing to do is walk three or four blocks to the next pub. But this particular boozy event sounds like a lot of fun. The spirited scavenger hunt will have you searching for clues and challenges at four bars on Main Street in Santa Monica. Motivating you to move on to the next bar challenge, as if you need a reason? A free drink at each of the destinations.

  • 3:30pm. $40 single, $140 group of 4. World Cafe, 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica (map).