If you’re like me, you stress out about what to do for Halloween. What are you going to wear? Where are you going to go? Is it going to be a scene? Hopefully this list will help you out. It’s stuff more my speed, and hopefully yours. Great drinking and not too scene-y. Happy Halloween!
Ray’s and Stark Bar is going whole hog, or at least just whole hog head, for its Halloween celebration. The party’s focus is a deep-fried stuffed hog’s head which will be carved with a chainsaw by Executive Chef Kris Morningstar. Carving begins at 9pm. Revelers are invited to come dressed in costume with the winner of the “Wurst Costume Ever” contest winning a “special prize.” Cocktail specials include a Dragon’s Tail with blended scotch, allspice dram, lime and bitters and The Blood-Sucking Brady Bunch with rum, calvados, velvet falernum, lemon juice and Angostura ($7 each). Bottled beer is $5 and wine is $6. If you want to stick around for the assorted wurst plates, you can either do $25 for all you can eat or $9 to $12 for individual small plates. Reservations: (323) 857-6780.
Celebrate Halloween on Saturday the 26th at one of LA’s haunted bars! Costumed revelers will get treated to pumpkin punchbowls, Jell-o shots, trivia, a costume contest and more. If you actually spot a ghost? Bonus!
Vintage Enoteca is taking you back to your childhood for October 30 and 31 by pairing all your old favorite candies with wine! Wonder which vino could possibly go with Pop Rocks or Nerds for that matter? Check out their pairings:
- Runts & Nerds with Verdejo: Buil and Gine “Nosis,” Rueda, Spain, 2011
- Tootsie Rolls & Charleston Chews with Tempranillo: Bodegas Saenz de Santamaria Crianza Rondan, Rioja, Spain, 2009
- Chunky & Heath Bars with Primitivo: Vini Menhir “Primo,” Puglia, Italy, 2010
- Pop Rocks & Good & Plentys with Brut Rose: Pascal Bellier “Reverie” NV, Loire Valley, France
It’s $30 a person and gets you 2.5-ounce pours of each wine and your own bowl of candy.
Now, if you’d rather have beer paired with your Halloween candy, certified cicerone Alex P. Davis will be pairing four Epic Brewing beers with classic Halloween candy on the 31st. Dress up in your costume and enjoy brews like Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, AleSmith Evil Dead Red, Dogfish Head Punkin and TAPS Pumpkin Ale.
Celebrate your favorite famous lush by dressing like them at this unique costume party. Ernest Hemingway? Judy Garland? There will be a DJ, food truck and, I’m hoping, ghoulish karaoke! Special beer cocktails will priced at $8.
- Hell Raiser: Harvest Blue Moon, maple syrup, rye
- Evelyn Waugh’s Noonday Reviver: Guinness, Blue Coat gin, ginger beer
- The Batmobile: Beluga vodka, mixed berry puree, Peroni beer
By the time you get through with 213’s zombie bar crawl, you’ll no doubt end up like the walking dead. The Halloween crawl will have you ambling through downtown bars Seven Grand, Cana, Las Perlas, Broadway Bar, Cole’s, Golden Gopher, Casey’s, Tony’s, 4100 Bar and even the brand-new hotspot Honeycut. All zombies get $5 punch. A special Instagram contest gives you a chance at winning $666 (1st place), $666 in free drinks (2nd place) or $66.60 in free drinks (3rd place). All you have to do is Instagram as many photos of you (costumed of course) with a bartender (behind you is good enough) as possible with “#213ZombieCrawl.” Those who make it to the most bars gain entry into the costume contest.
If you’re looking for a sexy time, Acabar is the place to be on Halloween night. They’re actually partnering with the adult store Pleasure Chest, who will be giving out goody bags filled with “sexy treats” to the first 50 guests. It’ll be an evening of naughty bites of porn bread, “eat me” veggies, “Bondage Bird” chicken skewers and something called “Crispy Glory Hole Beignets.” Um, heh. Naturally there will be a cocktail by mixologists Josh Goldman and Julian Cox; The Cosby Sweater with vodka, pomegranate and lime. For entertainment there’s a dj, stilt walkers, fire dancers and an interactive performance.
Pour Vous’ Halloween masked spectacle will not only feature aerial and pyro burlesque but free cocktails complements of Pernod Ricard! Here’s the list which is based on classics:
- Death in the Afternoon: Perrier Jouet Champagne, Pernod Absinthe
- **Corpse Reviver #2: **Beefeater Gin, Cointreau, Lillet, lemon juice, Pernod absinthe
- 6′ Under Fashioned: Jameson 6, sugar, Angostura bitters, rhubarb bitters, orange twist
- **Phantom Collins: **Absolut Elix Vodka, lemon juice, turbinado syrup, soda water
- **Monster Mash: **Altos Tequila, Fresh Lime juice, Agave Nectar, Mezcal, Jalapeño
There’s no cover charge but you need to make a reservation and don’t forget your mask!