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Best Of LA: Week Of June 23

June 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Island Packers)

(credit: Island Packers)

(credit: Tony's Darts Away)

(credit: Tony’s Darts Away)


Celebrate late summer nights with a great variety of evening opportunities this week in Los Angeles. Sample libations in honor of your favorite old-school television shows or to cheer on your team in the FIFA World Cup. The harvest of the sea is calling, with numerous local restaurants serving up an amazing array of fresh seafood. And don’t miss date night: your ticket to a magical and hypnotic evening is ready now at the Pantages Theatre.
(credit: Shutters on the Beach)

(credit: Shutters on the Beach)


Monday, June 23

Coast Café & Beach Bar
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 587-1707
www.shuttersonthebeach.com

To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup, you don’t have to hop on a plane to Rio. Instead, stay local and visit Coast Café at Shutters On The Beach in Santa Monica as they celebrate their “World Cup of Wine” menu, which you can enjoy while watching the games in their Beach Bar. This special wine menu represents each participating country in the games; as the teams are eliminated, so are the wine offerings for that country! Now that’s another reason to root for your favorite team.

(credit: Tony's Darts Away)

(credit: Tony’s Darts Away)


Tuesday, June 24

Beers + Books
Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 253-1710
www.tonysda.com

Mitch Steele, the brewmaster from Stone Brewing, will be joining the re-launch of Tony’s Darts Away’s Beers and Books series, and they are celebrating with a special flight of Stone beers for the occasion. Join the fun from 6-9pm to have Mitch’s latest book signed (“IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of India Pale Ale”) or just enjoy the great selection of brand new beers on tap.

(credit: Messhall Kitchen)

(credit: Messhall Kitchen)


Wednesday, June 25

Girls Night Out/ Guys Night Out
Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
www.messhallkitchen.com/

Messhall Kitchen’s Barman Ben Scott is serving up a great summer drink menu in honor of one of his favorite classic TV shows, “The A Team,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Try B.A. Baracus, a massive punch bowl sized drink for four featuring a variety of rums. Murdoch’s Revenge features muddled (because he was) peaches and basil, rum, fresh lime, amontillado sherry, and orgeat (an almond syrup). Additional drink offerings include Faceman and Hannibal’s Plan.

(credit: San Diego Safari Park)

(credit: San Diego Safari Park)


Butterfly Pavilion
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466
www.nhm.org/

Looking for a daily escape? For just a small entrance fee you can enjoy the beautiful sights of butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. See them in their natural habitat in the Nature Gardens and revel in their beauty!

(credit: Fishing with Dynamite)

(credit: Fishing with Dynamite)


Thursday, June 26

Fishing with Dynamite
Fishing with Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
(310) 893-6299
www.eatfwd.com

This Thursday, take advantage of the seasonal bounty of the sea as you enjoy Fishing With Dynamite’s chilled shellfish platters and raw bar. Choose from the SS Minnow, The Queen Mary, and the Mothershucker as you enjoy massive portions of Maine lobster, oysters, king crab, shrimp and more served with their tasty Yuzu Koshu Mayo, Saffron Aiolo and Remoulade sauces.

(credit: Joan Marcus 2013)

(credit: Joan Marcus 2013)


Friday, June 27

“Ghost the Musical”
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.HollywoodPantages.com

With a limited three-week engagement in Los Angeles, “Ghost the Musical” recreates the timeless fantasy of a love relationship caught quite literally in between life and death. Based on the successful 1990 film “Ghost,” impressive special effects and illusions make this beautiful musical, directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus, an even more remarkable feat. The show, which runs from June 27th through July 13th features an original score from multiple Grammy Award winners including Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and more. The musical follows Sam and Molly, a couple in love until Sam’s death. In between worlds, Sam refues to let go and is desperate to communicate with Molly as he learns she is in danger. Nominated for three Tony Awards, you won’t want to miss this limited event.

(credit: Island Packers)

(credit: Island Packers)


Saturday, June 28

Blues with Blue Stew Trio Dinner Cruise
Island Packers
1691 Spinnaker Dr. #105B
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-1393
www.islandpackers.com

On Saturday, join Island Packers for a dinner cruise, live entertainment, and stunning California coastal views. This month’s theme focuses on the Blues so you’ll enjoy listening to sophisticated Blues music while sampling food and drinks from Anacapa Brewing Company. Start your evening with an Asiago Cheese dip with vegetables and homemade beer bread, enjoy a Bruschetta chicken breast, and finish with a scrumptious crème brulee.

(credit: Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar)

(credit: Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar)


Sunday, June 29

Brunch at Malibu Pier
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8820
www.malibupierrestaurant.com

Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar is officially open, and you can celebrate with an ocean view brunch to finish off the month of June. The highly anticipated restaurant boasts breathtaking views of the Malibu coastline, and Executive Chef Jason Fullilove has worked overtime preparing a splurge-worthy brunch that will match your expectations. Sample selections including House Smoked Salmon Benedict, Yellowfin Tuna, a California Sea Bass Crudo, Fennel Salad (served with Chioggia beets, watercress, California navel orange, and Humboldt fog cheese), and a Tuna Burger served with Yuzu kosho aioli, pickled ginger, and diakon sprout on a brioche bun.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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