A night out on the town should be filled with good food, great entertainment and as little time possible in Los Angeles traffic. The City of Angels has a rich history of supper clubs that have become an intricate part of the iconic Hollywood scene. Today, Los Angeles’ music and dinner venues offer a variety of genres and gourmet cuisine that provide one-stop entertainment spots perfect for any night of the week. These are the best places to catch dinner and a concert in the city.
Show at Barre at The Rockwell Table & Stage
1714 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Prices: $20 to $40 tickets excluding dinner
When you step into the Show at Barre, you immediately feel the eclectic, artistic atmosphere. It’s worth the last-minute decision to catch the venue’s original “For the Record: Scorsese” show, which features a concert of Scorsese’s films performed by well-known theater, music and film actors. On Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, see musical performances from Scorsese’s “GoodFellas,” “The Departed,” “Gangs Of New York” and “Casino.” The Show at the Barre’s dinner menu is full service, including mouth-watering entrees such as grilled lamb merguez, seared pancetta-wrapped diver scallops, veggie burger and grilled lamb salad. Reservations are encouraged.
PIPS on La Brea
1356 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Price: less than $30
The jazz music scene at PIPS on La Brea will have you snapping your fingers and playing an air saxophone, while at the same time dining on authentic Italian cuisine. On Sundays, jazz fans may enjoy the Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch, which features the slow rhythm of Cal Bennet, delicious food and traditional brunch mimosas. PIPS on La Brea recently debuted a new menu of pizzas, pastas and salads that have earned praise from jazz lovers and foodies alike. Reservations may be made online through Open Table or by calling the restaurant.
Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Dinner reservations: (213) 488-9488
Showtimes and Tickets: (877) 463-7773
Price: $20 pre-sale/$30 at the door
On Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m., don’t miss out on the smooth sounds of The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra at Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club. A signature venue of old-style Hollywood, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club takes you back in time to the 1930s when supper clubs were swinging every night of the week. To ensure the vintage ambiance, the Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club has a strict dress code (men are required to wear a coat and tie, and women wear cocktail dresses). Located in the Art Deco Oviatt building in downtown Los Angeles, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is the perfect spot for fine dining, music and nostalgia.
Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
Price: $31 to $50
The brainchild of seven-time Grammy winner Herb Albert, Vibrato Grill Jazz … etc. blends the rich elements of world-renowned jazz, art and gourmet cuisine for an evening to remember. The restaurant is owned by Pasadena’s Smith Brothers Restaurant group (Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House and Smitty’s Grill) and serves an exquisite menu of American contemporary dishes. Must tries include the dessert menu’s warm bittersweet chocolate truffle cake, chocolate glazed butterscotch pudding, caramel apple pie and Meyer lemon tart. Located at the top of Mulholland Drive and Beverly Glen Circle, Vibrato Grill Jazz … etc.’s sophisticated jazz sounds and the deliciously fragrant food will lure you in from all over the city.
La Fonda Supper Club
2501 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Price: $25 minimum per person (either food or beverage)
It is difficult to find the combination of authentic Mexican food and Mexican-style music, but La Fonda Supper Club does both extremely well. Right now, the supper club hosts the Mariachi Los Reyes every week from Thursday to Sunday. The Mariachi Los Reyes shows are for both dinner and Sunday brunch, making them perfect for your whole family. Running approximately one hour, the Mariachi Los Reyes showcase offers a wide variety of food in the lounge featuring appetizers, dessert and a wide selection of liquor for your drinking pleasure. The restaurant has a full-service menu with something to eat for everyone in your party. Both menus highlight Mexican cuisine.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.