2833 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Price: $65 for each 3 hour class
Hours: See class schedule for available times
Hip Cooks proves that cooking for one or one hundred doesn’t have to be intimidating. Everyone from beginners to epicures will appreciate the Hip Chef’s recipes and use of organic products. Classes usually run between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m., all equipment is supplied, and private classes are available. The best part: enjoy dinner and wine after your masterpiece is done. If you’re attending with your significant other, check out the romantic dinner for two, II class. You and your loved one will see sparks fly when you co-create caldeirada, a Portugese seafood stew, and then finish the night off sharing a homemade chocolate souffle. Or, if you’re planning a bachelor/bachelorette party and want to stray away from the nightclub scene, try the other romantic dinner for two class. This one is geared toward those looking to learn how to impress and surprise their better halves with a homecooked meal. Guys who spend their bachelor parties learning to cook for their fiances instead of hitting a gentlemen’s club are guaranteed to score some brownie points.
Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre
3604 Holdredge Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Price: Drop-in classes $20/hr, see website for tuition rates for weekly sessions
Have you always been fascinated by circus performers? Hone your craft with the best at the Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre. The aerial arts courses not only provide for a spectacular show, but it can also be an exciting workout. If walking a tightrope isn’t your bag, stop in to see an amazing performance. The theatre provides entertainment in the form of anything from student cabaret to comedy to circus performances. Click here for upcoming show times.
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Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Price: $10 per class, $5 of which goes toward the purchase of a Beginner’s Equipment Kit (optional)
Hours: Sundays at 5 pm
If you enjoy a frosty glass of brew or a full-bodied glass of wine, why not learn how to make your own? Imagine how impressed your friends will be when you pour a pint of your own blend at your next barbecue, or pair the fruit of your vines with tapas at your next dinner party. The Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply offers an online tutorial on the how-to’s of the home brew, but for $10, you can get valuable hands-on advising from the pros. Buying your own brewing equipment can be costly, so this fun activity is a great way to make sure you’re really into brewing before investing in what you’ll need, plus it offers a unique night out to try something new.
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The Rooftop Bar at The Standard Hotel
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Price: Contact the Rooftop Bar on the night you wish to visit for cover charge information n
For some, a night out in Los Angeles requires a little glamour – and glamour is what you get at The Standard Hotel. The quirky-chic hotel with the inverted marquee is known to offer the hottest nightspots, with both Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood locations. The crimson-hued rooftop features a heated pool, dance floor, vibrating waterbeds and a grassy knoll. You won’t find more breathtaking views of the city, which is why The Rooftop Bar succeeds in turning an ordinary bar experience into a unique night out, Los Angeles style.
The Dinner Detective
Located at the Culver Jazz Club inside the Doubletree Hotel
6161 W. Centinela Avenue
Culver City, CA 90301
Price: Staring at $62.95 per person, includes four-course dinner
Hours: Showtime starts promptly at 6:30 pm, with requested arrival at 6:15 pm
Let your inner sleuth shine through with the Dinner Detective. Whether you fancy yourself an expert TV crime scene investigator or finding Waldo as a kid was one of the biggest thrills you can remember, the Dinner Detective is the next rung on your crime-fighter career ladder. Downright fun, The Dinner Detective seats you at a table with people who may be fellow diners or the culprits responsible for the crime. It’s up to you to find out who you can trust, or who you should finger for the crime in this comedic adventure. Even if you don’t solve the crime (there is a prize for the top sleuth), you are sure to have a ton of laughs and a great dinner. It’s a win-win night all around.