Free-Flowing Cocktails & Conversations In Downtown L.A.
I knew this was going to be a PubClub.com type of event when I took a mere three steps into the venue and someone handed me a cocktail.
Then I met one of the organizers and when I inquired about the structure of the event, if there was any type of program, she responded, “Well, first we have some drinks. Then we make an announcement.
“Then we have more drinks!”
These, I said, are my kind of people.
I was at the Time Out Los Angeles Bar Awards, which recognized seven L.A. nightspots for various alcohol achievements (Best New Bar, Best Cocktail, etc.). It was held at a gorgeous old theater in downtown Los Angeles next to the Ace Hotel.
There were high walls, sculptures and incredible artwork on the walls and ceilings. It was all very European; I did not know we had such buildings in Los Angeles.
And the cocktails! There was an open bar where you could get pretty much anything you wanted, including three speciality drinks, one with bourbon, one with vodka and another with wine.
Hundreds of people were at the event, all smiling, laughing and quick to start a conversation. It was all very impressive. And so, too, were the Time Out people – all so friendly they made me feel as if we have been good friends for years, tho we just met that night.
This was a ticketed event and it turns out that Time Out hosts events on a regular basis. PubClub will be posting a schedule and certainly attending more of them in the future and I highly recommend you check them out, as well.
After the event, my friend and I checked out the rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel. It was great – a fire pit, chairs, even a small pool, all with a view of the Los Angeles skyline. We don’t get this where we live in the Los Angeles South Bay, so it was quite a treat.
The evening took somewhat of a humorous turn when we learned that Mondays at the Ace Hotel rooftop bar are apparently gays night; we don’t get that in the South Bay either!
It took us a while to catch onto this, but we had several nice conversations with people and my friend and I quickly agreed that it’s always healthy and refreshing to expand one’s horizons.
Especially after several cocktails. Thanks Time Out Los Angeles – see you at the next event!