Is This Your Last Chance To Get Up Close To The Hollywood Sign?
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com LA Beach Cities Blogger
This is what I call a “visit your local bar” weekend.
There’s not a lot of events happening here or around Los Angeles (unless you’ve got tickets to Coachella, of course) so go visit our local bars. Have you been to Tower 12? (Probably!) What is the Drink of the Week at Mermaid this week (note that Happy Hour now ends at 5 on weekends.) Slide into The Slip, where there’s live music this Friday and a new Kona beer on tap, get basic with beers and great burgers and lively bartenders at HBYC, pop into Pancho’s and see if Day After Daze puts you in a daze and make it an Endless Summer afternoon by going into the Shellback (where there’s a couple of Kona beers on tap!).
The most popular place to be this weekend in Los Angeles is not likely to be at an event or a bar. tho. It’s the Hollywood sign. The popular access road to hike up to it, Beachwood Drive, just closed to the public. So PubClub went researching how to get there and learned cops at the end of Beachwood Drive are directing people to the Griffith Park Observatory where you can take a half-mile walk or just see it from a great viewing platform.
Plus, Saturday is Earth Day!
WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK
It’s going to be gorgeous – sunny and not a cloud in the sky – all weekend with Saturday being hot, reaching up to 81 degrees. Yeah!
BEACH CITIES BEER & WINE FESTIVAL TICKETS UPDATE
More than 200 tickets sold the first day and only a few remain for this second annual don’t-miss-it event, put on by Smackfest Events! Here’s the link to get your tickets and do it to-day! Plus, the price goes up from $40 to $45 on April 25. And that’s IF any are left by that time.
SOCIAL MEDIA: #THENIGHTLIFECHAT THIS THURSDAY!
Do you like beach bars? In fact, how do definite a beach bar? These and other questions will be posted and answered by bloggers and social media influencers across the country Thursday afternoon as PubClub again hosts the popular Twitter chat, #TheNightlifeChat. The last chat generated 1,741,355 social media impressions, had 150 Tweets in less than an hour and was a trending topic on Twitter. Join the party – it’s free! – at 4:30 p.m. Just go onto Twitter and use that hashtag. To help you prepare, here are the questions in advance.
THURSDAY: 420 DAY
It’s just coincidence, folks! The 20th is also the unofficial National Pot Day, known as 420 Day, so named because a group of students who called themselves the Waldos at San Rafael High School in the Bay Area would meet up at 4:20 p.m., to smoke it up (by the school’s statue, no less). Eventually the time and then the date became kind of a national celebration for cannabis.
SATURDAY SUPER DIAMOND AT SAINT ROCKE & AND BASEBALL PRACTICE
• You don’t need to go all the way to Coachella to be entertained by live music, just go to Saint Rocke where Super Diamond is playing. Tickets are $30; starts at 9ish. Next Saturday, Graceband, the 12-piece Elvis Presley tribute band, takes the Saint Rocke stage. On Sunday the 30th, both Jeremy Buck AND Barley are there for afternoon shows starting at 2.
• Earlier on Saturday, the Los Angeles Vintage Base Ball League is holding an open practice. Get in a little ball before your beer drinking!
SUNDAY: SHADE ROOFTOP PARTY, AN LA ICONIC BAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY & STONEDFEST
• Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach is hosting a rooftop party on Sunday with cocktails and a DJ. Called the Aquadeck Pool Party, it goes from 1-7 p.m.
• The legendary Sunset Strip bar The Rainbow Room is holding its 45th anniversary party from 2-10 p.m. It’s in its parking lot and it has bands, including Quiet Riot. It’s free, with a two-drink minimum.
• Stonedfest is, well, pretty much the title explains it but there’s stages of bands and DJs all day, food trucks and “free dabs and joints,” east downtown L.A. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY… WEEKEND 2 AT COACHELLA
This massive music and arts festival is the biggest one in its 18-year history. It’s been expanded to include 25,000 more fans, up from its 99,000 last year. Latin and punk stages have been added tho some veterans are saying it’s too much and too big. It IS big, that’s for sure!
TRAVEL FEATURE: COFFEE WITH RATS IN SAN FRANCISCO?
Here’s your Party Report travel feature of the week. We all love going to San Francisco and probably don’t spend much time around Fisherman’s What and Pier 39, but you should sometime and here’s one weird attraction that’s popping up this summer. The Rat Cafe is just that – a cafe with actual rats! I know!!! It’s part of the San Francisco Dungeon attraction and you start your tour drinking coffee surrounded by live rats. (I noticed they also have beer, which might be a beer way to go if you ask me). The Dungeon is a dark and comical look at San Francisco’s history with actors acting our scenes and legendary chaacters. Here’s more:
That’s it for the PubClub South Bay Party Report. For this and more, to to PubClub.com, Where The South Bay – And The World! – Goes To Party!
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