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  • 01
    Admit it: you learned a ton of valuable stuff in college, from how to flip a plastic cup with a single finger, to how to throw a ping pong ball into that same cup from, like, 10ft away. Helping you finally put all of your valuable college learning to use: this Saturday's LA Beer Olympics, an annual, open-to-the-public drink-lympiad orchestrated by the Angel City Derby Girls

    Here's how it works: six-person teams with matching uniforms and pun-filled names honoring their country of choice (Bongjour!) compete in college-style drinking games, all of which're kept secret, but'll probably include classics like beer pong and flip-cup, and classics-if-you-went-to-ASU like a drinking relay race with wheel-barrows and bat-spins

    There're trophies for the winning team, plus -- to keep things legit -- there're also referees, who can serve up infractions with a yellow card (chug a beer or be disqualified), or a red card (have a shot of cheap whiskey or be disqualified), as well as a chugging penalty for any team with someone who says they can't drink anymore, even after you prod them to give it the ol' college try.
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      Admit it: you learned a ton of valuable stuff in college, from how to flip a plastic cup with a single finger, to how to throw a ping pong ball into that same cup from, like, 10ft away. Helping you finally put all of your valuable college learning to use: this Saturday's LA Beer Olympics, an annual, open-to-the-public drink-lympiad orchestrated by the Angel City Derby Girls

      Here's how it works: six-person teams with matching uniforms and pun-filled names honoring their country of choice (Bongjour!) compete in college-style drinking games, all of which're kept secret, but'll probably include classics like beer pong and flip-cup, and classics-if-you-went-to-ASU like a drinking relay race with wheel-barrows and bat-spins

      There're trophies for the winning team, plus -- to keep things legit -- there're also referees, who can serve up infractions with a yellow card (chug a beer or be disqualified), or a red card (have a shot of cheap whiskey or be disqualified), as well as a chugging penalty for any team with someone who says they can't drink anymore, even after you prod them to give it the ol' college try.
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  • 02
    From the dudes who brought you Point Break Live, Terminator Too: Judgment Play's a super-interactive, totally ridiculous retelling of Schwarzenegger's best movie not named Pumping Iron. Or Total Recall. Or Predator. Or Terminator I. Or Kindergarten Cop. Or Twins. Or Conan The Barbarian. Or Red Sonja. Or True Lies. Or Commando

    The cast's the originals from Point Break Live, w/ one exception: Ahnuld himself's picked out of the audience each night with an audition involving some of the 'Nator's best catchphrases. The "winner" then gets armed with a supersoaker and's given prompts via cue cards, which, if you know the movie front to back already, you probably won't need... waitforit... Furlong. Literally the whole movie's recreated, from Robert Patrick's first shape-shifting, to the shotgun-toting chase through the LA river, to Sara Connor's final drive down the highway, or as Tom Cochrane calls it, life

    To ensure full-on interaction, each guest can also buy a "Nuclear Fallout Pack" for the show, which includes various secret accoutrement in case you wanna also be a (Last) Action Hero

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      From the dudes who brought you Point Break Live, Terminator Too: Judgment Play's a super-interactive, totally ridiculous retelling of Schwarzenegger's best movie not named Pumping Iron. Or Total Recall. Or Predator. Or Terminator I. Or Kindergarten Cop. Or Twins. Or Conan The Barbarian. Or Red Sonja. Or True Lies. Or Commando

      The cast's the originals from Point Break Live, w/ one exception: Ahnuld himself's picked out of the audience each night with an audition involving some of the 'Nator's best catchphrases. The "winner" then gets armed with a supersoaker and's given prompts via cue cards, which, if you know the movie front to back already, you probably won't need... waitforit... Furlong. Literally the whole movie's recreated, from Robert Patrick's first shape-shifting, to the shotgun-toting chase through the LA river, to Sara Connor's final drive down the highway, or as Tom Cochrane calls it, life

      To ensure full-on interaction, each guest can also buy a "Nuclear Fallout Pack" for the show, which includes various secret accoutrement in case you wanna also be a (Last) Action Hero

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  • 03
    Not just what Eeyore wished he was after accidentally seeing Owl naked, The Blind Donkey's also an Old Pasadena whiskey roost from the Surly Goat guys that's part-game room, part-saloon thanks to two-tops that double as chess boards and, you know... all the booze

    There's a 60-strong list of browns (aka: all the booze), plus themed flights like a three-Scotch-er of Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Ardbeg Uigeadail, and Lagavulin 16. And, if for some reason you wanna mix your booze with other ingredients, weirdo, there's a classically influenced cocktail list with an Old Fashioned that uses seasonal jam, and a highball of Wild Turkey 101 mellowed with Gala apple cider

    They've also got 10 rotating craft beertaps as well as a snacky bar menu, which includes potatoes that've gone through the frier thrice -- complain about their crispiness and chances are good you're the one who's being an ass.
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      Not just what Eeyore wished he was after accidentally seeing Owl naked, The Blind Donkey's also an Old Pasadena whiskey roost from the Surly Goat guys that's part-game room, part-saloon thanks to two-tops that double as chess boards and, you know... all the booze

      There's a 60-strong list of browns (aka: all the booze), plus themed flights like a three-Scotch-er of Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Ardbeg Uigeadail, and Lagavulin 16. And, if for some reason you wanna mix your booze with other ingredients, weirdo, there's a classically influenced cocktail list with an Old Fashioned that uses seasonal jam, and a highball of Wild Turkey 101 mellowed with Gala apple cider

      They've also got 10 rotating craft beertaps as well as a snacky bar menu, which includes potatoes that've gone through the frier thrice -- complain about their crispiness and chances are good you're the one who's being an ass.
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  • 04
    Just off the 101, Spoonful's a Southern-themed Studio City gastropub that feels like you're drinkeating on a Dixie farmhouse, minus the humidity/cheap paper cups

    Down home cookin' includes a fried chicken dinner with collard greens & mac and cheese, plus pulled-pork sliders with three types of BBQ sauce: Georgia/ South Carolina/ North Carolina/ raise up/ take your shirt off/ twist it 'round your hand/ spin it like a helicopter. Booze's extra brown, with a cougarific 40+ whiskies (which they'll ice w/ a single, circular cube from a Japanese-imported icemaker), plus there's a list of cocktails that're split between "pretty classic" (Rye Sazerac) and "pretty sure to make your date really, really confused" (Mannish Boy)

    They've also got a curated, 10-draft craft beer list and six, over-the-bar flatscreens, all equipped with the full NFL package, perfect for watching that Shiancoe locker room video.
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      Just off the 101, Spoonful's a Southern-themed Studio City gastropub that feels like you're drinkeating on a Dixie farmhouse, minus the humidity/cheap paper cups

      Down home cookin' includes a fried chicken dinner with collard greens & mac and cheese, plus pulled-pork sliders with three types of BBQ sauce: Georgia/ South Carolina/ North Carolina/ raise up/ take your shirt off/ twist it 'round your hand/ spin it like a helicopter. Booze's extra brown, with a cougarific 40+ whiskies (which they'll ice w/ a single, circular cube from a Japanese-imported icemaker), plus there's a list of cocktails that're split between "pretty classic" (Rye Sazerac) and "pretty sure to make your date really, really confused" (Mannish Boy)

      They've also got a curated, 10-draft craft beer list and six, over-the-bar flatscreens, all equipped with the full NFL package, perfect for watching that Shiancoe locker room video.
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  • 05
    The second incarnation of Bel Air Bar and Grill (now owned by Walt Disney's niece), this upscale classic near the Getty Center was closed for almost two years and -- thanks to a complete renovation -- now kinda looks like a wealthy-yet-indecisive-philanthropist's home thanks to a sun-lit veranda lined with work from the Cal Arts Academy, and a dark, fireplace-enhanced study with a secret trap door to the Conservatory. Like every description ever of a George Clooney awards-show tux, food's totally contemporary/classic, and'll come from the same chefs they brought on board way back in 1998 when they used to pay them with money from their sweet Stussy jester chain wallets. Highlights include a 10oz filet mignon that's been dipped in Port wine and sided with red potato hash (#redpotato), plus pan-seared jumbo sea scallops that are slathered in a champagne shallot butter sauce. They've also got a full bar (try the James and the Giant Peach: Jim Beam, peaches, mint, soda) as well as a to-go cafe section they're calling "The Shack in the Back", with bring-back-to-the-office-able lunchtime eats good enough to make your cubicle the happiest place on earth.
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      The second incarnation of Bel Air Bar and Grill (now owned by Walt Disney's niece), this upscale classic near the Getty Center was closed for almost two years and -- thanks to a complete renovation -- now kinda looks like a wealthy-yet-indecisive-philanthropist's home thanks to a sun-lit veranda lined with work from the Cal Arts Academy, and a dark, fireplace-enhanced study with a secret trap door to the Conservatory. Like every description ever of a George Clooney awards-show tux, food's totally contemporary/classic, and'll come from the same chefs they brought on board way back in 1998 when they used to pay them with money from their sweet Stussy jester chain wallets. Highlights include a 10oz filet mignon that's been dipped in Port wine and sided with red potato hash (#redpotato), plus pan-seared jumbo sea scallops that are slathered in a champagne shallot butter sauce. They've also got a full bar (try the James and the Giant Peach: Jim Beam, peaches, mint, soda) as well as a to-go cafe section they're calling "The Shack in the Back", with bring-back-to-the-office-able lunchtime eats good enough to make your cubicle the happiest place on earth.
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  • 06
    Taking up nearly an entire level of Hollywood and Highland, the super enthusiastic Sweet! is a 30000sqft mall of diabetes, with Wonka flavors available nowhere else in the world (not even Eritrea), a Ferrari that doubles as a video-game style gumball machine, and a build-your-own-chocolate-bar factory

    Because this place's so expansive, we scored two real-life experts on all things candy (Oompa Loompas. They're Oompa Loompas.) to hook up a guided tour of tons of stuff you're gonna want, regardless of what Type (2) of candy you like.
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      Taking up nearly an entire level of Hollywood and Highland, the super enthusiastic Sweet! is a 30000sqft mall of diabetes, with Wonka flavors available nowhere else in the world (not even Eritrea), a Ferrari that doubles as a video-game style gumball machine, and a build-your-own-chocolate-bar factory

      Because this place's so expansive, we scored two real-life experts on all things candy (Oompa Loompas. They're Oompa Loompas.) to hook up a guided tour of tons of stuff you're gonna want, regardless of what Type (2) of candy you like.
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  • 07
    Even though the GI Joes strongly encouraged them to go "Real American", The Thompson BevHill's flagship restaurant's gone all-American, with a communal-table-laden interior and a focused menu from a partner at Atlantic City's Fornelletto who's also a Jean Georges and Thomas Keller vet, which's got entrees like duck breast with gaviota strawberries & Padron peppers, as well as classics like a lobster club.
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      Even though the GI Joes strongly encouraged them to go "Real American", The Thompson BevHill's flagship restaurant's gone all-American, with a communal-table-laden interior and a focused menu from a partner at Atlantic City's Fornelletto who's also a Jean Georges and Thomas Keller vet, which's got entrees like duck breast with gaviota strawberries & Padron peppers, as well as classics like a lobster club.
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  • 08
    Fermentin' in a warehouse space in the arts district downtown, Greenbar Collective is the first LA-based distillery since Prohibition, back when men were men and women were also kinda men (have you seen those Prohibition posters??). Making the world's largest selection of organic, artisan, non-ghost spirits, Greenbar's got a portfolio that includes tequila distilled using old-school steaming techniques, and rum that's oxygenated with the same process as California wine. The crown jewel, though, is a white whiskey dubbed Slow Hand, which not only steals Gary Payton's new nickname at the Y, but also ferments a traditional mash (oat, malt, spelt) with ale and champagne yeasts, and then ages it in wooden barrels for just 10mins so that they can legally call it whiskey, instead of moonshine. Greenbar's alchi is available now at some of LA's best bars (Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis, River Rock, etc) or for home consumption at liquor depots like Bar Keeper. Oh, and they also open up the distillery once a month for cocktail classes in their small tasting room, which thankfully'll only cost you a single, roaring $20.
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      Fermentin' in a warehouse space in the arts district downtown, Greenbar Collective is the first LA-based distillery since Prohibition, back when men were men and women were also kinda men (have you seen those Prohibition posters??). Making the world's largest selection of organic, artisan, non-ghost spirits, Greenbar's got a portfolio that includes tequila distilled using old-school steaming techniques, and rum that's oxygenated with the same process as California wine. The crown jewel, though, is a white whiskey dubbed Slow Hand, which not only steals Gary Payton's new nickname at the Y, but also ferments a traditional mash (oat, malt, spelt) with ale and champagne yeasts, and then ages it in wooden barrels for just 10mins so that they can legally call it whiskey, instead of moonshine. Greenbar's alchi is available now at some of LA's best bars (Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis, River Rock, etc) or for home consumption at liquor depots like Bar Keeper. Oh, and they also open up the distillery once a month for cocktail classes in their small tasting room, which thankfully'll only cost you a single, roaring $20.
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  • 09
    Not just the likelihood AC'll be down to hit The Max after fifth period, Slater's 50/50 is also a sports bar mini-chain that finally has an LA location: the old Vive space in Pasadena, which they've awesome-ified with 100+ beer taps and totally sickinsane burgers

    Seriously, their trademark patty's nuts: 50% beef and 50% bacon, which, if you order the B'B'B'Bacon Burger (you will), also comes with bacon American cheese, a sunny-side up egg, thick cut bacon, and bacon "island" dressing, served on a bacon pretzel bun. Or if you order the chili-cheeseburger (again, you will), it's topped with Fritos. Also: they've got four types of mac 'n cheese (including one w/ Buffalo chicken bites) and a fried chicken & pancakes combo that, like Louie Anderson during bath-time, is covered in gravy and maple syrup

    Booze is on that next level tip too, with all those aforementioned taps, plus cocktails like one with tequila, cinnamon whiskey, cracked jalapeno, and ginger beer dubbed the Aggressive Siesta, which's exactly what you'll wanna order to take your drinking to The Max.
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      Not just the likelihood AC'll be down to hit The Max after fifth period, Slater's 50/50 is also a sports bar mini-chain that finally has an LA location: the old Vive space in Pasadena, which they've awesome-ified with 100+ beer taps and totally sickinsane burgers

      Seriously, their trademark patty's nuts: 50% beef and 50% bacon, which, if you order the B'B'B'Bacon Burger (you will), also comes with bacon American cheese, a sunny-side up egg, thick cut bacon, and bacon "island" dressing, served on a bacon pretzel bun. Or if you order the chili-cheeseburger (again, you will), it's topped with Fritos. Also: they've got four types of mac 'n cheese (including one w/ Buffalo chicken bites) and a fried chicken & pancakes combo that, like Louie Anderson during bath-time, is covered in gravy and maple syrup

      Booze is on that next level tip too, with all those aforementioned taps, plus cocktails like one with tequila, cinnamon whiskey, cracked jalapeno, and ginger beer dubbed the Aggressive Siesta, which's exactly what you'll wanna order to take your drinking to The Max.
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  • 10
    Nonviolently occupying an unassuming warehouse-looking space downtown, Bestia's a forward-thinking, sorta industrial-looking Italian restaurant from a husband/wife duo including a dude who did hard time at Angelini Osteria. Killer handcut pastas like this Spaghetti Mancini w/ squid ink, hi-top fade mullet bottarga, and Calabrian chili share carb-y menu space with braised beef cheek-stuffed agnolotti. Like Donald Trump, this oven fires everything, including pizzas with house-made salami, ricotta, Brussels sprouts, and chili oil. Dude's also doing his own charcuterie, with house-cured meats (hear that Dr. Cutty!) including classics like mortadella and nutsiness like wild boar. There's also tons of non-flour-based dishes including this grilled sardine, as well as a siiiiick drink program from the Rivera/Playa guy, who'll be occupying your liver with specialty Sazeracs like one with persimmon-infused rye whiskey.
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      Nonviolently occupying an unassuming warehouse-looking space downtown, Bestia's a forward-thinking, sorta industrial-looking Italian restaurant from a husband/wife duo including a dude who did hard time at Angelini Osteria. Killer handcut pastas like this Spaghetti Mancini w/ squid ink, hi-top fade mullet bottarga, and Calabrian chili share carb-y menu space with braised beef cheek-stuffed agnolotti. Like Donald Trump, this oven fires everything, including pizzas with house-made salami, ricotta, Brussels sprouts, and chili oil. Dude's also doing his own charcuterie, with house-cured meats (hear that Dr. Cutty!) including classics like mortadella and nutsiness like wild boar. There's also tons of non-flour-based dishes including this grilled sardine, as well as a siiiiick drink program from the Rivera/Playa guy, who'll be occupying your liver with specialty Sazeracs like one with persimmon-infused rye whiskey.
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  1. LA Beer Olympics
  2. The Point Break Live guys deliver another epic show
  3. The Surly Goat guys' new brown booze-ery
  4. A slice of the South, right by Universal
  5. A restaurant re-do totally worth the almost two-year wait
  6. The coolest candy store you've ever seen, guaranteed
  7. Beverly Hills, that's where a Jean George vet wants to be
  8. White whiskey, made in DTLA for the first time in 90yrs
  9. 50% beef, 50% bacon, 100% amazing
  10. Braised beef cheek-stuffed pasta and persimmon-infused rye Sazeracs Downtown