Los Angeles Since this weekend's pretty much entirely taken up by you doing your taxes last minute, the REAL weekend happens on Tuesday, when taxes are due and a crapload of bars have specials on alcohol. Here're five of the best...
$1 Cocktails at all 1933 Group Bar Locations (Oldfield's, Bigfoot West & East, Sassafras, Thirsty Crow, La Cuevita): Whether you’re searching for small-batch whiskeys, smokey mezcals, or Sasquatch, each of 1933 Group's bars will be offering their own signature Tax Day cocktail for just $1, from 5-9pm. Continue Reading
$4.15 Income Tax Cocktails at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar: Sooth your tax form-addled brain with the refreshing Income Tax Cocktail (gin, vermouth & OJ) for a mere $4.15 (get it?!), available all day. And while you’re ordering your second round, be sure to invest in some sweet potato waffle fries with beef tallow and peach ketchup.
No Tax at Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub: Because an Irishman born during a bar fight understands the importance of sticking it to The Man, the mythic namesake of Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub is offering to cover the tax on all of your food and drinks on Tax Day. Even better? They're doing discounts on "Irish" classics, including $2 tacos, $3 Tecates, and $5 Casamigos margaritas.
$4.15 Margaritas, all day at Border Grill: What better way to drown out the haunting chorus of The Beatles’ "Taxman", than by filing away a healthy dose of tequila and lime juice? BG's doing an all-day offer of Border margaritas for $4.15, plus from 4-7pm, you can blow what savings you have left on happy hour items like $5 ceviche shots (!), as well as lamb adobo and grilled fish tacos for $3.50.
$4 Mini-Martinis at Dominick’s: Snag one of their red leather booths and sip on $4 mini-martinis and other Tax Day drink specials, in the same spot where The Rat Pack used to hang out on Tax Day (and probably other days, as well).
1. Border Grill1445 4th St, Santa Monica
2. Oldfield's Liquor Room10899 Venice, Culver City
3. Bigfoot West10939 Venice Blvd, Culver City
4. Sassafras Saloon1233 Vine St, Los Angeles
5. The Thirsty Crow2939 W Sunset, Los Angeles
6. La Cuevita5922 N Figueroa, Los Angeles
7. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
8. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
9. Dominick’s8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
Executive Chef Alex Moreno's Border Grill serves up quality Mexican food in a lively setting. Hit Border Grill's weekend-only brunch, where $30 gets you all-you-can-eat Yucatan-roasted pork eggs Benedict, short-rib hash, and bacon-and-jalapeno-topped PB&Js.
Oldfield's is a throwback cocktail bar that looks sort of like the apothecary that you used to visit when you were young and adept at traveling back in time to the early 20th century, with tiled floors, antique wood tables/chairs, and a massive wood bar flown in from Wisconsin, all from the semi-pro car racing guy behind Thirsty Crow/Bigfoot Lodge, who named the space after the first race car driver to hit 60mph.
Bigfoot's a Culver City brother to the same-named Los Feliz log cabin-themed bar, which was replicated on a soundstage for the film Yes Man; the wood from the set was then repurposed for the walls and the sides of the bar at the new spot.
Sassafras is a cocktail bar located in Hollywood and steeped in a little thing called tradition and a Southern hospitality feel. Barrel aging cocktails is a process that has been used since the 1880s and this modern saloon believes, as you will too, that the results speak for themselves. Get ready for swing time!
The Thirsty Crow's a new-yet-Grandfatherly-feeling, bourbon-centric bar located in the former ultra-ironic truck stop drinkery Stinkers', whose owner realized that his more-well-off-than-he-expected customers were ordering above the typical PBR/Jack paygrade, so he gutted the place and re-themed it, stocking the shelves with 40+ small-batch distills and installing antiques like an all-wood, all-vinyl jukebox, ancient lighting fixtures, weathered photographs, and even an old furnace, giving the entire two-room bar a feel he calls "post-war" and "timeless"... so, not post-war?
La Cuevita, located in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood, is a tequila & mezcal joint decked out in vintage Mexican-themed trimmings. In case you're thirsty, fried rice (fireball and rumchata) will whet your whistle while you peruse a menu of old world needs modern Mexican classic libations (margs and Manhattans made with molé sauce).
This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.
With an interior filled with flat screens and a massive selection of whiskeys, this Sunset Strip Irish pub is a favorite because of its interesting backstory (the founder was born during a bar fight!) and their commitment to charity by hosting one nonprofit event per month. Now you can feel good about that extra drink. (It's for a good cause.)