Fun Things to Do in LA This Week: December 5-8

This week brings fun in the form of a spooky holiday cocktail pop-up, 31-cent slices of pizza from a legendary institution, wine tastings, a Hanukkah dinner series, and more.

Photo courtesy of North Italia
Photo courtesy of North Italia

We’re in the thick of the holiday season, with the weather to prove it! Now that the rain has subsided, hit the streets this week for a spooky holiday pop-up, 31-cent slices of pizza, a tasting event featuring Italian wines and bites, a moss wreath workshop, a “holigay” party, Hanukkah-themed dinners, and more. For more ideas, get started on your holiday shopping at LA’s best small businesses, hit up a newly opened restaurant, or take a hike on one of these less-trafficked trails.

Opens Tuesday, December 6
Lost Property Bar (Hollywood)
If you’re already pining for Halloween season, but also want to embrace the holidays, check out this immersive experience from Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage, creators of the Halloween cocktail pop-up Black Lagoon. You can pre-purchase tickets for nightly seatings at 5 pm and 7:30 pm when you’ll be treated to a two-hour guided experience with a complimentary craft cocktail and lots of spooky surprises, or if you prefer to play it by ear, stop by the bar anytime after 10 pm when it’s open to the public, with seasonally inspired cocktails like including a Krampus shot with mezcal, chai, and lime and Livewire canned cocktails that come with a take-home Krampus koozie.
Cost: $25 for the guided experience; cocktails range from $8-12.

Tuesday, December 6
Mulberry Street Pizzeria (Various locations)
One of our fave spots in Beverly Hills and a certified pizza institution within LA, Mulberry Pizzeria is celebrating its 31st anniversary with 31-cent slices of cheese pizza from 12–5 pm on Tuesday. Proceeds will be donated to the California Prostate Cancer Coalition, so buy a few slices for a friend (or yourself for later) to promote a good cause. Mulberry has locations in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Sherman Oaks.
Cost: 31 cents per cheese slice.

Tuesday, December 6
North Italia (El Segundo)
Learn about Italian wines and dig into delicious dishes at North Italia’s first Tasting Tuesday from 5:30–6:30 pm, which will teach you all about pairing classic Italian plates with the best possible wines, with bites and drinks included. Guests will take home some exclusive items and a few lucky attendees will leave with a free bottle of wine. Only 20 seats are available for this intimate experience, so don’t delay in making a reservation.
Cost: $65

Wednesday, December 7
Grand Central Market (DTLA)
Join a DIY moss wreath and holiday decor workshop led by Kelley Art Botanica in the Lower Level at Grand Central Market from 7–9 pm. The artist is celebrated for her handmade live moss installations and in this workshop, she’ll help attendees bring the texture and beauty of nature into their homes. Before or afterwards, head upstairs for a food crawl that spans just about every type of cuisine you can imagine.
Cost: $65 per person.

Thursday, December 8
Silver Lake Pool & Inn
Queer woman-owned Vinovore is taking over Silver Lake Pool & Inn every second Thursday of the month and showcasing a guest winemaker with tasting flights for $10. The first edition will feature Emily Towe of J. Brix, with wines also offered by the glass and retail bottles for sale. Free corkage will also be available with the purchase of a bottle at the on-site restaurant Marco Polo Trattoria and Bar. Stop by anytime between 5 and 9 pm.
Cost: $10 for a tasting flight.

Thursday, December 8
The New Bar (Venice)
Celebrate the season and skip the hangover at Venice’s non-alcoholic bottle shop The New Bar where they’ll be toasting with Katy Perry-backed aperitif brand De Soi from 6–9 pm, which comes in flavors of Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams, and Purple Lune, with botanicals and natural adaptogens for a settled yet sharper mind.
Cost: Free with RSVP.

Thursday, December 8
Heart WeHo
OUTLOUD’s annual holiday bash returns this Thursday at 8 pm with hosts Ryan Mitchell and Billy Francesca, including dragged-out performances by Slayyyter, along with Mo Heart, Saiah, Venessa Michaels, Eduardo Togi, and a surprise artist. Join them for a “holigay” party that celebrates artistry, identity, and inclusiveness, featuring up-and-coming and established LGBTQ+ talent. The event is sponsored by Casamigos.
Cost: Advance tickets are $20. Door price is $25.

Monday, December 5 through Thursday, December 8
Birdie G’s (Santa Monica)
Chef Jeremy Fox is celebrating Hanukkah early with eight nights featuring special menus from eight different chefs and restaurants, with this week bringing chef Miles Thompson, who is soon debuting a new LA restaurant, on Monday, December 5; Ana Sortun of Cambridge’s Oleana on Tuesday, December 6; chefs Katianna and John Hong of Yangban Society on Wednesday, December 7; and chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood closing the series on Thursday, December 8, with each night featuring a full a la carte menu of different Hanukkah-themed dishes.
Cost: Varies

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Danielle Dorsey is the Senior West Coast Editor for Thrillist.