What to Do Indoors in LA This Weekend

Safe BBQ options and more.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to get together with all your friends, grab some beers, some BBQ, maybe see some live music...wait, what’s that? We’re still under lockdown? *sigh.* Right. Well, since staying home is still on the agenda this weekend, for good reason, we’ve got a list of stuff you can do from your couch, paired with food or booze from some of LA’s finest establishments -- yes, including plenty of BBQ. *sigh.*

If you would have gone to a cemetery screening…

Watch:  Hollywood Forever Virtual Tour
Friday, May 22, 5pm

Drink:  Detroit-style pizza from brand-new spot DTown

If it were normal times surely this weekend at some point you’d be packing up a picnic to watch some movie-or-another at Hollywood Forever. But it’s not normal times, so instead of a movie, how about knowing the history of the place by taking a tour with Karie Bible? She’ll break down the final resting places of some of the cemetery’s most famous residents, including Johnny Ramone and Judy Garland. Since you’d have definitely brought some hot new food item to show off to your picnic mates, may as well order from one of the newest spots in LA: the recently opened (yes, during pandemic times) DTown, serving up greasy deep dish, Detroit-style deliciousness (don’t sleep on the Hot Honey, loaded with ham, banana peppers, pickled onions).

If you would have hit a comedy club…

Watch: Gabby Bryan on (not so) live
Friday, May 22, 9pm

Drink:  Booze from Sara’s Market on the Go

In the age of Zoom, everyone’s trying to find the secret sauce for delivering a live comedy experience that feels like going out to a club, and (not so) live is the latest contender in the ring, delivering shows with audience interaction via the social platform asembl on Wed and Fri, with this weekend’s headliner Comedy Store alum, Gabby Bryan. Of course, it wouldn’t be a comedy show without a two-drink minimum, so stock up with booze from Sara’s Market on the Go -- LA’s first-ever legal liquor store on wheels, who are offering not just curated bottles but a mystery pack of four craft beers for $8.

If you would have had a chilllll weekend…

Order:  VYBES vs Tesse
Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23
$10 per cocktail, food $48, family-style

Hollywood’s Tesse’s got a one-weekend-only partnership with CBD brand Vybes, who’ve created four wellness-inspired mocktails using their water soluble CBD powder as well as fresh berries, ginger, muddled herbs, and more. You can pick up or deliver via Postmates, and selections include the raspberry-laden “Relax,” the grapefruit-and-chili-salt “Refresh,” and “Savor,” which is basically a CBD Bloody Mary. There’s also a family-style menu to pair with the drinks, which includes bigioli primavera, grilled salmon, panna cotta, and more.

If you would have dressed up and headed to an ‘80s night...

Play:  The Brain Squiz ‘80s edition
Saturday, May 23

Eat/Drink:  Some of LA’s best sushi and wine from Sushi Note

The peeps behind Quest Room have launched a new occasional trivia night, with teams from across the country competing for glory, bragging rights, and...well, honestly, that’s about it. This weekend’s an 80s-themed game, and you can build your team while taking down omakase and paired wine from Sherman Oaks’ lauded Sushi Note, who’ve finally jumped on the take-out train.

If you would have gotten all schmancy for dinner and wine…

Attend:  Virtual wine tasting with Vinovore
Saturday, May 23
Prices vary but include 15% off two featured bottles or 10% off one

Eat:  Pickup from Providence

Arguably LA’s most renowned restaurant, Michael Chimarusti’s Providence, has opened its doors for take-out food for the first time ever, with a menu that’s scheduled to rotate but is starting with chef’s take on some French classics, including Niçoise salad and bouillabaisse. Of course, you’re going to want to pair wine with it, and Vinovore’s doing a virtual tasting of Chardonnay from Statera Cellars on Saturday; buy a bottle at a discount and login to Zoom for the tasting/to prove your dinner is the best one on the call.

If you would have danced your ass off at Lightning In a Bottle…

Dance your ass off:  DGTL LIB
Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24

Eat:  San Pedro Fish Market’s BBQ Kit

For high-minded, dance-happy music fans, Lightning in a Bottle’s almost as important as Coachella; the festival has cultivated a cult community through the years that was devastated when the annual fest was canceled due to COVID. Fear not: the whole thing’s back on, albeit streaming on Twitch this weekend, with performances from dozens of headliner-sized artists including Marques Wyatt and Tycho. Fill out your fest experience by broadcasting it on a wall outdoors, firing up the grill, and grabbing the BBQ kit from San Pedro Fish Market: $99 gets you medium peeled tail-on shrimp, snow crab clusters, Kielbasa sausage, corn on the cob, fajita veggies and potatoes mixed and marinated in San Pedro Fish Market’s famous savory seasoning.

If you would have fit a workout in, but are missing motivation…

Go all-in for:  Tammercise
Sunday, May 24, 11am

Eat: Sausalito To Go

Bored with too-serious yoga classes on YouTube? Yeah: we all are. Find some new workout motivation with Tammercise, an is-she-or-isn’t-she-serious (hint: she isn’t...we think) weekly workout on Sundays that’ll make you both sweat and laugh (and sweat some more.) When you’re done, treat yo’self with favorites from Sausal, who’ve just dropped their contactless menu including arroz con pollo burritos and beef brisket barbacoa bowls.

If you would have thrown a BBQ Banger…

Throw a BBQ banger:  Maple Block + Slab + Billy Harris
Saturday, May 23, 6:30pm

Just ‘cause we’re on lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t get down with some BBQ: Maple Block and Slab have worked out a cross-town collab with a menu for four that also includes a Zoom party and cooking demo hosted by Billy Harris as well as food for four, with loads of baby backs from Slab, brisket from Maple Block, sides, beer, wine, Pellegrino, and really everything but the smoker. If that’s too much for you, there are BBQ specials all over the city: Delilah’s got a grill-your-own-burger kit, Lucques annual rib fest is going down, Tavern has a special harissa chicken BBQ dinner, and we’d bet your local BBQ joint -- wherever it is -- could use some love, too.

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