Thanks to Ben Stiller, the idea of spending a night at a museum is terrifying... or was it David Schwimmer's character in Madagascar that was so scared of everything? Either way, great film! For a night at a museum that'll only fill you with food and booze, hit Ray's and Stark Bar, a delicious new double-team at LACMA.
Ray's is an eclectic, floor-to-ceiling windowed, Mediterranean-influenced eat spot from the District dude, with sustenance including stuffed mushrooms topped w/ scallops & uni; corned beef-style tongue over sauteed greens; and a monster burger crowned w/ a fried egg & Bearnaise -- just don't ask how it's made, as the entire process is grizzly.
The other half, Stark Bar, is an all-outdoor drinkery slinging market-fresh cocktails underneath a glorious tent, helmed by a guy whose claim to fame is owning a company that provides high-end bars with specialty ice (hopefully the police aren't reading this), and producing next-level tipples like the Ego Flippin’: Famous Grouse, Dashe Cellars Late Harvest Zin, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, fresh lemon juice, egg yolk,
and a flamed orange peel.