The eyes of the world will be on Los Angeles this Sunday. Do the Rams have what it takes to be Super Bowl champs?
We’ll be rooting them on, but in the meantime we are here with our usual assortment of event and food recommendations for the upcoming weekend. Over your next few days the options include an outdoor street party in Inglewood, an adults-only night at the Aquarium of the Pacific, a lucha libre Valentine’s wrestling match, a scavenger hunt at The Getty, a Puppy Bowl at PetSpace, a Galentine’s Party, and LOTS of Super Bowl watch parties happening at hangouts throughout L.A.
Things to do for for this Weekend
Night Dive at the Aquarium -> This Friday, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only evening series returns this Friday with Valentine’s Day vibes, including live reggae and soul tunes, a temporary tattoo station, food trucks, specialty cocktails, artworks, and more. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for non-members. More info here.
Taste of Inglewood -> As part of the run-up to the big game, the City of Inglewood is hosting a three-day street festival that will take over four blocks of Market Street between Regent and Hillcrest. Expect multiple stages of music, live DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors and more. Free to attend. Runs Thursday to Saturday. More info here.
NFL Super Bowl Experience -> With the L.A.-hosted Super Bowl now less than two weeks away (go Rams!), the NFL is opening a fan experience this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center that offers guests a chance to grab autographs from football legends, play games, and shop official merch. Tickets are $40 per adult for entrance this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 10-12), but remember that if you ride Metro to the Los Angeles Convention Center will half-off the general admission price. More info here.
We Like L.A. Walks -> We’re back with another fresh walk idea for this weekend! This time, Brian follows Charles Fleming’s Music Box Loop, which covers two miles and traverses four different urban staircases in Silver Lake, including The Music Box Steps. Oh, and if you haven’t already, you can follow @bchampla on Instagram for updates about the walking progress (and info on the walks project), or go to this link to see an archive of walk guides published so far.
Clifton’s Reopening -> Clifton’s Republic, the historic bar and cafeteria with a fantastical interior is reopening this Friday, but only with a limited bar and food menu. According to the Clifton’s Instagram page, they’ll be open on starting at 5 p.m. this Sunday and with live DJs on hand, should you want to make an after-party (hopefully celebrating a Rams victory) part of your Super Bowl day experience.
Romantic Drive-In Movies -> Electric Dusk Drive-In is upping the love vibe for February with a slate of classic romance films that includes Breakfast at Tiffany’s, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, The Notebook. If you want to make the drive-in extra special you can also order a special charcuterie board by Luxe Bites. Tickets per film screening are $15 per car plus $8 per passenger (including the driver). More info here.
Lucha VaVOOM Amor Impossible -> What better way to say “I love you” than taking your significant other to a lucha libre wrestling performance? To wit, Lucha VaVOOM is hosting a pair of Valentine’s Day-themed shows this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 11, 12) called Amor Impossible. Tickets start at $45 for general admission. Get more info here.
A ‘Nudes’ Scavenger Hunt -> Want to active your mind and body over Valentine’s weekend? Pop over to the The Getty this Saturday (Feb. 12) afternoon to take part in a cheeky trivia game and scavenger hunt created by Watson Adventures that centers around nude art works on display at the museum. Sound like your bag? Tickets are $24 per adult (parking not included). The game runs for about two hours starting this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. More info here.
Plein Air Workshop -> On Sunday, head by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach for a morning drawing workshop led by teaching artist Maria Mannanal in the new Corner Garden. All materials will be provided. Registration is required, and tickets are $5. Plus: Remember that admission to MOLAA is free every Sunday. More info here.
Puppy Bowl Pup Party -> This Sunday, Annenberg PetSpace, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., and Animal Planet team up to host a Puppy Bowl Pop-Up Event that will include special special challenges include a doggie dash, football fetch, and an obstacle course to test agility. Runs noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at PetSpace. Free to attend. More info here.
The Grove & Americana at Brand Movie Lovers Package -> The Grove and Americana at Brand are offering a romantic movie package at their AMC Theatres now through February 14. The ‘Movie Lovers Package’ offers two tickets to a showing of your choice, one large popcorn, valet parking, a candy cube filled with gummy hearts, and a Pseudo Citrine AMASS hand sanitizer. Packages can be purchased directly for $50 at Caruso Concierge or through the properties’ websites.
Interscope Reimagined at LACMA -> Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined is now open this at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition celebrates Interscope Records’ 30th anniversary with a presentation of 50 artworks that reinterpret iconic songs from the Interscope catalogue. 46 visual artists were commissioned to create the works, most of which will be on display to the public for the first time. More info here.
Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free -> A new in-person experience based on the life and work of rapper Tupac Shakur is now open in DTLA. Organizers, who are working with the say-so of the Shakur estate, have stated that the experience “leverages technology, contemporary art, and never before seen artifacts from Tupac’s personal archives.” We haven’t seen photos of the experience yet, so if that sounds a bit vague, then take heed. But if you’re a huge Tupac fan, the it could be interesting. The pop-up experience at L.A. LIVE near the JW Marriott at the intersection of Georgia Street and Olympic Blvd. Tickets run upwards of $40 depending on if you go on “peak” or “off-peak” times. More info here.
Ella -> Umbrella Hospitality Group’s newest restaurant officially opens its doors on Thursday, Feb. 10 on the ground level of the SIXTY Beverly Hills. A dinner at Ella takes bold inspiration from Mediterranean, Asian and Italian flavors, with executive chef Brian Min’s menu featuring everything from shared plates to salads, grass fed steaks, roasted chicken, pastas and specialty pizzas. Highlights include the Crispy Shirodashi Glazed Duck Wings, Chicken Liver Mousse with guava jam, the Bucatini Pomodoro, as well as the Ella Burger and Mushroom Pizza with Black Garlic Cream. The bar program at Ella is as inventive and free spirited as the food, on the drink list guests will find modern interpretations of several classic drinks as well as libations that have gone through curious techniques such as sonic bath aging, sous vide infusions and fat washing. Avocado lovers should definitely sip on the “Cactus Prick,” a pastel green cocktail made with 400 Conejos Mezcal Joven, cucumber, pineapple, avocado, ginger and lime. A mix of live entertainment like jazz, and vinyl accompany each dinner service which starts at 5 p.m., daily. Reservations would be a smart move. More info here.
Galentine’s Day at The Green Room -> The speakeasy hidden within the hilltop restaurant Castaway in Burbank will host Angelenos looking to celebrate Galentine’s Day on Friday and Saturday evening. To start, guests will be handed a complimentary drink, titled “He’s Just Not That Into You” from The Green Room’s craft cocktail fountain before taking a seat in their open air lounge or patio. Shared plates like a charcuterie board, Surf & Turf Oysters with steak tartare and bearnaise sauce as well as Chocolate Covered Strawberries will all be available to enjoy with gal pals that evening. More info here.
Maple Block Tailgating Party, BBQ Packages & Shappy Pretzel Super Bowl Collaboration -> Maple Block has a lot going for Super Bowl Sunday. Their patio will host a tailgating party on Sunday offering smashburgers, plus their full menu of smoked meats and happy hour beer pricing. On the takeout front the Culver City smokehouse is offering three Big Game Party Packages, wing boxes and a limited edition Maple Block Everything Rub Soft Pretzel in collaboration with Adam Shapiro’s Philly style soft pretzel operation Shappy Pretzel. Takeout orders must be placed by Friday for pick up on Sunday. More info here.
L.P. Rooftop Super Bowl Sunday -> The West Hollywood hotspot invites guests to watch the game this Sunday while enjoying live DJs, craft cocktails, and a special Super Bowl menu on their rooftop. Reservations are strongly encouraged. More info here.
The Waterfront Super Bowl Viewing Party -> The beachside hot spot will have TVs both indoors and outdoors plus classic Super Bowl eats like hot dogs and chicken wings on the menu. Reservations are encouraged. More info here.
Super Bowl Sunday at Firestone Walker -> Firestone Walker in Marina del Rey will host an 805 Tailgating party on Super Bowl barbecuing burgers and brats over a Santa Maria pit and offering beer specials. The party starts at 11 a.m. and a DJ will be spinning tunes (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Entry is free. More info here.
AYCE Tacos for Super Bowl -> Sawtelle’s Hermanito will offer an all you can eat taco bar for $45 that includes guacamole, chips, birria nachos, ceviche, and street tacos (veggie, al pastor, and Baja fish.) Drink specials will also be available, including boilermaker of American Whiskey and Seafarer Kolsch ($14) and a Bourbon Old Fashioned ($16). Hermanito will also project the big game on a screen. More info here.
Grandmaster Recorders’ Rooftop Super Bowl Sunday -> The rooftop will have the big game playing on big screens, live DJs spinning tunes, specialty cocktails flowing and a special Charcoal Chicken Super Bowl Speciale. More info here.
Unique Wings to order for Super Bowl Sunday
- Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights has an impressive lineup of wing flavors that include Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Mole, BBQ Habanero to name a few. Several packages big and small are available for takeout on game day.
- Go Go Bird in Culver City will offer a Super Bowl Special ($18) that includes your choice of a tender or wing box (three pieces) with a scoop of slaw, cheddar biscuit and a side of fries. The meal also comes with two sauces inspired by the Rams (LA Salsa) and the Bengals (Cincinnati Chili.)
- South Korea’s most popular chicken chain Moms Touch opened in Gardena last year serving their signature extra crunchy fried chicken in wings, tenders and sandwich form. Wing flavors include Apple Zing, Cheesy Onion, Sweet Chili, Fuego, Soy Garlic and Moms Original.
Dino’s Famous Chicken -> The classic fast casual chicken empire will offer a couple Super Bowl Party Packs for take out and delivery on Super Bowl Sunday. Packs include six of Dino’s OG Charbroiled 1/2 Chickens with coleslaw and tortillas and a choice of two sides for $72.99 (feeds 8-10); 12 Piece Bucket of Dino’s Wings for $16.99 and a 24 Piece Bucket of Dino’s Wings for $30. A shaker of Dino’s Famous Seasoning will be included in all orders. Pre orders can be made by phone, in person and through several delivery apps. Participating locations include Pico Boulevard, Pico Rivera and Azusa. More info here.
Ronan Super Bowl Take-Out Menu -> The Italian spot will offer several take out specials for pre-order (cut off date is Friday at 10 p.m.) for pick up on Sunday. On the menu are sharable eats like foot long focaccia Italian sandwiches, trays of meatballs, deep dish pizza, house made pints of ice cream, batched cocktails and more. Orders can be made on Tock and Chownow or by calling/emailing the restaurant directly. More info here.
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