Heads Up! 2013 New Years Race 1/2 Marathon Could Affect Your Drinking! (Saturday, 1/5/13, 7pm)

January 4th, 2013 — 10:00am

January 5th is the 2013 New Years Race (1/2 marathon & 5K) which takes place pretty much through the middle of Downtown. You could let this affect your night out, or you could utilize other options of getting down here and/or parking.  The only 213 bars this race should affect are Seven Grand, Cole’s, Las Perlas and The Varnish.  See below for some tips.

First off, your best option is not driving at all! The Metro now runs late on weekends (till 2am) so you can take the train Downtown and come home while still hitting the bars in between.  You can take the train from pretty much anywhere in LA, unless you live in Santa Monica.  If that’s the case you will have to drive or take a bus to a Culver City station and park. For more details click HERE to view the Metro website so you can plan your route.

If  you plan on driving there are plenty of parking lots available for parking.  The streets will be closed along the route ( so you will be shit out of luck if you plan on parking on the street.  I also foresee a ton of people and tents and such along the route so it could be a huge mess.  However, Joe’s Parking has a ton of lots all around Downtown where you should be able to park off the race route.  See their website  for all options Downtown  If you plan on going to Seven Grand I believe the lots located between 8th and 9th on Grand or Olive should be clear.  If you are hoping to go to Cole’s/The Varnish/Las Perlas then getting there going eastbound might be a little tricky as the race runs from 7th St. to 1st St. straight up Broadway so you will no be able to cross on 6th St.  My suggestion would be to take 12th St. eastbound and take a left on San Pedro St.  Take San Pedro St. up to 8th St. and hang a left.  Then hang a right on Main St. which will put you at the corner of 6th St. of Main St., which is where Cole’s/The Varnish/Las Perlas are located. There are a couple Joe’s Parking Lots located on the southwest and northwest corner of that intersection.

Good Luck!  Hope to see you out!

Spirit Guide: Caliché at Caña Rum Bar

January 3rd, 2013 — 5:23pm

“Nightlife impresario meets rum distiller. Super-premium rum is born.”

That sentence is in no way appealing to me. I’m a guy on a mission to have rum accepted by all manner of alcohol enthusiasts as a noble spirit and not just tiki-fuel. So I was thrilled when I first tasted Caliché and thought, “This is the best white rum Serralles has ever distilled.” If you actually keep tabs on this column you’ll remember I was also in love with Caña Brava at first sip. What can I say? It’s been a great year for white rum.

While Caña Brava is a Cuban-style rum distilled in Panama, Caliché is a genre-defining rum for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican rum is dry, light, and crisp. It doesn’t go over the top with any one characteristic. In a word, it’s balanced. And the same goes for Caliché. There’s hints of stonefruit, caramel, and condensed milk that flit about on the mid-palate, but they’re reigned in tight by the finish. And just in case you were wondering, yes, it makes an awesome daiquiri.

Caña’s Natural Daiquiri
- 2 ozCaliché
- 1 oz fresh lime
- ¾ oz raw sugar simple syrup
- shake–strain to cocktail glass –drop a thin lime wheel in it

Allan Katz, Caña Rum Bar, GM

No Plans For NYE? Make ‘Em with 213!

December 28th, 2012 — 5:36pm

NYE is always a hard thing to commit to, especially early. Well, if you are still looking for something better than your initial options take a look at what we have to offer. Below is a list of venues celebrating NYE in style. Choose one, or two, or three and bring all your friends. It is sure to be a great time. Also, don’t forget that the Metro runs until 2am now so don’t drive, take the train.

Seven Grand DTLA
Seven Grand’s NYE party will feature a 9pm Maker’s Manhattan Toast, a Bubbly Toast at Midnight, and a special on Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey all night long.

Dustin has come up with a unique cocktail menu just for New Year’s Eve, and DJ/Selector Slique Rick will be providing the dance jams. The new Boilermaker Bar in the Jackalope Room will be up and running, and we will be stocked-up on the Mumm’s and Perrier-Jouet, so come ring in the New Year with us. As always, there’s no cover charge!

This party is open to the public. Feel free to invite anyone you want, we open at 5pm, just RSVP so we know how many people to expect for our complimentary toasts.

Will be having a special seasonal cocktail list ($6 – $11), a discounted punch called “Dream Rooibos Punch” – Gingerbread Dream Rooibos Tea, Bourbon, Orange/Lemon Juice, simple syrup with a Champagne top ($8). As well as a champagne bitter bar (choose from 15 bitters, $11). Free Champagne Toast at Midnight. No cover.

Broadway Bar
Hosted by DJ HM Soundsystem, plus special guest DJs. Complimentary hats and noisemakers, $5 per person cover before 10pm, $10 per person after 10pm; Doors open at 8pm; we recommend arriving early to avoid waiting in line.

Golden Gopher

No cover, opening at 8pm, $5 drink specials.

The Varnish
Please join us as we ring in the New Year with a night of vintage parlour games and competitive bacchanalia. We will have tables available for purchase for the night ($125 per person, gratuity included). These will be available 9pm of later for parties of 2,4 or 6. It will include endless cocktails and Champagne punch, plus savory & sweet snacks from MikkiBites. If you don’t really feel like making the commitment in reserving a table we will be allowing walk ins for $45 per person (gratuity included). Walk ins will be standing room only after 9pm so get there early. We will only be allowing parties of 4 people or fewer and the $45 entrance fee will included 2 cocktails per person plus endless Champagne punch. Additional drinks will be menu price. Don’t forget about the Champagne toast at Midnight! If interested please contact Max Seaman @ 213.622.9999 or email him at

Las Perlas
$3 Carta Blanca cerveza $5 Pueblo Viejo shots all night. Table for 4 one premium tequila w/ Paloma mixers, round of Carta Blanca and total admission for 8 $ 350. Table for 8 one premium tequila w/ Paloma mixers, round of Carta Blanca and total admission for 12 $ 550. Choice of bottles include: Siete Leguas Reposado – Fortaleza Reposado – Tequila Ocho 2011 “El Puertecito” Plata – Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal. DJ Darren Revell and Natasha Chaney 8pm – 2am.

Casey’s Irish Pub
Two bands: The Janks and Planets. Janks will go on at 10pm, we will then have a midnight Champagne toast, followed by the Planets.

4100 Bar
No cover, free Champagne Toast at Midnight.

Tony’s Saloon
Free Photobooth (provided you give us one of your two photo strips for our photo wall). $3 Miller High life on Tap instead of a champagne special because, well, its the “champagne of beers”. No cover.