Yes, I Am Ready for Some Football.

UPDATED FOR 2014/2015 Football Season!

photo via thrillest.com

photo via thrillest.com

For those interested in the inane details of my life:

My perfect fall Sunday would involve waking up at 9:45am to update my fantasy team, the SheHawks. I then move from bed, to the kitchen to open a breakfast beer, dial up Tomato Pie, and plant my tukus on the couch. My laptop, iPad, and cell are all open to my fantasy apps + scores + research. I do not move for the next 10+ hours.

However, on really special occasions (i.e. a Hawks game that isn’t airing on local stations) and for Thursday, Saturday & Monday night football, I will leave the routine to take advantage of  multiple screens, $2 beers, the company of friends, and greasy delicious bar food.

So, whether you’re like me and want to stay in Sundays, or head out all football weekend long, there are a great number of bars with drink & food deals (plus giant flat screen TVs + the NFL package). Even better, most of these are not your typical ‘Sports Bars’ so they are less likely to be completely packed with rowdy stupid Raider fans (go Seahawks!)

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ALL GAMES

Big Wangs (Downtown, Hollywood, N. Hollywood, Valencia): $4 Heineken Pints + $6 Jack&Colas During ALL Football Games (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Brennan’s (Marina Del Rey): Drink Specials for Bronco’s Games Only. Deals Vary by Week & Are Posted Online. Example: $3.50 Bud Lights or $5 Blue Moons.

McCabe’s (Santa Monica): $1-OFF All Drinks during NFL and NCAA Football Games + Raffles for Great Prizes.

The Oinkster (Hollywood): House Beer Buckets (5) $18; Food Specials: Game Day Fries: Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese, Pulled Pork & Onions Cheeseburger & Fries. Available anytime an NFL game is on.

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THURSDAYS

Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood): .35cent Wing Night (5-11pm)

Nikki’s (Venice): Half-Off Apps (Available on Monday’s too!)

The Original Pizza Cookery (Woodland Hills): $3 Domestic Bottles, $3.25 Drafts, $3.50 Imported Bottles + Discounted Apps (Available Thurs & Monday – During Game-Time Only)

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SATURDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $3 Beers, Wells & Wines + $5 Specialty Drinks + 25% Apps During College Games

GYM Sports Bar (West Hollywood): $3 Beers, $11 Pitchers, $8 Captain Black+Stormies (12pm – 9pm, Available Sunday’s too!)

Happy Endings (Hollywood): $6 Wells, $1-Off All Pints, $14 Bud-Light Pitchers, 2-for-1 Breakfast Cocktails (Avail Sat & Sun During All Games)

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SUNDAYS

Barella Bar (Silver Lake): 2-for-1 Cocktails, Beers, and Wines

Casey’s Irish Pub (Downtown): All Day Happy Hour! (on Monday’s too!)

Park Bar & Grill (Burbank): $2 Jello Shots, $10 Pitchers of Beer (Note: GreenBay Packers Bar)

Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village): Bottomless Draft Beers + $5 Bites During the Games (and $12 Burger+Beer Combos on Mondays!)

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MONDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $2 Bud-Lights, $5 Personal Pizzas.

Baleen (Marina del Rey): All Night Happy Hour on Mondays

Patrick Molloy’s (Hermosa): .25cent Wings, $3 Domestics, $4 Imports, $10 Select Pitchers, 1/2 Off All Other Drinks

R.E.D. Bar & Grill (Long Beach): $4 Draft Beers + Apps Until End of MNF Game

Short Order (Fairfax / Mid City): 64oz Craft-Beer Growlers, Wings & Chili Cheese Fries Served During Every MNF Game.

Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks): $3 Drafts During MNF Games

The Yard House (Downtown): Happy hour pricing from kick off to the end of the game.

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Mercato di Vetro $15 Mondays

CLOSED 2014

In case you didn’t catch this one on Eater or Facebook or Twitter already…

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An entree + booze for a totally reasonable price at a popular WeHo restaurant I’ve been dying to try? This deal goes up there in the finest of finerthings along with the Mozza lunch special.

If you’re okay with sharing your food, we vote you go splitzies on a pasta and pizza for some more variety to your uber affordable dining experience. And if you’re us, you’ll be following those Peronis with a couple giant smooth glasses of red wine (not included in the dinner deal, but oh so worth it when paired with carb loaded italian food.)

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Obviously you’ll have to postpone your weekend-gluttony-and-shame-induced-diet until tomorrow.

Mercato Di Vetro / 9077 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood / 310.859.8369 / http://www.sbe.com/MercatodiVetro

$15 for 3 courses @ Puran’s

….and back to Hipsterville we go. Every Monday and Tuesday night, Puran’s in Los Feliz is serving up a 3-course dinner for just $15.   A pretty amazing deal, as most of their entrees are regularly priced around $15 on their own.  Plus, add in a bottle of house wine for just $12 a bottle! Grab a friend or a date and head there tonight, you can both get drunk + fat for under $50!

Puran’s menu choices are all health conscious – they use organic produce, don’t cook anything in animal fat, and strive to serve you a balanced meal.   We aren’t usually ones for healthy eating (give us wings and beer any day), but this meal sounds amazing and for the price you can’t beat it.  For your $15, here is what you’ll get:

  • Appetizer: Lemon Barley Soup
  • Main Course: Charbroiled Chicken Kebab with Basmati Rice OR Linguine with Roasted Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes and Feta
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae OR Fresh Berry Shortcake

Puran’s Restaurant. 2064 Hillhurst. (323) 667.1357. www.puransrestaurant.com

The Park’s $15 Tuesday Prix Fixe

Another delicious and absurdly inexpensive Tuesday night dinner deal, this time for our Eastsiders:

The Park’s “SpeakEasy Tuesdays” 3-Course Dinner: $15

Not much else needed to describe this deal: it’s just $15 for 3 courses and includes a starter (soup or salad), an entree, and a dessert. Plus, the menu changes weekly so there is always something new to try. And it’s only $15… for 3 courses…

Photo by Alen Lin via la.eater.com

This Week’s Menu:

1st Course (Choose One)

Soup (Vegetarian Borscht w/ Yogurt)

– Salad (Shaved Celery Root, Fennel, Radish & Romaine w/ Horseradish Sour Cream Dressing)

2nd Course/Main (Choose One)

– Chicken Schnitzel, w/ Lemon Caper Sauce, Broccoli & Mashed Potatoes

– Mushroom Risotto, w/ Parmesan, Thyme & Arugula

3rd Course/Dessert

– Cheese Blintzes w/ Strawberry Sauce

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For those unfamiliar with the dining destinations of Hipsterville (it’s pretty uncharted territory for us as well): The Park is in Echo Park (hence the name) and has other great deals during the week, including Friday Supper Club ($20 for 3 course selection from regular menu) and Wednesday Burger Night ($5 – 6oz Burgers w/ Choice of Side.)

For those that cannot enjoy a meal without a bit of a buzz – the booze is cheap too. Wines start at $6/glass ($20/a bottle!!) and beers at $5. Despite the fact that we are trying to save our selves (i.e. our livers) for tomorrow’s The Sexy Singles Soiree & Saturday’s CHRISTMAS KEGGER – we may just have to have a lady date tonight, split a bottle of wine & scarf down yet another multi-course meal. This blog’s tag line has really become a self fulfilling prophecy…

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The Park Restaurant

1400 Sunset Blvd / Echo Park, CA.

213.482.9209

A Makeover & New Deals at The Arsenal

The Arsenal, an LA bar that’s been around since 1950 on Pico, used to be a total dive bar… but we love dive bars, so this was no issue to us.

However, makeovers are always fun so we also had no issue when we heard The Arsenal decided to have some work done. And not a little nip here, a little tuck there. No, the Arsenal went all out Demi Moore style and did the full remodel package.

Photo by Elizabeth Daniels - Via EaterLA

The Grand Re-Opening party for the Arsenal was last Friday (sorry we didn’t tell you – we wanted to have it allll to ourselves!) BUT they are keeping the celebration going every night from 7-9pm until this Thursday, the 28th, by offering select food and drinks off the original 1950s menu for 1950s prices!! (No idea what 1950s prices might be? Think $1.50 glass of champagne, $2.95 New York Steaks, $0.65 Burger or Grilled Cheese Sandwich – crazy right?!)

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So what else is new at the Arsenal? Well, like we said the decor got an update (see above snazzy photo from Elizabeth Daniels ): while the original dining room is still mostly intact, the bar and the patio have been totally redone and there are new TVs all over (even outside on the patio!)

There’s also going to be a new menu of foods (multiple types of Mac ‘N Cheese, Pizzas, Burgers, and Poutine Fries YUM) and some new drinks added to the cocktail menu on top of the old favorites.

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But the best part of The Arsenals re-debut is the new happy hour menu!

The Arsenal Happier Happy Hour:

* When: Mon – Fri, 5-8pm (+ 6-9pm on Saturdays)

* What: 1/2 Off Beers, $3 Wine, $3 Wells, & Happy Hour priced sliders, pizza, and mac n cheese!

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That’s not it folks – no there are MORE fabulous prizes drink&food deals that happen nightly at the Arsenal:

* Mondays: Monday Night Football Happy Hour – same as the usual but lasts until game ends. PLUS at late night HH from 10pm – 1am.

* Tuesdays: “Rock Night” $3 Vodka Martinis, $2 Mixed Vodka Shots + DJ Goldylox starts at 10pm

* Wednesdays: $1.50 Sliders from 8-10pm + Late Night HH 10pm – 1am

* Thursdays: Burger Night, 7-10pm (Premium Burger+Fries = $7)

* Fridays: Pizza & Beer Night, 8-10pm (Pizza+Craft Beer = $12)

* Saturdays: “Saturday Supper” 6-9pm (App+Entree+Dessert+Well/Wine/Beer = $20)

Enjoy!

The Arsenal

12012 W. Pico Blvd / West LA

Sundays at the Spanish Kitchen

2013: Duhduhduh, and another one bites the dust. Spanish Kitchen no existo no more’o.

I’m one of those people who can never truly enjoy the last day of vacation. A day or two before leaving a trip I start getting mopey about its eminent end, making it impossible for me to even enjoy the last few hours of relaxation and freedom from work. Sundays are the same – I wake up stressing about the arrival of Monday morning, sad I won’t be able to sleep in, bummed its my last day of socially acceptable day drinking before 5 days of being semi-responsible.

For this very reason Sunday distractions are incredibly important: Big fun plans that keep me buzzed, busy, and distracted. Bottomless Mimosas are always a start but it is vitally important to keep the party going into happy hour and dinner time – so I don’t turn into <womp womp> Debbie Downer.

I can think of few better ways to stay happily intoxicated, fat, and distracted than discounted margaritas, cheap tequila shots, and 50% off food at the Spanish Kitchen on a Sunday evening:

 

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This certainly wont make Mondays more bearable (add headache to a general case of the Mundays = yuk) but with chips, salsa, a giant plate of tacos, and a couple Tecates: I might actually start surviving Sundays without bumming out myself + all my friends.

Gardens of Taxco 5 Course Dinner

This deal could be for Denny’s and we’d STILL think it was an amazing offer – so given that it is actually for a great Mexican spot in our hood, we’re all the more ecstatic about it:

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We’ve learned that some people bitch (via the national site of bitching – Yelp) about the fact that the Gardens of Taxco menu options are recited to you, rather than presented in menu form. While we understand it might be hard to remember everything recited, or even understand it depending on the waiter, we like to be optimists (vs. unhappy hipsters) and consider these situations opportunities to try something new.  Rather than bother to understand/remember we prefer to just tell the waiter to have the chef prepare his favorites!  Since its 5 courses there is bound to be something we like plus its still only $14.95 (normally $25/pp without the deal) – at that price you can make up for any unpleasant menu items with lots of margaritas.

By the way: the Gardens of Taxco’s yummy wine-based margaritas are only $13 for a carafe.

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Gardens of Taxco

1113 N. Harper Ave / West Hollywood  / 323.654.1746

Open: Tues – Thurs 4:30 – 11pm, Fri – Sun 4:30 – Midnight

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Need further proof of how deliciously great this deal is? Check out Caroline on Crack’s review!


Half Off at SBE’s CLEO

Love this deal from SBE…

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V hit up Cleo the other week with some friends and found it to be quite lovely (she  recommends the shrimp kebabs and the flat bread.) And although I have yet to enjoy the wonders of Cleo’s Mediterranean cuisine, I’m already a fan of the SBE owned hotel it sits in (The Redbury) due to its eclectic and fun style (much more ‘habitable’ in my opinion than its cold & stark Starck created sibling the SLS.) So I must imagine the decor at Cleo is equally appealing.

Luckily for you, we have a couple ‘special contacts’ within the SBE regime so we were able to score the details on this deal for you (Thanks NF!) so just click on the photo and print it out for your next Sunday – Wednesday dinner visit.

With all the money you save you can definitely spring on a bottle, or two, of wine. (Hurry up – it expires Oct 13th!!)

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Restaurant Week(s)!!

As most of you know, it’s that time of the year again – DineLA Restaurant Week!  We started to get excited a month or so ago when the reminder emails started coming through and now it’s finally here! In case you’ve been living under a rock and are unfamiliar with all the details of Restaurant Week, here is our rundown to get you up to speed.

Restaurant Week officially started yesterday and is actually 2 weeks long (this week and next, ending October 15th).  During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants around town (and there are quite a lot of them) offer prix fixe (which you know we LOVE) lunch and dinner menus.  Lunch menus are priced at either $16, $22 or $28 and dinners are $26, $34 or $44.

The beauty of restaurant week is that it gives you the opportunity to have a multi-course meal at a restaurant you have been meaning to try without dropping the $$ you would usually have to spend on all of those courses.   Also something about the multiple choices for each course make your dinner feel like some sort of choose your own adventure meal, which I love.  The only downside to the menus being that none of them include alcohol. But you can always show up for happy hour before your meal and grab a drink at the bar.

To get a feel for what you can expect here are my Restaurant Week picks and places I will probably hit up to take advantage of the special menus:

  • Campanile: $34 dinner menu includes choice of soup/poached apple salad/spaghetti di nero, followed by entree choices: grilled hangar steak/pan roasted halibut/risotto milanese, and finally a dessert of either chocolate cream puffs or spiced apple crisp
  • Eva: $34 dinner menu with appetizer options of kampachi and smoked plum/little gem salad with mustard/egg and mushroom, entrees include cod and caponata/jidori chicken with onion/beef tenderloin and potatoes, and for dessert you can choose from flourless chocolate cake/lemon pudding cake/apple crumble
  • Little Next Door: lunch and dinner options both sound great, dinner is $26 and features escargots or potato gnochhi followed by choice of either moules frites, wil mushroom chicken breast, or moroccan lamb stew and dessert choices of flourless chocolate cake, creme caramel or coconut cheese cake

YUM. I can’t wait to make my reservations! To get more info about the participating restaurants and to peep at their menus, click here. Make your reservations early!

Prix Fixe @ District!

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a prix fixe post (isn’t it time for Restaurant Week yet??) so I was definitely excited to hear and write about a new multi-course deal in our neighborhood.  My favorite part of a prix fixe meal is that they most always include a dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth, which I always want to order out at dinner but I’m either too full or too frugal to do so.  (Although after last Friday’s Savor event, I think I could do without sugar for a while….).

Anyhow, starting last week, District on Sunset is offering a new prix fixe menu in their bar area, every night from Sunday to Thursday.  For $30/person you get your choice of a cocktail/beer/wine + 2 courses (yes, 2!) + dessert (yay); which is a great deal since the main course entrees at District will run you around $30 on their own usually.  Their menu offerings change according to the market but you can get a feel for their food on the sample menu on their website.

District is walking distance from the Arclight so a good place to do a midweek dinner & movie date.  It is a pretty new place, opened earlier this year from the same guys that brought you Mercantile (which is right next door), The Bowery, and Mission Cantina amongst others.

District. 6600 Sunset Blvd. www.districtonsunset.com