Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

Bugs and flowers aren’t the only things coming out now that the weather is warming up. That’s right, people are hitting the trails, roads, shops, and finest dining establishments as we march forward and eventually reach the Summer months. With so much happening across the region, we thought it might be helpful to see a roundup of all the activities, events, offers, and more happening during this season. Whether it’s brunch and drinks to take advantage of the nice weather, celebrating PRIDE, or solid plans to impress Mom and Dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s all here. All you have to do is make a move!

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

 

Meteora (Father’s Day – June 16th)

The holistic, live-fire, and multi-sensory restaurant by chef Jordan Kahn – of the two-Michelin-starred Vespertine – will be offering a 5 course pre-fixe menu with the addition of a few special meat-focused menu items and a special beverage for that special figure in your life. Known for their artful (and decadent) culinary offerings, it’s a treat that everyone will remember.

Reservations are available at OpenTable.

 

Crustacean Beverly Hills: Father’d Day Brunch & Dinner Menu (June 15 – Father’s Day, June 16)

The beloved Crustacean is helping celebrate Father’s Day with an a couple of incredible weekend offers: Brunch and Dinner Specials! From Saturday, June 15th through Sunday, June 16th, guests can look forward to highlight dishes, like Tamarind Glazed Spare Ribs, 8 oz. Rime Ribeye, Prime Tomahawk Steak, and Golden Watermelon “Pizza.”

Credit: Crustacean Beverly Hills

Crustacean, known for their famed Garlic Noodles, will limit this special Father’s Day Menu to just two days, so RSVP while you can!

 

La Dolce Vita (Father’s Day – June 16th, 5 pm – 10 pm)

Since opening last year, La Dolce Vita has been one of the hottest reservations in Beverly Hills and will be serving their Sunday-only dinner menu, along with a special dish in honor of Father’s Day. The menu will include dishes like Arancino, Linguini, Steak Pizzaola, and Tiramisu –plus an opportunity to enjoy the recently launched new beverage menu from bar lead Blake Antrobus (Bicyclette, Otium) – giving the classic Italian-American cocktail menu an innovative refresh with chic Italian cocktails, Amaro-spiked spritzes, vintage cocktails, and more.

Reservations are available via Resy.

 

Coucou (Father’s Day – June 16th, 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

Treat your dad to Steak Frites and the L’haute Dog at West Hollywood’s newest French-ish bistro Coucou! Enjoy perfectly prepared martinis and cocktails with freshly shucked oysters at a handsome marble-topped bar and wood-fired French favorites on a sun-dappled, jasmine-lined patio. Not only is it the perfect way celebrate Father’s Day, but it’s also the perfect place to kick off Summer!

Reservations are available at Resy.

 

Emyla Tequila (Father’s Day)

If Dad appreciates fine spirits, it’s a gift he can enjoy over time, adding a bit of pleasure into his everyday life, not just on celebratory occasions.

This year, gift him the thoughtful luxury of an exceptional, aged tequila. Emyla Tequila’s new premium añejo is crafted with care and precision, stunningly designed, and the high quality Dad deserves. A small batch, limited product made with 100% Blue Weber agave sourced from both the Highlands and the Lowlands of Jalisco and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, Emyla creates a one-of-a-kind smooth taste and superior flavor profile.

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Whether sipped neat, on the rocks, or in Dad’s favorite cocktail, every sip of Emyla is an experience to be savored. Available for $130 in-store and online.

 

Thumb United

Thumb United is a mission-driven lifestyle apparel brand that advocates for mindful living in a digitally distracted world. The company specializes in designing clothing with unique inside pocket features for storing phones and other essentials, promoting a less distracted lifestyle.

This Father’s Day, gift dad one of Thumb United’s premium jackets. Made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester, Thumb United’s pieces exemplify exceptional quality and attention to detail. The multiple inside pockets provide a convenient and comfortable way to stow smartphones, meeting the practical needs of their audience.

Some perfect-for-dad pieces include:

The Franklin Hoodie:
One outing wearing our signature men’s Franklin hoodie will change your fashion game forever. Whether pairing this with sweats, denim, or a dressier pant, you can wear this super comfortable hoodie sweatshirt pretty much anywhere and still be the most comfortable, yet stylish guy in the room. Equipped with multiple inside pockets to store your phone on the move.

Courtesy: Thumb United

and The Truman Fleece:
This versatile men’s fleece jacket effortlessly takes you from the office, to the gym, and out to your dinner meeting in style. The phone safe inside pocket was designed to stash your smart phone without creating a bulk in the pocket, and provides a convenient earphone cord port so you can simply plug in and go (hands-free of course) * slightly fitted by design.

Courtesy: Thumb United

In collaboration with organizations addressing social media and phone addiction, Thumb United donates 10% of its net profits to raise awareness about these critical issues. Their core message is simple: “Hold a hand, not a phone.”

 

LazySaxs

The perfect game for summer — and the “most exciting sitting game ever”!

LazySaxs combines all of your favorite backyard, beach, party, picnic and tailgating games with the incredible benefit of sitting down. You simply set up the game and chairs (not supplied) and toss four sacks at the LazySaxs game while following the supplied point rules (if you feel like it). Your goal is to toss the sack into the funnel — the first player to reach 15 points wins.

LazySaxs is available online.

 

Play Henry Pickle Ball Paddles

Has pickleball become mom and/or dad’s new obsession? Meet Play Henry, where aesthetic meets athletics. It’s for the pickleball player who wants a competitive game but loves the social aspect of playing. They go from court to drinks and want a paddle that does the same. Play Henry paddles look fabulous yet are for serious play.

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Play Henry features a sand-blasted fiberglass paddle with an elongated handle, which offers comfortable maneuverability and facilitates a seamless two-handed backhand. Custom options are also available, with a minimum order number of five.

 

Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers

Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers recently collaborated with Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley at Brother’s Bond to create a limited-run “Sippin’ Rules” expansion pack inspired by their exceptional whiskeys! Play golf with a fun twist! Add some spice to your next round with Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers. It’s the perfect addition for the golf dads out there.

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This 107-card deck is full of challenges and fun cheat codes to ensure you and your friends have an unforgettable round. Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers includes five categories of cards, each containing a special prompt, action, or rule that creates a unique challenge (or a helpful leg up) at each hole.

“Sucks 4 U” cards will make the hole more challenging. “Attack” cards allow you to assign a challenge to another player. “Hell Yeah” cards are helpful. “Party” cards are good and bad and affect the entire group. “Hold On” cards are helpful cards that you can play throughout the round as needed. More than 25,000 games have been sold to golfers in over 14 different countries. Available at Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers and Amazon.

 

Kloveo

Need to lay the bottle on its side in your fridge? No problem! You no longer have to worry about your Champagne leaking, or worse: exploding all over the inside of your fridge with Kloveo. Chrome-plated stainless steel body and hinge construction make this the most durable sparkling wine stopper on the market.

This Father’s Day, give the gift of elegance and practicality. The Kloveo stopper is perfect for dads who appreciate a good bottle of bubbly. Its sleek design and robust construction ensure that your dad’s favorite sparkling wine stays fresh and secure. Plus, it’s a thoughtful addition to any home bar, making every celebration a little more special. Clove is available on Amazon.

 

The Now Massage (Father’s Day)

After the hustle and bustle of a long day on the court, why not treat dad to a rejuvenating massage experience? Los Angeles wellness oasis, The NOW Massage, is offering gift cards and products for dad to experience the healing benefits of massage.

With a range of gift cards from $50 to $500, it the ultimate treat so that they can unwind and recharge at their leisure, through the healing benefits of The NOW. In addition, The NOW is offering Hemp Calm Balm that is not only nourishing, but also a multi-tasking muscle rub perfect for treating tired, tight muscles.

Let dad bring the joys of massage home with him this Father’s Day!

 

MON AMI (Mother’s Day)

MON AMI just celebrated their 1st-year anniversary, complete with a special event on Cinco de Mayo to toast their first year of memories. Nestled along the picturesque Ocean Avenue strip in Santa Monica, MON AMI presents a captivating fusion of Mediterranean flavors and ambiance.

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, MON AMI makes a great destination, and if you’re one to beat the crowds – or wait until they’ve left – Mon Ami is always looking at ways to up the ante and immerse its guests with unforgettable and unique culinary immersions. On Sunday, May 12, MON AMI will hold a Mother’s Day pop-up brunch, making it a hot destination to deliver only the best for mom.

 

The Viv Hotel, Top of the V Mother’s Day Brunch: May 12, 10 am – 4 pm (Mother’s Day)

Celebrate the extraordinary women in your life with a special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Top of the V Rooftop Restaurant!

Courtesy of Top of the V

Menu items feature a Smoked Salmon Platter, Torrijas Spanish Style French Toast, Seafood Paella, a Dessert Station, among other delicious offerings. Buffet Price of $75 per person and Bottomless Mimosas and Sangria, paid at restaurant. Guests can add a floral bouquet to their reservation for an additional $50.

Reserve your table here.

 

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (Mother’s Day)

Afternoon High Tea
For those looking to celebrate their mother in style, the hotel will be offering two specialty Mother’s Day tea services on Sunday, May 12 at 12pm and 3:30pm in on the enchanting outdoor Ocean Terrace. Spend the afternoon sipping and swirling via the whimsical three-course menu, featuring an elegant spread of sumptuous scones, exquisite pastries, and finger sandwiches designed to pair with a vast selection of freshly brewed Lot 35 loose-leaf teas from Fairmont Miramar’s exclusive luxury tea collection, served on brand-new garden-inspired Bernardaud porcelain. A complimentary glass of champagne & a special chef dessert are also included. Tickets ($120 per person) are required and can be purchased via Resy.

Photo Credit: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

FIG Restaurant
Helmed by Executive Chef Damon Gordon, FIG Restaurant’s ultra-seasonal and locally sourced ingredient-driven restaurant featuring heritage-inspired dishes will offer regular weekend brunch from 11:30am-3:00pm, in addition to new seasonally-driven specials including:

      • Caramelized French Toast with passion fruit curd, warm vanilla orange syrup ($26)
      • King Crab Avocado Toast with charred shishito peppers, furikake ($36)
      • Wood-Fired Roasted King Salmon with spiced edamame hummus, preserved lemon gremolata ($46)
      • Local Berry Pavlova soft meringue, crème Chantilly ($18)

 Reservations can be made via Resy.

 

Transportive Italian Experience at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele, Hollywood and Long Beach (Mother’s Day)

For an immersive brunch experience, L’antica Pizzeria da Michele will transport diners tastebuds straight to Naples, Italy. Largely recognized as the pizzeria from the cult classic ‘Eat Pray Love’, the 3,000 square foot Hollywood location—the first of four U.S. outposts—has two large patios and a secret garden where patrons can enjoy Italian classics and handcrafted cocktails, such as their iconic Italian Omelette ($23) made with eggs, Italian ham, sausage, Guanciale, burrata, tomato and onion, paired with the refreshing LA Sunset ($18)featuring watermelon and basil infused Grey Goose Vodka, lime, and watermelon juice.

Photo Credit: L’antica

Honoring age-old cooking traditions & techniques with their use of imported Italian ingredients, diners can expect an array of special Mother’s Day Italian brunch items with highlights including:

  • Risotto Alla Barbabietola with red beet risotto, peas, asparagus, spinach, tomino piesmontese cheese
  • Pizza Puttanesca with tomato sauce, fior di latte, basil, anchovies, olives, capers, stracciatella
  • Halibut con Polenta e Funghi with Alaskan Halibut, crispy white polenta, fume’ broth, mixed mushroom tempura

 

Family-Friendly New England Haven, Connie and Ted’s (Mother’s Day)

With an expansive outdoor patio, Connie and Ted’s has been the go-to spot for hearty New England-inspired seafood perfect for families and larger groups for over a decade. Inspired by Michelin-Starred chef-owner, Michael Cimarusti’s cherished memories of his beloved grandparents, Connie and Ted, the restaurant pays homage to their story, love of family, and the good times spent fishing and preparing the day’s catch together.

Photo Credit: Robiee Ziegler

The robust flavor-packed daytime menu includes comfort classics with an East Coast spin such as the Shrimp Chilaquiles ($24), Crab & Lobster Omelette ($35), and the ultimate hangover cure – a killer Maine Lobster Croque “Connie” ($38) made with gruyere, figaro sauce, and a sunny side up egg. For those wanting to start their morning on the sweeter side, Pastry Chef Daphane DeLone is baking up her beloved Monkey Bread ($12), featuring sweet and sticky cinnamon bread and cream cheese icing all made in-house from scratch.

Angelenos can revel in one of the city’s best seafood-centric brunch contenders from 11:30am – 3:00pm, in addition to a selection of Mother’s Day specialties:

  • “Sweet Escape” Cocktail – Strawberry Lemon Bellini ($15)
  • “Sunday PTO” Cocktail – Sotal Hibiscus Cocktail ($15)
  • ½ dozen Chefs Choice Oysters & a glass of Prosecco ($18)
  • Lobster Risotto – aged carnaroli rice, lemon, chives (Market Price)
  • Strawberries and Cream Cookie sandwich – FREE for Moms with entrée purchase

Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Temecula Valley Wineries (Mother’s Day)

The headline above pretty much says all you need to know, right? Treat mom to all of her wine-loving desires with this assortment of options from Temecula Valley Wineries. From yoga to buffets, there are more than enough options to make mom’s day, or her entire weekend.
Akash Winery
Mother’s Day Yoga on the Vineyard Patio – Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m.
Session includes yoga + one glass of wine | Reserve your mat space here!
Mother’s Day Floral Design Atelier – Sunday, May 12, 12 – 2 p.m.
Settle into the private vineyard patio and enjoy a hands-on floral design class from Light & Well. You’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, and light charcuterie, then dive into a world of flowers and greens | One additional glass of wine is also included in your ticket. Purchase your seat here.
Cougar Vineyards & Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – Sunday, May 12 | Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Guests can enjoy a pasta bar with spring vegetable medly, along with a ham entree, assorted bread and biscotti, ceaser salad, and so much more. The dessert station will also include Carter Estate’s famous Estate Lemon loaf with lemon glaze.
$69.95, $59.95 members, $19.95 12-under | Add bottomless blood orange or regular orange mimosas for $15pp
A full menu and tickets are available to purchase at: www.cougarwinery.com.
Masia de la Vinya Winery
Bubbles and Bows Mother’s Day Soirée – Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Indulge in a luxurious picnic arranged by Temecula Picnic Company with a sparkling wine greeting, artisanal charcuterie boxes, wine specials, and picturesque flower wall to capture your most precious memories.
$75 member, $95 non-member
Miramonte Winery
Bites & Delights: A Mother’s Day Charcuterie Workshop – Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Join us and our friends at Grazing Theory to craft your very own personalized charcuterie board. The experience includes a fresh handcrafted mimosa, guided charcuterie workshop, and all charcuterie supplies, along with meats, cheeses, fruits, Belgian Pearl waffles, and freshly baked mini-croissants
$100 member, $110 non-member
For more information visit: https://www.miramontewinery.com.
South Coast Winery & Resort
Mother’s Day Buffet at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant – Sunday May 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy an assortment of delicious appetizer displays, refreshing salads, delectable entreés like eggs benedict, french toast, an omelette station, alongside a mouthwatering carving station, a decedent dessert display and so much more! $75 adults, $35 children
For reservations and more information:  https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/vineyard-rose

 

Zippo

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the extraordinary woman in your life with a sophisticated gift from Zippo. Whether she’s swapped out the wine for cannabis, or is simply a candle lover, Zippo has you covered with their range of products sure to make sparks fly in her heart.

For the “Canna-mom”
In an era where more mothers are swapping wine for cannabis, Zippo’s 20th of April Collection stands as a sophisticated companion for those seeking relaxation and tranquility. As revealed by a survey from Eaze, one in five self-identified marijuana users are parents. Furthermore, according to insights shared on SheKnows, an impressive 67% of parental cannabis users attest that incorporating weed into their lives has enhanced their parenting journey. Choose from four refined styles, each set in lustrous High Polish Brass, available here.

Courtesy: Zippo

For the Candle Aficionado
Elevate the art of candle lighting with Zippo’s chic Rechargeable Candle Lighter. Its flexible neck ensures a hassle-free experience, delivering the perfect touch of ambiance every time.

Timeless Elegance
Express your affection with Zippo’s exquisite high polish rose gold, graceful wavy flower design, or classic matte pink lighters. Explore their full range of options here.

 

 

Activities and Events

Celebrate World Yoga Day @ Andaz West Hollywood: June 21

Equinox is partnering with Andaz West Hollywood to host a morning yoga session on the hotel’s stunning sundeck, amidst panoramic city views. From 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, this revitalizing experience will be followed by refreshing juices and fresh smoothies. For Angelenos looking to start their summer day off with balance, sunlight, and gorgeous views, this event will be the perfect kickoff.

The event will consist of guided stretching and breathwork from an expert Equinox instructor, and is open to the public for a $20 admission fee – a discounted rate compared to typical Equinox fitness offerings. The class will be complimentary for hotel guests.

Purchase your ticket here!

 

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows: Lobby Lounge Live

Starting Friday, May 17 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Santa Monica’s iconic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows invites locals and guests alike to experience the debut of Lobby Lounge Live, where the heart of the hotel will come alive every Friday evening with unparalleled enchantment with renowned master pianist Jason Pelsey taking center stage, captivating audiences of all stripes with brilliant melodies in an unrivaled ambiance.

Courtesy: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

From hits to timeless classics, musically inclined guests can be a part of the show, joining Pelsey at the piano, transforming their evening into a symphony of shared melodies and unforgettable moments paired best with hand-crafted cocktails & delectable bites.

The newest tradition at Fairmont Miramar is available for walk-ins only on a first come, first serve basis, available every Friday from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

 

Coming This Summer @ MON AMI: First Class Dinner Series

This summer, guests can enjoy the launch of MON AMI’s new First Class Dinner series, with a “visit” to Barcelona being the kick off. When it takes place, the first of this evening series will star a four-course Spanish meal with two curated cocktails, live Catalan music, and Flamenco dancers, while guests can frequent Jamon and Sangria stations. And to make the experience all the more memorable, guests will leave with a “passport” to commemorate their “trip.”

The inaugural dinner event, is priced at $189 per person, and attendees can anticipate indulging in a meticulously crafted four-course meal complemented by two expertly concocted craft cocktails. Mon Ami’s chefs have designed the menu to highlight the diverse flavors and rich culinary traditions of the region, ensuring a culinary journey like no other. Each month for one night only, MON AMI will offer an experience centered around a city in Europe, from the food and cocktails to live music and activations. Guests can expect “passports” for every “trip” this summer.

Learn more about MON AMI here, and book reservations at Resy.

Matcha Madness @ Parakeet Cafe: Through May 31

Parakeet Cafe — home of an incredibly elevated cafe experience — is celebrating Matcha this May with Matcha Madness! All you have to do is post a Parakeet Matcha, and you’ll get a Matcha free! The perfect Spring drink to celebrate one of life’s simplest pleasures, Parakeet Cafe crafts their menu with locally sourced, organic and whole ingredients — and like their Lattes, these Matchas are big on flavor. For instructions on how to enter for a free matcha drink, check the flyer below:

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Matchas include:

  • Cold Cream Vanilla Matcha
  • Ceremonial Matcha Tea
  • Lavender Matcha Latte
  • Iced Mint Matcha Latte

Matcha Madness ends on Friday, May 31st, and is available at the Beverly Hills and Brentwood locations:

Beverly Hills
206 S Beverly Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Brentwood
13050 San Vicente Boulevard, suite 112,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

 

Horse Soldier Whiskey & War Stories Dinner at Top of The V: May 21, 6-10 p.m.

In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Army Retired Sergeant Major & Horse Soldier Partner, Vince Makela will lead a whiskey tasting with Horse Soldier Whiskey paired with a three-course dinner. Hear firsthand accounts from brave soldiers while enjoying a gourmet dinner in a stunning setting at the rooftop restaurant at The Viv Hotel.

Courtesy of Top of the V

In honor of Memorial Day, 10% of every ticket sold and any bottles purchased this evening to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation which was founded in honor of firefighter Steven Gerard Siller who raced through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on foot in full gear to the twin towers on 9/11 where he gave up his life saving others. To learn more about this wonderful charity please visit: Tunnel to Towers Foundation. $200 ticket price is inclusive of the dinner/pairing price of $157 plus tax and 18% gratuity. Purchase tickets here.

 

Little Dom’s Seafood: Summer BBQ Series

Little Dom’s Seafood, a top locally-sourced seafood destination in Carpinteria, will bring back its annual Summer BBQ Series on Saturday, June 8 from 12 pm – 4 pm.

Throughout the series, Little Dom’s Seafood’s co-owner, executive chef and grill expert, Brandon Boudet, pays homage to the regional culinary tradition of Santa Maria-style barbecue with a menu of locally sourced seafood, meat, and veggie dishes, including:

  • BBQ Oysters ($5 each)
  • 1/2 Grilled Artichoke ($7)
  • Roasted Corn w/ Basil and Parmesan ($7)
  • Calabrese Chicken Wings ($14)
  • Tri Tip Sandwich w/ shredded cabbage, pickled green tomato & Saba BBQ Sauce ($17)
  • Maine Lobster Roll w/ Butter on Brioche & Salsa Verde($27)

Taking place in our breezy outdoor parking lot lined with picnic tables, this series gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s special BBQ menu alongside a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails for a quintessential California BBQ experience, all summer long.

Little Dom’s Seafood’s Summer BBQ Series will take place the second Saturday of each month from Saturday, June 8 through Labor Day weekend (June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14).

 

Celebrate National Martini Day (June 19)

Whether dirty or espresso, come together to celebrate a day dedicated to the cocktails that so many love: martinis. Beverly Bar, Crustacean, Videre LA, and Prima Donna are all joining in on the fun with specialty cocktails, and unbeatable happy hours to celebrate the national day! Check out the Martini Day offerings below, and their brunch specials just after!

Crustacean Beverly Hills
Crustacean Beverly Hills is kicking off their new Martini & Oyster Hour on National Martini Day! Angelenos can enjoy $10 Martinis and $2 Oysters at the glamorous Anna May Bar. Talented mixologists will be shaking and stirring Haku Vodka and Roku Gin martinis, available dirty or dry, with a lemon twist or olives, or pomegranate flavored. This irresistible Happy Hour special is available Tuesday through Friday all summer long, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Credit: Carl Larsen / Crustacean Beverly Hills

In addition, Crustacean is launching a new Martini & Oyster Happy Hour, with $10 Martinis and $2 Oysters available at the glamorous Anna May Bar every Tuesday through Friday, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, from June 19th (National Martini Day) through the rest of Summer. Master Chef Helene An and Chef Tony Nguyen will be carefully sourcing the freshest, most succulent oysters from sustainable fisheries, then serving the delicacies alongside an Asian fusion spin on cocktail sauce, citrus, and Thai basil. The delicate rice-based Haku vodka and floral Roku gin both contain exotic notes of Yuzu and Sansho Pepper, which elevate Crustacean’s oysters to a new realm. The martinis will be available in classic variations: dirty or dry, with a lemon twist or olives, or pomegranate flavored. No reservations are necessary to take advantage of this offer!

Beverly Bar
Beverly Bar, a nostalgic cocktail lounge in Beverly Hills, is offering their Martini Monday specials all-day long! Guests can sip 8 variations of handcrafted martinis for $12, and take advantage of happy hour snacks like avo hummus, burrata, and shrimp tacos. Those looking to truly indulge this holiday can try the $49 Mr. Beverly Martini with 24k Gold and Saffron-Infused Vodka.

Prima Donna
Prima Donna, a hot new Sicilian spot in Culver City, is celebrating National Martini Day at their bar. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a gin martini, vodka martini, or vesper with a side of fries for $15. Prima Donna is also teaming up with Optimist NA spirits to offer a non-alcoholic martini for $13. Their Prosciutto-Stuffed Fried Green Olives are a highly suggested pairing.

Videre LA
Videre LA’s rooftop bar is serving up two special martinis to celebrate: the video game-inspired Super Espresso Martini Bros, made with mushroom coffee and a grating of parmesan cheese, as well as a frozen Espresso Martini slushie! Guests can lounge by the pool and take in stunning views of the city while sipping on their caffeinated delights and munching on bites like truffle fries and almond hummus with crudite.

LA’s Hottest Brunch Bunch

It wouldn’t be LA without brunch (or booze)! Below our some of the hottest destinations to get your boozy brunch on, and just in time as the weather heats up. These three top-notch restaurants promise to elevate the brunch game with irresistible cocktails and vibrant atmospheres.

Videre LA
Perched within the city skyline, Videre LA offers brunch with a view at their stunning rooftop, poolside restaurant & bar. Their build-your-own Bloody Mary cart sets them apart fromany other rooftop in the city. For just $20, guests can unleash their creativity and concoct the perfect Bloody Mary, tailored to their taste buds. With an array of premium spirits, house-made mixers, and a variety of garnishes, the possibilities are endless at Videre. Order the house French Toast with local berries to go with it.

Credit: Videre LA

Prima Donna
Groups of friends can head to Prima Donna for a brunch experience like no other. Indulge in their delightful mimosa package, in which a bottle of top-shelf Prosecco paired with a selection of fresh juices is served table side for $60. Whether guests prefer classic orange juice or adventurous flavors like blood orange or passion fruit, Prima Donna has something to please every palate. Toast to friendship and fun with this picture-perfect brunch option, which pairs perfectly with their cacio de pepe eggs.

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Tatel Beverly Hills
Tatel Beverly Hills is serving up authentic bottomless sangria from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday for $23. Sip and savor this refreshing Spanish libation while soaking up the elegant ambiance of Tatel’s chic Beverly Hills location. With its upscale vibe and irresistible flavors, Tatel promises a brunch experience that’s both sophisticated and satisfying. The foot-long Jamon & Manchego sandwich compliments the wine effortlessly.

Credit: Patel Beverly Hills

 

Beverly Bar
Sometimes you just have to add a little razzle-dazzle to your outings in order to impress friends, strangers, or only yourself! Beverly Bar is able to help do just that with their new Brunch menu, Bar Menu, and $49 Mr. Beverly’s Martini! This one-of-a-kind martini is made with saffron infused Grey Goose and 24k gold. Perfect for those glitzy brunches, right?

Celebrating its first anniversary, Beverly Bar has unveiled an enticing new brunch menu featuring an array of sweet and savory dishes alongside seasonal craft cocktails. Situated in the heart of Beverly Hills on North Canon Drive, this chic bar, known for its romantic nostalgia, is excited to extend its offerings to daytime visitors, complementing its existing dinner and happy hour menus.

The brunch menu at Beverly Bar puts luxurious, playful twists on classic breakfast dishes. Their Chicken & Waffles are made with a sweet and spicy twist, featuring a thick sriracha honey-glazed breading. The Chef’s Lox Pizza reimagines a bagel favorite with an everything-seasoned crust topped with cream cheese, cucumber, smoked lox, capers, and arugula, while the Avocado Toast is elevated with perfectly seared bread in olive oil, adorned with pomegranate seeds, toasted pepitas, and flavorful aioli. For those seeking indulgence, the caviar platter is a must-try.

To complement these delectable dishes, Beverly Bar offers an impressive selection of brunch cocktails. Highlights include the Light Drizzle, made with Sauvignon Blanc, apricot brandy, orange juice, and Blanc de blancs; a tequila and La Colombe coffee Espresso Martini; and a make-your-own mimosa kit.

Guests can enjoy their brunch experience in style with both indoor seating in charming leather booths and outdoor seating, perfect for people-watching on the streets of Beverly Hills. Beverly Bar’s brunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations can be made on Resy, though walk-ins are also welcome.

 

Catch Lemon Perfect’s Hydration Tour Featuring Rivian

Lemon Perfect, the beloved flavored lemon water brand, is making their way across the country this summer! The brand recently announced their Hydration Tour where their fleet of branded Rivians will be making stops at some of the country’s biggest cities this summer to hydrate thousands each day and beat the summer heat!

Credit: Lemon Perfect

Throughout the next couple of months, Lemon Perfect’s Rivians will be making stops in states including Texas, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and more. To find out where the Rivian will be stopping next, follow Lemon Perfect’s Instagram and other social pages to get the exact addresses of where they can be found.

 

Raid the SmartSweets Candy Stash: June 21 – June 30

Got a sweet tooth? On a diet? Maybe you can appeal to both of those needs! SmartSweets are setting out on their first-ever Mobile Candy Shop on Friday, 6/21 from 10AM – 5PM. You’re invited to check out the favorite low-sugar candy brand and try their latest innovations and new & improved recipe — with no more candy getting stuck in your teeth!

The mobile candy shop will be full of candy-fied games, exclusive merch drops, nostalgic activations, content worthy gifting & a sweet tooth playlist. SmartSweets candies have up to 92% less sugar than traditional candy favorites, plus a whole lot less calories and more fiber than the other brands. Whether you consider it “adult candy” or heathy candy, there are multiple opportunities to get your share and join in on the fun:

  • Friday, June 21st (10AM – 5PM)
    • The Brig | Abbot Kinney
  • Saturday, June 22nd
    • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Sunday, June 23rd
    • Westfield Topanga Festival
  • Wednesday, June 26th (To Be Confirmed)
    • Target | 3535 S La Cienega Blvd
  • Thursday, June 27th
    • Main Street Santa Monica
  • Friday, June 28th
    • Manhattan Village
  • Saturday, June 29th
    • 3rd Street Promenade
  • Sunday, June 30th (To Be Confirmed)
    • Target | 2626 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock

 

Cutwater’s Tasting Room: Agave Season Experience: May 16, May 23

If you’re looking to up your booze game ahead of summer, Cutwater’s got just the activity for you to hone in on your bartending skills.

Credit: Cutwater

Cutwater Tequila Cocktail Class ($35)
Join Beverage Ambassador Laura Price as she teaches you how to perfect a classic Margarita, and guides you through how you can then personalize it to your own taste. Inclusive of specialty cocktails, education, tasting, and Cantarito Cutwater mug. Enroll here.

Cutwater Mezcal Cocktail Class ($35)
Join Cutwater Bartender Hayley Wilcox, as she guides you through how to create a signature Cutwater Mezcal cocktail. Inclusive of specialty cocktails, education, tasting, and Cantarito Cutwater mug. Sign up for this lesson here.

 

Archer Pilates’ New Class Combining Pickleball and Pilates: Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm

Summer is coming and getting your body right is about to become a little easier. In a city where fitness trends emerge as quickly as the setting sun, Archer Pilates is leading the charge by merging two of LA’s most popular activities into one dynamic class. Taking place each Tuesday at 1:30 pm, Archer Pilates’ exclusive “Pilates for Pickleballers” reformer class offers one-on-one training with an instructor to enhance the performance and longevity of pickleball enthusiasts through specialized stretching, alignment, and strength training.

“Pilates and pickleball go hand-in-hand,” says Melanie Archer, certified Pilates instructor and owner of Archer Pilates. “As an avid pickleball enthusiast myself, I have tailored this new class to specifically complement pickleball players’ training and injury prevention routines.”

Unlike the typical multi-chain Pilates studios that dot the Los Angeles landscape, Archer Pilates prides itself on its private ownership and expert management, promising a unique, personalized fitness journey. Their new offering taps into the growing trend of pickleball, combining it with the transformative power of Pilates. This class is designed to help athletes of all levels improve their game by focusing on core strength, flexibility, and overall physical alignment — essential components for mastering the sport of pickleball.

Tighten up your pickleball game each Tuesday at 1:30pm with the expert instructors at Archer Pilates. Experience firsthand why combining Pilates with pickleball is not just a workout — it’s a transformative practice that heals, tones, and strengthens one client at a time.

 

FREE PickleBall Clinics, Courtesy of Nature Made and Pickle Pop

Nature Made is hosting FREE pickleball clinics throughout the month of May to spread the love of pickleball to people of all ages in LA!

Nature Made is partnering with Pickle Pop, a fun facility on the Santa Monica Promenade to teach you to play America’s fastest-growing sport! You also may go home with FREE products! As the Official Vitamin of USA Pickleball, Nature Made aims to provide simple ways for consumers to support their everyday wellness journeys- through pickleball and taking vitamins!

FREE Clinic dates/times available:

Sat 5/4 10am – 12pm
Sat 5/11 10am – 12pm
Sat 5/25 10am – 12pm
Sat 6/1 10am – 12pm

Sign up, here. For additional details, visit NatureMade.com.

 

Pick Up a Bowlero Season Pass

Maybe Pickleball is a bit too involved for your activity requirements. If so, bowling is also on the table! Bowlero is offering a summer season pass this year. Guests can choose between the basic and premium pass offerings outlined below. Plus, save 10% with pre-sale purchases made before May 15th. Passes can be purchased here.
  1. Basic Summer Season Pass: Includes 2 games of bowling and shoe rental per day. Valid only at the center of purchase.
  2. Premium Summer Season Pass: Includes 2 games of bowling and shoe rental per day, a $5 Arcade Card reload per day, 15% off food and beverage per transaction, and use at any participating center.

Learn more about Bowlero’s season passes here.

 

Visit Westfield Topanga’s Summer Social: June 21 – June 23

Westfield Topanga is kicking off their Summer Social with food trucks, live music, & amazing deals to start the season right! Celebrate with the entire family all weekend long & enjoy free samples, tastings from Topanga Social’s best eateries (including the just-opened SLAB BBQ), specialty cocktails, live bands & DJs, and prizes from JINYA, Shake Shack, Topanga Social, North Italia, Kiehl’s & so many more! Those who know, know, and those who don’t are missing out, as Westfield’s Topanga Social is home to come of the most delicious and visually stunning food and drinks around.

Stop by each day Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23 from 2PM – 7PM daily. RSVP for free here!

Activities for the Family at Westfield Topanga

if you’re looking for some kid-friendly entertainment this summer (while keeping mom & dad out of the heat), Westfield Topanga has you covered – check out the list below for a few ideas that’ll keep the whole family happy! Check out the points below for some fun options:

  • Pinstripes Kids Club:

    • The Pinstripes Kids Club is the deal of the summer! For just $20, enjoy a monthly kids activity and get a $10 off food & beverage voucher for the same day. Reserve your spot HERE!

      • July 6th: Kids Musicians

      • August 3rd: Cookie Decorating

  • Wanderlust Creamery at Topanga Social:

    • Cool down at Wanderlust inside the Topanga Social food hall! Wanderlust Creamery is renowned for its “ice cream inspired by travel”, making non-traditional ice cream flavors inspired by global cuisine. For adult treats, parents can grab a frozen cocktail at the Margarita Garden!

  • Fun Factory Arcade:

    • Too hot for a day at Six Flags? Head to this classic arcade featuring video and amusement games (skeeball, basketball shooting, air hockey, & more), and kiddie rides. Play games, win tickets and get cool prizes!

Audition & Couple Up at Westfield Century City: June 14

Westfield Century City is bringing the hit cultural phenomena, Love Island USA, to the Los Angeles Area for fans to see if they have what it takes to be the next bombshell. To celebrate the upcoming sixth season, the center joined forces with Peacock to have fans audition for the next season of the popular television series – live & in person at the popular Century City hotspot this Friday, June 14th.

The pop up takes place from 2 pm to 7 pm PT, at Westfield Century City:
Westfield Century City – The Atrium
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

Join Alicia Silverstone at Westfield Topanga for Top Sustainability Tips: May 18 @ 3 pm

On Saturday, May 18, at 3pm, head to Westfield Topanga to catch a talk with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone as she dives into integrating sustainable practices into your daily life, consumption, healthy habits, shopping routine & much more. Stop by and join the ultimate shopping icon to revisit 90s mall culture and get a chance to ask her questions – whether you’re looking for Cher-esque fashion advice or tips on being more green!

From fashion and beauty to protecting the planet, Alicia is on a journey to share her expertise and constant learning to create a more sustainable future. VIP ticket sales ($25) will be donated to RE-volv to support clean energy, or you can reserve General Admission for free, here! The event is a part of Westfield’s Good Festival – the annual event taking place across Westfield Centers that brings together retailers, partner brands, and local stakeholders who are making positive steps towards the environment.

 

Garfield Movie Mural x Popchips: May 3 – May 26

Starting May 3 and leading up to the premiere of The Garfield Movie, Angelenos can get in on the fun by viewing the larger-than-life orange Popchips wall located at 8201 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. The bold mural wall features a hungry Garfield with a knife and fork peering over a colossal Popchips Nacho bag, ready to dig in. Orange paw prints on the sidewalk lead viewers to the purr-fect spot to strike a pose alongside the mural.

Credit: Popchips / fmarin

Plus, don’t miss out on LTO Nacho Popchips, swag, and more, courtesy of the Popchips street team on May 4, 5, 11, and 12! For an extra treat, scan the QR code on the mural to transport into the Popchips chip bag to become Garfield’s favorite snack via an augmented reality filter on Instagram.

The Popchips x Garfield mural will be live from 5/3 – 5/26.

 

PRIDE & Travel

Pride Month Deals from Hotels Across the U.S. and Mexico

Culver City: The Shay Hotel
The Shay invites guests to celebrate pride during the month of June. Guests will receive 15% off their stay when they use the code PRIDE on the website when booking between now through the end of June. Enjoy the laid-back poolside ambiance overlooking the city at Canopy Club or savor culinary delights downstairs at the newly opened Prima Donna. Adjacent to Ivy Station, this transit-oriented development offers additional dining and shopping options in a vibrant urban oasis–only 7 miles away from the beach. Strategically located, The Shay provides effortless access to Culver City’s dynamic cultural scene. Explore local art galleries, indulge in vibrant nightlife, and take leisurely strolls through the contemporary neighborhood. With Ivy Station’s transit hub, Culver City becomes a perfect walkable haven, eliminating the need for a car and ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable Spring Break experience in the heart of this dynamic urban landscape. For booking, visit here.

Credit: The Shay Hotel

WeHo: Andaz West Hollywood
With it’s robust LGBTQ+ community, West Hollywood is known as the heart of Pride celebrations in Los Angeles and as the first hotel on the iconic Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood will be celebrating all month long! From May 30th to June 30th, Andaz West Hollywood will have a bookable Pride Package with complimentary welcome drinks, access to Pride-themed pool parties on the hotel’s rooftop pool, late check out and up to two drink tickets (one per guest). Additionally, during West Hollywood Pride Weekend May 31st to June 2nd and Los Angeles Pride Weekend from June 7th to June 9th, the hotel will have a rainbow cake for sale at its Riot House Restaurant and an Absolut Vodka Pride drink and dessert available for purchase. Guests looking to celebrate can do so without even having to leave the property. On West Hollywood Pride weekend, Andaz West Hollywood will be hosting a Pride Happy Hour at Riot House Restaurant from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on May 31st and a Rooftop Pool Party on June 1st. On Los Angeles Pride weekend, the hotel will be hosting a Master Beat Party with DJ Jace M on June 8th and a Reverb DayClub Pool Party with sounds by DJ Matt Suave on June 9th.

Even more festivities on the way:
Andaz West Hollywood is offering a month-long Pride Package — bookable with the code PRIDE now for those staying May 31 – June 2 (West Hollywood Pride Weekend) and June 7-9 (Los Angeles Pride Weekend). The package comes with complimentary welcome drinks, access to Pride-themed pool parties on the hotel’s rooftop, late check-out, and up to two drink tickets (one per guest).

The hotel will be hosting a Rooftop Pool Party on June 1, with free entry for guests ($20 for non-guests). Taking place during West Hollywood Pride Weekend (May 31 – June 2), visitors will be able to celebrate Pride in style — with epic views of the festivities, and mixed drinks in hand.

For those visiting after the June 1 Rooftop Pool Party, Andaz West Hollywood will host two more blowouts during West Hollywood Pride Weekend: a Master Beat Party with DJ Jace M on June 8 and a Reverb DayClub Pool Party with sounds by DJ Matt Suave on June 9.

For booking, visit here.

Credit: Andaz West Hollywood

San Francisco: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco’s Pride Parade is known for its massive celebration of love, equality, and expression. This year, Grammy, Emmy, and two-time Tony Award winner Billy Porter will be hosting the festivities that are set to take place on June 30. For those looking to stay waterside in the iconic Embarcadero District where the parade starts and partake in the exciting season, Hyatt Regency San Francisco will be providing 10% off room bookings for the month of June with the code PRIDE. With its newly launched happy hour and the recently announced rotation of the property’s Regency Club for World of Hyatt members and guests who book the Regency Club package, there is no better place to celebrate love in the city than at Hyatt Regency San Francisco.  For booking, visit here.

Credit: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Chicago: Hotel Zachary
Celebrate Pride Month at Alma, nestled within Chicago’s Hotel Zachary, with their exclusive Pride cocktail, the “Stonewall Sour.” Crafted with bourbon, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white, garnished with Tiki Bitters, this delightful concoction is served in a stylish coup glass for $16. Throughout June, 25% of the proceeds from each Stonewall Sour will be donated to Center on Halsted, supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Alma, now boasting enhanced seating, a dedicated DJ booth, and modern décor beckons guests into its inviting space reminiscent of Chicago’s golden era. With its Terrace offering unparalleled views of Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way, Alma provides the perfect setting to celebrate pride, enjoy refreshing libations, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Lakeview. For an even more immersive experience, consider opting for an overnight stay at Hotel Zachary, conveniently located steps away from the Chicago Pride Festival. Book a reservation at Alma here and a stay at Hotel Zachary here.

Credit: Hotel Zachary

Atlanta: Grand Hyatt Atlanta
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead celebrates Pride this June and beyond by offering guests a special offer. Guests will receive 20% off their stay when they use the code PRIDE when used on the website to book. Making Grand Hyatt Atlanta the perfect place to book while enjoying Pride in Atlanta. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is at the heart of the neighborhood and situated closet the best restaurants and shopping in the city to enjoy the start of the summer and Pride month. The hotel is home to 439 plush luxury guest rooms and 21 suites, with two fine dining restaurants, room-service, a coffee bar, an outdoor pool and peaceful Japanese Zen Garden to enjoy during your stay. For booking, visit here.

Credit: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Mexico: Fairmont Mayakoba – Riviera Maya  

What better way to celebrate Pride month than in the lush, gated community of Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. Fairmont Mayakoba, a AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community, is throwing an exclusive Pride in Paradise party on Saturday, June 15, featuring performances by Turbulence and Burrita Burrona, two iconic drag queens from Mexico. The resort will offer special Pride month amenities for guests to enjoy, along with this unique beachfront celebration. Check out their All-Inclusive Package for the best value and convenience with unlimited dining and premium beverage services throughout the property for a Pride getaway unlike any other. Even more, Fairmont Mayakoba’s Pride festivities can be enjoyed by the whole family, with special summer programming for kids to enjoy while adults celebrate love and inclusivity in paradise. For booking, visit here.

Credit: Fairmont Mayakoba

 

Rosewood Sand Hill

Perfectly timed to the Spring and Summer, Rosewood Sand Hill has launched both their Cycling Concierge Program and Summer Pool Menu in partnership with award-winning Chef, Ravi Kapur. Check out what’s in store below:

Summer Pool Menu
In partnership with award-winning Chef, Ravi Kapur, Rosewood Sand Hill has launched the resort’s highly anticipated summer poolside menu, available exclusively at the property’s pool from April until October. A nod to the hotel’s sister property, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, the pool menu will offer Hawaiian-inspired fare accompanied by a selection of refreshing signature cocktails, both crafted by Ravi himself.

Drawing from Ravi’s Hawaiian heritage and the property’s sustainable culinary ethos, the poolside menu will feature a variety of mouthwatering dishes including hiramasa ceviche, coconut turmeric crispy chicken bites, crushed avocado, and chili crisp dip all complemented by refreshing cocktails with highlights such as the Pickled Mango Margarita and the Lihing Paloma.

Cycling Concierge Program
The property has also launched their Cycling Concierge program, designed to immerse guests into the destination’s well known cycling routes. Tapping into the expertise of cycling enthusiast and Managing Director, Philip Meyer, the Cycling Concierge program offers guests both personalized route planning, local insights on scenic locales and expert recommendations for hidden gems along the way, coupled with bike rental information, local bike shop recommendations, secret water stops, an on-site mobile bike service option, local group ride insights and nutrition advice from the property’s Culinary Director, Chef Seamus Mullen.

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