La Descarga-Los Angeles

La Descarga-Los Angeles

What: La Descarga

Where: Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

La Descarga is an exclusive speakeasy in Los Angeles.  Ethan took me here last month, and I’ve heard so many great things about the club that I was super excited to go and check it out.  The club itself exceeded expectations, and it renewed my love for hidden bars and speakeasies in Los Angeles.

Getting In

Guests need reservations to enter the club, and they can be made either on the website or by calling directly.  I suggest that you call at least a week prior to ensure that the club is not at capacity.  There is a small neon sign advertising the lounge.  The entry door sits behind a taco stand and has a single security guard checking for ID and reservations.  After your reservation is confirmed, patrons are led up a stairway to a hostess.  She sits at a simple desk and will welcome you to the lounge.

After your welcome, the hostess opens a closet on the side of the room and pushes aside the coats and dresses on hangars.  This reveals a red velvet curtain.  When the curtain is pushed aside, it leads into the top part of the lounge.  A short hallway and staircase leads guests to the main floor of the bar.  The entire presentation of the entry into La Descarga was exciting and like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

The Club

The main bar has reserved seating areas and standing room only.  They are known for their specialty cocktails.  There is a smoking room in the back that has a bar that serves standard cocktails.  Bar seating in the back room is on a first-come first-served basis.  Tables are by reservation only, but guests can sit at the table until the party that reserved comes to claim them.  Cigars and cigarettes are allowed in the room since there is ventilation to the outdoors via the roof.

The shows are scheduled hourly and last about fifteen minutes.  When we were there, there was a burlesque show and live band.  The saxophone player came down the steps and played in the crowd, which was unique.  He also coordinated the show with the dancer.  This was one of the best burlesque shows that I’ve seen at a speakeasy.  We ended up spending about 3.5 hours here, and we could’ve spent the entire night here if we didn’t get hungry and decide to leave!  If you have a bigger party, I strongly suggest that you call as early as possible to reserve a table and ensure your party can stay together in the main bar area.

The Crowd

La Descarga is an upscale club with a dress code.  The entire dress code can be viewed online, and security reserves the right to turn guests away at the door if they do not comply with the rules.  Men wore jackets, and all women were in cocktail dresses and heels.  Around showtime, the main floor became shoulder-to-shoulder crowded.  I suggest that you make your way to the main room at least twenty minutes to half-an-hour in advance of showtimes to ensure you have standing room to enjoy the show.

Cost

We ended up spending about $15 per drink, which seemed very reasonable for Los Angeles.  I tried two different specialty cocktails, and both of them tasted amazing.

La Descarga Information

1159 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 466-1324

ladescargala.com

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Fire + Ice – Anaheim

Fire + Ice – Anaheim

What: Fire + Ice

Where: Anaheim

For: All Ages

My family took me to Fire + Ice for my birthday three years ago, and it was a very interesting experience.  It’s right across the street from Disneyland, and it’s the perfect place to go as a group for some good food and company.  We’ll probably go again to eat after stopping in at Disneyland since they’re in such close proximity.

The Restaurant

Fire + Ice is a create-your-own-meal experience that serves Brunch, Dinner and Lunch at fixed prices.  Guests grab a bowl and fill it with their favorite ingredients before heading over to the sauce bar to add some extra flavor.  There is an assortment of toppings, sauces, spices and herbs for plates.  After patrons have mixed their perfect concoction, they bring it on over to the grill to watch the chefs cook their food.  It takes from five to ten minutes to gather your food and for the chefs to complete your plate, and you can come back as often as you want.  The chef was very personable, and it was nice to chat with him while he was preparing our meal on a huge grill in front of us.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating on the patio.  The patio includes a fire pit and live entertainment on the weekend.  Happy Hour is available all week from 3:00pm-6:00pm.  There is also a full bar available for adults.

The Food

The restaurant offers a variety of Asian, American, Latin and Italian flavors.  I made a few smaller dishes so I could try everything.  This is probably why we ended up staying in the restaurant so long (since it takes 10 minutes to make one dish).  The Asian food includes noodles, eggs, siriracha sauce, bok choy, soy and ginger (just to name a few!).  The American culinary experience includes wings, ribs and burgers.  Latin flavors give choices such as beans, rice and tacos.  The Italian experience focuses on pastas, sausage, meatballs and various herbs and spices.  Each dish that I threw together was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing.

The Crowd

The first time I came here was in the middle of the week during lunch time, so there was no wait.  The second time we attempted to come, there was a 90-minute wait.  I would suggest calling the restaurant to make a reservation or putting your information in online.  If you are able to get in, the experience lasts about an hour to 90 minutes.  Another thing to keep in mind is parking.  When we tried to get in at 5:00pm on a Saturday, we were circling the parking structure for 20 minutes trying to find a spot after finding out about the hour-and-a-half late before ultimately leaving and going somewhere else.

Cost

Brunch costs $14.99 per person for adults and $9.99 for kids ages 4-11.  Lunch costs $11.00 for adults and $7.99 for kids, with dinner coming in at $18.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids.

Fire + Ice Information

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(714) 808-9757

fire-ice.com

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Tony’s on the Pier-South Bay

Tony’s on the Pier-South Bay

What: Tony’s on the Pier

Where: Redondo Beach

For: All Ages/Ages 21+ at Night

Tony’s on the Pier (aka ‘Old Tony’s’) is a restaurant and bar that allows guests to have an amazing seafood meal while sitting on the Pacific Ocean.  I’ve been here a few times, once for the afterparty of a good friends’ wedding and once for a night out in Redondo Beach with Ethan.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is situated on the pier and has large glass windows overlooking the ocean.  It was especially nice that the décor of the restaurant was completely ocean themed.  There were lobster traps, fishing nets and various sea creatures lining the walls.  Tony’s is open for lunch and dinner, and menus are on the website.  We had a pre-fixed course with soup and entrees.  The chowder was amazing, and the clams were perfect.  I really enjoyed the way Tony’s cooked and seasoned their seafood.  It wasn’t too heavy so that we felt extremely full when I was finished, but it left us completely satisfied.

Top O’ Tony’s

If you walk up the stairs from the restaurant, there is a rooftop bar with live entertainment.  The rooftop offers a full bar and a small amount of seating for guests.  The bartenders were very kind and personable.  There was trail mix on each table for patrons to enjoy while sipping their cocktails.  The view of the Redondo Beach Harbor is best from the rooftop. Happy hour is offered during select dates and times (please check the website for specifics).  The live entertainment has always been a great addition to the bar.  Although the area is small, it felt very intimate with the musicians singing and playing their instruments close by.

The Crowd

The restaurant is open for all ages, with the rooftop bar reserved for ages 21 and over.  The crowd is quieter at Tony’s, with most guests coming to enjoy the live music and ambiance of the restaurant.  Parking for the restaurant is in a prepaid parking structure east of the pier.  Keep in mind that if you decide to take an Uber or Lyft to the Redondo Beach Pier, cell service becomes extremely spotty (no matter which network), so you’ll have a difficult time getting out.

Cost

Lunch costs about $20 per person, excluding drinks.  Dinner will run about $30 per person, again excluding drinks.  At the top bar, cocktails are about $12 each.  Since Tony’s is one of the few restaurants that overlooks the ocean, the price is definitely paid along with the location and quality of the food makes the restaurant and bar worth the price.

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Tony’s on the Pier Information

210 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 374-1442

oldtonys.com

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Skyloft-Laguna Beach

Skyloft-Laguna Beach

What: Skyloft

Where: Laguna Beach

For: All Ages/21+ at Night

I’ve been going to Skyloft since I turned 21 (I grew up in Orange County).  The most recent time we stopped by was for my 10-year high school reunion in May of this year. It is not only a great American restaurant with rooftop seating, but it turns into a club at night with live bands, a dance floor and huge main bar.

The Restaurant

Skyloft is on the second floor of a building in Laguna Beach.  It includes the entire second floor of the building and the rooftop deck.  Half of the second floor is dedicated to restaurant seating.  Patrons can walk upstairs to the roof for outdoor restaurant seating that has heaters at night when it gets cooler by the beach.  Guests can go to Skyloft for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Happy Hour.  A kids’ menu is offered for the littlest diners.  Food is an eclectic mix of American food, and menus can be acceded on Skyloft’s website.

The Main Bar

The Main Bar is on the main level and has 12 TVs throughout the room.  Décor is modern and clean, and the bar is three hundred-sixty degrees accessible.  Barstools surround the bar with cocktail tables and small lounge areas lining the walls.  A large selection of craft beers on tap along with a full bar are offered.

Nightlife

A security guard starts checking identification at the entrance of the restaurant starting at 9:00pm.  In the room attached to the main bar on the main level is a stage area.  Every Tuesday night there is a comedy night.  Cocktail tables for standing room along with sit down seating are around the stage and dance floor area.  Small booths for parties are on two sides of the walls. Live music is offered on the main floor six nights per week.  The dance area gets busy later in the night on Fridays and Saturdays.  The upstairs outdoor area is open during the night, and guests can go up to get some fresh air before resuming dancing the night away.

The Crowd

The crowd is more dressed up in true Laguna Beach Style.  A mix of younger and older patrons come to Skyloft, and Skyloft shuttles give free transportation to guests within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant.  Beach attire is not allowed.

Cost

Lunch and dinner costs approximately $20 to $25 per person (excluding drinks).  Lunch combos are offered at specific times (please check the website).  Happy Hour is 3:00pm until close on Monday and 3:00pm to 6:00pm from Tuesday through Friday.  Late Night Happy Hour is offered Sunday through Wednesday from 10:00pm until close.  Tuesday Comedy Night Tickets are $20 for VIP seated tickets and $10 for standing room tickets.  Drinks cost $12 to $15 per drink depending on what is ordered.

Skyloft Information

422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 2651

(949) 715-1550

skyloftoc.com

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Boulevard3-Hollywood

Boulevard3-Hollywood

What: Boulevard3-Hollywood

Main Ballroom

Where: Hollywood

For: Ages 21+

When Ethan and I went to Hollywood for our staycation, we decided to end our night dancing at Boulevard3.  A random note about the club is that Ethan and I have been binge watching Shameless on Netflix, and Fiona’s nightclub in Season 2 is filmed at Boulevard3!

The Club

Boulevard3 was built on the site of the former Hollywood Athletic Club.  When you walk into the outdoor space after paying your entrance fee, you are greeted with posh décor and modern furniture.  There is a bar outside with seating Garden Cabanas that offer bottle service.  A large fireplace is in the center of the outdoor Promenade.  A large pool spans the length of the garden cabanas. When you enter the building, there is another fireplace with a large seating area to take a rest from all the dancing.

Garden Cabana

 In the Ballroom, everything is white and backlit in neon colors, which makes the club seem classy and clean.  There is a huge LED lighting system inside that backs the main bar and is coordinated with the music.  The DJ booth is opposite of the main bar, and table service booths are offered on the dance floor, Mezzanine level and on the second floor Balcony level.  A Library Bar is available for rental and private parties.  Check Boulevard3’s website for information on performances by famous DJs and other shows.  Music is an eclectic mix of hip hop, top 40 and house.

Mezzanine

The Crowd

The club is only open on Friday and Saturdays.  Depending on the day, time and event, there can be fairly long lines. The website lists the dress code as “upscale trendy”, and when we went we saw that almost everyone was in nice cocktail attire.  One weird thing about the bartenders were that they were drinking with the patrons which made them very distracted.  We waited for a while for our drinks to be made and our tab to be closed out.  One time, we were looking for our bartender and found that he was dancing on top of the bar spitting alcohol onto napkins he lit on fire (hence creating “fire balls”).  I thought it was not very professional for the amount of money that we were paying to be in the club.

Balcony

Cost

We paid a $20 cover charge per person and drinks were about $15 each.  Shots cost $25 for two people.  If you decide to pay the premium for bottle service, then the cover charge is waived.

Library Bar

Boulevard3 Information

6523 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 466-2144

boulevard3.com

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The Edison-DTLA

The Edison-DTLA

What: The Edison

The Ember Parlor

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

This weekend, Ethan and I finished our June 2018 Staycation in Downtown Los Angeles, and The Edison was our first stop.  You enter this themed bar through an alleyway and are led down a stairway to a speakeasy in the basement of a business building filled with ornate décor, a burlesque show and silent movies playing on screens.

Antique Industrial Decor 

The Theme

The Edison is an eclectic mix of science, art and industry.  The 1920’s theme is apparent from the second you walk in.  A two-story chandelier made of naked hanging light bulbs leads you down two sets of stairs to the bottom floor of the speakeasy.  Women please note that the floor is very slippery, and I felt my heels sliding under me (it’s a wonder I didn’t fall!).  There are urban industrial machines around the restaurant.  Seating areas range from tables to lounge chairs with dim lighting.  Three movie screens line the walls of the dance floor area with silent movies playing.  A DJ booth sits to the right of the stage overlooking a dance floor for guests that stay later into the night.  Even the bathroom area has a working industrial gold sink where guests can wash their hands.  For smokers, there is an indoor smoking area on the first floor where you can bring your cocktails and smoke while sitting in a plush lounge area with shoe shine station.  Large fans pull the smoke out from the room to the outside.  The theme is very well put together, making for a great intimate setting in this hidden speakeasy.

Chest of Absinthe Shots

The Restaurant

You are able to make reservations online or by calling The Edison (information below).  Check the website for times that you can call for a reservation, as there are specific time slots that the restaurant is open to accept calls.  After 7:00pm, there is a food and beverage minimum of $25 per person on Wednesdays and Thursdays and minimum of $50 per person minimum on Fridays and Saturdays.  Please Note that if you get a drink at the bar, it can not be transferred over to your reservation or used as a contribution to your minimum.  We weren’t too pleased with finding this out since we were considering making a reservation for a table.  There is an 18% gratuity that is applied to parties with 6 or more guests.  If you do not have a reservation, there is a cover charge of $10 per person and you are only offered standing room areas.  Dining areas include The Generator Lounge (sit down area), The Music Room, The Ember Parlor, The Game Room, and The Tesla Lounge (all four are for reservation only for private parties).  The Well is a seated lounge area.

Real Generators in the Generator Lounge

Drinks are about $15 each, with specialized cocktails.  There are two bars: the Main Bar (wheelchair accessible) and the Lab Bar.  The food served is American themed, with appetizers starting at $9 and entrees going up to about $40 per person.  There are cost differences for other food offerings, and the entire menu is available on The Edison’s website.  There was a lady dressed as a fairy walking around with a cart that held a box filled with little vials of absinthe shots (not real absinthe, but she swore it was the strength of a high proof tequila).  Ethan and I decided to try it for $11.  It tasted like black liquorice and I ended up giving the small bottle to Ethan to finish since I didn’t like the aftertaste.  The bottle was so cute that I carried it around in my clutch the entire night and it’s now at our home.

Taking the Absinthe Shot

The Show

The show takes places on the stage in The Lab at 10:00pm. 11:00pm and 12:00pm.  Although shows vary  (see the events calendar on The Edison’s website), the bar is known for its burlesque performance.  We were pleased to find that we didn’t need to have a seated reservation to view the show.  We merely walked from where we were standing to the center of the dance floor to watch.  There were four girls dressed in burlesque outfits dancing to four nicely choreographed songs.  The performance was about 20 minutes, and Ethan and I agreed that it was a nice addition to the atmosphere.

Ethan Lounging in one of the Antique Chairs

The Crowd

We arrived here around 9:20pm and it was not crowded.  All of the seating areas were reserved for guests, so it was standing room only.  Although people gathered around the dance floor to watch the burlesque show on the stage, there was plenty of room for everyone.  Groups of people came together dressed in 1920’s garb, which was nice to see.  Most of the crowd was 20- and 30-year-olds.  Please check the website regarding dress code, as the door is able to turn away people who do not abide by the rules of The Edison.

The Shared Metal Sink in the Bathroom

Cost

We paid $20 for admission and $34 for two drinks plus the $11 for the “absinthe” shot.  Overall, we were happy with spending $65 out of pocket for drinks and a show in this speakeasy.  For those making reservations, you should expect to spend a minimum of $100 depending on what type of food and how many drinks you order.  This is a great place that I would love to come back to for a special occasion.

The Edison Information

108 W. 2nd Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 613-0000

edisondowntown.com

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Crane’s Downtown Bar-DTLA

Crane’s Bar Downtown-DTLA

What: Crane’s Bar Downtown

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

One of our stops on this weekends’ staycation was Crane’s Downtown Bar. If you are looking to get away from the overpriced drinks and flashy Los Angeles starlets, this is the place for you.

Walk through a bank vault to enter the bar.

The Bar

Crane’s Bar Downtown is in the basement of a high-rise business building.  There is a small neon sign outside that points you towards two flights of stairs towards a bank vault.  There is a bouncer that checks your ID prior to letting you into the dimly lit bar.  There are seating areas to your right when you walk in, and there are booths on your left.  Bar stools line the bar that has shelves of hard liquor back lit by neon lights.  A DJ and small dance floor are on the far side of the bar.  We could see a small private room in the back.  The music was great, and we would have probably stayed longer if we weren’t dressed up in fancy attire.  Since we like dive bars, we’ll keep this bar in the back of our mind for when we come to Los Angeles for a more casual night out.

The Drinks

If you want the best bang for your buck then this is the place for you.  For one Tito’s and Red Bull it was $11…and it was mostly Tito’s with just a splash of Red Bull.  For the value and strength of the drinks, we ended up staying for two rounds.  We also enjoyed the friendliness of the bartender and the great music that the DJ was playing.  Apparently this is the place to be for Happy Hour as well…check out the menu below!

The Crowd

Since we were dressed for a night out on the town, we felt too overdressed for Crane’s.  There were a few regulars on the bar stools and quite a few people came in and out during our stay.  The novelty of the bar being in an old bank vault was originally what drew us there, so we probably won’t be back unless we were planning to start our night here or have a casual night out.

Cost

As I said before, strong drinks were only $11.  Different beers were offered on tap for $6, and a menu was written in chalk on peg boards nailed to the wall that can be updated periodically.

Crane’s Downtown Bar Information

810 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(323) 787-7966

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The Penthouse-Santa Monica

The Penthouse-Santa Monica

What: The Penthouse

Where: Santa Monica

For: Ages 21+

Ethan and I came here last year for our two-year anniversary.  We love going to Santa Monica, and he had a special place picked out for us to spend our night as a surprise.  We stayed here for about four hours and had an amazing time in the upscale restaurant and cocktail lounge in the Huntley Hotel.

The Restaurant

The restaurant has ocean views and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to guests.  Make sure to check the website for availability.  To enter the Penthouse, you need to walk through the lobby of the Huntely Hotel.  When we went, we had to wait in a line for the bouncers to check our IDs and lead us up to the elevator.  When we arrived, there was a beautifully modern themed restaurant with gorgeous ocean views.  We thoroughly enjoyed watching the sunset.  We didn’t have a chance to experience the restaurant here, although we were able to sit at some of the tables to chat over a cocktail.  There was ample seating available on the left side of the restaurant when you walk out of the elevator.

The Lounge

This opulent lounge turns into a club atmosphere at night.  The restaurant tables are put away and a DJ starts playing modern music in front of a dance floor.  It was very easy to get drinks, as the bar spanned 360 degrees.  A free photo booth was offered for guests in the back of the bar, which is where we took our anniversary photo (don’t judge…we had a few drinks prior to this photo being taken!).  There was ample seating in the back-right area of the lounge when the dance floor became crowded later on during the night.

Our awesome photo booth anniversary picture.

The Crowd

The crowd was comprised of mostly 20- to 30- somethings.  Everyone was dressed nicely as if they were going to an upscale restaurant.  Women were in dresses and heels whereas men wore slacks with a jacket.  The workers and bartenders were also dressed to the nines.

Cost

You can expect to spend $15-$20 per person for breakfast, $20 to $25 for brunch, $20-$30 for lunch and $30 to $50 for dinner at the Penthouse.  Dessert is around $15 for a shared order, while lounge starters range from $15-$30.  All pricing excludes drinks, which would add approximately $15 per drink to your bill.

The Penthouse Information

111 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

(855) 998-5323

thehuntlyhotel.com/penthouse

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Santa Monica Pier/Pacific Park-Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier/Pacific Park-Santa Monica

What: Santa Monica Pier/Pacific Park

Where: Santa Monica

For: All Ages

The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to go for rides, carnival games and dinner by the beach.  We took the kids there for a night out and the entire family had a blast.  There is also a historic carousel and aquarium under the pier to checkout.

The Rides

There are twelve theme park rides offered at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.  We purchased a Groupon and paid $15 for $30 worth of rides, but we ended up spending another $20 for tickets (the rides are not cheap!).  The kids loved going on the smaller rides (keep in mind that if you want to accompany your toddler or infant on a ride you are required to pay for yourself as a rider as well).  We also went on the Ferris Wheel, which lasted for a while and made for some cute photo ops.  Make sure to check the website for hours of operation and height/weight restrictions on rides.

The Games

The Playland Arcade offers a mix of arcade games with machines that dispense quarters to break cash.  The games each cost from $1 to $1.50.  There are also twelve carnival games at Pacific Park.  The carnival games each cost $3 to $5 and the prizes are cheap, which is to be expected.  The girls were happy that Ethan won them each a plush donut.

The Food

There are eight restaurants on the pier, and we’ve eaten at two of them.  Bubba Gump’s Shrimp is a favorite chain restaurant with dining prices ranging from $20-$25 per person excluding drinks.  We took the kids to the Pacific Park Food Court where they ate hot dogs under the outside overhang.  Keep in mind that it gets fairly cold by the beach at night.  It started to slightly rain when we were out there, but the kids enjoyed the rainy sprinkles.  The hot dog prices were a little inflated.  We spent $30 for four hot dogs and two drinks.  Most of the food offered at the pier is either American or a Seafood mix.  Pacific Park also has a choice of restaurants, dessert stores and coffee shops to choose from.

The Crowd

There is always a mix of people at the pier.  Many families come to enjoy the rides and carnival games with their kids.  Couples come for date night while groups of older kids wander around in the area by the arcade.

Cost

Overall we paid $10 for parking, $30 for dinner, $45 for the rides and $10 for the games.  We expected to pay a lot less for a night out with the kids, but we should have anticipated the inflated prices due to the proximity to the ocean.  We came back to Santa Monica again for some date nights, but we decided to forego the rides and carnival games.

Santa Monica Pier/Pacific Park Information

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8901

santamonicapier.org

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Abigaile Restaurant & Brewery/Alta House-Hermosa Beach

Abigaile Restaurant & Brewery/Alta House-Hermosa Beach

What: Abigaile Restaurant & Brewery/Alta House

Where: Hermosa Beach

For: All Ages/21+ at Night

If you are looking for a space with ocean views where you can eat dinner, drink cocktails and take in the sunset then this is the place for you.  Since this is in the heart of Hermosa Beach, it is suggested that guests utilize Uber or Lyft to make their way to Abigaile and Alta House.

The Restaurant

Abigaile serves brunch and dinner, although we’ve only ever been for dinner.  When you walk in, lighting is dark and patrons are met with a gorgeous 15-barrel copper brewing system.  You can choose to eat at the restaurant or at the Alta House that spans the second and third stories.  We generally come here for birthdays and to get together with friends.

The only complaint that I have is that we set a reservation for 8:30pm and we weren’t seated until 9:45pm.  Although this was on a weekend, there should be a dining limit as we were told there were parties that have been there for over 3 hours opening Christmas presents.  The manager tried to make it right by giving us two appetizers and a round of drinks for free, but all eight of us in our party were not happy that they didn’t say anything to the guests that didn’t leave.

Food is good here and changes every so often.  Appetizers are filling, and many times we order different dishes and share them family style.  The portions are bigger than they look.  We generally spend about one hour here before we head upstairs to Alta House.

Alta House

Alta House is on the Second and Third floors of the restaurant.  Foods are served until 10:00pm when the cocktail tables are moved to make way for a dance floor.  The Indoor Lounge on the second floor contains a dance floor, DJ, private seating areas that can be reserved and a full bar.  Although the atmosphere is a bit brighter than normal for a dance club because of the bright white walls, there is ample space for guests earlier in the night.  It starts to get crowded around 11:00pm.  The DJ plays popular music on one end of the lounge, and there are TVs behind the bar.  Single stall men’s’ and women’s’ bathrooms are in the hallway behind the bar.  I would suggest that you walk down the stairs to the multi-stalled bathroom at Abigaile’s to make sure you don’t have a long wait.

At the private booth in Alta House for our friend’s birthday.

The Sundeck Patio has a beautiful fireplace, flat screen TVs and ample seating area.  Many times, this area is rented out to private events because of the beautiful views of the ocean and sunset.  The Rooftop Terrace is an open-air space that gives views directly to the ocean.  This can be rented out for private event space and sometimes has a satellite bar with private bartender.  Sometimes we go to these areas to catch a breather.

The Crowd

There have been different crowds each time we have come here.  During the holidays, private areas are rented out for company holiday parties.  Many people (such as us!) celebrate birthdays here.  Young adults take advantage of the Inside Lounge to dance and drink.

Cost

Expect to spend $15 to $25 per person on dinner.  Brunch will be about $15 to $20 per person.  Drinks are an additional $10-$14 each drink depending on what you order.

Abigaile Restaurant & Brewery Information

1301 Manhattan Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 798-8227

abigailerestaurant.com and altahousehb.com

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