Posts Tagged ‘Rusty Monk’

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 3
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

8Kalacas @ House of Blues Sunset – Free Show
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 29
House of Blues, West Hollywood

Catch a FREE ska show this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. Click the link above for more information on how to obtain free tickets. No one under 18 may attend the show.

2014 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 30
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 2
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 3
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach

Celebrate beach life with the 2014 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Ska Revival Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

This collective group of ska bands from across the country will stop by Long Beach on their tour this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

GOGO13 @ Irvine Regional Park
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Irvine Regional Park, Orange

Various parks around Orange County will host FREE and all-ages concerts this summer. This Thursday night, see local ska band GOGO13 perform an unforgettable set. Food trucks will arrive to keep guests fed too.

61st Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 1
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

The Rusty Monk: 1st Anniversary Art Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
The Rusty Monk, Uptown Whittier

Celebrate The Rusty Monk’s 1st anniversary this Friday night with an art show, special dinner menu, special beer tappings, glass giveaways, and more.

66th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
El Centro Park, La Habra

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Whitekaps @ Little Louie’s Hemet
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Little Louie’s, Hemet

Local punk bands will play a show this Friday night in Hemet. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Wet Hot Skamerican Summer
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
House of Blues, Anaheim

A bunch of great local ska bands will play an all-ages show this Friday night at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. You can obtain free tickets by directly contacting any of the bands via their Facebook page. Guests can park for free for up to five hours with the wristband from this show, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk/ska music this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets @ Whisky A Go Go
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Friday night for a raunchy show at the Whisky. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

25th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
South Clairemont Park, San Diego

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2014 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2-3
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

21st Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 2-3
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, South El Monte

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Bicycle Drive-In
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
7th & Pine, Long Beach

Ride your bikes to this FREE all-ages event and enjoy an evening of film and music. Visitors may bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to set up to enjoy the movies and/or music.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 2
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get crazy this Saturday night at this local punk show at the Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 3
Del Valle Park, Lakewood

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

18th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

2nd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, August 3
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

In recent years, the influx of gastropubs have many people around the world searching for the next best place to grab a bite or a drink. Much like how craft still only accounts for less than 10% of the world’s total beer consumption, less than 10% of the world understands the meaning of a gastropub. In short, we call a restaurant a gastropub when they focus on higher quality in the food and beer. If a restaurant does not serve beer and food, that restaurant cannot claim the title of gastropub. Although gastropubs have existed as early as the early 1990’s, many more gastropubs have surfaced within the past few years thanks to the public’s desire for better quality than the standard corporate business. Today, gastropubs exist in every major metropolitan area and in many rural areas as well. With this, a handful of them sadly do not live up to the expectations of a gastropub. To eliminate any doubt about gastropubs, check out five in the greater Los Angeles area I highly suggest visiting this season for various reasons.

5. The Rusty Monk

Opening less than a year ago, The Rusty Monk comes forward with a old-time Belgian theme. Located in Uptown Whittier very close to another popular gastropub, The Rusty Monk makes you feel like dining in a traditional European establish, what with the interior decor and the snazzy outfits of the servers. The food menu resembles typical pub grub, which includes various sandwiches, entrées, and many Western-Central European dishes, such as schnitzel, shepherd’s pie, Bavarian pretzels, and more. The true delight lies in their beer selection, which contains a plethora of imported Belgian, Austrian, and German beers. Fans of Western-Central European beers ought to visit The Rusty Monk now while we wait for Oktoberfest, because we can only imagine how busy The Rusty Monk gets during the Oktoberfest time.

4. The Rookery

Downtown Pomona has really turned into a popular place for young adults in the past few years. Many stores now appear more alternative, almost giving off a hipster vibe without feeling so pretentious. Traditional restaurants and bars aplenty, new restaurants have slowly moved in over the past few years, such as The Rookery right there on the corner. This gastropub opened a while back, yet to this day, they still do not utilize a POS system; believe it or not, your bill and receipt come on a handwritten notepad, straight out of the 80’s. Tidbit aside, they have stepped things up since my first visit. The menu remains fairly small, possessing a few burgers, and even fewer entrées. I appreciate their use of local seasonal ingredients, evident most when you order the same thing a second time and it comes out different than the first. The Rookery also deploys a rotating taps system, changing up their beers whenever a keg blows to keep things fresh and spontaneous. Craft beer fans will want to visit The Rookery at night every third Wednesday of each month, when The Rookery hosts their monthly Bottle Share event. Not only does The Rookery have a great location on the corner of the main intersection of Downtown Pomona, but guests can find free parking just a block away (the lot adjacent to The Rookery costs a minimal fee). For a great space, The Rookery has great potential to turn into a thriving business, which may include a larger menu, more beer taps, and the installation of a much-needed POS system.

3. Tavern On 2

I love to watch the evolution of local establishments. New businesses mostly start out small, and with the growing fan base, the business must grow too. When Tavern On 2 finally unveiled the doubling of their dining area, business boomed for them, as expected. One of two gastropubs in Belmont Shore (the other one counts as a chain), Tavern On 2 understands their loyal customers, and constantly adapts to the changing times of not only the local community, but to the frequent visitors from out of town. Those who have not visited Tavern On 2 within the past few months ought to return to gaze upon the new menu curated by Tavern On 2’s new chef. Many of the old favorites remain on the menu, such as their Oxtail Poutine, but Tavern On 2 now finally serves entrée dishes, such as a Pork Belly & Octopus dish. With this new menu in place that continues to add new dishes, customers old and new will love to explore the wonderful culinary creations churning out of this kitchen.

2. Beer Belly

If something does not fit in with the others, do you call it a black sheep or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You probably answered black sheep… but what if the black sheep holds power over the herd? Enter Beer Belly, Koreatown’s wolf in sheep’s clothing. A random gastropub tucked away in the urban sprawl of Korean businesses, no one would believe a hidden gem like this exists in such a town. Once you discover it and venture inside, you will discover that you may fall in love with Beer Belly. For a place so small, Beer Belly offers a vast variety of not only food, but beer as well. Their reinvention of classic comfort food into a fine dining experience will leave you craving more. Remember to visit on a Sunday morning to check out their brunch menu, where they offer some dishes that only exist during this time.

1. The Factory Gastrobar

Never underestimate places off the beaten path – awesome things go on outside of the populated areas, and could potentially generate its own populated area. While many young adults love to frequent “downtown” anything, some other cool places exist sporadically around the city. The best places do not necessarily have to exist in populated areas – if a business does well enough, they will attract the crowds to them, much like how The Factory Gastrobar does each and every day. Located in the heart of the Bixby Knolls community of Long Beach, The Factory never sees a dull moment in the kitchen, in the dining area, or on the street out front. With a menu that changes based on the availability of seasonal ingredients, customers of The Factory never get bored of the food here. Add to that their beer and wine offerings that also constantly change based on the availability from suppliers, and you have a place where you can not experience the same thing twice ever. The Factory’s calendar includes various events, such as tap takeovers, special multi-course dinners, cooking classes, bottle shares, live music, and more. With The Factory, you always get a brand new experience!