Posts Tagged ‘Vanguard’

To make progress, you have to roll with the best. Having the right connections not only nabs you freebies, but also grants you information and resources that you would not normally have access to. Using my expansive network, I discover the greatest hidden gems everywhere I travel, and I thank each and every person for their suggestions. No other contact leads me to the greatest fests in my journeys than the organizers of the Los Angeles Oktoberfest.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest took place at The Vanguard in Hollywood this past weekend. An upscale spin to the common Oktoberfests that Southern Californians regularly attend, any attendee would feel assured that they truly received their money’s worth. With beautiful fräuleins at every turn of the head and 34oz stein pours at every flick of the wrist, why would anyone want do anything else during this illustrious time?

The entrance led to the indoors portion of the fest, which contained the main bar, VIP section, food, main stage, and more beer.

Walking behind the stage led to the outdoors portion of the fest, containing another bar, cigars, various vendors, and more beer.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of working the inside bar for most of the fest with all the lovely ladies. Pouring beers kept me busy for most of the day, but I still had lots of fun. Closer to the end, I finally could venture around, drink, and mingle with the drunk masses.

But before I left, I had to snap a quick photo with the lovely Caitlin:

Sunday allowed me to explore much more, as I did not receive an assigned station. After helping out wherever I could, I set out to take photos.

Later on, I caught up with one of the photographers taking photos from the second floor, who allowed me to come up to the otherwise closed second floor so I could take photos too:

Once the live band ended their set, the DJ started blasting the typical club music, prompting the ladies to get up on the bar to start dancing:

I would like to thank Morandell Imports for supplying essentially 95% of all beers present at Oktoberfest. Their large selection of German and Austrian imports perfectly serve the crowd of Oktoberfest, since these session beers drink much more smoothly than beers at the other Oktoberfests, and carry a higher alcohol percentage, albeit you can barely taste the strength, which the flavors mask.

Want to drink these beers and visit these ladies again before Oktoberfest next year? You will have another chance as early as January! Keep your eyes glued to my blog for hints about this upcoming beer fest. Until then, drink up, and stay safe~

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The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest crashes The Vanguard in Hollywood this weekend. This mega fest of beer, wine, cocktails, live music, dancers, accordionists, contests, and more triumphs over all other Oktoberfests due to the upscale nature of the event. The other prime Oktoberfests in Southern California feel cheap, whereas the people at LA Oktoberfest really know how to throw a party, just like comparing cheap beer to the awesome beer that guests will drink at LA Oktoberfest. Regular admission costs $35, allows guests to enter at 2pm, and grants each guest a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill – food or additional beers cost $5 each. VIP admission costs $100, allows guests to enter at 1pm, and grants them unlimited drinks. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests, but keep in mind that LA Oktoberfest takes place on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend!

Tickets for LA Oktoberfest sell out fast every year. Luckily, I can still get a few people in for free as volunteers. Volunteers should work at least three hours between 12pm-6pm on one or both days, depending on the desired day to attend. For more details regarding volunteering, please read this previous blog post.

In exchange for working, volunteers enter the fest for free, and receive one meal & unlimited drinks during breaks or downtime. The club runs the parking lot, so unfortunately you still would have to pay for parking. You will find the parking lot for this event on the northeast corner of Carlos Ave and La Beig Ave, behind Vanguard. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please leave your contact info in a comment below, or tweet me (faster way to reach me) at @OnePunkArmy.

Want to create everlasting memories? Come on down to LA Oktoberfest and meet all the ladies! Oh, and meet me too.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 19
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 20
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.losangelestamalefestival.com/

If you love tamales, you cannot miss this fest! For just $4 ($6 at door), guests will enjoy tamale-making demos, a tamale cook-off, arts & crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, live music, and various contests such as best commercial tamale, best homemade tamale, tamale-eating, and more.

56th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 20
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 21
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 20
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

Fall 2012 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20-21
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

Hollywood On Tap
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.hollywoodontap.com/

Beer, food trucks, and live music join together to create the Hollywood On Tap beer fest this Saturday at Paramount Pictures Studios. For $40, attendees enter at 2pm and receive a souvenir glass and UNLIMITED beer pours. For just $10 more, guests may enter an hour early. At least seven food trucks will keep guests fed, but you have to pay separately for food. The event still provides free sodas and water to guests. As with all beer fests, anyone under 21 may not enter.

LA Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20-21
Vanguard Hollywood, Los Angeles
http://www.laoktoberfest.com/

For the full coverage, see this blog post.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

626 Night Market
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. Free to attend, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Arrive before 4pm to pay only $4 for parking and receive free horse-betting entries. Parking will cost $7 after 4pm.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
The 6740, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/138599689612490/

Got a zombie outfit or zombie makeup? Join in on this zombie-themed pub crawl this Saturday night! Start at The 6740, then follow the group as they stroll from bar to bar.

Surf City Beach Derby
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Huntington Beach Pier
http://www.beachderby.com/

Not your typical race! This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 2K & 5K obstacle course, half marathon scramble, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand. When registering, use coupon code YHang10 to save $5 off entry.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns next weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

Tickets for LA Oktoberfest sell out fast every year. Luckily, I can still get a few people in for free as volunteers. Volunteers should work at least three hours between 12pm-6pm on one or both days, depending on the desired day to attend. Volunteer duties include:

  • Assist booths with bottles: opening bottles, putting empty bottles back in boxes, helping pour beers, etc
  • Removing boxes of bottles: taking boxes of bottles to the back area (I will show where they go), bringing empty boxes back to booths
  • Transporting ice: bringing bags of ice to booths, emptying water buckets
  • Assist servers with pouring drinks: I recommend bar experience for this
  • Guest service: answering questions guests may have
  • Fulfillment: generally assisting staff with their needs

In exchange for working, volunteers enter the fest for free, and receive one meal & unlimited drinks during breaks or downtime. The club runs the parking lot, so unfortunately you still would have to pay for parking. You will find the parking lot for this event on the northeast corner of Carlos Ave and La Beig Ave, behind Vanguard. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please leave your contact info in a comment below, or tweet me (faster way to reach me) at @OnePunkArmy.