The holiday "spirits" were flowing on Abbot Kinney last night! From the partying amongst $165 hoodies at the Aviator Nation, the glass-shakin' techno dance party at Trim, to a cozy cool little SHAG-alicious lounge at Hint Mint, there was fun in every flavor. And speaking of flavor, I think LITERALLY every food truck in Los Angeles was on the street last night- check your Twitter- who ever you follow-I swear they were there. That being said, myself and the Danish Drinking Contingent craved a bit of local love, and peddled away from the throngs to Bondi BBQ. Open late for alcohol absorbtion, conveniently located next door to The TownHouse, the BBQ here is SO GOOD. Rich, delicious, salty sweet- made this Georgia Peach crave home( just for a second). Needing a crisp Chard to wash all this goodness down, I took a quick peddle around the corner to that ( formerly) dodgey liquer store on Main. When I lived on Horizon at the beach, this place was last resort, but the Korean lady (a.k.a ChiChi's Auntie) who runs it has cleaned it up... and like the land lady in Kung Fu Hustle, she will CLEAN YOU OUT! I stood awestruck in front of the refrigerators as I gazed at $14.99 bottles of Andre and Korbel ($4.99?), and $16 bottle of Barefoot Chardonnay ($7.99?)...so buyer beware, you'll get your booze, but you'll have to PAY!
Along with being a resident barllerina, I also fancy myself as a bit of a Venice historian! As you may already know, Venice was founded by Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a giant amusement park called Venice of America. Well I think ol'AK would be delighted to see that his namesake street is infact a bonafide circus on the First Friday of every month. Tree man, Ompalooma bands, Burners on double high bikes, parties in every nook, galleries packed with art admirers, bars crammed with boozers, more food trucks then I've got fingers, and crowds 5 abreast on the sidewalk...IT IS ONE BIG AMUSEMENT! Want to get the down-low on tomorrow's fun fest...check out one or both of these handy sites: Yo!Venice or Abbot Kinney Online. See you on the street!
I was at Canal Club tonight for Slider Monday ( 1/2 price beer, $2.50 sliders) , with my #1 research team, and the general consensus is that the Venice Happy Hour would be a much happier place if you (wisened readers) got to contribute your very valuable opinions on where to go, what to drink, etc. My delightful little webhost, who is cheap and easy ( ahem) doesn't enable that feature as of yet, but... well, I do. SO! Don't be shy- Facebook or Twitter or ol'fashioned email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) what you have to say, and I will happily include, explore, etc. A poll feature will be up and running soon, don't be a stranger. BTW- Its First Friday this weekend on Abbot Kinney- the street will be outrageous as usual... get your tummy ready for the taco trucks, and your wallet ready for a party at the Stronghold- it's sure to be a busy night!
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