Countdown To The LA Marathon: Specials for Spectators And Runners

Grab your running shoes! The Sunset Strip is preparing to host 25,000 runners during the Los Angeles Marathon "Stadium to the Sea" course this Sunday, March 21. The 26.2 mile course will tour historical landmarks in the City of Los Angeles, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, and will lead runners through West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip in miles 13 through 14 of the race.

With the midway point of the race (mile 13.1) located on The Sunset Strip at Sweetzer Avenue, there are many morning specials for spectators to enjoy. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we cheer on those brave runners conquering the streets of LA!


LA Marathon Block Party
The LA Marathon will stage a Block Party at Sweetzer and Sunset Boulevard (adjacent to Cabo Cantina at 8301 Sunset Boulevard) from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Block Party will include live music, radio remotes and sponsor tents featuring samples and merchandise. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be a DJ booth at mile 14 located near Sunset and Larabee Avenue.


Cabo Cantina Brunch & Drink Specials
8301 Sunset Boulevard | 323-822-7820 | www.thecabocantina.com
Opening early to cheer the LA Marathon runners on at the halfway point party! Cabo Cantina will offer brunch specials starting at just $5 and Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys until 3 p.m.! Spectators can also quench their thirst with refreshing Sweet Tea Vodka Pitchers for only $9.95. After brunch, stay for Cabo’s famous two-for-one Happy Hour from 4 -8 p.m.


The Standard Hollywood ‘Spectators Breakfast Menu’
8300 Sunset Boulevard | www.standardhotels.com
The Standard Hollywood will offer a lighter menu for Sunday morning spectators. Enjoy breakfast in The Standard’s 24/7 Restaurant, poolside or in the Cactus Lounge. Items include House made granola with yogurt and fresh berries ($10), choice of fresh baked muffin or whole grain bagel with tea or coffee ($5), breakfast sandwich croissant with scrambled eggs, cheese and avocado ($10) and “Eggsadilla” with scallion scrambled eggs, guacamole, jack cheese, flour tortillas and pico de gallo ($12). Full breakfast menu also available.


RH at Andaz “Athletes Breakfast Package”
8401 Sunset Boulevard | 323-785-6090 | www.andaz.com
RH at the Andaz West Hollywood is offering an “Athletes Breakfast Package.” Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21. This special Chef’s brunch includes choice of smoothie, fresh juices and egg white omelet. $25 per person.


Ole Henriksen: 20% Off Spa Services For Runners
8622A Sunset Boulevard | 310-854-7700 | www.olehenriksen.com
LA Marathon runners can relax and receive 20% off any spa service as well as a free hydrotherapy soak from March 15-25 with proof of participation in the marathon.


Free Entrance To Whisky A Go-Go
8901 Sunset Boulevard | 310-652-4202 | www.whiskyagogo.com
Run by the Whisky A Go-Go in the morning and return that night for complimentary entrance to a lineup of live music. LA Marathon participants, staff and crew may receive free entry after 7 p.m. with proper credentials.


Mondrian LA Marathon Rate
8440 Sunset Boulevard | 323-650-8999 | www.mondrianhotel.com
Includes Continental Breakfast or Special Healthy “To Go” Breakfast day of marathon for two. Also receive Special rates at Agua Spa when you mention LA Marathon. Rates starting at $340. To book, call 800.606.6090 and ask for “Breakfast Package” or book online at www.mondrianhotel.com and use promo code "PKFUB0".


Please note that Sunset Boulevard (from Orange Drive in Los Angeles to San Vicente Boulevard) will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 a.m. and will reopen by noon on Sunday. For more information about the LA Marathon route and street closures, visit www.lamarathon.com.



St. Patrick’s Day On The Strip

Live music, drink specials, Green Velvet Cake and $25 tattoos. The Sunset Strip is the only place to be — outside of Ireland — this St. Patrick’s Day.


Live Entertainment:

Young Dubliners at House of Blues Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd. | 323.848.5100 | www.hob.com

House of Blues Sunset Strip is proud to present Celtic rock group the Young Dubliners with King Washington on St Patrick’s Day. The night also includes Irish drink specials in the Foundation Room prior to the show. Tickets are $30 in advance and $32.50 day of show. This show is ages 21 and older only.


“Feck Yeah, Ireland” at The Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd. | 323.650.6268 | www.thecomedystore.com

Irish comics, beer and whiskey specials and Irish coffee. Tickets are $15. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is ages 21 and older.


Mark Mahoney and the Shamrock Social Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Roxy
9009 Sunset Blvd. | 310.278.9457 | www.theroxyonsunset.com

Legendary Sunset Strip tattoo artist Mark Mahoney and the Shamrock Social Club host their infamous St. Patrick’s Day Bash. This year’s event features a killer lineup of old school punk legends including, TSOL, D.I., The Stains, Agression and Cold Blue Rebels. Doors at The Roxy open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. This event is 18+.


Special Deals:

$25 Shamrock Tattoos
9026 Sunset Blvd. | 310.271.9664 | www.shamrocktattoo.com

Want to remember St. Patrick’s Day year-round? Stop by Shamrock Social Club on Wednesday as artists at the shop will offer $25 shamrock tattoos all night long.


Ole Henriksen
8622 Sunset Blvd. | 310.854.7700 | www.olehenriksen.com

Wear your green on St. Patrick’s Day! Receive a complimentary jar of Ole Henriksen’s all purpose aloe vera gel and avoid getting pinched. Bring in a copy of the spa’s March Ole Henriksen Face/Body newsletter to redeem.


Green Velvet Cakes and Shamrock Cookies
8616 Sunset Blvd. | 310.855.0770 | www.buttercakebakery.com

Buttercake Bakery gets in the spirit this week with Green Velvet Cakes – a twist on the traditional Red Velvet Cake ($15-$35). Shamrock petit fours ($2.25), Shamrock sugar cookies ($1.75) and holiday-themed cupcakes ($2.75) are also available.


Drink Specials:

The Standard, Hollywood
8300 Sunset Boulevard | www.standardhotels.com

Offering two specialty cocktails: The Leprechaun featuring a ‘Bit ‘o Bailey’s and Bushmills with creme-de-menthe green and cream, and The Shamrock-‘n-Rolla, a special house recipe, with a splash of Irish! The Standard is also hosting an acoustic night. So grab a drink and enjoy!


8590 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood | 310-289-8590 | www.dolcegroup.com

Half-priced beer on St. Patrick’s Day. 


Cabo Cantina
8301 Sunset Boulevard | 323.822.7820 | www.thecabocantina.com

Have an Irish fiesta with Cabo Cantina, offering 99-cent Coronitas, Mega Irish Margaritas, $5 burritos and of course our famous two-for-one happy hour from 4 -8 p.m.


The Den Of Hollywood
8226 Sunset Blvd. | 323.656.0336 | www.thedenofhollywood.com

Offering $2 Coors Light and $5 Irish Car Bombs. And traditional corned beef and cabbage on the menu.


BLT Steak 5 After 5
8720 Sunset Blvd. | 310.360.1950 | www.bltsteak.com

Enjoy $5 draught beer, cocktail and wine selections from 5-7 p.m., as well as decadent $5 appetizers including Gruyere mac and cheese and steak sliders. 


The London After Five
1020 N. San Vicente | 310.854.1111 | www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

From 5-7 p.m. enjoy $5 glasses of champagne or sake. Also on the menu: $5 bar bites and $5 valet parking with validation.



The London Bar Launches $5 Happy Hour

The London Bar gives you a reason to celebrate the middle of the week and kick-start the weekend with their new “The London After Five” happy hour.  

This pocket-friendly happy hour is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.  and features $5 glasses of champagne and sake, $5 gourmet bar bites and $5 valet parking with validation. Just remember to be on your best behavior. You never know when Gordon Ramsay may stop by.



Sunset Strip, A-List Style

Hollywood’s grandest event of the year is upon us. And although you may not be invited to the parties, that doesn’t mean you can’t dine and shop like an A-lister. Embrace your inner-star at these Sunset Strip locations.

Hollywood glamour reigns year-round at the Sunset Tower hotel. In addition to hosting the Vanity Fair Oscar party, stars including Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mary J Blige have recently been spotted at the iconic hotel’s Tower Bar. The Art Deco hotel is the former residence of Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and gangster Bugsy Siegel. In fact, the Tower Bar is located in Siegel’s former apartment. Take in all the history, as well as a satisfying meal from chef James King, while doing a little star-gazing of your own. Just make sure you leave the camera in your car as the restaurant enforces a strict “no cell phones, no cameras” policy. www.sunsettowerhotel.com

What Sunset Tower is to the glamour days of old Hollywood, BOA Steakhouse is to young Hollywood, featuring a sleek, modern design with one of the largest open-air patios in the city. Taylor Lautner, Jessica Simpson and Anna Paquin were all recently seen leaving this hot spot, and with exclusive members-only Soho House opening on the top floor of BOA’s home, this restaurant is set to get even hotter. Those looking for a pocket-friendly way to get in on the action should stop by between 5-7 p.m. to enjoy their top-notch happy hour. Grab a seat at the bar or by the outdoor fireplace and enjoy $6 glasses of wine, prosecco and martinis as well as an assortment of savory apps including coriander and fennel dusted calamari and ahi tuna sliders. And with the all-glass exterior, you can sit back, take in the view, and watch the paparazzi jockey for a prime position outside the front door. www.boasteak.com  

Dapper suits and fine Italian shoes await leading men at T Pettersson. For a world-class shopping experience, ask for advice from the store’s co-owners, Tony and Helena, who won’t steer you wrong.

Ladies can get dressed to the nines at Code C. As an added bonus, cocktail and evening wear from Louver by Louis Verdad, Marchesa and Valerj Pobega is currently on sale. The store also recently received new one-of-a-kind pieces from Louver by Louis Verdad. www.codecusa.com

A-list celebs and spa gurus have flocked to Ole Henriksen since it opened its doors in 1975. This deluxe spa located near Sunset Plaza has a treatment for every skin type – from sensitive to blemish-prone – and a staff of experts to massage, exfoliate and moisturize your worries away. Those looking for relaxation and a healthy glow will enjoy the Cucumber-Honey-Milk Total Face/Body treatment, which includes an exfoliating treatment and an indulgent massage. The 60 minute treatment is $120. www.olehenriksen.com

(Check out two special red carpet treatments offered by Agua Spa and SPA at Sunset Marquis.)

The Sunset Strip’s hotels are all filled with stories of legendary former guests. But the family-owned Sunset Marquis, which encourages guests to “indulge their inner celebrity,” blends the all-star guest list with lush, private villas, providing the ultimate escape. Since 1963 the hotel has served as a home away from home for rock stars including Jimi Hendrix, U2 and John Mayer as well as movie stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Relax poolside in the secluded garden setting, grab a cocktail at ultra-private Bar 1200 or maybe even record an album track or two at the hotel’s own Nightbird Recording Studio. www.sunsetmarquis.com

[Photo: Bar at BOA Steakhouse]

–C. Kemp

BLT Steak Gives You Something To Celebrate With Special Anniversary Menu Tonight

Tonight, BLT Steak celebrates the anniversary of the opening of the first BLT location in New York on March 3, 2004. And as a gift to its patrons, the acclaimed Sunset Strip location is offering a specially priced menu.

Tonight’s 3/3 dinner includes steaks and entrees priced at $33.04 and special cocktails, sides and desserts priced at $3.03. Now that’s something to celebrate!

If you can’t make it tonight, stop by BLT Steak during the week for their remarkably pocket-friendly “5 at 5” menu from 5-7 p.m. featuring drinks and treats all priced at $5.

Items include steak sliders, L.I. Duck Rillette with green apple salad and grilled sourdough, Kobe hot dog, miniature crabcakes, sweet potato fries, specialty cocktails, draught beer and red and white wine by the glass.

For reservations, call 310-360-1950 or visit www.bltsteak.com.

–C. Kemp

RH Celebrates Oscar Weekend With “Julie & Julia” Menu

This weekend RH at Andaz presents a delectable dinner menu that film lovers, foodies and Francophiles alike will adore. The acclaimed restaurant will feature a multi-course menu that celebrates Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the beloved Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.”

A master of the art of Southwestern French cooking, Chef Sebastien Archambault will offer his version of dishes that Child shared through her many cookbooks and television shows – the perfect poached egg, lobster thermidor, beef bourguignonne and babas au rum.

The special three-course dinner menu features:

Perigourdine poached egg
Field mushrooms, foie gras, black truffle

Lompoc Farm leeks vinaigrette
Black truffle, fresh goat cheese, crispy Applewood bacon

Boothbay Harbor lobster open ravioli
Bisque sauce

Beef bourguignonne
Carrots, baby potatoes

Dillon rum baba jar
Vanilla whipped cream


The dinner is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 – 11 p.m. and is exquisitely priced at $90 for two. RH Bar will also pay homage by serving French classic Kir Royale (creme de cassis and champagne) ($14).

For reservations, please call 323-785-6090. www.andaz.com


[Photo: Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia." Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.]

A Liquid Tribute To Film

Who said Los Angeles lacks seasons? We’ve got fire, “rainy” and perhaps the most coveted: Awards. While the rest of the country shovels snow, we’re getting ready to toast and celebrate our favorite films of the year.

And what better way to celebrate than with an assortment of Oscar and awards season inspired drinks? The Standard and The London West Hollywood have upped the ante with an assortment of must-try cocktails available now through Oscar Sunday, March 7. So grab your glass and get ready to drink your cocktail, drink it up! (Apologies for the 2008 reference.)


The London West Hollywood‘s lavishly prepared awards season-themed cocktails are priced at $16 each and include:

Crazy Heart: A bright red, seriously strong, man’s drink with Hennessy VS, Gran Marnier, fresh lemon juice and muddled strawberries.

A Tribute to Butter (“Julie & Julia”): Hot Buttered Rum cocktail with cinnamon- and apple-infused rum, vanilla simple syrup, apple juice, Amaretto and butter.

Summer Berries with Autumn Flare (“500 Days Of Summer”): Strawberry and Raspberry infused house Vodka, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup with an Autumn spiced sugar rim.

Pandora Punch (“Avatar”): A colorful fusion of worlds layered with blue, yellow and pink Van Gogh Blueberry Vodka, Malibu Pineapple, lemonade, lime juice with a Chambord float.

The Black German ("Inglorious Basterds"): Jagermeister and Mountain Dew Black Soda

Nine Into One ("Nine"): Nine ingredients perfectly blended together — Amaretto, Grappa, Southern Comfort, Malibu Rum with cranberry, orange, lemon and lime juice, topped with a Malibu Dark Rum float.


The Standard throws in a competitor to Pandora Punch as well as additional selections. These tasty drinks are priced at $12 each:

Pandora Punch ("Avatar"): Two worlds collide with orange rum and blue Curacao.

Shoshanna’s Revenge ("Inglourious Basterds"): A glourious kocktale featuring Dragon Berry rum, orange and strawberry.

Ford Pickup ("A Single Man"): A Tom-Colins with gin. 

Mile High Club ("Up In The Air"): Fasten your seatbelts, please. This drink includes French Vanilla Kahlua, Patron coffee.

Da Bomb…may hurt you ("The Hurt Locker"): Tuaca with lemon.

For those looking for sparkles, RH Bar will pay tribute to "Julie & Julia" with a French specialty, Kir Royal (champagne and crème de cassis), available during Oscar weekend. And Ketchup gives all Oscar-day revelers another reason to toast with half-priced glasses of champagne on March 7.


[Photo: Pandora Punch at The London West Hollywood]

–C. Kemp


Salt Or No Salt?

We’re not sure who declared Feb. 22 National Margarita Day, but we’re not going to complain. Where to get yours at every price point:

The place: Asia De Cuba Bar (ADCB)
The specialty: Lemongrass Lychee Margarita. Milagro tequila, orange liqueur, lemongrass syrup and lime juice. ($14)

The place: Borracho Cantina
The specialty: More than 100 tequilas. Mix and match your own margarita. And two happy hours: 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. featuring $5 margaritas and half-priced food.

The place: Cabo Cantina
The specialty: The Cabopolitan. Jose Cuervo tequila, triple sec, splash of sweet and sour, cranberry and fresh lime juice. Two-for-one prices 4-8 p.m.

The place: Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
The specialty: Partida Margarita. Partida Plata tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar served on the rocks. ($10.20)

The place: Isla Cantina
The specialty: Islarita. Signature margarita with tequila, acai berries and triple sec ($10). Plus, an extensive tequila menu.

The place: RH Bar at Andaz
The specialty: Ginger Mariachi. Corzo silver, Domaine de Canton, jalapeno, cucumber, tomato juice, lime juice and salt and pepper ($13). Enjoy complimentary bar bites with the drink from 5-7 p.m.



–C. Kemp

A Very Happy Un-Birthday To You!

The London West Hollywood invites you (and you and you!) to celebrate the whimsical and trippy fun of Alice In Wonderland with a Mad Hatter Tea Party lasting throughout the month of March.

Don’t be late for this very important date. Starting March 1, the delicious and delightful tea party will be available daily from 3-5 p.m.

The creatively styled menu brings the beyond-your-wildest-dreams story to life and includes traditional treats with a twist.

Selection of teas: Earl grey, English breakfast, green tea, chamomile, Darjeeling, organic peppermint, cassis, mountain berry, floral jasmine, life through water, harmonie, tangerine, fresh mint. 

Freshly cut sandwiches: Tomato-cherry jam with aged English Cheddar, red onion marmalade with smoked ham, sour cream with smoked salmon and lemon and horseradish crème fraiche with roast beef.

Pastries: Caterpillar Caps – polka-dot frosted, mini-chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, Dum-Dee-Dum Macaroons, Blackberry Panna Cotta in champagne flutes, Demitasse cups with poached strawberries and coconut foam, Queen of Heart fruit tarts, Un-birthday Cake – chocolate decadence cake with fresh lavender flowers and Jam Tomorrow Scones – plain and blackcurrant scones with colored whipped cream and compotes.

Finish your afternoon tea with a “Drink Me” champagne toast. A bottle of champagne and selection of colorful mixers for the table is available. Pick and brew your own specially flavored toast. Each mixer is priced at $5 per and includes pomegranate juice with Pama Liqueur, Triple Sec with orange juice and lemon, passion fruit puree with lemon and simple syrup, apple liqueur with lemon and pineapple juice, Blue Curacao with lemon, lime and cassis, framboise liquer and peace juice with peach liqueur and lemon.

The tea service is $28 per guest. Reservations can be made at 310-358-7788. Make sure you keep your eyes open for the white rabbit.

–C. Kemp

Dine With A Chef

Francophiles and those who have dreamed of sharing dinner with an acclaimed chef should reserve their spot at RH stat. On Feb. 23, RH’s Chef  Sebastien Archambault will host Club Culinaire’s “Chef A Table,” a dinner that allows guests the unique opportunity to dine with guest chefs while enjoying a multi-course dinner and conversations about the history and culture of France.

The evening starts at 7 p.m. with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception before guests are seated to enjoy a five-course Southwestern French-inspired meal prepared by Archambault and complimented with wine pairings.

Guests will be seated at communal tables allowing the chef the opportunity to pop in and share stories. The price for this dining experience is $105 for Club Culinaire members and $115 for nonmembers.

The full menu includes:

Hors d’oeuvres et Champagne
* * *
Starters family-style:
Perigourdine poached egg, field mushrooms, foie gras, black truffle
Niman Ranch roasted veal sweetbread puff pastry,  artichokes, bacon, shallot and Madeira wine sauce
Wine paring: Mont Tauch Corbières 2006
* * *
Seared diver scallops, orange braised endive, cilantro seeds
Wine paring: Mont Tauch Fitou Reserve 2006
* * *
Homemade crispy Hudson Valley duck leg confit
sautéed potatoes, green onion, garlic, parsley
Wine paring: Clos Fardet Rouge Madiran 1998
* * *
Dillon rhum baba jar, vanilla whipped cream
Rice pudding, sautéed pears, walnut biscuit
Wine paring: Muscat de Rivesaltes


This event is part of the dinner series organized by Club Culinaire that gives guests an opportunity to experience the culinary creations of Southern California’s most renowned chefs as they promote the delights of French cuisine.

For reservations, please call 323-785-6090.