Royal Clayton’s has risen from the dead. It’s back in Downtown now as Clayton’s Public House, with the same Victorian finery and wall-bound eclecticism you may remember. Along with cocktails like the Mr. Chaplin with sloe gin, cognac, apricot liqueur, lemon and dry ice. Never gets old, that dry ice.
Saturday. Santa Monica Pier. You could get active competing alongside others in sports like stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, volleyball and skateboarding. Or watch Polynesian dancers or DJs from a beer garden before dipping into a pop-up museum, then back into the beer garden. You’ll know the second you wake up.
HOME OF THE WAVE
One of these days, you’ll require trunks and short sleeves. Better to hit Platform’s Surf Market this weekend. So you can steel yourself with beachy styles from the likes of Salt Surf, Banks Journal, Lone Wolfs and others. Then all you can do is hope.
What happens when legends like Robert Plant, Gary Clark Jr., Neil Young and Jack White unite beside great restaurants like Kogi, Jon & Vinny’s, Hatchet Hall and the Ponte? We shall collectively call it Arroyo Seco Weekend and make it take place at the Rose Bowl. And it will be delicious/good-sounding.
LAND OF THE LASA
Last spring, Lasa was named Food & Wine’s best local restaurant. Now, it’s introducing a weekend-only Bistek Burger, consisting of double patties, soy-stewed onions, queso de bola and calamansi aioli with au jus dip. Later, it will attain self-knowledge and take over the park. Wait, that’s Westworld.
ON THE ROAD
Here’s a running list of stories you may’ve missed so far, from the most hedonistic movie road trips, to the most iconic roadside burger stands. And for when you return home, here’s some THC-infused craft beer and a personal 3D printer. You always wanted one of those.