Top 8: Quirky Drinking Experiences in Los AngelesBy Angelica Malin
From beer-fuelled yoga sessions to body art and boozy packages, the City of Angels’ reputation as the entertainment capital doesn’t disappoint. Here’s 8 quirky experiences that are way more than just a trip to a US watering hole:
The Lowdown: These 90-minute yoga, running and beer sessions see participants run and practice yoga in and around Los Angeles’ breweries. A typical class at Angel City Brewery starts with an optional two-mile run around Downtown Los Angeles’ historic landmarks, followed by amixed level vinyasa flow yoga, complemented with experimental craft beers and grub from foods trucks nearby.
Price: $15 – includes run and yoga class and one craft beer
Address: 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Photo Credit: Brew Yoga
The Lowdown: Get your wine on in the wild! Guests of the Malibu Wine Safaris can explore Saddlerock Ranch on a custom-built safari, seeing zebra, camels, giraffe and bison whilst sampling local wines from the casual wine-making culture of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Price: Explorer Tour, 90 minutes (includes six wines) – $65 per person
Address: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
The Lowdown: Opera On Tap take operatic and classical music out of concert halls and into alternative venues. With around six events in L.A. a year and custom shows for companies and large groups across Hollywood, Mid-City and Downtown L.A, this is a chance to learn to love the opera at an L.A. bar.
Price: From $25 per person
Address: Various locations. See here.
Photo Credit: Opera on Tap
The Lowdown: Billed by some as an amusement park for adults, fuelled by whiskey and rum, this unusual distillery tour incorporates a boat ride along the distillery’s cooling water, a rainforest and moving topiary. Since opening in the Arts District in L.A. last year, each room of the distillery is inspired by a different book or film; think Jurassic Park or The Pirates of the Caribbean, bringing to life the science, technology and tasting of the alcohol the distillery produce.
Price: 2-hour tour – $30 per person
Address: 1235 E 6th St in the Arts District, Los Angeles
The Lowdown: Enjoy moving screenings under the stars whilst surrounded by stars. Hollywood Forever Cemetery allows attendees to crack open a bottle whilst watching films on the big screen. Open in the summer and for seasonal events, enjoy your drink and movie in the company of the likes of Judy Garland.
Price: From $20 per person
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Lowdown: The relaxed and informal way to perfect your paining skills, attendees provide their own tipple of choice and participate in art classes with themes such as sunset palm trees, Monet or the Northern Lights. With events such as Wine Down Wednesday and Thirsty Thursdays, it’s a real palette cleanser.
Price: Classes from $25
Address: 351 S. LA Brea Av. Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Lowdown: Hotel Erwin on L.A’s famous Venice Beach offers an ‘Ink and Stay’ package. Free-spirited guests with a high pain tolerance can take home a lasting souvenir in the form of a tattoo. The package includes a room for the night, $100 tattoo voucher at The Black Rose Tattoo Parlour in Venice Beach, Lubriderm, an ice pack and a bottle of Tequila.
Price: From $200 per person
Address: 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
The Lowdown: Experience close-up, sleight of hand magic; at the entrance, your table, at the bar, in your cocktail. This experiential watering hole allows guests to enjoy a drink in the amazing and amusing surroundings of an ad-hoc magic show.
Price: From $30 per person for a show ticket
Address: 1719 H. Hudson Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028