This Week’s L.A. Happenings: The West End Bar, Teddy’s at Roosevelt Hotel, Ray’s and Stark

NOW OPEN: The West End Bar In Westwood
Here’s a West Side story without choreographed dancing involved: The West End Bar – an American bar and neighborhood kitchen, now open in Westwood. Everything is locally-sourced here, from the craft cocktail menu ingredients (house-soaked bourbon cherries and pomegranate grenadine made in-house), to the mixologist and chef (Santa Monica-born Alex Ohayon). Ohayon cooks up creative small plates, like custom-blend burgers and duck rillette, though we’re not going to lie: our favorite meal is in the liquids.

The West End Bar (2116-B Westwood Blvd., Westwood) is now open. For dinner reservations, call 310-470-6601. For the inside-scoop, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

FRIDAY: Teddy’s Opens At Roosevelt Hotel
After a year-long-ish power nap, our favorite Teddy has finally reopened: Teddy’s at Roosevelt Hotel. This unmarked celebrity-loved lounge is flanked with chandelier, arches, and an island bar. Open only on Friday nights, expect wild nights you won’t remember on Saturdays. Reservations are expected.

Teddy’s at Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood). For reservations, call 323-466-7000. For the inside-info on Teddy’s, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: Cur-ATE At Ray’s & Stark Bar
You like art. So did Alexander the Great, most likely. You can follow Alexander’s path at this ArtBites event at Ray’s and Stark Bar which pairs artwork and archaeological finds with dishes inspired by the conqueror’s continental crossing. 

Artbites’ Cur-ATE event is $100 and happening at Ray’s and Stark Bar (5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire) on Tuesday the 12th. It includes tour, dinner, and parking. To make reservations, call 323-857-6010. For more information on Ray’s, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

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Animal Fetishes at New Los Angeles Hotspots

Obama won. Weed won. Women won. Check and mate. Now, you’re either ready to celebrate, or you’re looking to inebriate. Might we suggest The Blind Donkey in Pasadena, the new whiskey haven, for either? From the guys behind The Surly Goat and The Little Bear (Animal fetish, anyone?), The Blind Donkey is a regal little place with brick, dark wood, and a chess board on every table. While you’re there drowning your sorrows or toasting your victory, order the triple-fried fries and consider signing up for the chess league.

Elsewhere, TLT Food has landed in Westwood, dishing out all the favorites they’ve been selling from their popular food truck, and Urban Garden opened its doors in the Fairfax District, warming the neighborhood with shawarma, lemon-herb rotisserie chicken, and some tasty vegan and veggie items.

Los Angeles Opening: Ammo at the Hammer Museum

Though the name sounds like a ’70s progressive rock band, Ammo at the Hammer is the Hammer Museum’s latest addition: a cafe.

The first outpost of Amy Sweeney’s legendarily hip Highland Avenue restaurant, this Ammo offers seasonal sandwiches, market salads, and a generous happy hour – all of which can be enjoyed in the museum’s bright, tree-lined courtyard, which the café spills into. Perfectly in synch with the museum’s new Hammer Contemporary Collection (Kara Walker, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, etc), the Ammo is styled by LA design collective Commune, and is open for lunch, brunch, through happy hour now, with extended hours expected by December. 


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