Halloween, in case you hadn't heard, is right around the corner. The annual children's holiday is a time where kids get to dress up and act like little pre-teen heathens, demanding candy from adults and generally messing with the unwritten rule that adults are in charge.
This year, we're taking back the streets. Well, one street at least.
Washington Blvd. in Culver City, a street already known more for its array of restaurants and storefronts than its trick-or-treatable front doors, is letting the adults in on the fun on Halloween night, with a self-titled Boo for Booze crawl that spans A-Frame, The Corner Door and Waterloo & City. The evening functions like a staggered (maybe literally as well as figuratively) pub crawl, with specials offered at the three restaurants at intervals starting at 5 p.m. and ending an hour before midnight.
The idea is simple: Adults without small children and any parent who just wants to leave the chaos behind for a few hours is invited to make the crawl along Washington Blvd., where three of the city's finest snack and sip spots are offering specials on drinks and various bites. First up is Roy Choi's A-Frame, which will be doling out their popular furikake kettle corn with heirloom pickles for $6, and putting together a rye whiskey and lemon drink known as The Omen for the same price.
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A couple of hours later, the reinvisioned British gastropub Waterloo & City will be joining in on the crawl, with $4 Scotch eggs and a mezcal and blood orange cocktail that sells for six bucks. And by 9 p.m., Beau du Bois and The Corner Door staff will be dishing out $7 fried chicken sandwiches and sips of Halloween Punch, which is basically just bourbon, prosecco and spiced apple cordial.
All in all, the crawl runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with different stops offering varied cocktail and snack combinations at staggered intervals. If you're thinking of just getting out of the neighborhood for the night to avoid disappointing all those little kids you forgot to buy candy for, this might be the perfect excuse. Just tape a note to the door, telling the pint-sized Spider-Mans of the world that you're out drinking. I'm sure they'll understand.
Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Farley Elliott writes about food, drink and entertainment at OverOverUnder.com.