The minds behind the Stay Classy Bar have taken their popular Beetle House restaurant on the road and opened an L.A. location. Originally planning to only stay for 80 days as a pop-up, Beetle House has sold out its entire run before even opening its doors. But the website is taking names for a waiting list, and the pop-up Tim Burton–themed (but not affiliated) restaurant will likely extend its run.
However, if you must go and can't get a reservation, don't worry. The bar portion is open for all and serves crazy cocktails designed by Gia Farrell with names like the Beetlejuice, the Big Fish Bowl (for two people) and the Coco Skellington.
Inside the prix-fixe restaurant, waitresses dressed in L.A.'s own Laura Byrnes serve Cheshire Beef and Edward Burger Hands while acts from Freakshow Deluxe keep the place spooky, with a special stage show and roaming acts throughout the bar area.
Zach Neil of New Gold Empire, one of the founders (and creator of the menu) of Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA, says that they plan theme nights — an Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) sighting might be in the future — as well as an expansion of their menu.
They made a list, they checked it twice — a list for the pub crawl and fun and games, of course. The revelers of L.A. SantaCon, who dressed as Santa, as poinsettia plants, as naughty elves — and then there was that posse of protesting clowns — followed @lasanta on Twitter to Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, a park to play some Santa games, then to the Gold Line to start the pub crawl. Later in the evening, the Santas made a quick stop before hitting up downtown Culver City and requesting some Santasy lap dances at Fantasy Island and Plan B (sorry, no photos allowed) before finishing the *burp* night at Grilliant, Janga and Pieology. Next year Santa will show up in another part of Los Angeles — watch the Twitter handle for information after Thanksgiving 2017.
Darren Bousman doesn’t look like the type of guy who’s been the subject of an FBI investigation into Los Angeles cults. The director of Saw II through IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil’s Carnival, the soon-to-be-released Abattoir and the immersive psychological horror theater project The Tension Experience: Ascension (the...
There's the sexy witch, the sexy doctor ... and then there's just plain sexy. Here are the most skintastic Halloween costumes we saw this year.
For the 28th year in a row, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval brought elaborately costumed revelers from every corner of L.A. and beyond to share in the excitement. Being one of the world's largest holiday street parties, it plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Costumes spotted in the crowd included the Bride of Frankenstein, a trio of Smurfettes, Ninja Turtles reporter April O'Neil, people who perished on the Titanic, Prince, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and Rocky Balboa (replete with sides of beef to punch). You can never say Angelenos aren't creative.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, at El Cid, the Sultry Sweet Burlesque & Variety Show presented Asylum, a twisted look into the insane, dark, perverted and demented medical staff and patients of a sexy mental hospital. The show featured performances by Leggy Lass Greenleaf, Erica Snap, Sin Twisted, Galaxy Jax, Cherish Bliss, Mercury Troy, Veronica Voss, Audrey Deluxe, Angie Cakes, Maya Papaya, Dolly Danger, Teena Pugliese, Robin Switch, Hazel LeRue and the Kittens (Miss Spent Youth and Battyna Sin). The whole thing was hosted by Enoch Augustus Scott.
The evening was filled with songs and screams, as there was an onstage lobotomy and patients were chased and dragged across the stage, underwent electric shock therapy and tormented the crowd, and nails were hammered into noses. Sin Twisted took the stage for a contortion act that was sure to make anyone cringe.
Horror and striptease. What more could you ask for on a Halloween weekend?
All photos by Ernie Manrique