July is National Ice Cream Month, and Bubbies Ice Cream is celebrating with free Mochi Ice Cream all month long at the Bubbies Treat Wave Ice Cream Cart at Venice Beach. All ice creams are individually wrapped and come in strawberry, mango, and vegan chocolate flavors and will be available Saturday, July 10, 12-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, 12-5 p.m. as well as Saturday, July 17, 12-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 18, 12-5 p.m.

The Bourbon Room Hollywood restaurant and live entertainment destination venue is set to reopen on Thursday, July 29 with a new menu by fried chicken sandwich guru, Frankie Guerrero, who previously worked alongside/underneath Tim Hollingsworth at Field LA and Free Play, Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Familia and Neal Fraser at Fritzi Coop. The menu will feature upscale comfort and bar food including Frankie’s Fried Chicken Sandwich with buttermilk fried chicken and a house-made sweet and tangy spread made with a slow-roasted garlic confit, olive oil and herbs. The Bourbon Room Cheeseburger is built with a mixture of brisket and chuck on a potato bun and The Flying V Chicken Wings are tossed in a choice of house-made BBQ or buffalo sauce. Nashville Hot Wings are served with spicy house pickles.

Cocktails at Bar Calo (Wonho Frank Lee)

Also on the reopening cocktail front, Bar Calo in Echo Park opened its doors this week with a new menu of cocktails by industry vet and general manager, Josh Goldman. The acclaimed neighborhood mezcaleria, cocktail bar and Mexican-inspired restaurant features a drink list focusing on seasonal cocktails, independently owned and operated Mezcal producers, and Mexican wines, while the kitchen offers a delicious selection of shareable plates highlighting fresh California produce.  

National Michelada Day is Monday, July 12, and Golden Road is offering a $1 to-go Guava Chelada Cart from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting Sunday, July 11 to Saturday, July 17 at their Atwater, Anaheim and Huntington Beach pub locations. Guava Chelada Cart (3.5% ABV), Golden Road’s newest canned michelada, features fresh guava aromas and flavors that complement the Clamato base. How To Order: To take advantage of this limited-time National Michelada Day special, visit the link HERE starting July 11 to order a Guava Chealda Cart for delivery or pickup from Golden Road’s Atwater, Anaheim or Huntington Beach locations as well as purchase to-go on-site.

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and The Painted Peach, an art and design studio based in Venice, will host a “paint and sip” event on Thursday, July 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is inspired by the new immersive Van Gogh exhibition currently at the former Amoeba Records site and offers an opportunity to recreate the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter’s most famous work of art, The Starry Night, in abstract form.

The painting session will be led by the studio’s founding abstract artist and designer, Amanda Renata. For each class, she creates unique art inspired by her travels as well as her education in interior design and architecture.

The $100 ticket includes a glass of wine and an instructed, two-hour painting session outdoors at the hotel. All materials and a canvas will be provided for the event. Additionally, Van Gogh-themed cocktails will be available for purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets,  visit Eventbrite or call 213.765.8600. 

Courtesy The Bourbon Room Hollywood

IHOP will be offering 58-cent pancakes nationwide on Tuesday, July 13, to celebrate their 63rd anniversary. The 58-cent short stack special is a nod to their founding year of 1958 – when brothers Al and Jerry Lapin established the first IHOP in Toluca Lake after finding inspiration in the tropical tastes of coconut syrup and dreaming up the idea of a local restaurant centered around pancakes. The one-day-only offer will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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