Spook-tacular Specials from LA’s Hottest Restaurants & Bars

Ready for the Halloween Boos, or shall we say booze? Here are some the city’s best specials!


Witches and warlocks will have a “Wicked” good time at The Culver Hotel this Halloween. The bewitching hour begins with Happy Hour Specials including Garlic Fries to ward off the vampires, Deviled Eggs, and $7.00 specialty cocktail “potions” offered from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The grand lobby comes to life at 7:30 pm, to the tune of Live Jazz Music, for you to enjoy as you gaze at the Scary Silent Movies projected on the walls. Creep upstairs to the newly renovated Velvet Lounge for an exclusive, reservation-only bottle service experience ($250.00 to $400.00 a bottle).  Dress in your Halloween best for an epic Costume Contest! When the clock strikes midnight, the owner of The Culver Hotel will award the best-dressed guest with one free night’s stay at The Culver Hotel and a $50 gift certificate to be used in the restaurant and bar.  You are definitely not in Kansas anymore!  The Culver Hotel’s Happy Hour menu is served daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Live Entertainment will be featured in the Grand Lobby beginning at 7:30 pm (2 Drink Minimum). The Velvet Lounge will be open on Halloween from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am. 9440 Culver Blvd, Culver City, California 90232; 310.558.9400; www.CulverHotel.com


Legend has it, the old Raymond cottage is still haunted by the ghost of original founder, Walter Raymond.  Join the team at 1886 Bar this Halloween weekend for a chance to sip on the Hobgoblin, a ghoulishly crafted cocktail available exclusively through Halloween weekend featuring AppleJack brandy, house made pumpkin syrup, all spice dram, cinnamon and fresh lemon juice, garnished with a chocolate spider web.  Soak up your sins with their eclectic selection of bar bites including Chicken Satay SkewersBeef Tataki with jalapeno salsa and Steamed Mussels with Chinese sausage and “angry lady” sauce. Cheers! The Raymond/1886 will be open on Halloween from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.theraymond.com



Fall Harvest has come to SunCafe just in time for Halloween!  The award-winning, plant-based eatery will be offering a special, limited selection of Seasonal Pumpkin Brews (some exclusively available at SunCafe).  Beer nerds can expect to find a rare collection from the likes of Russian River Brewing, Santa Clara Brewing, Almanac and more!  Can’t decide which brew to try first? SunCafe is offering a special HarvestFlight of four beers for only $12.00!  As a treat for guests, SunCafe will be offering a weekend Harvest Happy Hour, featuring food specials and a $1.00 off all beer, wine, cocktails and Kombucha from 4:00 pm to close.  Sweeten the deal with an order of their sinless vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake.  Too good to be true?  It’s magic!  SunCafe will be open on Halloween from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Special Harvest Happy Hour will be offered Friday-Sunday from 4:00 pm to Close on Halloween Weekend Only.  10820 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604; 818.528.2550; www.suncafe.com


Upscale seaside dive bar, or sunken pirate ship haunted by the ghosts of sailors and sea captains?  Pirates have taken over The Venice Whaler, and they’re throwing the best Halloween bash West of Lincoln with The Greatest Halloween Bash: Dead Sailors and Sea Captains!  But in order to come aboard ship, you’ll first have to navigate through a haunted house of horrors.  Be prepared to bob for eyeballs and dig your hands into a vat of Spaghetti “Brains” in search of prizes, because there is no shortage of creepy carnival games at this ghoulish event.  Once inside, head straight to the Crab Shell Bar and grab yourself one of their craft cocktail Potions,” including spooky specials featuring El Tesoro Tequila.  After you’ve been properly hydrated, you’ll want something to commemorate the evening, right? Why not get a Henna Tattoo, or your Face Painted?  Or if body art isn’t exactly up your alley, get a Frightful Caricature drawn, or visit the Tarot Card Reader for a peek into your future…if you dare.  The Whaler will come to life at 9:00 pm to the beats of the undead (a.k.a Live) DJ, who will be spinning webs of spooky songs upstairs. Meanwhile, below deck, Mojo Voodoo Gypsies and The Vintage Belles will be performing a dark and sexy Burlesque Show guaranteed to make any pirate want to walk the plank with delight!  Come dressed in costume for your chance to win from a treasure trove of prizes — winners of the Costume Contest will be announced at midnight. The Venice Whaler will be open Halloween from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; The Greatest Halloween Bash will be from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. 10 West Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com


Quench that insatiable Vampire-like thirst with a cocktail – or two.  Zengo is celebrating Halloween by offering two specialty cocktails to thirsty guests for only $5 each! The Vampire’s Punch combines Vodka with a splash of sour, fresh guava puree and cranberry juice into a spooky sipper complete with spider ring hanging from the rim of the glass, and the Blood Orange Margarita with Blanco Tequila, blood orange puree, a splash of sour and a black salt rim is sure to have you howling for more!  While you’re there, sink your fangs into dishes inspired by a fushion of Latin-Asian cuisines including Sushi and CevichesDim SumChipotle Miso Glazed CodHot Stone Wagyu Beef and a delicious array of WokSpecialties.  Zengo will be open on Halloween from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, California 90401; 310.899.1000; www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm

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About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***


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