Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s week 4 of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Brian Tarney, Health, and Chris Garcia with resident DJs Allie Teilz, Dan T, Nina Tarr, and Zach Cowie! There will be a photobooth and pop-up shop. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Tuesday July 8th, 2014, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here at Crushee.com)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s week 4 of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have DJ’s Franki Chan, Jules of Dum Dum Girls, Demonbabies and guests! There will be a photobooth and pop-up shop. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Tuesday June 24, 2014, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here at Crushee.com)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: Nightswim 80’s Prom

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s another week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight it’s an 80’s Prom theme, so pull out the shoulder pads and poof-up your hair! Polite in Public will have a photo booth setup. DJ’s Franki Chan, Chris Holmes, Nina Tarr, Ana Calderon, Zach Cowie and Allie Teilz will be spinning tunes. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s another week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Lance Bangs and Squeak E. Clean as well as resident DJ’s Allie Teilz and Zach Cowie. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

BONUS Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s the third week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Franki Chan, Danny Gabai, Nina Tarr, James Oliver, Zach Cowie and more. How LA.

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: [Adult Swim] vs. Nightswim

This came up as a “suggested event” on facebook for me, so I guess it’s share worthy as the “Do This Today” post. Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, there is an event called “Adult Swim vs. Nightswim”. Now I’m not cool enough to ever have been to the Roosevelt hotel, but the Tropicana bar is poolside, and it sounds like people actually go swimming at night… like a pool in the middle of a club. They are advertising music, dj sets, and zombie races? It sounds like a lot of comedians and adult swim actors/characters will be in attendance. This sounds like the type of night where anything can happen and you’ll be retelling stories about it for years. Get ready to party! HERE is the link to their facebook invite, with more details.

Event: Adult Swim vs. Nightswim
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: 10pm
Cost: Free? So it seems… but drinks will probably be pricy.
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

The Brickyard Pub in NoHo

This past Saturday night (after my walks) I made my way over to North Hollywood to visit the new bar Brickyard Pub. This billiards hall was recently re-done and opened under new ownership (I’m pretty sure). This bar has nothing on tap, it’s all beer bottles.. but it’s a zillion bottles. It looks like a Bevmo.

They don’t serve food, but they have visiting food trucks chilling out front so get some yummy nosh and bring it inside to enjoy at one of their long tables. Did I mention this place is pretty giant? The front room has a giant bar in the center and the back room is another giant room filled with billiards tables, and some beer pong tables.

You have to pay to play, but the first 30 minutes of table shuffleboard is free. They have 2 shuffleboard tables, 3 dart boards (it’s like a quarter to play), and zillions of pool tables ($10 per hour, I think).

Last Saturday I was there for a friends birthday gathering. It worked out perfectly with the long picnic tables they have set-up. They don’t serve food, so we were able to bring our own cupcakes to share. It was pretty great. I also ran into a few friends who live in the neighborhood. In fact, I have another birthday gathering there next weekend. I’m excited to go back.

I took the above photo playing shuffleboard. It was awesome. My only negative with this bar is that there isn’t a parking lot, and expect scramble to park in the neighborhoods around North Hollywood or many blocks north at the metro station. Plan accordingly (bring a rape whistle) and carpool.

Follow them on Facebook HERE!

February 14th 2012

I, like most human beings, am not a fan of Valentines Day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter and sad about it, I just have never had a romantic Valentines Day and therefore I see it as just another day. Maybe that sounds sad, but I really don’t mind. This year I bet you can guess where I spent my Tuesday February 14th… Tony’s Darts Away.

My good friends Lindsey, Michelle and her husband Tom joined me for an awesome night of tasty food, great beer, and Apples 2 Apples. Tony’s had a special Valentine’s Day menu which featured cupcake/beer pairings and beer floats. I began with my usual vegan apple sage dog (with vegan aioli, cheddar cheese, and frizzled onions- try it and you’ll love it), and Michelle ordered us the special truffle oil tater tots which came with a garlic based sauce. Unbelievable. I really hope this becomes a staple for their menu, and it gives their sweet potatoes a run for their money.

Despite it being the craziest night of the year to go out to a restaurant, we got a table without waiting too long and snagged the Apples 2 Apples box (which is their most popular game). We played for a while, and Michelle swept up. She could read us all like a book. Around 9:30p, it was time for something off their special Valentines Day dessert menu. Lindsey and I decided to split a “S’more” beer float. They used a dark stout with a scoop of chocolate gelato, which made it a smokey chocolate flavor. Michelle and Tom split the cupcake/beer paring of a coconut cupcake and the IPA beer they picked to go with it (the name escapes me). This combo was so tasty, we all had to try it. If you took a bite of the cupcake and had the flavor of coconut in your mouth, then took a sip of the IPA, it tasted like Malibu rum. We couldn’t believe how much it effected the flavor of the beer.

It makes me wonder if there are other flavor pairings that can really alter/enhance the flavor of the beer. Well I loved this menu and I hope it comes back for more than just February 14th. Hope you all had a lovely night last night. I know I’m a tad out of order in posts because I haven’t caught you up on last weekend yet, but it’s coming! Up next, Magic Castle!

NYC Dec. 26 + Dec. 27

After Christmas was behind us, my sister and I went into NYC to spend 2 days exploring the city and catching up with old friends. My sister had shows to see and even booked a room at The Larchmont Hotel in the West Village (aka, it’s a fancy hostel, with a good price in an amazing location). My good friend Lily was kind enough to let me crash on her couch, but not before I exhausted myself and NYC. But let me begin at the begining…

When coming in to Grand Central I HIGHLY recommend skipping the public restrooms and instead heading over to to the Grand Hyatt that is adjacent to the train station. They have a key pad on their bathrooms, but don’t be fooled because they aren’t locked and even non-patrons can use these stalls. They are extremely clean and since they’ve been remodeled, each stall is it’s own little room. Trust me, never use the Grand Central stalls… head straight to the Hyatt. The lobby was also redone and now has a modern Japanese esthetic. You can see from my photo above they have a lovely sculpture and waterfall.

From there my sister and I seperated. I was waiting for my old college roommate and good friend Lily to come back into the city and decided to do some post-holiday shopping on fifth avenue… big mistake. I forgot how much I hated crowds. I was elbow to elbow, check to check (if you get my drift) with TONS of people. Thankfully it wasn’t too long before I had my fill and Lily was back in the city. This picture above is of the Rockafeller Center Tree.

I met up with Lily, her boyfriend Joe and bother Dave at their apartment in Brooklyn. We went out to a delicious lunch nearby (Mexican food) and once sundown came, we lit the menorah with birthday candles (fun fun!). As I am not Jewish, it was fun to partake in the lighting which was a treat for me.

After the candles were lit, Joe Lily and Dave had to get ready for a concert and I had to head back into Manhattan for my biannual RISD interior Architecture reunion. Dot, Diana, and Sally all met me in the meatpacking district for a lovely diner at Fig + Olive. I’ve eaten there for restaurant week in the past with Lily and it was equally as tasty now. It was so great seeing the girls, if only for a meal.

From there I took the subway back to Brooklyn to visit The Bell House, which was where Lily’s concert was. Thankfully it ended just before I arrived and we got to chill on the bar side of the venue for a little while and chat. Seeing as they never really got dinner, we moved on to another bar in Brooklyn, closer to their apartment, where they could get some warm food.

The next morning, after a breakfast prepared by Lily and Joe, Lily and I headed on a walk to Prospect Park. It was a really nice walk and good to be able to chat with Lily. Girl talk is very important.

We stopped in this cute cafe, Joyce Bakeshop, where we sipped coffee and chatted some more. Unfortunately, the rain began to start while we were in there and dashed back to their apartment with our scarves wrapped around our heads. It was a sight.

After coffee, I packed up my gear and headed into the city with Lily to meet up with one of my childhood friends (and friend of the blog) Carrie. She, and a RISD friend Marsha, met me and Lily at the New Museum in the Bowery. I’ve been to this museum before and I love it. It was especially crowded because of the holidays, which meant lots of lines… specifically for the many wavers we needed to sign to partake in the exhibits. We began by signing over our credit cards incase anything happened to the goggles we needed to wear to experience the show ($1500 per pair!). EEk. You can bet we were EXTREMELY careful with them. They were fun to wear in the mushroom-room. The museum was transformed to mess with your senses.

There was a slide that went from the fourth floor to the second. Unfortunately, it was a long wait to ride the slide and we also couldn’t wear the goggles. I had some logistical trouble with the exhibit as a whole, but really enjoyed experiencing the museum. I recommend the current exhibit, although I would get there early to avoid lines.

A smaller part of the exhibit had a fish tank that you can put your head into, without getting wet of course. Here is Carrie testing it out. They also had large white pills falling from the ceiling next to a water cooler. A sign read “Please take only one pill”, how Alice and Wonderland of them.

As we left the museum and rain was falling steadily, I said my goodbyes to Marsha and Lily. Carrie and I continued uptown to Times Square area to meet my sister for dinner. Times Square on the day after Christmas is a nightmare. In the rain, it was murder. I’m learning I’m not as patient as once was. After elbowing many people, as well as taking a nasty spill in the subway, we met up with my sister and jumped into the closest dry place we could find: The Delta Grill. This cajun style restaurant is where I had my first fired oyster po’boy (it didn’t sit well, as you can imagine).

After dinner my sister went to see another show and Carrie and I hopped into The Gaf West, which was a cute little pub bar across the street from where we had dinner. We really needed anything to get us out of the rain. I tried a new beer, a Blue Point Toasted Lager, and we chatted until around 9:30p. My sisters play let out and we stopped at Shake Shack for a custard for the train ride home. When I say custard, I mean a super-creamy ice cream. It was delicious (and also a bad choice, given the fried oysters I tried early in the night. Hind sight is 20/20). We made it to the train on time, and ended our NYC adventure.