From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in L.A. is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your itinerary to a damn good time.
This week, we head to the Westside for the year’s best whiskey festival.
Get Down: WhiskyX
Festival season is now. And while tons are descending on Coachella, we’re staying close to home and away from the crowds with WhiskyX, a food-and-booze festival with one helluva house band: local roots rock merchants Dawes. If you’re unfamiliar with Dawes, they’re a contemporary rock band with influences that range from Creedence to Dylan. It all goes down at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on April 20th, and with 60+ whiskeys on hand to taste, you’ll get a heavy buzz going. Blot it out with one of the many food trucks that’ll be on site, from the Taco Cartel to Chinese Laundry.
3021 Airport Ave. (map)
Have a Drink: The Lincoln
With that much brown liquor in your belly, you may have sprouted a few wild hairs. To straighten them out, grab a Lyft and head to the Lincoln in Venice. Their delicious drinks will keep you going without weighing you down, and they have a great DJ on the weekends. It’s always a party here.
2536 Lincoln Blvd. (map)
Late Night Snack: Nighthawks
Don’t go home (or to bed) without relining your stomach with something greasy and full of protein. It may not avert a hangover, but it’ll surely lessen the blow. Nighthawk Diner is not far from the Lincoln and serves a wild assortment of plates that include crab toasts, fried chickens on top of potato pancakes and milk sweetened with bourbon. All will lead to sweeter dreams.
417 Washington Blvd. (map)