Halloween Weekend is upon us, and thirsty Angelenos have nothing to fear if they’re looking for great cocktails to go with a plethora of scary shenanigans. Whether it’s the bars of 213, the steampunk atmosphere of Villains Tavern and The Edison, or the Hollywood glam of Les Deux, there’s no shortage of temptations to indulge in this sinful weekend.

Expect a more ghoulish crowd this weekend at Villains Tavern.

Villains Tavern – A Dark Carnival
It all starts in downtown’s Arts District, where Villains Tavern is hosting A Dark Carnival, two nights of “freakish entertainment” taking place on Friday and Saturday throughout Villains’ indoor-outdoor space, as well as a “Red Light” tent in the adjacent parking lot. Bars inside Villains and the Red Light tent will be serving an array of handcrafted signature and seasonal cocktails, as well as Oktoberfest beers. The infamous Villains ‘Mix and Match’ beer and shot combo will be available at all bars for $9, or if you’re feeling like a vagabond, grab a $3 brown bag of Schlitz, Tecate or Bud Light. Guests can soak up the libations with offerings from several food trucks and Villains’ own menu.

Imbibing won’t be the only thing happening in the Red Light tent. Once inside, guests will find themselves in the midst of a circus-like atmosphere of stunts performed by Circus Insidious, including fire, music, and magic shows. The Freak Show will shock and titillate all who enter and Tarot card readers and face painters will entertain the more faint of heart.

Entry to A Dark Carnival is free, including all live music events. A portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be donated to local non-profit organizations.

A Dark Carnival
Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 2010
Doors at 7pm
Free entry
Featuring:

  • Handcrafted signature and seasonal cocktails
  • Oktoberfest beers, $9 “Mix and Match” beer-shot combos, $3 “Brown Bags” of beer
  • Live music on two stages
  • Performances by Circus Insidious, The Freak Show and more
  • Food trucks
  • Costume contest with cash prizes

Villains Tavern
1356 Palmetto St.
Los Angeles, CA 91003
(213) 613-0766
www.villainstavern.com

213 – Seven Deadly Spirits
On Saturday, October 30th, seven is your lucky number when 213 presents Seven Deadly Spirits, a drink promotion taking place at Caña, Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s Red Car Bar, Las Perlas, Seven Grand, Tony’s Saloon and Golden Gopher. For guests in costume, each bar will offer a $7 Halloween cocktail celebrating one of Seven Deadly Spirits: rum, Irish whiskey, gin, tequila, rye, bourbon and vodka.

  • Caña: The Indiscretion, “an exotic rum daiquiri with a blood red mist. Alibis aren’t included.”
  • Casey’s will quench your thirst for Bloody Molly’s and Irish whiskey while you rock to Adam West The Bat and Satellite Sky in the Jameson room.
  • Cole’s Red Car Bar will offer the Corpse Reviver No. 2, a classic gin cocktail.
  • Las Perlas: the tequila laced, “hell-hot” Diablo’s Paloma.
  • Seven Grand: The Horse’s Neck, “tempered with rye.”
  • Bourbon and vodka cocktails will be served at Tony’s Saloon and Golden Gopher, respectively. Tony’s and Golden Gopher will have open bar on their specials from 9-10pm, so early arrival is suggested.

The Seven Deadly Spirits Halloween festivities and $7 cocktail specials continue on Sunday, October 31st at all the above bars except Caña and Las Perlas, which will be closed.

213 Presents Seven Deadly Spirits
Saturday, October 30, 2010
8pm-2am
Sunday, October 31, 2010

  • Casey’s and Cole’s: 11:30am til close
  • Seven Grand: 7pm-2am
  • Golden Gopher & Tony’s: 8pm-2am
  • Caña & Las Perlas: CLOSED

Featuring: Seven bars with $7 cocktail specials for guests in costume, “ghoulish rock n’ roll,” Old School Halloween candy
For more information, visit 213downtown.la.

UPDATE 10/28: 213 has announced a Deadliest Drinker Contest to go with its Seven Deadly Spirits weekend! The prize package includes poker chips redeemable for free drinks at 213 bars, and a rare bourbon bottled exclusively for Seven Grand, handpicked by 213 Proprietor Cedd Moses. Details at the 213 Facebook Page.

Les Deux – Night of Rising Spirits
Also on Saturday is Night of Rising Spirits, taking place at Les Deux in Hollywood. The Host with the Most, Aidan Demarest welcomes guest mixologists Erick Castro (SF), Jennifer Contraveos (Chicago), Simon Ford (London), Grady Purtle (LA), Naomi Schimek (LA) and Damian Windsor (LA). To get your cocktail treats, you must RSVP and come in costume. Note that it will be a cash bar for this event.

A portion of the door proceeds will benefit the International Rescue Committee, which offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

To RSVP and for information and VIP table requests, visit nightofspirits2010.com.

Night of Rising Spirits
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Doors at 8pm
$10 cover
Cash bar
RSVP and costume required
Featuring:

  • Cocktails by Aidan Demarest, Erick Castro, Jennifer Contraveos, Simon Ford, Grady Purtle, Naomi Schimek and Damian Windsor
  • Costume contest with prizes
  • Live performances
  • VIP Hour from 8-9pm, with complimentary punch and hors d’oeuvres

Les Deux
1638 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Edison – All Hallows Eve
After closing for a private event on October 30th, The Edison will be back in action on Halloween Night, when it hosts All Hallows Eve on Sunday, October 31st. Descend into the subterranean venue and experience the Edison’s signature blend of crafted cocktails, live music and performances, and a steampunk setting that’s perfectly suited for a costume bacchanal.

All Hallows Eve
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Doors at 8pm
Featuring:

  • Helios Jive, The Stilt Circus and “a host of Dancers, Contortionists and Gifted Eccentriques”
  • Prizes for Best Costume
  • Table reservations include Crystal Head Vodka and “Surprise Sweets.”

Tickets:

  • $20 pre-sale
  • $25 at the door (in costume) or $35 (without costume)

Buy tickets online: edisondowntown.com/tickets
Call for table reservations and pricing.

The Edison
108 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0000
www.edisondowntown.com

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