A Night Out on the Town

Entertainment is back on the menu.

The old-school dinner and a show is on the rise at some pretty cool places. Perfect for date night or a fun gathering with family and friends, here are some fun new spots and a few old classics where the food is not an afterthought.

The Tap Room at The Langham Huntington is fully open again with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Guests can sip The Gilded Age cocktails (inspired by the HBO series), and nibble on lobster rolls, Tap burgers, and soft pretzels with smoked gouda and beer cheese dip.

For contemporary American fare from flatbread to pasta, salmon, and rib eye, The Mixx on East Colorado offers a variety of live acts from pop to rockabilly and Latin jazz, Thursday through Sunday.

 

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Verse in Toluca Lake is the best of both worlds: Dine on a top-notch menu in a space acoustically engineered by a Grammy-winning artist for optimized listening to live jazz trios and DJs.

De Buena Planta in Silver Lake has a delicious, plant-based Mexican menu with Impossible chorizo tacos and tequila-mezcal bar, and offers live music on the leafy patio on Wednesdays plus DJs on weekends.

Sundays in the Arts District means live Brazilian jazz at Caboco during the Feijoada Feast, where the traditional hearty stew with a variety of meats is the main event. Not far away, Proabition DTLA has live entertainment every week, from DJs to fire dancers on Wednesday nights, and the menu spans seafood platters to fried chicken.

 

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And, across town, Venice Beach’s Winston House has live music in several spaces. The front lounge is for listening to live DJs, but the back room is where the stage features the Winston house jazz band and upstairs is a great perch for viewing the action below. The best part, you can order drinks and dinner featuring lobster fried rice and duck tacos from any of the three spaces.


5 Oldies but Goodies

The Barkley Restaurant and Bar has been serving South Pasadena since 1951. Expect live jazz along with New York steak and fried zucchini enjoyed in dimly lit booths.

Cicada Club has been a top American restaurant in downtown Los Angeles for decades, and now the menu pays homage to old haunts such as the Trocadero and Mocambo with namesake salads. Live entertainment ranges from big-band acts to swing and Sinatra classics with an orchestra—and dancing.

El Cid on Sunset in Silver Lake still has flamenco dancers and paella on the menu.

Vibrato Grill in Bel Air (opened by the legendary Herb Alpert) has a dinner-jacket vibe in the evening for crab cakes and shrimp cocktails with some of the best jazz in town.

The Baked Potato in Studio City has been an institution since the ’70s, with live jazz and 24 different spuds on the menu.