December is party time at many Southern Californa restaurants. They dial up the holiday atmosphere to ensure that people come in to eat, drink and be merry.
Bars and taprooms are getting into the act, often celebrating the kitschy side of the season.
Here is a sampling of what eateries are into. Some of these events are already selling out, according to their web pages, so reservations are a good idea and sometimes required.
Pop-up bars provide seasonal ambiance and liquid cheer on select dates throughout the holiday season.
Among them is Miracle, which on its website promises “kitschy holiday décor, professionally developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party.”
It lines up locations internationally and has several throughout California this year, but only one in Southern California. It’s at the Ordinarie, a tavern at 210 The Promenade North, Long Beach. It runs Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Hours are noon-1 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but most weekends are already booked, according to the tavern’s Instagram page. theordinarie.com, miraclepopup.com
Here and Now is the home of Blisten’s through Jan. 1. It’s at 300 S Santa Fe Ave. Suite N, Los Angeles. hereandnowdtla.com
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade takes place Dec. 14-18 and is visible from several restaurants near the water. Tour boat operator Davey’s Locker has a list. Among them is the Rusty Pelican, 2735 West Coast Highway, which books five-course meals throughout the run on Eventbrite. Prices are $634-$1,265. eventbrite.com
The Mission Inn & Spa’s Festival of Lights runs Nov. 25-Dec. 31 in downtown Riverside. During that time the exterior of the historical hotel is festooned with holiday lights and decorations and there will be entertainment, shopping and food vendors in surrounding streets.
The Inn will be illuminated through Jan. 6. It has several dining options, including the Mission Inn Restaurant and Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar, which have outdoor seating with views of the lights. riversideca.gov/fol
Lawry’s Restaurants will have Lawry’s Victorian carolers performing nightly in its steakhouses beginning Dec. 1.
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News
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