Rockin’ food, music, fun and craft beers at Rock & Brews

Last week, we took family visiting from out of town to Rock & Brews in El Segundo for lunch before enjoying a day at the beach.


The concept behind Rock & Brews started in the summer of 2010 at a KISS concert. Dave Furano, a well-known rock ‘n roll concert promoter (Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Grateful Dead; The Doors; the Allman Brothers; George Harrison; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), along with his brother Dell Furano (who at the time was serving as CEO of Live Nation Merchandising) brought their friend restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis backstage to meet their longtime friends KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. While sipping beers, Dave asked, “What’s better than rock and brews?” Before the beers were finished, the five of them collaborated on the Rock & Brews restaurant concept.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are the restaurant’s brand global “Rock ‘n’ Roll ambassadors.” They also contribute to key decisions about the Rock & Brews experience and expansion plans.

Zislis, a brewmaster, knows a thing or two about craft beer. In fact after graduating from USC, Zislis opened the Manhattan Beach Brewing Company. It was one of the first brewpubs in the South Bay. With its success, he helped in the urban revitalization in Manhattan Beach and built the area’s first and only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, in 2004. His second Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach opened in 2016.


The El Segundo location is their first restaurant. It opened in 2012 with an indoor bar and dining room, along with an outside beer garden featuring wooden picnic style tables, and a 360-degree entertainment “Great Wall of Rock” displaying legendary rock icons on oversized canvases, along with album art hung on the walls. The lively restaurant has concert lighting, and multiple flat screens showing some of the greatest rock concerts of all time.

We sat at a table under an umbrella and studied the beer menu, which has a selection of lagers, pilsners, pale ales, fruit, malty, hoppy, Belgian and dark beers. Our knowledgeable server helped us with our beverage selection and food pairings. Under “Opening Acts,” we selected Sgt. Pepper’s jalapeño poppers, guacamole toast and barbecue chicken sliders.


The menu offers eight different salads, and I ordered the Hotel California Cobb with chopped grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, artisan blue cheese, avocado, sweet grape tomatoes and a hard boiled egg dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Another appealing salad is the Strawberry Fields made with baby greens, fresh strawberries, sliced avocado, cucumbers and red onions with a sprinkling of candied walnuts and feta cheese, before dressed with a pleasing lemon pepper vinaigrette.

Under the Classic Hits section are beer battered Alaskan cod & chips; five cheese mac n’ cheese; tacos and Red Hot chipotle chili.

Big City Red’s are half pound, all beef hot dogs served on a sesame brioche bun with either natural fries or coleslaw.

My husband ordered from the Headliner section a fresh ahi and avocado sandwich. It was served on a soft, sesame brioche bun that had a spread of wasabi aioli. All burgers and sandwiches are served with choice of natural fries, potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw. Diners can substitute grilled vegetables, a cup of soup, sweet potato fries, onion rings, fresh fruit, or side of Rockin’ or Caesar salad for a minimal additional charge.

The Rockin’ Fit section featuressix dishes under 600 calories including tri tip taco lettuce wraps filled with avocado, roasted corn and tomatillo salsas, cotija cheese, marinated red onions, cilantro and black beans. My sister-in-law ordered the lighter-in-calories dish and loved it.

The others at our table ordered burgers and crispy, thick fries. The gastropub burger was layered with a sunny-side up egg, bacon, caramelized onions, baby greens, sliced tomato and a garlic aioli spread. It was juicy and filled with savory flavors.

Rock & Brews connects with the community through philanthropic effort supporting schools, veterans and active military organizations.

Recently Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano celebrated with KISS’s Simmons and Stanley the “Bar of the Year” award at the 2017 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference in Toronto. The FAB awards recognize the best and most innovative concepts in travel-related food and beverage.

Rock & Brews is located at 143 Main St., El Segundo, (310)615-9890; 1 World Way (424)702-4596; Terminal 5 – 500 World Way, (424)702-1619.

This review was featured in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News –

Special Veterans Day Deals in Southern CA

To honor our nation’s heroes and show appreciation to Veterans on their special day, the following dining venues are offering complimentary meals and specials :artwork

Rock & Brews El Segundo – Free Sandwich

Not only can local veterans receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich this Veterans Day on November, 11, but active duty military and first responders also can receive a FREE sandwich. This special is to honor their service and commitment to our country and community. Each person who presents a veterans, military or first responders ID will receive one sandwich this Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. To date, the Rock & Brews brand has donated over $140,000 to local organizations directly benefiting veterans and military. 615 Main St., El Segundo, CA (310)615-9890

Who Song And Larry’s FREE Meal

On Friday, November 11, all active and retired military personnel can receive a free meal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Select  one complimentary item from a special Veterans Day menu featuring: Sizzling green salad; Muy Thai salad; chicken or steak fajitas; any taco trio; pork Chili Verde; Larry’s burrito or smoked chicken enchiladas. To qualify, dine in uniform or bring proper identification. Another way Who Song and Larry’s shows appreciation for United States military personnel, past and present is offering a 20% discount whenever they visit Who Song And Larry’s throughout the year. 1535 W. Katella Ave. Orange, CA, 92867 – (714)639-9550 –

El Torito Appreciates Veterans – Free Combination Plate

On Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., all active and retired military personnel may select one complimentary dish from a special Veterans Day menu featuring a two-item combination plate. Choose carnitas Michoacan; pollo fresco en adobo; grilled chicken or steak fajitas; chicken and sour cream enchiladas; street taco trio or a carne asada burrito. Come and dine in uniform or bring proper identification. In addition, all military personnel receive a 20% discount whenever they visit any El Torito location throughout the year. To find the closest location, go to visit 3360 Ocean Park Blvd. (310)450-8665.

Acapulco’s Salutes Veterans on Nov. 11, 2016

All active and retired military personnel can select two items from the special Veterans Day combo menu and dine for free on Friday, Nov. 11. Visit one of the 11 Acapulco and choose carnitas and grilled or steak fajitas. Select Mahi Mahi with an asada burrito or enchiladas Suizas or tacos de la calle. Bring the proper United States military identification or dine in uniform to receive this free lunch or dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This offer is good for United States military personnel, past and present. In addition, all military personnel receive a 20% discount whenever they visit any Acapulco location throughout the year. 4444 Sunset Blvd. (323)665-5751.

Free Chevy’s Fajitas on Veterans Day

The first Chevy’s Fresh Mex opened in Alameda, Calif. in 1981. On Veterans Day they offer “Fresh Mex” cuisine to those who protect us. This Veterans Day, Chevy’s offers Veterans free fajitas to all active and retired military men and women. Come in on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and select one complimentary item with a valid military identification or while dining in uniform. The menu offers a fajita burrito, mesquite grilled tacos; chicken or steak fajitas; and a two item combo surf n’ turf special. To find a location near you, go to 701 N. San Fernando Blvd. (818)846-6999.

National Pretzel Day is April 26

Who doesn’t love a big, warm and soft pretzel? Especially with a swipe of yellow mustard? Today you can have one for FREE.

wetzels-pretzels-oCelebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26 with a FREE pretzel at Wetzel’s Pretzels Glendale Galleria or another location. No Purchase Necessary.
Wetzel’s National Pretzel Day offer begins at the opening of Wetzel’s Pretzels store operating hours and ends at the close on April 26, 2016 or while supplies last. Customers who click Like/follow on any of Wetzels’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and show the Like/follow via mobile device or printout can choose to upgrade from a FREE Original Pretzel to a free order of Pizza Bitz. To find the nearest location, go to

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Where to Watch March Madness in LA

Chicken Cobb Egg Burger at Public School. Photo courtesy of Public School
Chicken Cobb Egg Burger at Public School. Photo courtesy of Public School

For those who want to follow March Madness, here are some fun places in LA to follow basketball with other fans. Some of these hot spots are offering special deals –

Public School On Tap has a great deal on Monday, April 4th with their NCAA Championship Game promotion. All night Recess offers $4 to $7 food & drink specials, depending on location. Come back on Friday, April 7th to celebrate National Beer Day to get educated with $4 Craft Beer Flights all day in the bar and dining room. This includes IPA/Seasonal Beer/Ale. Specific taps vary by location. Click on

Downtown – 612 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 622-4500; Culver City 9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-0414; Sherman Oaks 15300 Ventura Blvd #102G, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 728-9818; Thousand Oaks 120 N Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 379-3909

Plan Check Photo by Jill Weinlein
Plan Check Photo by Jill Weinlein

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is having viewing parties during college basketball season in their industrial style, vintage architectural restaurants with multiple flat screen TVs. Order one of the burgers with ketchup leather. The Da Buck Fifty Wings ($2.50 each) seasonings change daily and Wasabi Beer Nuts ($3)  caramelized peanuts and cashews coated with soy sauce, sugar, and wasabi. Both go well with beer, wine and the creative cocktails.

Plan Check’s Double Cut Wing
Plan Check’s Double Cut Wing

Plan Check’s new online ordering and delivery service is available at all restaurant locations within a two miles radius of each location. Customers can access online ordering via Plan Check’s homepage and selecting the delivery icon in the upper right hand corner. Now through April 30, Plan Check patrons can test out the new delivery service with a promo code (DABOMB24) that will automatically deduct $5.00 off the first order.

Locations: 1800 Sawtelle Blvd. LA (310) 444-1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave.(323) 591-0094 and 1111 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 403-1616 –

Plan Check bar nuts - courtesy of Plan Check
Plan Check bar nuts – courtesy of Plan Check

Charcoal Venice is LA’s new neighborhood restaurant from two-star Michelin Chef, Josiah Citrin, and his Chef de Cuisine, Joe Johnson. Enjoy live-fire cuisine amidst a minimalist atmosphere while watching the game on two TV’s. Some of Chef Josiah and Chef Joe’s masterfully-grilled sharable plates include: Cabbage Baked in the Embers ($9.50) – tart yogurt, sumac, and lemon zest, smoked in a Big Green Egg and Smoky Grilled Chicken Wings ($14.50) – Blue Lake beans, almonds, and lemon-infused breadcrumbs. 425 Washington Blvd. Venice (310) 751-6794.

Photo courtesy of Charcol Venice
Photo courtesy of Charcoal Venice

The Club Room at BOA Steakhouse Sunset offers a cool lounge space at West Hollywood’s BOA Steakhouse, which is located adjacent to the restaurant’s bar area. It showcases sophisticated décor and comfortable, oversized furniture situated around a big screen TV – perfect for March Madness viewing. The exclusive menu of savory bites and revamped libations include Blue Crab Toasts ($10) with avocado tartare; Yellowtail Crudo ($12)  with sea beans, radishes, and avocado crema and  The Grand Prix cocktail ($15) – made with premium vodka, Zucca Amaro, Cocchi Americano, elderflower liqueur and lime. 9200 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA · (310) 278-2050 –

Grand Prix cocktail - courtesy of BOA Steakhouse
Grand Prix cocktail – courtesy of BOA Steakhouse

ROCK & BREWS is hosting “BATTLE OF THE BREWS” for MARCH MADNESS. The Rock-Inspired Restaurant is Broadcasting All NCAA Tournament Games with Beer Specials through the National Championship game on Monday, April 4. Rock & Brews will also host Battle of the Brews, pitting beers against each other in a tournament-style competition. Guests are invited to vote for their favorite beers to advance to the championship, and the winning beer will win a tap takeover at the restaurant for a day.

Courtesy of Rock & Brews
Courtesy of Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews offers player’s pint upgrades (20 oz pours) of select draft beers during all NCAA tournament games throughout the entire tournament. Each Rock & Brews location features numerous flat screen televisions, making our restaurants the perfect viewing spot for college basketball fans throughout the March Madness tournament. 143 Main Street. For more information, call (310) 615-9890.

Photo cortesy of Holy Cow BBQ
Photo courtesy of Holy Cow BBQ

Holy Cow BBQ is doing a Holy Madness take out deal. Order slow, smoked goodness and get 10% off on all online and mobile app orders – text COW to 33733 to get the app – from April 3 to 6. – 264 26th Street (across from the Brentwood Country Mart) (310)883-6COW.

Many of this specials were also featured in the March 31 issue of the Beverly Press and Park La Brea News by Jill Weinlein.

Exploring The New Shops At Terminal 1 LAX

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Terminal 1 at LAX airport now offers a Rockin’ fun experience before and after a flight on Southwest Airlines. On March 1st they opened the phase 1 portion of their renovated terminal that has been undergoing $508 million in renovations.

Crews’ was at the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with the V.P. of Development for Westfield Keith Kaplan, Rock Stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Restaurateur and hospitality expert Michael Zislis and representatives from the City of Los Angeles and LAX airport joined the rock stars.

FullSizeRender-209Crews’ currently has retail locations located in terminal 1 and Tom Bradley International Terminal. From 2009 Crews of California’s news & gift locations produced the highest grossing sales per square foot of any news & gift operator at LAX.

This esteem team of retail experts were excited to unveil six new outlets to enhance travelers airport experience. Walking through security, I noticed the lounge area has improved and the baggage claim area received a face lift too.

Here are the six new stores and food options at Terminal 1 as of March 1, 2016 – relax –  Offering wellbeing and relaxation services in 10 minutes or more in a relaxing spa boutique setting. The spa boutique sells a wide range of well-being, facial products, massage accessories and travel accessories to make airplane trips comfortable. While waiting for your flight enjoy a chair massage, manicure/pedicure or anti-jet lag facial.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)


2. Brookstone – Started out in the 1960s as a hard-to-find, but useful items and tools boutique. Today, the store operates over 300 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Brookstone stores sell games and toys, travel accessories, bath and spa items, electronics, bedroom products, massage tools, and specialty gifts. The store also offers patrons the chance to try out every product before buying.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

3. I Love LA is filled with fun items to purchase for yourself to enjoy on your flight or to give to those you are about to see at your destination. Kids love this store. It’s colorful and filled with I Love LA items. Soto & Sanchez is the foundation which started I Love L.A. Owned by siblings-two sisters and two brothers – They opened their first I Love L.A. in 1994. They now have three stores at LAX.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

4. Rock & Brews – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gene Simmon and Paul Stanley of the mega rock band KISS partnered with Michael Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano in 2012 to open their first Rock & Brews. Today, they opened their 15th location. South Bay restaurateur Michael Zislis with Zislis Restaurant Group (Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, The Strand House and Rock & Brews) is an expert at luxury hospitality and inspirational restaurants.

Travelers can pick up a rockin’ meal to go from the Rock & Brews’ “Grab and Go” section or get a table in the rock-inspired setting and dine-in. Menu items include breakfast items with a variety of frittatas served with a choice of toast; Benedicts; croissant breakfast sandwiches, Greek yogurt bowl and more. Before your flight sip a Creole Bloody Mary or Guava bellini, while enjoying in the rock-inspired environment.

Lunch items range from a multitude of Craft burgers, VIP salads, Headliner sandwiches, Front row pizza, Opening Act appetizers and RB Specialties with tacos, grilled tri tip and hot dogs. Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley joined Westfield and Crews in celebrating the opening of Rock & Brews on Tuesday at LAX Terminal 1. Pictured, from left: Dell Furano, Rock & Brews; Keith Kaplan, Westfield; Nick Buford, Crews;. Paul Stanley, KISS: Deborah Crews, Crews; Gene Simmons KISS; Michael Zislis, Rock & Brews; Dave Furano, Rock & Brews

5. Sol Surf – Offering the quintessential quality surf wear and lifestyle items from the Southern California brand, an airport first. This is a go-to spot to purchase a new outfit for yourself or gift for the person waiting your arrival.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

6. Treat Me Sweet – See’s Candies are featured inside Treat Me Sweet. See’s Candies is a California candy and chocolates company making sweet treats with no added preservatives. Many say it’s the best chocolate and candy in America. See’s is famous for 90+ years of deliciousness and friendly customer service. Get a bag of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth before or after a Southwest flight.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Rockin’ at the Renovated Terminal 1 at LAX

Photo by Jill Weinlein
(New Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 at LAX – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I celebrated March 1 at LAX today inside the newly renovated Terminal 1 with travelers about to board their Southwest flight. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gene Simmon and Paul Stanley of the mega rock band KISS were one hand, with their Rock & Brews co-founding partners Michael Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano, along with airport restaurant & retail giants Crews and Westfield.

South Bay Restauranteur Michael Zislis with Zislis Restaurant Group (Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, The Strand House and Rock & Brews) is an expert at luxury hospitality and inspirational restaurants. The grand opening of this new restaurant, marks the completion of phase 1 improvements at the terminal, which is undergoing a $508 million renovation.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I had the opportunity to get a photo oportunity with the legendary rock stars at the hosted official ribbon cutting and reception at Rock & Brews. Travelers can now “rock” about the Terminal 1 while exploring new stores that include Be Relax; Brookstone; I Love LA; SOL Surf; and Treat Me Sweet.

(Wearing our sunglasses - KISS Rockers with writer)
(Wearing our sunglasses – KISS Rockers with writer)

“We are excited and proud to introduce Rock & Brews to Terminal 1 travelers,” said Keith Kaplan V.P. Development for Westfield. “Through our partnership with Crews, Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports, we are thrilled to bring long overdue new energy to this terminal.”

(Rock & Brews fare - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Rock & Brews fare – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Rock & Brews debuted in 2012 with its first restaurant in El Segundo, California. Today, the brand has 15 locations in the United States and Mexico and is poised for thoughtful expansion worldwide with freestanding restaurants, sports and entertainment venues, and airport concepts.

(Creative cocktails - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Creative cocktails – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Travelers on the run can pick up a rockin’ meal to go from the Rock & Brews’ “Grab and Go” section or grab a table and dine-in. Southwest fliers can now enjoy a meal, cocktail or craft beer before or after a flight. Menu items include – breakfast items with a variety of frittatas served with a choice of toast; Benedicts; croissant breakfast sandwiches, Greek yogurt bowl and more. Before your flight sip a Creole Bloody Mary or Guava bellini, while enjoying in the rock-inspired environment.

Lunch items range from a multitude of Craft burgers, VIP salads, Headliner sandwiches, Front row pizza, Opening Act appetizers and RB Specialties with tacos, grilled tri tip and hot dogs.

Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Toast NYE With Beer Instead of Champagne

(Photo Courtesy of Yard House)
(Photo Courtesy of Yard House)

The countdown to the New Year is on! For those who prefer to celebrate casually with a Beer Toast at the start of 2016, here are 10 places to get a great craft beer as the final beverage in 2015. Or the first libation in 2016…

1.Yard House – Enjoy a grilled burgers, gourmet salads, street tacos, prime steaks and seafood as your last meal in 2015. Yard House is also offering a special holiday menu and seasonal cocktails as well as its Anniversary Rogue Spruce Tip IPA, which is available through January or while supplies last. Each guest 21 and older can participate in the midnight beer toast to celebrate the arrival of 2016. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook at or on Twitter @yardhouse.

(Brewmaster Brian Brewer - photo courtesy of Abigaile's)
(Brewmaster Brian Brewer – photo courtesy of Abigaile’s)

2. Abigaile’s makes house-brewed craft beers and serves them on tap. Sit in the large bar among brite beer tanks for a 2015 beer tasting. Here are 5 to taste –

-Try their Illuminati Pils – ABV: 4.8% IBU: 38. Inspired by traditional Czech and Bohemian pilsners, this hoppy lager has hints of grass, biscuity maltiness and spicy floral hops.

-The Vienna Lager-Batch #1 – ABV: 5.7% IBU: 23. Toasted Buckwheat spices this Amber Lager. Nice malt aromas and clean caramel flavors meld.

-The Singularity – ABV: 7.5% IBU: 27  is an Imperial smoked Brown Porter made with German beechwood and oak-smoked malts.  Interesting layers of malt, caramel, and smoke swirl.

-Drop it like it’s Hops IPA – ABV: 6.3% IBU: 65 featuring new-world hops Equinox and Mosaic, along with familiar favorites Citra, Columbus, and Amarillo. Piney, resinous, and tropical.

-Equinox Fresh Hop Pale Ale – ABV: 5.9% IBU: 28 Brewed as a classic Pacific Northwest Pale Ale using freshly-harvested still-wet Equinox hops shipped overnight from the farmer just hours after harvest. Balanced and slightly malty with a dry finish of lemon-lime and tropical fruit from the hops. 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 798-8227

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

3. Día de Campo in Hermosa Beach offers great craft beers. Drink one with their four course NYE dinner. The special menu is $55 per person. It includes Grilled Romaine with avocado, Cotija, olives, corn salsa, egg, harissa buttermilk creme; Chocolate Duck Quesadillas with Oaxacan cheese, salsa negra, tamarind; Plancha Pork Belly with smoked yogurt, roasted beets, nopal, crispy okra, chicharrón and Churros with raspberries, lime sugar, spiced chocolate sauce. Guests have the option to add a supplemental seafood platter for $15 per person. 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 379-1829

(Photo Courtesy of Rock & Brews)
(Photo Courtesy of Rock & Brews)

4. Rock & Brews offers an extensive rotating tap list featuring the “latest and greatest” in craft brews. There are malty & dark, Hoppy, Wheat & Belgian, Lagers & Pale Ale’s. On New Year’s Day celebrate 2016 with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons, KISS front man and co-founding partner of Rock & Brews restaurants. Simmons is hosting a New Year’s Day celebration party on January 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Select a winning “naughty and nice” resolutions for prizes, and take photos with Simmons. The winner of the most rockin’ resolution will receive a $100 gift card, and three runners-up will receive Rock & Brews t-shirts. 143 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 -(310) 615-9890

(Photo courtesy of HACHE LA)
(Photo courtesy of HACHE LA)

5. HACHÉ LA is counting down 2015 with a Spiced Chocolate Chip ‘N’ Fig Bear Republic Stout Float created by mixologist Michael “Mick” Schepers. This boozy milkshake is an indulgence of velvety Bear Republic Black Stout poured over creamy spiced chocolate chip and fig frozen custard! Make this your last sweet treat for 2015. HACHÉ LA will be open on New Year’s Eve, from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm and New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st from 11:30 am to 12:00 Midnight; 3319 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323.928.2963;

(Photo Courtesy of Spare Tire)
(Photo Courtesy of Spare Tire)

6. SPARE TIRE KITCHEN & TAVERN is serving a Kickass-Sassafras created by Executive Chef Isaias Peña. It’s a decadent version of a root beer float. This spiked classic is mixed up with homemade vanilla ice cream and a bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer Ale Brewed with spices, with the option of adding an extra shot of Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Whiskey for just $5.00 more, to kick-start your New Year’s Eve celebration.

On New Years Day enjoy Peña’s Bloody Mary Snacks with a signature house Bloody Mary shaken up with fresh, homemade Bloody Mary mix and a garnish of an entire meal. He is preparing a signature house Bloody Mary garnished with a beef mini-cheeseburger topped with onion rings and pickles; a signature house Bloody Mary garnished with two mini waffles and fried chicken;  two shrimp and a grilled hanger steak and a bacon-and-smoked cheddar sourdough sandwich cut into four pieces.

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern will be open on New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31st from 11:30 am to 2:00 am and for New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st for Brunch from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and for Dinner from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.525.2618;