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Muse to open new Hollywood club called Sound in August

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Muse Lifestyle Group, the company that opened Hollywood's frenetic Playhouse nightclub, is set to open another Hollywood venue called Sound in early August.

Located on the hectic club row of Las Palmas, Sound will be a uber-modern space featuring a sleek industrial look and two bars. Projections, video content and state-of-the-art lighting and sound will be a big part of the experience and will be moderated by video servers developed by V Squared Labs.

V Squared founder Vello Virkhaus explains how the servers work in an email:

"The video servers are epic prime systems developed by V Squared Labs that send content to all the projectors at Sound to deliver a one-of-a-kind, truly dynamic environment. The video servers will be sending our customized 3D mapped content and effects to the 8 projected zones in the venue. The 3D projection effects developed include illusionistic video which is video mapping that tricks the eye into seeing what cannot be believed and executes real-time effects that react to the environment."

The servers will help Muse Lifestyle Group owner, Rob Vinokur, realize his goal of making Sound a different club with each visit.

"One night could be an outer space theme and the next might be a dark forest," says Vinokur. "It's designed to be an ever-changing, ever-evolving space, offering a new environment and adventure every night."

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Bobby Green's 1933 Group thinks big with Sassafras and Idle Hour

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Bobby Green, the face behind the 1933 Group, which owns Bigfoot Lodge, Bigfoot West, Thirsty Crow, Oldfield's Liquor Room and the recently opened La Cuevita in Highland Park, is taking his theme-bar flair to Hollywood with a new Southern-style bar called Sassafras.

Scheduled to open sometime in July, Sassafras is Green's most ambitious project to date. To build it he dismantled an old Gothic home from Savannah, Ga., and reassembled it in the bar. When you enter you can see three sides of the home and you can actually walk inside and get comfortable.

The booze list will focus on barrel-aged cocktails and house-made sodas and there will always be free hard-boiled eggs. In addition, small bar snacks will be on the menu, including gumbo and cornmeal biscuit sliders with smoked ham and blackberry jam.

Once he's done with Sassafras, Green will jump straight into his first full restaurant endeavor in North Hollywood. It's located in the barrel-shaped former La Cana restaurant, which was originally opened in the 1940s and called the Idle Hour. Green intends to restore both its original name and its original old-school feel.

For more on Green and 1933, check out this nightlife story in Calendar.

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Photo: Bobby Green inside his new Highland Park tequila bar, LA Cuevita. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

4 events: Your week in beer, wine and booze

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Golden Road beer dinner: Tin Roof Bistro chef Anne Conness hosts a Golden Road Brewing beer dinner tonight. The five-course menu is paired with some limited Golden Road brews, and Golden Road co-founder Meg Gill will be there to talk shop. On the menu: cream cheese and crab wontons with Golden Road Hefeweizen; white shrimp ceviche with watermelon and arugula with Point the Way IPA; caramelized Brussels sprouts and crisp duck with Either Side of the Hill; English steak and ale pie with Get Up Offa That Brown; and salted caramel profiteroles and chocolate sauce with Hudson Rye Porter. 7 p.m. $45 per person. 

3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 393-0900, www.tinroofbistro.com. 

'How to Taste Like a Sommelier': Taste wine like a master sommelier at the Taste of Orange County this weekend. Master sommelier and certified wine educator Michael Jordan from the Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim will lead a blind tasting. (Jordan is one out of only 15 people in the world to possess both the master sommelier and the certified wine diplomas.) The tasting takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Also catch a tequila and food pairing with expert Julie Harrington-Griffin on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person (per session).  

For more information, visit www.tasteofoc.com.

'Art Beyond the Glass': Bartending and art come together in "Art Beyond the Glass," which takes place at Sadie LA in Hollywood on Sunday, showcasing art from participating bartenders. The cocktails, the art hanging on the walls and the music will be created or performed by L.A.'s top bartenders. Admission includes open bar and appetizers. There also will be prizes. 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online; proceeds benefit Inner-City Arts. For more information and participating bartenders, visit thirstyinla.com

1638 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, (323) 467-0200, www.sadiela.com. 

Celebrating summer: Wirtshaus German restaurant and beer garden (www.facebook.com/WirtshausLA) ushers in summer Wednesday with traditional German music and drink specials from 5 p.m. to close. Its featured drink special is Berliner Weisse mit Schuss, a sour wheat beer from northern Germany, served with syrups such as raspberry or the herb woodruff. Wirtshaus will be airing the UEFA Euro 2012 Championship on a 100-inch projection screen in their "soccer room," on the flat-screen TV at the main bar, and on its new TV on the dog-friendly outdoor patio.

345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 931-9291, www.wirtshausla.com. 

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L.A. Craft Beer Crawl is back in August

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Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

L.A. Craft Beer Crawl is back in August

Third annual L.A. Craft Beer Crawl
The third annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl presented by 213 Nightlife will take place downtown on Saturday, Aug. 18. "Beer Chicks" Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, alongside Cedd Moses, have curated a list of brews that showcase Los Angeles' craft beer scene. Attendees can choose from more than 70 craft beers to sample at seven downtown bars and restaurants (all within walking distance). Participating breweries include Eagle Rock Brewery, Bootlegger's Brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie and more.

Tickets are available online and start at $49 per person ($10 if you are a designated driver). In addition to unlimited tastings, participants can purchase tickets to beer seminars ($15 per person) led by the Beer Chicks and others in the industry.

Food will be available from Cole's French Dip, Casey's Irish Pub and several food trucks, including In-N-Out.

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Photo: Hallie Baune and Christina Perozzi, the "Beer Chicks," at Cole's downtown. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

King Eddy Saloon sold to team behind the Library and Spring Street bars

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Skid Row's last authentic dive bar is going belly up. But not before it throws one helluva party. King Eddy Saloon, which has been serving downtown Los Angeles since 1933, has been sold to Michael Leko and Will Shamlian, who also own the Library Bar and Spring Street Bar.

King Eddy Saloon owner Dustin Croick says the deal has been in the works for about a month; he confirmed the sale on Wednesday afternoon at the bar. Bill Roller, 74, who lives in the hotel directly above the bar and has been managing the bar for 35 years, was also present--as were the bar's usual cast of colorful characters, drinking $3 cocktails and chatting over plastic pitchers of cheap beer.

KE1"Bill's the heart and soul of this place," said Croick, whose grandfather Babe Croick purchased the bar in the 1960s when it was a solid "blue-collar, workingman's hangout." Babe moved his family to L.A. from Chicago and made his money running downtown parking lots before buying the bar.

Leko's team issued a statement calling King Eddy "the holy grail of dive bars" and promising that his team has "every intention of maintaining the mythical status King Eddy's has earned over the years while giving it a much-needed face lift."

Reached later by phone, Leko confirmed the sale and said the bar's history was its biggest draw. Leko said he intends to "kick the dust off it and bring it up to date" so that others can learn about its legacy. (It reportedly has the oldest liquor license in L.A.)

The sale became imminent after the building housing the bar--the 120-year-old King Edward Hotel--entered bankruptcy and was sold to new owners, at which point the bar's lease had lapsed.

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Eat.Drink.Americano debuts downtown

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The former Cafe Metropole on 3rd Street in downtown L.A.'s increasingly bustling Arts District has received a new lease on life in the form of a new gastropub named Eat.Drink.Americano. (The periods are theirs, not ours.)

The place is decked out downtown-industrial style with lots of exposed brick, rustic wooden chairs and tables, candles in Mason jars, a chandelier made of wine bottles, and a giant chalkboard wall with all kinds of tasty foodie things written on it including, "Duck & Pickles."

Speaking of duck and pickles, that savory duo is on the menu. Duck terrine comes in a jar, coated with a satisfying layer of fat and accompanied by chunks of housemade pickled cucumbers, carrots and onions alongside small rounds of toasted bread.

EatDrink3Other menu items include tomato and albacore tartare; black cod tempura and classic tomato sauce; king crab cannelloni and cauliflower foam; oxtail burgers; red Alaskan salmon cream cheese and poached egg flatbread; and steak tartare served with mustard ice cream.

Chef Juan Pablo Torre has also put together a nice list of charcuterie and cheese, and is devoted to locally sourcing everything that he can.

Booze is beer-and-wine only, with craft brews and small-batch reds and whites leading the list.

Next time you're in a forever line at the supernaturally busy Wurstkuche down the street, you now have a nice new option to retreat to for the holy duo of meat and beer.

Eat.Drink.Americano, 923 E. 3rd St., L.A.

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Photos: Bar area, top, duck and pickles, bottom. Credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times

SHOREbar soft-opening Saturday in Santa Monica

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Consummate cool guy John Terzian (of the buzzy nightlife-producing h.wood group) will soft-open a new lounge in Santa Monica on Saturday called SHOREbar.

Located on Channel Road, between the Hungry Cat and Giorgio Di Baldi, in the former Hideout bar space, SHOREbar touts a cocktail list by mixologist Vincenzo Marianella of the esteemed craft cocktail haven Copa D' Oro.

The redesign, featuring a nautical theme and an ivory-and-brass color scheme, was done by Rosetta Getty and is being referred to as "Nantucket chic," which immediately conjures images of Vampire Weekend. I like the idea of a bunch of sun-soaked preppies in pastel Lacoste shirts and boat shoes reclining in this beach-adjacent hang. It's very summer-like.

There is a second, smaller upstairs bar that is reserved for members only. There you can keep a house expense account, order food from local restaurants, throw wild parties and have access to your very own locker to keep, well, whatever it is that you keep in a locker at a bar.

Although unlikely, it's my personal hope that SHOREbar can help usher a new spirit of artsy revelry into the Santa Monica Canyon neighborhood, which has a rich history of just that.

In 1948, the writer Christopher Isherwood, whose short stories about Berlin inspired "Cabaret," rented Lee Strasberg's house at 333 E. Rustic Road -- a short walk from SHOREbar -- and came to believe it was haunted. He wrote in "Lost Years: A Memoir 1945-1951" about "the intensity of the unpleasant psychic atmosphere." Isherwood, who lived in Santa Monica Canyon until his death at age 81 in 1986, called it "our western Greenwich Village."

But hey, I'll take our western Nantucket.

SHOREbar, 112 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica. (310) 429-1851.

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The perfect Saturday-afternoon pour at Chez Jay

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This is going to be hard to believe, but before Saturday afternoon I had never been to Chez Jay, the famous little sea-side steakhouse with a 53-year history of serving the stars.

I had heard about it, of course, but I don't think I'd ever noticed it in all the years I rolled around the Westside. That changed Saturday when my friend Emily and I went to pick up an out-of-town friend at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.

We were looking for a place to stop for a cocktail when we drove by it. It's a little shack of a building with a vintage cocktail sign. As soon as I saw it I made an elaborate U-turn to enter its lot. I'm a sucker for classic bars -- I love the Prince, Musso & Frank, the H.M.S. Bounty and Dan Tana's --  so when we entered Chez Jay and saw its tiny, well-worn interior with old-school checked tablecloths, scratched bar and cast of colorful regulars, I fell in love.

It was mid-afternoon and a relaxed vibe prevailed. People ordered the omelet special and read the paper, sipping on bloody marys and beer. The top of the front door was open and warm sunlight filtered in. As Malcolm Lowry (a notorious drunk) once noted in his book "Under the Volcano," there is something sad and lovely about watching specks of dust drift through the sunlight under the crack of a bar door when you're day drinking.

And so it was at Chez Jay as Emily and I drank a tequila gimlet and enjoyed the sense of discovery that came with stumbling across this priceless piece of L.A. history.

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Photo: Chez Jay. Credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times

Shaves, haircuts and drinks at Blind Barber, now open

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New York transplant Blind Barber opens in Culver City: 

At a new, clean, classically styled barbershop, the three young owners sit in the sun coming through their open storefront window talking women, restaurants and booze. Casual and welcoming, the attitude is akin to that of a clubhouse — a community hangout as in times past. It helps that their shop, the Blind Barber, is also a bar.

Click here to read more about the Blind Barber.

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Slingr: The social networking tool for drinkers

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It was like a dream come true. The day was Sunday and my band mates Charlie, Emily and I had retired to the Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake for a beer and burger after a hard day of lying by the pool. When we sat down at a table on the patio we spied a placard for a new mobile app called Slingr that described itself as "a hot new technology that allows your friends to remotely send drinks and food directly to your table through Facebook and Twitter."

What? We could check in to the Red Lion on Facebook via Slingr and request a drink, and our friends could buy it for us on their phones or computers and have it delivered to our table, tip included? Score! We would never work again. We would just go wherever Slingr was, check in and drink up.

Who wouldn't want to buy us a drink?

"If I saw that my buddy Manny in Portland had posted with this, I'd totally buy him a drink," said Charlie, texting our table number to Slingr. Emily and I followed suit.

"It's Sunday!" I wrote as my reason for asking for shots in what suddenly felt like a Kickstarter campaign for my late-afternoon drinking habit. (You can also request a beer, a mixed drink, a martini, food and more.)

Ten minutes later our server, Greta, appeared at our table and put a shot of Patron with lime down in front of Charlie.

"This is from Manny," she said, as we stared at the shot, dumbstruck. Apparently Manny in Portland felt the same way Charlie did. It was a very dudely show of support, and serendipitous, too, since Charlie had just been talking about Manny.

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