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Uncorked L.A. Wine Festival
Enjoy sampling over 200 different wines and champagnes from across the globe at Union Station on Jan. 4. On-site gourmet food trucks, a live band and DJ, and a custom photo booth add to the festivities. A VIP tasting experience, which begins at 5 p.m., requires an $80 ticket, while general admission, which begins at 6 p.m., costs $65. Ticket purchases benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team. Guests must be ages 21 and over. Tickets are available at the event and at eventbrite.com/e/uncorked-la-wine-festival-tickets-75033696807. 800 N. Alameda St.
Cocktail classes at Birds & Bees
The 1950s-themed underground cocktail lounge in DTLA is starting cocktail classes on Jan. 5. Spirit enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs alike get the chance to get behind the bar with manager Jake Larowe. Participants will receive tips and taste a variety of high-end spirits, as they learn how to mix cocktails. The three-hour course includes a take-home manual that highlights the history of spirits, explains mixology jargon and contains over 30 classic cocktail recipes. The $125-per-person class is open to the public ages 21 and up, as well as for private bookings. 207 S. Broadway, (213)537-0510.
Mezcal tasting at the Conservatory
The National Food & Beverage Foundation, a nonprofit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of food and drink, is hosting an event called Drink Liquid Art with Joel Caruso inside the Kimpton Everly Hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 7, starting at 7 p.m. Learn about the uses of agave, the “Tree of Wonders,” in medicine, food and mezcal. The Koch Group has pioneered the promotion of sustainably produced mezcals made in artisanal and ancestral styles. Wine and spirits specialist Joel Caruso will be at the Conservatory at Hollywood’s Ever Bar for complimentary tastings while educating guests about five single mezcal varietals and one blend, each a portrait in “liquid art.” The Koch Group also will present Koch El Mezcal in a menu of three custom cocktails crafted by master bartender Dan Rook. RSVP for the complimentary tastings at natfab.org/events/20-01-07-koch-el-mezcal. 1800 Argyle Ave.
Downtown L.A. Artwalk night market
Every second Thursday of the month, Artwalk Night Market is held on the corner of Fourth and Spring streets in downtown L.A. On Thursday, Jan. 9, enjoy fare from some of the best food trucks in town starting at 6 p.m. Local artists and live music create a vibrant pulse in the DTLA art community. General admission is free. 399 S. Spring St., (213)622-4949.
Patxi’s Pizza opens at L.A. Live
A full-service restaurant known for its mastery of pizza has opened at L.A. Live in the former Lawry’s Carvery space. The restaurant features indoor and patio seating for more than 160 guests. An all-day and late-night Express Window allows guests to order quick items before a game at Staples Center. Select deep dish pizzas by the slice, build-your-own pizza, pasta salad or a Polish hot dog topped with onions, pepperoncinis and Patxi’s pizza sauce. Besides Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the restaurant also serves Neapolitan pizzas, sweet dessert pizzas, and Italian meatballs, burrata, bruschetta and folded flatbread sandwiches. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and late-night happy hour begins at 9 p.m. 1011 S. Figueroa St., Suite B115., (213)999-9414.
Led by acclaimed chef Paul Shoemaker (Providence and Bastide), hospitality veteran Rob Ciancimino (The Sayers Club), and Manny Marroquin (eight-time Grammy award-winning sound mixer and owner of Larrabee Studios), Verse in North Hollywood is an immersive dining experience. The eclectic menu honors Shoemaker’s grilled meats and creative vegetable dishes paired with Ciancimino’s cocktails and a wonderful wine list. Live entertainment and Meyer Sound Constellation acoustics system add ambiance to this new type of dining experience. 4212 Lankershim Blvd., (818)747-2135.
Cocktails at Dog Haus
Available during the month of January, celebrity mixologist and television personality Lisamarie Joyce from “Bar Rescue” introduces two new limited-time cocktails – Dusty Bottoms made with tequila, lime, pineapple, smoked bitters and ginger beer, and G Pop made with prosecco, lime and ginger. Dog Haus will donate $1 of the purchase price from each cocktail sold to No Kid Hungry. Dog Haus is also offering its first vegan item called Take Bánh Mì. It’s made with an Impossible burger patty, topped with pickled vegetables, fresh jalapeños, cilantro, spicy vegan mayo, chili oil and hoisin sauce served on a vegan ciabatta roll. Dog Haus will also donate $1 of the purchase price from each one sold in January to No Kid Hungry. Take Bánh Mì will be available at all Dog Haus locations, while Dusty Bottoms and G Pop will only be available at Dog Haus Biergarten locations. 3817 W. Olive Ave., (818)566-4287; 3335 S. Figueroa St., (213)748-4287; 3911 S. Figueroa St.; 95 E. Green St.; 105 N. Hill Ave., (626)577-4287.
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