A playful lounge to hang with friends during Happy Hour is The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS hotel. The Philippe Starck designed setting amuses patrons as they sit at a communal table that screen films by Fellini. Start with a blanca cava sangria in an individual mini pitcher or a unique “salt air” margarita classic, while ordering king crab steamed buns with pickled cucumbers and tuna ceviche avocado roll with jicama, micro cilantro and coconut dressing. 465 South La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5555.
Sample the world’s finest Tequilas and snack on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres at Lawry’s next Wednesday, August 18 from 6-8pm. Tastes of both domestic and imported tequilas will be offered with specialty cocktails, while live mariachi music from “Mariachi Mexico en America” will put everyone in a festive mood. Reservations can be made at (310)360-6181. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Take the Metro blue line to the last stop in Long Beach and experience the largest Mardi-Gras event west of the Mississippi. The 17th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival will be held at the Rainbow lagoon on August 7-8 from noon to 11pm on Saturday and noon to 10pm on Sunday.