Los Angeles is Party Central! Los Angelenos have a wide variety of entertainment options from the wholesome to the weird and wacky that it can be difficult to make plans.
With this in mind, here are a few suggestions for enjoying a fun birthday party – still wholesome but with a touch of the risqué, just enough to keep your party PG-rated.
Hamburger Mary’s for an Outrageous Drag Brunch
Why spend your birthday in drag when you can have outrageous fun with drag queens? Come to Hamburger Mary’s for your birthday brunch! Here, you and your guests can give your fill of mimosas, martinis, and Mac Daddies – surely, it’s an experience that you will remember for the next year and then want on your next birthday.
If your birthday falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, then you’re a lucky one because of Hamburger Mary’s offer the best brunch this side of Los Angeles. Not only will you and your guests love the brunch menu but you will also have outrageous and hilarious entertainment provided by drag queens. Think dazzle and razzle from gorgeous drag queens with exceptional talent in singing, dancing, and comedy and you will want every day to be your birthday!
You will love the menu with its creative names for the food, many of which are named after Hollywood celebrities – of course, Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood! There’s Sarah Jessica Parker, a cherry red martini served with a whimsical blue phallic-themed straw; Britney Spears, fried pickles with the right combo of sweet and sour complemented by a delightful crunch; Mac Daddies, burgers made with humanely-raised beef and then topped with creamy mac and cheese; and TaTas, tater tots that make us forget we’re on a diet.
We love Buffy (The Burger Slayer), a delicious burger with a smothering of garlic aioli, and Love Me Tender, chicken strips that are as delicious on the palate as they look on the plate. The Los Angeles menu reflects the local cuisine, too, so Hamburger Mary’s is a foodie destination, of a sort.
Did you know that you can also sing your heart out during MaryOke nights? Yes, you can and you will likely love it, too, since the songs are in the current Top 40. If you feel lucky on your birthday, you may also win during the HamBingo.
But hey! Just being in Hamburger Mary’s where everything just seems so light, fun and happy is reason enough to feel lucky.
Beauty & Essex for Champagnes and Chilaquiles
Are you the type of who loves surprises? If you are, then you will love Beauty & Essex! The surprises start even before you enter the door, too, so your sense of anticipation for more delightful things around the corner is nearly always on.
Let’s start with entering Beauty & Essex. Actually, you don’t enter its doors like you would any typical restaurant – instead, you and your guests enter through a pawn-inspired retail shop first, as if Beauty & Essex is a secret that only a lucky few are privy to.
But don’t be turned off by the retail shop because it isn’t anything like the tacky pawnshops we see in seedy parts of Los Angeles. Here, you will like the bright interiors punctuated by glass shelves and walls filled with an eclectic collection of custom musical instruments, vintage jewelry, and unique artworks, among others. You can also purchase these items, perhaps as a memento of your fun birthday party at Beauty & Essex.
But don’t linger too long at the retail shop – you’re here, after all, to have a fun dinner party so you have to proceed to the restaurant. As soon as you enter the Beauty & Essex restaurant, you will be wowed by the lush interiors, posh furniture, and chic vibe! With more than 10,000 square feet of space, there’s no sense of crowding even during peak hours.
The main dining room has a high ceiling made lavish by the chandelier and the oval skylight. There’s a sense of being in a king’s dining room and it’s something you deserve on your birthday.
Of course, you’re at Beauty & Essex for the food and drinks and you will definitely enjoy them! The menu is as wide-ranging as Los Angeles’ population – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, Tomato Tartare, Oreo Pancakes, Salmon and Watermelon Ceviche, East & West Coast Oysters, Chile Relleno Empanadas, and Mexican Street Corn Ravioli, among others.
If you celebrate your birthday on a weekend night, you and your lady friends may be offered complimentary champagne.
What to do after dinner at Beauty & Essex? You can go dancing at one or two of the numerous nightclubs in Los Angeles, such as Sound, Avalon, and Station1640.
Go Crazy with a Downtown LA Bar Crawl
If you’re feeling adventurous or you want a good buzz, then you should consider a bar crawl. Los Angeles doesn’t lack for bars, pubs, and nightclubs where classic and creative alcoholic beverages are always available to anybody within the legal drinking age. Plus, the City of Angels has a bar for every taste, from tropical-themed hideaways to avant-garde watering holes that only the most hardcore of partygoers could have created.
But where to start? We suggest these bars that we have proven to be a cool and chill place to spend your birthdays and any day of the week you want to be buzzed like it’s nobody else’s booming business.
- The Cat & Fiddle may have closed and relocated a few times in the past but we love its present location on Highland Avenue. We also love that it has an extensive collection of domestic, imported and craft beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as many British staples like savory pies, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Being British on your birthday, anyone?
- Blue Palms Brewhouse has a varied clientele, from beer fans to theater fans, even sports fans, and it makes for a vibrant environment on any given night. There are about 24 rotating taps so there’s a beer for every taste, too.
So, when’s your birthday? Don’t wait too long to plan where you’re going for your special day in Los Angeles!
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