Monday, June 10, 2019

Wilson's Words of Wisdom: June Round Up (Father’s Day 2019, Los Angeles!)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a special Father’s Day post — five years to be exact — but thinking about all of the fun, cool stuff that can be enjoyed with fathers of all ages inspired me to share some last-minute ideas for anyone who might need them. From hip-hop infused pizza dinners to educational wine classes and more, here are seven things to do with uncles / dads / father-like figures this upcoming Sunday, June 16. 

Have any exceptional ideas for Father’s Day activities? I want to hear them! 
Leave your suggestions in the comments below! 

Where to Drink: 1950s Cocktails @ Birds & Bees, DTLA

Take Pops back to his era via a trip into DTLA’s hidden, underground lounge, Birds & Bees. The décor pays homage to the ‘50s decade, with sleek orange couches, retro lamp fixtures and other knick-knacks from the time period, while the bartenders excel at craft cocktails that have nostalgic names, like the Sam Cooke and Gregory Peck. While technically closed on the actual Father’s Day, stop by Friday and/or Saturday evening.

Where to Eat: Hip-Hop & Pizza @ Delicious Pizza, Mid-City

Ever find yourself busting a rhyme with your dad or debating who was the greatest rapper of all time? Then take him to Mid-City’s Delicious Pizza, a haven for old school hip-hop heads where the genre seeps into everything from the food to the music selection and décor. Opened four years ago by Mike Ross, the longtime music exec who co-founded the original record label Delicious Vinyl, this laid-back eatery has more than 15 different pizzas to pick from, plus wings, salads and a funky cold sangria. Your dad will appreciate the "antique" boom boxes and photos of legendary albums like Def Jef’s Soul Food displayed throughout. 


Where to Be Merry: Exercising @ The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Help ensure that you’re celebrating many more future Father’s Days by whipping el padre into tip-top shape at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City. Aside from paying for parking, this local exercise destination has plenty of ways to exercise for free, while offering up sweeping views of the city — from Santa Monica all the way to downtown and beyond. Sprint up the switch-back trails, climb the grueling 282 stairs or invent your own workout routine at the top of the overlook. Bring the whole fam, as all ages are welcome.  

Where to Be Merry: Pedal Boating @ Echo Park Lake

Speaking of outdoor activities, Echo Park Lake offers pedal boats to rent so you can cruise amongst a beautiful wetlands oasis of lotus flowers, gorgeous views of downtown and charming Spanish-style homes, and wildlife — like cranes, geese and ducks. Pack a blanket for a low-key picnic on a grassy knoll before or after going out on the lake, and don’t leave without grabbing elote —that’s grilled corn drizzled with mayonnaise, lime juice, cojita cheese and chili. So good!

Where to Drink: Wine Classes @ The Blending Lab 

Pay the big guy back for all the days he made you go to school when you didn’t want to, by insisting he returns to class. The Blending Lab is a no-frills, off-winery wine tasting room in the Mid-City area that features wine blending class on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn the art of proper wine-tasting and experiment with making your own red wine blends. Plus, you can even take home your very own blend for an additional nominal fee. Classes are completely sold out for Father’s Day weekend, but spaces are available for the following weekend. 

Where to Be Merry: Family Fest @ Boomtown Brewery, Arts District

Arts District’s Boomtown Brewery is pulling out all the stops, with activities planned for both kiddies and grown folks alike this Father's Day. In addition to what you’d expect to find at a brewery — loads of beer on tap — there will also be face painting, a bounce house and even a tie making craft station. Rounding out the event, which takes place noon – 6 p.m., will be various food vendors. It’s free, and no reservation needed — simply show up!

Where to Eat: 9th Annual Father’s Day Brunch  @ Abbey Food & Bar, West Hollywood

Photo Credit: The Abbey Food & Bar

While the Abbey Food & Bar may be internationally known as an iconic gay bar, just as significant is the role it’s played in advocating for various diverse social issues, too. It’s frequently supported local communities in need for almost 30 years, whether through its annual “Christmas in September”  that has raised funds for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, or now through its 9th annual Father’s Day Brunch, to help RaiseAChild and Pop Luck Club LGBTQ foster and adoption organizations. There will be a breakfast buffet with staples like scramble eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, pancakes and a special Abbey potato hash. It’s $16 for adults, $7 for the kiddies (and yes, it’s kid-friendly during brunch!). 

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