Holiday gift shopping becomes a blood sport on Christmas Eve Day. Seriously, nothing says ‘Tis The Season like road rage in parking lots, gift shopping breakdowns and fisticuffs in the malls as procrastinators around the world try to get everything they need within the final day. If ever there was a valid excuse for drinking during the sunny hours Christmas Eve Day is it. I personally stay away from Hollywood on weekends and holidays as the wack jobs and troglodytes seem to come out in force so here are my valley picks to get your drink on this weekend.
Take a break from the chaos and let the bartenders at The Fifth ease your anxiety levels over heavy handed cheap cocktails. Relax in comfy chairs and atmospheric darkness far away from the holiday drone and harsh florescent mall lighting. The best part about The Fifth, aside from Paul the bartender/owner, is that they open at noon during the week with a happy hour until 8pm. If that doesn’t put the Holly back in you Holiday I don’t know what will.
The Fifth is located at:
- 4821 Whitsett Ave
- Valley Village, CA 91607
- (818) 753-8297
The only thing worse than gift shopping for family members is having dinner with them. If you’re still reeling from T-Day with the fam (I personally feel that there should be way more than a measly 30 days between mandatory family holidays) and need an attitude adjustment before, after and in my case during Christmas Day dinner and gift exchanges I have the perfect place. NoBar is one of my favorite hang outs. With a convienience store and a Little Ceasars Pizza on the corner for munchies while you’re drinking you can’t go wrong. It has cheap drinks, a pool table and one of the best jukeboxes this side of the hill.
NoBar is located at:
- 10622 Magnolia Blvd
- North Hollywood, CA 91601
- (818) 753-0545
Another bar to consider is a new place called Tiki No (as in NoHo). What once was the low key Match on Lankershim Blvd is now a rockin’ tiki bar with a rain room, torches, potent cocktails and a smoker’s patio.
Tiki No is located at:
- 4657 Lankershim Blvd. (At Kling)
- North Hollywood, CA 91602
And finally, if you feel the above are too ‘valley’ for you, there’s Laurel Tavern. Once The Sapphire is now one of Ventura Blvd.’s hottest gastro pubs. Delicious food and cocktails. Eric or EZ as regulars know him makes one of the best Sidecars in all of LA. He also makes a kick ass Peach Martini and that’s ’cause I taught him how.
Laurel Tavern is located at:
- 11938 Ventura Blvd
- Studio City, CA 91604
- (818) 506-0777
The best part about all these places is they’re open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call for business hours and directions if needed. Stop in and buy yourself a well deserved cocktail while you decide who to cross off your gift list for next year. And don’t forget to tip your bartenders.