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LA’s Bartender of the Year, Hollywood Club Troubles, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus 50% off at Sushi Roku, and the money-making nature of pop-ups

An old plate with gilded detailing showing a fresh pasta dish inside.
Pasta from Cento in Downtown
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Bartenders of the year

Thrillist offers up a list of the year’s best bartenders, from Big Bar’s Cari Hah to perennial favorites Jason Eisner and Gabriella Mlynarczyk. It’s a strong list as usual, and shows just how great our cocktail scene is at the moment.

Hollywood’s club problem

There’s been yet another incident outside of a Hollywood night club, this time involving two men who allegedly fatally beat a man on the sidewalk in front of Couture Nightclub on October 30. Both suspects are in custody and have been charged with one count each of murder in the death of a 29-year old victim, says LAist, after knocking the man unconscious in a late night scuffle. The victim died from blunt force trauma.

Women in wine at The Standard

With Alma at the Standard on Sunset Boulevard now, the slew of fun things going on has increased drastically.Case in point: this new Women in Wine event run by Ashleigh Parsons and Marissa A. Ross from Bon Appetit, which for $45 connects female producers and growers with wine-loving guests on Tuesday, November 15.

Half off your next meal at Sushi Roku

Running November 13 - 16, Pasadena diners can get 50% off their meals at Sushi Roku. The One Colorado spot has been around for an incredible 16 years, so they’re going to be running the multi-day discount for dinner only during that time. The deal doesn’t include booze though, or happy hour.

Permanent pop-ups and the money they make

LA Weekly takes a look at the growing Cento pop-up project from chef Avner Lavi, which now spans a Downtown original and Hollywood backup location. Lavi chats about the changing nature of pop-ups, the money involved, and how much it really costs to put together a plate of pasta.

Madcapra x Andrew Tarlow

Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn are popping up at Madcapra on Friday, with a $65 multi-course dinner (plus wine) to celebrate their new cookbook Dinner at the Long Table. Want in? You’ll have to make your reservations now.

MacLeod Ale’s conditional use consideration

MacLeod Ale in Van Nuys is looking to change up the terms of their conditional use permit, and they’re asking for the public’s help in doing so. Hopefully at the December 14 hearing, they’ll be able to extend hours to 2 a.m., bring in some live music, and expand with an outdoor beer garden.

High-end lunch in Beverly Hills

Feel like living large in Beverly Hills for lunch this week? You can do just that at Ocean Prime, where for $45 you can indulge in a three-course midday meal that could include lobster, king crab legs, and a choice of dessert.