Although it’s probable that most LA dads got their favorite present last night with the Lakers NBA Finals victory, you still might want to consider doing something special for your on Father’s Day. Of hundreds of options in Los Angeles, these are ones that combine refinement and fun.
Buy Dad A Drink
Of course, taking Dad out to eat is the natural choice, but all things being equal, why not choose one of these great spots offering special menus and deals. Blvd 16 at the Hotel Palomar Westwood (pictured above) offers free “bottomless beers from around the world” to any dad at their “Man Food” brunch buffet; Pasadena’s Celestino gives Dad free corkage, should you want to bring along a bottle of his favorite vintage; Chaya Venice includes bottomless draft beer for everyone partaking of their three course prix fixe; Citizen Smith offers Dad’s first call drink free during dinner; Lastly, Ben Ford’s Filling Station also gives Dad a free beer at their Big Daddy BBQ (Maybe Ben, below, will have his dad Harrison visiting?).
Blvd 16 is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard (310) 474-7765
Celestino Ristorante is located at 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena (626) 795-4006
Chaya Venice is located at 110 Navy Street, Venice (310) 396-1179
Citizen Smith is located at 1600 North Cahuenga Boulevard (323) 461-5001
Ford’s Filling Station is located at 9531 Culver Boulevard (310) 202-1470
Salute Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad
Speaking of barbecue, the Gene Autry Museum of the American West at Griffith Park is having a cook-out along with a recreated gold miner’s panning station to celebrate some of California’s founding fathers.
Museum of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park (323) 667-2000
Take a Trip, Dad!
In Marina Del Rey, Hornblower Cruises has another kind of al fresco dining option–special brunch and dinner cruises. Or head to the Fairplex in Pomona, where the 46th Annual LA Roadsters show is displaying some of the most impressively restored pre-50s autos on the planet.
Hornblower Cruises & Events is located at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey (310) 881-2500
The LA Fairplex is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona (909) 623-3111
Time for some Bond-ing
Bring Dad back to the good ol’ days with a big screen double feature of what many believe are the two best James Bond movies starring Sean Connery: Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) at American Cinemateque’s Aero Theatre, 7:30 PM. Or if you’d rather a pure parenting tearjerker, see Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid at 3 PM.
Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica (310) 260-1528