Thursday, July 24, 2014

God of Nog

Unique venues for your holiday party


'Tis the season to be jolly — not sip stale beer beside your cubicle or in the 5th-floor conference room.

Turn the company office party into a holiday bonus at one of these one-of-a-kind venues.

Tenpin Taproom: Spare Room
Located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this speakeasy-like bar, custom game room, and two-lane bowling alley offers catering from Animal. There's also a menu of holiday punch bowls, and if your group rents out the game room and bowling alley, a bowling attendant and gaming hostess are on hand, too.
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323-769-7296). Email here.

Lofty Appeal: The Upper West
One wall of this New York-style gastropub with a killer burger and beer list is a massive screen normally reserved for sports and special programming. For you, it'll screen Threat Level Midnight or whatever the boss has come up with this year. Just off the 405, it's easily accessible (or maybe not, depending on the time of day) and fits anywhere from 35 to 190 people.
3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica (310-586-1111).

Hello Kitty: Royal/T
An offbeat choice for gamers, fashionistas, or anyone who works with the Japanese, this combo art space, boutique, and cafe has a full kitchen, built-in sound system, video screens, and a VIP area, all accommodating anywhere from 40 to 260 people. Servers in Japanese maid uniforms are optional.
8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City (310-559-6300). Email here.

Vintage Venue: Velaslavasay Panorama

Dating back to before the 1920s, the Union Theatre went from being the headquarters of a tile-layers union to an after-hours experimental film venue and storefront church. Now, it's the Velaslavasay Panorama, with a 360-degree painting in its rotunda, a bucolic garden with rabbits and banana trees, and a lovably scruffy theater that's hosted everything from indie screenings to a five-year-old's birthday party. And now your party.
122 W. 24th St., West Adams (213-746-2166). Email here.

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