At last…The Village opened in Studio City last week and marked the occasion with a celebratory party. Frank Leon, the Studio City restaurateur behind La Loggia and Next Door, replaced his former restaurant, Bokado, with this gastropub with a twist. Inhabiting 2400 square feet, the eatery/lounge is perfect for a drink, a bite or a meal. The menu features pizza made from an outdoor oven (you can watch it being made!), a mozzarella bar, as well as small plates with Spanish and Mediterranean influences in the $5-$14 range. There is also a good selection of vegan choices. The bar menu pays homage to classic authors and are prepared with small batch and artisanal spirits, and premium ingredients, such as all-natural herbs, fruit and produce sourced locally at the Studio City Farmers’ Market. There’s also an extensive wine and beer list. The decor includes a study with shelves full of vintage books and unique trinkets, as well as Moroccan themed seating area that can be closed off for private parties and events. The 1200 square foot outdoor patio is retractable and includes a fire pit, Edison bulb lighting, and a hidden photo booth. 12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 752-9222
The LAB Brewing Company in Agoura Hills has live reggae music on the covered patio from 2-6pm every Sunday. Go early to enjoy their brunch menu with bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s and stay for the music. 30105 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 735-0091
Le Sanglier is having its monthly Wines-Pairing Dinner tomorrow, July 25, with a Spanish theme. The four course menu includes a Mise en Bouche, Melon Gazpacho withTomato Sorbet, Spanish Paella, Goat Cheese and Mushrooms Tart and for dessert, Banana Brulee. Coffee and five wines are included. $95 (tax and gratuity included). 5522 Crebs Avenue, Tarzana. Seating is limited, $95. Call Gil for reservations. (818) 345-0470
Woodland Hills Wine is having a Meet the Winemaker event with Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards on Friday, August 3 from 5-7 p.m. Taste 11 wines for $30 per person. Talley Vineyards just celebrated its 25th anniversary producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Grande area just east of Pismo Beach.
Go classic “old school” with The Smoke House summer brunch special every Sunday through September 2. Enjoy a big buffet that includes a carving station, pasta station, omelette station, fresh seafood, salads, breakfast items, lunch items, complimentary champagne, juice and coffee Early Bird Price (10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) $ 19.95, Regular Price (10:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.) $ 24.95; Kids 5-10 $ 12.95. Kids 4 and under are free. 4420 West Lakeside Drive Burbank. (818) 845-3731
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