Your dad was probably the person who gave you your first taste of booze, whether to educate you on responsible drinking or to get a laugh from seeing your face scrunch up from disgust. Return the favor this Sunday by bonding with the man over a whiskey flight, a beer-y barbecue, or a special Dad Day cocktail at one of these Father’s Day events.
Whisk your whiskey-loving dad over to Steak & Whisky in Hermosa Beach this Sunday to enjoy flights featuring four tastes of the really good stuff from High West ($22 – American Prairie Bourbon, Son of BouRye, Double Rye, Campfire) or Tuthilltown ($32 — Baby Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon, Manhattan Rye, Single Malt). Chefs Tin Vuong and John Shaw will then pair the flights with a small selection of cheese, cured meats, pickles, and seasonal vegetables served on a Maker’s Mark whisky barrel stave.
Steak & Whisky, 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310-318-5555
L.A. landmark bar Tom Bergin’s Public House has probably served as the temporary office for many a dad over its near-80-year history, so yours will feel right at home. For the holiday the pub is offering $6 flights of three 7-oz craft beer pours. It goes off all day (11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.), which will give you guys plenty of time to run through all 19 taps.
Tom Bergin’s Public House, 840 S Fairfax Ave, 323-936-7151
What better way to celebrate the “Dad Bod” than with a meatastic barbecue feast featuring craft beer? Shade Hotel is hosting a family-friendly “Who’s Your Daddy” feast prepared by chef Chris Garasic on its courtyard. We’re talking a whole spit-roasted, apple-cider brined Yorkshire hog, pulled-pork sandwiches, and chicken habanero sausages served with chipotle mac n’ cheese and jalapeno potato au gratin. There’s even a craft table for the kiddies to make dad a last-minute masterpiece. Admission is $40 a person and includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and three El Segundo Brewing Co. beer samples. Additional brews are $5. Reservations: (310) 469-3466.
Shade Hotel 1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach; 310-546-4995
For Father’s Day the Hungry Cat locations in Santa Monica and Hollywood will be doing a pig roast and mini crabfest, respectively. In Santa Monica Canyon, Chef de Cuisine Kris Longley will offer a roasted pig, baked oysters, soft-shell Po-Boy and, naturally, the famous lobster roll. Optional beer and bourbon pairings will also be available. Hollywood will cook up Maryland-style steamed crabs out on its patio starting at 3:00 p.m. Brunch and dinner à la carte menus will offer favorites like the Tweety Scramble and Lobster Benedict. For more liquid options, bar manager Dona Bridges created the Fatherly Advice (Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Manzanilla Sherry, macerated strawberry) and the Dickalade (George Dickel Cascade Hollow Tennessee Whiskey, lemon, bitter orange, soda).
Hungry Cat, 1535 Vine St., Hollywood, 323-462-2155; 100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica; 310-459-3337
Lucques is doing a special Father’s Day Sunday Supper ($45 a person) in its newly renovated garden. The three-course dad-inspired dinner will feature pan-roasted soft-shell crabs or grilled Bavette steak. And for dessert? A tribute to Suzanne Goin’s father:“Dad’s Favorite Sundae,” a Meringue Closerie Des Lilas with vanilla ice cream, toasted almonds, and chocolate sauce. For the dinner, barman Christiaan Rollich created the Rothschild cocktail ($14) with Elijah Craig 12 yr, cigar liqueur, and absinthe bitters. And don’t worry, it’s not a real cigar but instead he used Lapsang Souchong (Chinese tea smoked with pine tree) to achieve that smokey flavor. “Something bold so you can sit back take a sip smell the smoke, feel the soft sweetness of the bourbon,” says Rollich.
Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-655-6277