Sip from a rotating selection of 36 craft beers at one of the communal tables fronting Father’s Office 2.0 (3229 Helms Ave., 310-736-2224), a choice spot from which to observe the line of hopeful diners milling outside the gastropub in the Helms Bakery building. Chef-owner Sang Yoon’s burger—topped with caramelized onion, bacon, Gruyère, and blue cheese—is a reminder of why taste buds (and cows) were invented. The braised mushroom-and-goat cheese pizza and seared albacore are good bets at Akasha (9543 Culver Blvd., 310-845-1700), which serves dishes made from organic and sustainably grown ingredients. (Be sure to take advantage of Culver City’s free parking lots.) From there it’s just a two-minute walk to the Kirk Douglas Theatre (9820 W. Washington Blvd., 213-628-2772). The Center Theatre Group venue, located in a streamline moderne movie house, launches its fall season this month with Venice, a critically well-received hip-hop reimagining of Othello. Consult the schedule for DouglasPlus programming, which offers experimental workshops and readings for $25. Want more culture? Head to La Cienega Boulevard galleries like Blum & Poe (2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., 310-836-2062). They tend to close before dark unless they’re staging openings or participating in the annual Art Walk, but keep your eyes peeled for the small fluorescent sign that marks the entrance to the next best thing: Mandrake (2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., 310-837-3297). The bar hosts DJ residencies—check out art critic Jan Tumlir’s on the first Wednesday of the month—as well as lectures and screenings.
Photograph courtesy Muy Yum