944 Magazine Take it from the Tastemakers What to See, What to Do, Where to Be
Alison Van Pelt
Artist, Van Pelt Studios
Ideal night: Riding my bike to meet friends for dinner and drinks.
Favorite drink: Sangria at Venice Beach Wines
Best dining spots: Gjelina and Piccolo
Favorite boutique: Mona Moore
Refuel after a long night: Head to Axe for a gigantic pancake and a huge cappuccino.
Favorite event: Venice Family Clinic Art Walk.
Best thing about a Venice night out: You can ride your bike.
Filmmaker, Let Films
An ideal night out: A cigar at Hollywood Smoke on Main Street, dinner
on the patio at Gjelina and a nice, long ride home on the motorcycle.
Favorite boutique: Guild on Abbot Kinney
Refuel after a long night: Morning coffee at Intelligentsia and pancakes at Axe.
Best hidden spot: Go see Jason at Old Glory Barbershop for the best fade on the westside.
Word to the wise: Venice people are really protective of their
neighborhood, so when you’re there make sure not to be an a**hole, or it
could get a little rough.
Cesario Block Montaño
Ideal night out: First Fridays on Abbot Kinney have been the most fun.
Stores stay open late, and there are surrounding art shows that serve
Favorite place to see live music: On Tuesday nights at The
Brig, there’s an awesome salsa/hip-hop band that plays, and it usually
turns into a huge jam session.
Best local act: Suicidal Tendencies
Best thing about Venice: Being able to get into every place without a
problem, seeing real friends and familiar faces and just really knowing
everyone around town. It’s nice to just see someone out and have them
invite you over for some barbecue, or a party or to just come and kick
Charlotte Bjorlin D’Elia
Owner, RAD branding agency; jewelry designer
Best live music: Band night at Stronghold.
Favorite drink: Dirty Dog, served at a recent Dogtown party (in a
tumbler; equal parts dry and sweet Vermouth, olive juice, vodka, a
splash of brandy, Blue cheese-stuffed olives and a cucumber slice on the
Best dining spots: Gjelina — Travis’s food is addictive!
And my friends’ Italian hideaway, Ado, in the canary yellow bungalow
next to Dogtown Lofts.
Best thing about a night in Venice: The mix of people — 17 to 75 and everyone’s hanging out together.
Favorite dive spot: La Cabana on Rose
Favorite boutique: Heist for its well-edited selection of labels like Humanoid, Isabel Marant and bags by Jerome Dreyfuss.
Owner, Betty Mae Casting & Primitivo Wine Bistro
Best local act: The Paul Chesne band
Best cocktail: Su Novia at the Tasting Kitchen
Favorite boutique: Principessa
Best breakfast: Primitivo has recently begun serving weekends.
CR Stecyk III
Artist/Photographer and Owner, Zephyr Surf Shop
Best secret spot: Juan Marquez’s Atelier
Favorite dining: Hoagie Steak
Favorite shop: Venice Originals
Best place for a late-night bite: La Cabana
Favorite Venice event: Venice Surf-A-Thon
Join the fun as 944 takes over Venice in celebration of our Nightlife Issue
944 Neighborhood Takeover | 08.06.10
First Fridays at AK1511 starting at 8 p.m.
1511 Abbot Kinney, Venice