Where to view holiday lights in Atwater Village

The online forum NextDoor for Atwater Village is mapping members’ holiday lights going up in the neighborhood. Upon logging in to the site, members can let the site and other members know they have put up their decorations.

Hopefully the Atwater Village map will soon be lit up for the holidays!

Pumpkin beers on tap for the Link N Hops Oktoberfest

Link N Hops is hosting its first-ever Oktoberfest this weekend – and the just-released tap-list has us beer-lovers excited!

Four breweries, three of which are in Southern California, will be pouring a total of ten craft beers for the festival, to be held at Link N Hops in Atwater Village on October 19 and 20. A $20-27 ticket, gets size 4 oz pours of the following brews:

Bootlegger’s Brewery:

Pumpkin Ale (limited release)
80 Anniversary (limited release)

Hangar 24 Brewery:

Oktoberfest (Fall seasonal)
Alt-Bier
Helles

New Belgium:

Pumpkick (seasonal)
Rampant
Paardebloem (limited release)

Golden Road:

One Hundred & Two (limited release)
Burning Bush Smoked IPA (limited release)

Presale tickets are $10 cheaper, so we recommend buying them now before the festival!

Oktoberfest at Link N Hops
October 19 and 20, 2013
from 1-5:00 pm each day
Click here for tickets

Submit your homemade salsa to the Atwater Village Salsa Smackdown

Did somebody say salsa?

The first Salsa Smackdown is upon us! In past years for the Atwater Village Salsa contest, participants would bring their salsa entries to the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market the day of the competition to be judged. But the Salsa Smackdown works a little differently as it is being wrapped in to the First Annual Day of the Dead Family Festival in Atwater Village, and even includes a celebrity judge.

Win either the “Critics Choice” (judged by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Atwater Village Farm Market’s Piper Goldstein) or the “People’s Choice” (judged by popular vote). The categories are: 1) Baby Mouth 2) Child Mild 3) Medium-Hot and 4) Hot!!

Participants can submit their salsas to the competition starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by dropping it off at the Atwater Village Farm Market located at 3224 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village.

Eight finalists will then square off for the final tasting at the Day of the Dead Family Festival on Saturday, November 2 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

For more information, contact Piper and Patrick at Atwater Village Farm Marketing via email (piper@atwatervillagefarm.com or patrick@atwatervillagefarm.com) or phone at (323) 660-8888.

Village Tavern set to open soon in Atwater Village

Photo via Village Tavern Instagram

Atwater Village is about to get a new bar/restaurant on Glendale Boulevard! The Village Tavern, opening hopefully very soon, will focus on craft beer and good food, and we are pretty darn excited!

Construction on the 1,774 square foot retail storefront started in May last year, and included an entire renovation of the former String Surgeon, which was part of the Racket Doctor next door. Owner Maurice Rodriguez had a decent challenge turning the space from a retail joint to a restaurant, and included re-zoning the space for a kitchen and full liquor license. They built benches along one side and a bar made of reclaimed wood on the other, and new plumbing, electrical and mechanical was also needed.

Before and after

12 taps at the Village Tavern

In the kitchen is Chef Marcel of Stop, Guac n’ Roll created a unique Mexican/BBQ fusion menu. In addition to rotating 12 taps dedicated to local and California craft beers (including Golden Road and Eagle Rock Brewery), a selection of bottles and cans will be available.

Maurice, who is a 33-year resident of Atwater Village, also brought in local artists to create two murals: One dedicated to the Red Car trolleys created by Devon Paulson, the other on the front patio a collaboration by Steven Melgar, Jorge Ruano, and Eyeone.

“I’m really excited about the direction Atwater is headed with lots of new shops popping up on the Boulevard bringing lots of excitement to my neighborhood,” Maurice said in an email, “I hope that Village Tavern will be a different and exciting new restaurant/bar experience on the Boulevard.”

Now that all the heavy lifting is about finished up, they are completing the final touches and are hoping to open in early May.

The Village Tavern accommodates 50 indoor seats and a 310 square foot outdoor patio with 22 seats, and is licensed from 11:30 am to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 am to 2:00 am Friday and Saturday.

The new Village Tavern is located at 3216 Glendale Boulevard.

Mark your calendars: Atwater Village has a beer festival!

You may have heard… Atwater Village is getting a beer festival!

It’s a great idea, especially with all the popular craft beer locations popping up in Atwater Village and the area, including Link N Hops just last year, The Morrison, and The Village Tavern (opening soon).

This is the first year for the Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival, but certainly not the last – Andy Hasroun, who owns 55 Degree Wine and Link N Hops in Atwater Village, will be holding the festival annually. Based in the parking lot of his two businesses, the festival will have a wine and beer garden for those 21 and overs where you can sample over a dozen local and West Coast craft beers (like Eagle Rock Brewery, Tap It, Firestone, Golden Road)  and a selection of wines.

Food trucks including CoolHaus, Sam Choy’s, Munchie Machine, Me So Hungry, and Gourmet Genie (plus more) will be parked out front alongside Glendale Boulevard. DJ Poet and Delta Force from the Black Eyed Peas will be one of the performers on stage as well.

Advance tickets (food sold separately) are $30 regular admission (12 tastings), $40 for VIP tickets (24 tastings + extras), and $15 for designated driver (includes soda and sausage sandwich). Prices go up the day of, so they recommend buying your tickets in advance. Additionally, VIP tickets are running out!

The event is also sponsored by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce.

We are very excited to attend – see you there!

Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival
April 28 from 1-6:00 pm

AtwaterVillageFestival.com

Click here for tickets

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Fresh pressed juices coming soon to Atwater Village

The small, skinny space nestled between Kaldi Coffee and Atwater Grill on Glendale Boulevard has been recently going through a transformation from an Optometrist’s office to a brand new, organic cold-pressed juice bar.

Simply (and aptly) called “The Juice,” owners Melissa Cronkhite and Elizabeth Halpern have partnered up to completely renovate the space down to the studs. Hoping to open within the next month or so, the duo are “very excited to be part of the Atwater community.”

In addition to 12 daily menu offerings and daily specials of cold-pressed juice, they are also offering a variety of smoothies using vegan ice cream (like frozen banana and raw almonds) or as scoops. The juice menu includes offerings from the simple Carrot and Coconut, to bright greens like Apple, Celery, Kale, Romaine, Parsley, Lemon and Ginger, and Cucumber, Kale, Romaine, Parsley and Lemon. On a hot day, we’d recommend trying the Pineapple, Parsley and Mint (one recipe we often do at home!). You can also purchase 16 oz or 32 oz of fresh coconut or almond milk.

Pricing is not bad although not cheap – $8 will get you a 16 oz. juice, but it is organic, and cold-pressed juices are incredibly flavorful and healthy. If you’re breaking a sweat down at Heartbeat House just a couple of doors down, this will definitely be a great option for those looking to finish off a workout with something nutritious!

Additionally, all fruit and vegetable scraps will be going to L.A. Compost and Enrich LA to be turned into composted used for gardening projects across Los Angeles.

Welcome to the neighborhood! The Juice will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, seven days a week. They are located at 3145 Glendale Blvd.

Submit your questions for the CD13 Candidate Forum in Atwater Village

The Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum for the upcoming City Council District 13 election on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

The forum is intended to introduce candidates to Atwater Village, which is part of CD 13, and provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions. CD 13 is a huge district that covers Atwater Village, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Hollywood and more, and the person elected will be dealing with issues like public safety, infrastructure, traffic, jobs, etc.

The Chamber of Commerce is asking for stakeholders to submit questions for the candidates, which will be selected prior to the event.

To submit your questions, click here.

See you there!

CANDIDATE FORUM
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 6pm
Atwater Ave Elementary – Auditorium 3271
3271 Silver Lake Blvd.

ELECTION DAY
Primary Nominating Election Tuesday, March 5, 2013
For more information or questions about the Candidate Forum, email board@atwaterchamber.org or call 818.732.1413

Atwater Village takes the best neighborhood crown… good or bad?

Holy smokes we did it! In 2011, Santa Monica may have beat out our little-known neighborhood in the very first round for a mere 2.8% of votes. But with 54.8% of the vote, Atwater Village beat out the very popular Silver Lake for Curbed Cup’s 2012 Neighborhood of the Year.

Ever since the New York Times discovered the Atwater Village scene in July 2012, it feels like things have gotten a little more… crowded? Or is it just us? The Sunday afternoon Atwater Village Farmer’s Market seems a little bit more competitive, and getting a cup of coffee is a serious time commitment. But we do have a lot to be proud of in the past year or two – new additions to our scene like Link N Hops, Bon Vivant Market, Atwater Crossing, Atwater Village Farm Market, and Golden Road have all been great additions offering a variety of dining options and healthy food. There’s also a slew of things to do in the neighborhood, as per this article.

So we are edging on the side of good, but share your thoughts in the comments below!

Atwater Village Scottish gastropub opening Monday

After just a few months of renovating the former Kama Sushi on Los Feliz Boulevard, The Morrison will officially open this Monday, December 17.

There are over 40 beers on tap with a price range from $6-9. Belgians, California microbrews, IPAs and more – our favorites include Mikkeller, holiday beers like St Bernardus Christmas Ale, and even a couple of sours. There’s also a craft cocktail list.

Vegan eaters may want to stick to the bar, as the menu is the typical meat-heavy Scottish fare. Menu items include Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Hash and Leeks, Black Pudding Risotto, Haggis Sliders, Meat Pie, and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

The Morrison took over the former Kama Sushi location in August

The Morrison is located at 3179 Los Feliz Boulevard.

Vote for Atwater Village in round 1 of Curbed Cup

The annual Curbed Cup is back – an online competition where the website Curbed LA pegs eight neighborhoods against each other, competing for LA’s best neighborhood by vote. Atwater Village is in the first round of competition, and is up against heavy hitter Santa Monica.

While Santa Monica is a pretty big city compared to our little ol’ neighborhood, we’re confident Atwater Village will at least progress to the next round – right?

Here’s how Curbed LA describes the neighborhood:

Quiet little Atwater Village is like that duck looking all chill as he glides along the water (but not the LA River) with his legs churning wildly underneath–sure, it seems like just a good ‘hood for Sunday brunch, but there’s always some kind of action when you go looking for it. This was a very parks and parking year: the city created the Atwater Village Pedestrian Oriented District, which allows reduced parking along Glendale Boulevard, the North Atwater Park opening signaled the beginning of the LA River’s big comeback, the park under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge broke ground(technically Silver Lake, but we’re calling it for Atwater), and even the bridge itself is getting an overhaul. Meanwhile, rents are getting up into the Silver Lake zone, actor Giovanni Ribisi moved in, and there were a handful of trendyrestaurant openings

Click here to vote. Atwater Village is currently winning with 61% of the votes, so keep it going!