mezcal bar Laurel Hardware West Hollywood
Mezcal Bar is the sleek new lounge inside Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood

Each week we spotlight top Los Angeles restaurants, dining and drinking experiences you need to try.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tom Bergin’s Public House
March 17-18. If there were one place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles, it would be at Tom Bergin’s Public House. The party starts at 6 a.m. with Irish breakfast and Irish coffee at the horseshoe bar. Festivities really get rolling at 11 a.m., when the party moves out into the parking lot and offers two bars, beer pong, a Fernet ice luge, giveaways and more until 2 a.m.. You may even see Mayor Eric Garcetti stop by to bar-tend for a bit. For the first time ever, the bar opens for a Hair of the Dog Night Time After Party on Saturday at 4 p.m. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., 323.936.7151.

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Fleishik's Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey
Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey is the chef-driven modern Kosher Jewish sandwich shop from chef Eric Greenspan and Midcourse Hospitality Group.

Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey
The chef-driven modern Kosher Jewish sandwich shop from chef Eric Greenspan and Midcourse Hospitality Group serves Greenspan’s modern approaches to Jewish food. The cornerstone of the menu is its sandwiches like the Bubbe (Grandmother) with brisket, arugula, crispy chicken skin gribnis, beet horseradish and crispy onions; the Zayde (Grandfather) with grilled salami, housemade pickles, caramelized onions and deli mustard. You can also find salads like their Waldorf with iceberg and romaine lettuces, dried cranberry, walnuts, green apples and balsamic vinegar; in addition to sides such as kugel bites and housemade pickles, plus a modern chicken soup with crispy kreplach garnish. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-1/2 hour before sundown, Sat. 1 hour after sundown until midnight. 7563 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

Craft Hill
Craft Hill is Pasadena’s most exciting new restaurant, which offers eclectic menu of seasonal dishes like the Deviled Avocado.

Craft Hill
South Pasadena’s most exciting new restaurant has quietly been amassing loyal fans with its eclectic menu of seasonal dishes and creative cocktails. Highlights include their Deviled Avocado with Peruvian ceviche and plantain chips (pictured above); veal bone marrow with salsa verde and a sous vide egg; mushroom pappardelle with locally foraged mushrooms and their B.Y.O.B, where you can build the burger of your dreams. Also find a election of pizzas and larger format entrees like a bone-in ribeye and Niman Ranch tomahawk pork chop. Craft Hill also hones in on their mixology offerings with cocktails crafted down to the finest detail. Their Sucker Punch is based on an English Milk Punch recipe that dates back to 1862 that takes three days to create. The restaurant also has outposts in West Covina and Monrovia. 424 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, 626.399.0940; 404 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, 626.305.0094; 128 N. Grand Ave., West Covina, 626.331.0555.

Taste of the South Bay
March 17. Celebrate the South Bay food scene by noshing on tastes from restaurants like DOMA Kitchen, Petros, Con’iSeafood, The Strand House, among others. Also get your change to rub shoulders LA Kings players and alumni. $100/pp. 7-11 p.m. Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, 310.535.4467.

Mezcal Bar
The front room of Laurel Hardware has transformed into a plush speakeasy boasting a cocktail menu dedicated to mezcal. Grab a seat by the fire and sip cocktails like the Francisco Toledo with Casamigos reposado, fresh pineapple, aromatic bitters with a La Nina del Mezcal Primario Joven rinse. Chef Alison Trent has also created a menu of south of the border noshes to compliment the drinks like al pastor tacos and chilled lobster tostadas. If you’re a mezcal purest, you’ll also want to dive into two flights dedicated to the spirit. Laurel Hardware, 7984 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 323.656.6070.

Viva Hollywood
The new restaurant in the former Beso location along Hollywood Boulevard offers Latin-inspired dishes and cocktails to complement. Highlights of the menu include ceviche blanco tostadas and chicken mole from chef Raymond Alvarez, who has manned the stoves at Toca Madera and Pink Taco. He also includes vegan dishes like the Casa Quesadilla, a crispy corn tortilla stuffed with vegan mozzarella and poblano peppers topped with guacamole. Beverage director Erik Weatherford (Beso, Preux & Proper) offers drinks, many focused on mezcal and tequila, like Viva’s signature margarita with Corralejo Silver, lime, cucumber, mint any agave. 6350 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.,323.467.1350.

Sunday Suppers at The Belvedere
Celebrate the end of the weekend with new family-style suppers at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The menu features a selection of starters, entrees and desserts for $48. Dishes include selections like sausage flatbread with broccoli rage; seafood bouillabaisse; and warm homemade cookies with freshly spun ice cream. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306.

Through March 31. Move over March Madness, the Italian espresso bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is launching Matcha Madness. Indulge in specialty green tea creations like matcha shots, matcha lattes, matcha Americanos and matcha cold brews. Each one is available hot or iced. 300 S Doheny Dr., L.A.

Vintage Enoteca
March 17. The Hollywood wine bar’s anti-green beer celebration is a non-traditional tasting of a trio of grilled cheese sandwiches each paired with a glass of craft beer. $30/pp. From 5 p.m. 7554 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.512.5278.

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