|Meet Rick Bayless at Red O|
No one said happy hour has to start at 5 PM, especially Santa Monica's new Bamboo Izakaya. Check out the extra early daily happy hour (2:30-5:30 PM) in the lounge patio and bar area for snacks like edamame, tempura vegetables and sushi for $5-$10, and cocktails, sake and wines by the glass for $6-$7. Afternoon delights, indeed (1541 Ocean Ave.; 310-566-3860).
Wait, there are monks in New Mexico and they're making beer? Yes and yes. Celebrate Abbey Beverage Co.'s foray into California at Sunset Beer Company on Friday, March 20. Taste the Belgian-inspired ales from the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert at the Echo Park store from 6-10 PM (1498 W. Sunset Blvd.; 213-481-2337).
His name isn't in neon on the sign for nothing: Rick Bayless will be at Red O on Friday, March 22, to sign copes of his newest cookbook, Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks, during the Street Food Social Hour (4-7 PM). Copies of the book will be on hand for purchase, and you'll even get to taste a few new springtime snacks on the happy hour menu (8155 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-5009).