The Bachelor Party: Johnny Rockets

The Bachelor Party: Johnny Rockets

On our way toward the last uber of the night, we stumbled upon a Johnny Rockets that would become the last stop of the night — the final chapter of our bachelor party saga. Why? Because, what better way to wrap up an epic night of libations, libations, sustenance, and libations, than with, libations!? More innocent libations this time: Milkshakes!

It was the middle of the night and we were among the only customers in this signature 1950’s-themed restaurant. Exhausted and technically under the influence, we ordered milkshakes and fries. We reminisced, conversed, and then rested in the comfort of silence. It was a moment of bliss that concluded the last night out with the gents — as a bachelor.

We took our shakes to-go, and descended onto the Walk of Fame to hail our ride. It occurs to me that there I stood, on a Los Angeles landmark, and at that moment it meant nothing to me. It was the gents by my side that meant, everything. We could have spent the entire night at my apartment and it would have still been the best of bachelor parties — because I have the best of friends. That, is what truly made this night, legendary.

Tell me, where would you go for your bachelor party? Would you rather indulge in the staples or think outside the box? What matters more to you, the destination, or the people with whom you share the adventure?

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The Bachelor Party: Dave & Buster’s

The Bachelor Party: Dave & Buster’s

Hot dogs consumed, we were back to — you guessed it — libations! Indeed, the first place we headed to was the bar, and yet, we all retained our mental faculties. Perhaps it was all of the pizza we ate during the preface to our night, perhaps it was Pink’s, but we all held our liquor down through the fourth stop.

Upon securing a tall glass of Blue Moon on tap, the gents and I proceeded to undertake a series of competitive challenges throughout the arena. Ranging from basketball, baseball, and 4-way air-hockey, to a type of beer pong game, arcade Mario Kart, and even a fully immersive Jurassic World VR vehicle-machine, Dave & Buster’s was an absolute home run of testosterone-induced, exciting, brotherly fun!

As we wrapped up our time at this next-level arcade, we had to redeem our tickets. However, selecting a prize was a challenge in itself. Naturally, the gents wanted me to choose a ridiculous necklace to secretly wear during the wedding. Unfortunately for them, I was nowhere near intoxicated enough to agree to such nonsense. Instead, I choose a prize worthy of a champion, one of elegance, one that commands respect: a stuffed toy — and gummy bears.

The night was coming to a close. The bachelor party had been, by all intents and purposes, a resounding success! We departed the premises and headed downstairs towards the Walk of Fame, and just at that moment, we decided the night was not quite over yet.

Tell me, when was the last time you went to an arcade? Would you rather play sports or video games? Are you a competitive player?

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The Bachelor Party: Pink’s Hot Dogs

The Bachelor Party: Pink’s Hot Dogs

As the night descended upon us, and several libations in from both Melrose Umbrella Co. and Antonio’s Restaurant, the gents and I headed for a signature LA bite just around the corner: Pink’s Hot Dogs! “A Hollywood legend since 1939” — according to their slogan — Pink’s has been a favorite of mine since my UCLA days.

Pink’s also holds a special place in my heart, as it is one of the few places I took my soon-to-be wife on a pseudo date several years before I even started courting her — although I am not sure the gents knew that.

Pink’s is the place to get an awesome hot dog in Los Angeles. Known for their never-ending long line, unique creations, and of course, flavor-packed hot dogs, Pink’s offers Hollywood-themed entrees beyond your average chili cheese dog. Think hot dog with guac, jalapeños, bacon, mushrooms, grilled pastrami, nacho cheese, or all of the above. Popular favorites include the Giant 12″ Jalapeño dog, the Brando dog, and the Lord of the Rings dog — which is topped with onion rings.

They also have seasonal creations often named after famous actors and movies, including my choice for the night, the La La Land dog. The reason for it, part of La La Land was filmed at our wedding venue — a fact that I discovered after we had selected Orcutt Ranch as our venue! La La Land, besides being an amazing movie (that I got to see in theaters with the wife-elect) and providing a great fun fact for our venue, also inspires a delicious hot dog!

Only now do I realize that I should have taken a picture of my La La Land dog. Alas, I was too distracted having an awesome time with the gents that I devoured my hot dog before I even had a chance. The best I could do was take a picture of their menu — unfortunately not all seasonal creations are listed.

Pink’s, despite the lack of libations, was my favorite stop of the night thus far! My friends know me rather well! That or they lucked out in choosing where to take me. We spent some time in the backyard area reminiscing about our days in high school and college, enjoying our hot dogs, and because I am fond of spice, eating pepperoncini. Before I knew it, we were on another uber on our way to the fourth destination of the night.

Tell me, have you ever had this type of hot dog? What do you like on your hot dog? Do you have a tolerance for spice?

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The Bachelor Party: Antonio’s Restaurant

The Bachelor Party: Antonio’s Restaurant

A few libations in, the gents and I left our table at Melrose Umbrella Co., and headed right across the street for the second stop of the night: Antonio’s Restaurant. I think the guys somehow figured out that I like chandeliers because we were now at two for two!

The first thing we noticed upon entering Antonio’s was an elderly man sitting in the corner of the narrow reception area, who welcomed us before a server directed us to our booth. Slightly confused by our introduction to the restaurant, it took us a minute to realize that that must have been Antonio! We then received our menus and saw the image of the same man who welcomed us — decades younger. It was inspiring!

I think the goal was to get Mexican food (perhaps a burrito) but instead had: beer! Specifically, we had Modelos. For someone who once spent the better half of a decade south of the border, and presently lives in Los Angeles, I’m actually not sure I had ever had a Modelo before. It was alright, bread-like. We also had chips and salsa.

Half-way through our conversation, surprise! My college roommate joined us! I was honored that my fraternity brother made the 3-hour trip to Hollywood for me. Having true friends who are there for you even after several years of having had parted ways, is one of the best things in life. Without a doubt, everyone’s presence at the table this night was the greatest present I could have received.

Once the bachelor party crew had been fully assembled, we finished our beers, and decided to move on to stop number three for some authentic LA hot dogs.

Tell me, do you like Mexican food? If you had to choose, would you rather have a burrito or a hot dog? How far would you drive to go see a friend?

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The Bachelor Party: Melrose Umbrella Co.

The Bachelor Party: Melrose Umbrella Co.

This is it, the last night out with the boys before the wedding! I know what you’re thinking: “Here comes a narrative not unlike the synopsis for the 2009 film comprised of alcohol-induced adventures staring Bradley Cooper.” Sure, it very well could have been the next installment of The Hangover, but that would have been too easy. Instead, I asked my best man to forgo the staples — scantily clad ladies, debauchery, and iniquity — and focus on slightly more sophisticated libation-filled activities.

That said, the gentlemen succeeded in making this a night for the books. Our preface begins at my apartment where I welcomed the gents with some home-made pizza and my absolute favorite beer: Delirium Tremens. After a couple of hours of catching up on life, we would take an uber toward Hollywood where the night would begin.

I should mention that I had no idea what was going to happen this night. I enjoy surprises and frankly, going with the flow. So I left every part of it in the very capable hands of my trusted friends. A 10-minute drive south later, we arrived at our first stop, Melrose Umbrella Co. Since I no longer go out to bars as I did just a few years ago, I was unfamiliar with this venue, as I admittedly am with most of the nightlife in my neighborhood.

From the moment we arrived, I could tell why the gents chose this location to begin the night. It is classy, contemporary, and slightly hipster, adjectives that (I hope) very well could describe me. The umbrella part also reminds me of “how i met your mother,” but that could just me. By all means, it was a great choice!

It was 5:30 PM, the perfect time to start a tab. Longtime reader of this blog and anyone reading its title will know that I have a devoted commitment to coffee. To you I say, “yes, I did order coffee.” Or at least I tried, to my dismay I learned that they stop serving coffee at 5:00 PM. After a brief moment of silence, I proceeded to order the first beer. After a few drinks that included a modern twist on a classic called “The Perfect Manhattan,” we were on our way to stop número dos.

Tell me, what’s your favorite beer? Do you prefer a fun night out at the bar or a relaxing night at home? Have you ever been to Melrose Umbrella Co.?

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