Island Vibes at Mai Tai Bar

Overlooking the gorgeous Rainbow Harbor at The Pike in Long Beach, Mai Tai Bar brings the island vibes into a hip and modern venue with live music.  Whether you’re looking to relax in their open air patio overlooking the water and groove to the best in contemporary island music by Long beach’s hippest bands, it is always a fun time there.  Sip a chilled mai tai and watch the sunset on the harbor as live music or a hot dj heat up the night!

Mai Tai Bar is definitely a place for the friends to hang out and have a great night out in the town on the pier.  On a weekend night, there is a $5 cover charge and it can be overcrowded, but the friendly bartenders hook it up the alcohol with their not-so-bad prices.  When the dj spins, the latest music are being played, but Mai Tai Bar loves to take it back and play the “oldie, but goodie” songs from the 90s and early millennium, which always gets the crowd dancing.  Mai Tai Bar’s customers are always there looking for a good time.  So as long your looking to have a fun night or a good dinner, this is place guarantees Aloha happiness!  Also, below is a list of their happy hour menu:

Happy Hour is from Monday to Sunday 4pm-9pm!

$5 Appetizers:

House Special Calamari

Chicken Chinois

Firecracker Shrimp

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Shrimp Ceviche


College Night Thursdays with Student ID:

DOMESTIC BEER – 2.50 pints / 6 pitchers

SELECT IMPORT / PREM. DOMESTIC – 3 pints / 9 pitchers

NEW CASTLE – 4 pints / 12 pitchers

STELLA ARTOIS – 4 pints / 12 pitchers


Icy Mai Tai

Aloha Tini

Hpnotiq Breeze Martini

Peach Elixir Martini

Plantation Tea

Long Beach Iced Tea

Mandarin Sweet Tea Cooler

On the Hook Martini

Cucumber Melon Crush

Red Sangria Cocktail





Hala, Social Media Marketer




The Edison: “A Hidden Gem”

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? To a different place, a different era. To experience a culture very different from your own. To get completely lost in a moment, to forget where you are, what day it is, and to simply enjoy and reminisce upon the past. Well, have I got the metaphorical time machine for you! The Edison in downtown LA, deemed “One of LA’s Swankiest night spots” by Conde Nast Traveler, is an inexorable treat. A feast for the eyes, ears, and taste-buds, this unique “industrial cathedral” is set in LA’s first private power plant which was built in 1910. This place will literally sweep you off your feet and transport you to a different era. The Old Hollywood Glamour atmosphere invites guests to dress the part and have a simply lovely time. 

This place is a bit pricey, but they have a spectacular Happy Hour which is Wed-Fri, 5-7pm. You can indulge in up to 40% savings on selected drinks and food items. Take advantage of their 35 cent martinis and $5 food specials such as the sliders with fries.

They also have special events, performances, and you can even host your own party. On a Wednesday or Thursday, to reserve a table the “per person minimum” is only $25. This minimum jumps up to $50 on a Friday or Saturday (and don’t forget about the 18% gratuity), but I must say this is one place you just HAVE to experience.

I went with a group of friends and we reserved a table in the Tesla Room. I ordered “The Mistress” which is a vodka drink with hibiscus liquor and other exotic flavors (as shown in the picture to the right, it’s the pretty pink drink), “The Edison” which features bourbon and pear brandy, and the “Eye of the Beholder” which is a blend of tequila, lemon, and jalepeno (a spicy, unique cocktail indeed). We also ordered some of their absolutely delicious food. I had the fresh baked Bavarian pretzel which is served with a fluffy white cheese sauce for dipping. Some of the other things ordered include the Truffled Mac n Cheese and the Corn Fritters.

As if what we ordered wasn’t enough, we had to get a bottle of Absinthe from the Absinthe Fairy. A lovely young lady wearing gilded fairy wings wheels around a cart of diverse bottles of absinthe (featured in the photo, it’s the bottle topped with the cork) available for purchase. So, we all shared a shot of absinthe and it really set the night off.

This place is truly something memorable. It is literally hidden in an alley, so be sure get directions ahead of time. If you are ever in downtown LA or just want something fun to do check out The Edison, see what all the buzz is about! It is located at 108 W 2nd St #101 Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Also, check out their AMAZING website. If my post doesn’t get you in the mood to visit this extraordinary place, the website definitely will. Check it out!

I definitely want to go here again soon and hopefully you will want to experience this place too!


Angela Wagner, Editor


Taco Tuesday…El Torito Style

It would seem I’m a fan of Taco Tuesdays with a side of get-your-drink-on, and that would be right. Some of you may remember a certain post about Taco Tuesdays at Cabo Cantina in Hollywood, which I still highly recommend. Today it’s much closer, at the Riverside Plaza for you UCR students.

What place is it? El Torito! They’ve got dollar tacos from 4-10p.m. and a large selection of drinks for $3 from 2-8p.m. You tell the waiter/waitress how many tacos you want and they bring back a slip with the number printed on them. You get in a buffet style line and you’re given the choice of corn or flour tortillas and you choose between steak, chicken, or carnitas. Past that you have your condiments table, where you can spice up your tacos to your taste. Not bad for a buck a taco!

But tacos are not what we’re all about. You want to have your cake and eat it too right… Well your visit wouldn’t be complete without a few drinks to unwind. Monday through Friday, they have happy hour from 2-8 where their original golden margaritas, well drinks, domestic drafts, and wine are each $3! Maybe you don’t want tacos? Come in any weekday and you’ll still get a good deal on something to snack on while you enjoy your drinks. It’s a win-win, no matter when you come. Otherwise enjoy your drinks and the complimentary chips and salsa.

Alright, so there’s a caveat, and I wouldn’t want to send you in without letting you know. These specials are only available in the cantina section of the restaurant and in the outside area, BUT that’s no problem, though sometimes it will get busy and you’ll have to search for your table. The atmosphere is decidedly better, the rest of the restaurant is a bit on the sad and pathetic side. 😉


-Eduardo, Administrator/Designer


Things to Do in Inland Empire

El Torito

Ju So Yummy!

Shout out to all the locals and college students in Riverside who love pizza and a thirst quenching drink…because Jafang  Pizza is the place to be!  With its delicious handmade pizzas and unlimited amount of options for drinks, Jafang’s has become one of my favorite hot spots in Riverside.   What makes this place even cooler is that you are allowed to play beer pong.  So if there is no party and want to play beer pong, just grab a drink at Jafang’s and play with your friends.  The great playlists they play makes it almost feel like you are literally at a party =)

Also, I got to try their Ju So Peachy cocktail and it was amazingly good.  The fruitiness mixed with Soju, a Korean vodka, makes this drink a one-of-a-kind!   Jafang’s has a variety of Soju cocktails to pick from if beer is not an option for you.  So grab some friends and head over to Jafang Pizza for a good and delicious time!


Monday – Saturday 3-7pm • Thursday – Saturday 3-7pm and 10pm-12am

25 cent Wings

$2.5 Domestic Pints

$8 Domestic Pitchers

$3.5 Import Pints

$10 Import Pitchers


Hala, Social Media Marketer

Deal of the Day: Citrus City Grille

It’s a wonderful Thursday! As we get oh-so-close to the weekend, why not get started early? Citrus City Grille has an absolutely fabulous Happy Hour which is Sun-Thurs, 3pm-close and Fri & Sat, 3pm-7pm. With their Happy Hour you can get Mac n Cheese (can you tell this is one of my favorite foods? I always tend to mention it!), or their Blackened Fish Tacos  each for only $5. They offer an array of exquisite martinis for $5, selected wine for $5, beer for $4 or less, and well drinks for $4.  

I have had the pleasure of trying some of their yummy martinis during Happy Hour. The Mango Citrus (shown in the picture below) is quite amazing and left me wanting more. It contains Mango Rum, Cointreau, orange juice, and mango puree.  After this, I also had the Pomegranate Lemonade which features Pomegranate liquor, Vodka, sweet & sour, pomegranate juice, and lemon twist. This one wasn’t as good as the mango, but still a bargain at only $5. If you like it dirty, they have the Dirty Old Classic which contains olive juice, vermouth, and Vodka.

If you don’t like martinis at all, they have wine, beer, and well drinks! The food at Citrus City Grille is pretty amazing, be sure to take advantage of their great food deals!

So, bottoms up and happy Thursday!!

Angela Wagner, Editor



Deal of the Day: RA Sushi for “Mardi RA”

Who likes sushi?! I know I do, and RA Sushi is amazing. The atmosphere, fresh, delicious food, and zesty drinks are only some of the reasons to come eat and drink at RA Sushi. Today only they are hosting a “Mardi RA” Party in honor of Mardi Gras from 7 p.m. til close.

Some of their specials for today include the following:

$7 Spicy Chicken & Shishito Green Necklace
$8 Chili Shrimp Roll
$9 Spicy Kalbi Beef

$8 Southern Julep
$8 HurRAcane

If you are not much of a sushi fan they also have “Bento Boxes”, Terriyaki bowls, and miso soup among other things.

Their drinks are also fabulous here and for a limited time (until Feb. 29th) they have 3 “skinny” cocktails as shown below which include the Lychee-teenie, Skinny Ninja, and Thin Ginger. Each of these tasty, yet less caloric drinks is only $8.

So if you are not busy tonight, head on over to RA sushi for their Mardi RA party. Be sure to dress in your best Mardi Gras gear, beads and all! There will be a DJ spinning some beats, good food for you to share with friends, and fantastic drinks of course! Happy Tuesday and Mardi Gras Day to everyone!

Let us know how you are spending your Tuesday, leave us a comment below!


Angela Wagner, Editor


Finger Licking Good!

Baby got back! Oops, I meant, baby back ribs… yumm… finger licking goooood!

There has been a lot of buzz about the Southern-style restaurant franchise, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, and on Saturday, it was my time to see what the fuss was all about.  After a night out with friends at the Cerritos location, I have come to the conclusion that I love Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que! 

What’s not to love about the savory Southern-style BBQ, delicious drinks, and great customer service? Well… it was a full house and not an empty seat in sight. The wait was one whole hour and then some… but after being seated and greeted by a handsome waiter, all was forgiven. I quickly searched through the menu, contemplating long and hard on what to order but luckily it was happy hour!  So after debating with friends for quite a while, I finally decided to order the people’s favorite, the BBQ tri-tip sandwich and taking advantage of happy hour, I decided to order spinach and cheese dip appetizer which only was $4. After ordering, we were given a basket full of biscuits which tasted a bit like heaven. The food did not cease to amaze me with the tender meat in the sandwich and delicious biscuits with sweet butter!  But after gratifying my taste buds, it was time to enjoy a few drinks After all, it’s Happy Hour!

The glasses at Lucille’s are ginormous!  I had a 22 oz glass of Blue Moon beer ($5.50) and it was heaven.  If you’ve never had a Blue Moon before, then you are missing out.  The sweet malt and the orange flavor spices in the background of this refreshing drink is a must have on tap!  Secondly, I had a mixed Cuervo Margarita ($4) and Lucille’s was not stingy with the Jose =)  It was a bit salty for my taste, but I felt like I was sitting on the beach basking in the sun on the bay-side of Cancun!  Lastly, I ended the night with a Classic Caddy Rita ($6.50) and boy was I feeling a little bit unstable. The 1800 Resposado Tequilla that came along with Rita definitely did the job 😉  I had a great time at Lucille’s and definitely look forward to going back!

Happy Hour is from 3-7pm, Monday through Friday and 9pm ‘til close seven days a week!

Check out their Happy Hour details:


Hala, Social Media Marketing

Drinking Good in the Neighborhood (2 of 2)

Tonight I learned something very important; never rely on the information of a friend experiencing a hangover. LOL! In yesterdays post I mentioned I would be attending Happy Hour at Applebee’s from 6-9 (wrong information provided by friend with hangover.) Come to find out, Applebee’s Happy Hour is 3-6 and 9-close daily. Luckily, I arrived 45 minutes early and ready to get to work. My first assignment was a Main Street ‘Rita. I found it to be surprisingly strong. However, I am known as a lightweight. LOL. The “Ritas” were priced well at $3.50 and can be personalized with a variety of flavors for an additional $.50. I also took advantage of the ½ priced appetizers. I highly recommend the Chicken WonTon Tacos.


– James Applewhite II, Blog Administrator/Designer