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Oct 26, 2007 03:03 PM

Searching for a supperclub for dad's 80th birthday

My father loves live entertainment...used to be a big fan of Vegas and loves all things Cuban or Mexican. We are planning his 80th birthday dinner and are looking for a place that serves good food with live entertainment. We would like to steer away from the usual Russian restaurants, or salsa clubs that have lessons (although quite fit, don't think dad will be salsaing)...Any suggestions for places in LA?

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    1. re: Servorg

      There is a Cuban restaurant on Pico that has live entertainment, sometimes straight from Cuba. I have been a few times, when they openied and there were definitely some kinks with the service and the food, but it was certainly very lively and entertaining. If you check it out this weekend, there is a fabulous act from Cuba performing.

      Another Cuban supper club is El Floridita (sp?). I think it's in a mini mall on Gower and Sunset.. Have not been in a while though. I have seen wonderful Latin Jazz bands there and had very decent food and drink. People dance there too and it is great fun to watch, although do not be surprised if a pretty lady asks your Dad to dance.

      One more thought-what about Moroccan food and belly dancing? So much fun. The last place I went to was Dar Magreb (sp?) but I have read that there is much better food to be had elsewhere. I am sure others will have more to add.

      1. re: Servorg

        Second the rec. for Vibrato, which seems the closest to what the original poster is looking for, at least in Los Angeles. The recommendation for the Sky Room in Long Beach is a good one too, but it's a little farther afield.

      2. You could take him to the palms and let him rock to Thai Elvis.

        Spazio in Sherman oaks has jazz.

        The Dresden Room has that fun husband and wife combo.

        1. The Sky Room

          Sky Room
          40 South Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

          1. Madre's in Pasadena is lovely with wonderful Cuban food. I'm not sure what "supper club" really means, but Madre's does have live music Thursdays-Sundays. I had a really really nice dinner there once.

            El Floridita in Hollywood would be good, except that I find it very dark and very loud.

            Dresden is great, with good Italian food. Know that Marty & Elayne play in the bar, so while if you eat in the dining room, you'll hear them but not see them. There are big booths in the bar area, so depending on the size of your group, they might be able to fit you there. You should call to make a reservation and find out what time they start playing.

            El Floridita
            1253 Vine St Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

            1. The Argentine Grill on Melrose had live entertainment last time I was there. Steak-house kind of place. Good food.

              The Buffalo Club has some great bands and a festive atmosphere -- especially on the spacious patio hung about with Chinese lanterns and plenty of bon-vivants. Think the band that was performing last time I was there was Cuban. The band plays on the patio which is well heat-lamped, but would be a question whether your dad wants to be outside or not.

              For both places, you'd obviously want to check to see if they had bands on the night you were interested in.