In 2008, South Pacific swept the Tony Awards®, capturing seven golden trophies, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, South Pacific tells, dances, and sings the story of two couples—Navy nurse Nellie Forbush with French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and airman Joe Cable with lovely native lass Liat— torn by war and the temptations of tropical paradise. The original production won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950, with its frank depiction of racial prejudice as a central theme.
Housed in a charmingly rustic venue, the Culver City eatery specializes in a more-refined version of Korean barbecue. Smokeless barbecue grills allow diners to experience tableside service without lingering wafts of eau de dinner. Fish fans will appreciate the glazed miso salmon ($21), sided with succotash, or poached black cod with Korean miso broth ($22). While the full menu is available anytime, Groupon holders can also take advantage of the prix fixe G menu, with options to feed parties of two, three, or four ($79–$195) any Thursday through Saturday. The date-friendly G1 option on the prix fixe includes Gyenari's galbee, bulgogi, aged pork belly, flower chicken, and japchae. For larger groups, try the G4, a full-on meat fest that includes filet mignon, Wagyu beef, fresh lobster tail, and diver sea scallops ($195 for four people). For dessert, upgrade from ordinary sprinkled dough rings with Gyenari's famed green-tea doughnuts ($8). The piping-hot pastries come made to order with a buttermilk-raspberry glaze and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce for dipping.
A stay at The Culver Hotel places you in the heart of Culver City, minutes from Sony Pictures Animation and close to Sony Pictures Studios. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of 20th Century Fox Studio and Museum of Tolerance.
Make yourself at home in one of the 46 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and mountain views. 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature rainfall showerheads and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a 24-hour fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Culver City? This hotel has 2000 square feet (186 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.
It’s not easy to find a campsite within the city proper, but Bigfoot West is not so different from the Great Outdoors. An incongruous log cabin that sticks out from its neighbors on Venice Boulevard, the bar is filled with mounted antlers and relics from America’s national parks. Guests can even warm up by the crackling fire and tell spooky stories over s’mores—the key difference being that these s’mores come in a liquid, alcohol-infused form. This signature drink is the creation of mixologist Jared Mort, who ingeniously blends vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and Irish cream before topping it all off with a flaming marshmallow. Mort’s other cocktails generally revolve around the bar’s more than 100 whiskies and 60 varieties of small-batch bourbon. Aside from s’mores, his drinks have been known to mimic the flavors of cherry cobbler and freshly picked blackberries. To create these fanciful cocktails, he uses juices squeezed in-house and ingredients carefully procured from local farmers’ markets and bear dens.
Held on select weekends, each SaMo Wine Party celebrates varietals from around the world with three hours of unlimited tasting. Bartenders uncork everything from Tablas Creek bottles to sparkling wine from Crystianos Cava, all carefully selected by a team of expert vintners and the surviving members of the California Raisins. To complement the evening's limitless pours, DJs set the mood with upbeat tunes, while chefs prepare bites such as customized sushi rolls or gourmet burgers. The soirees take place amid the Bali-inspired d?cor of the two-level Monsoon Cafe or the 20-plus TVs inside The Garage featuring The Motor Club.