The cool, dark confines of the Mermaid are a shelter from the sun-drenched sand just beyond its doors, even before bartenders pour out cold beers. Guests lounging in its black-leather booths chow down on foods from popcorn shrimp to filet mignon, or linger sipping classic cocktails and fruity tiki drinks. Enormous front windows offer views of the action on the beach.
Surf or Turf?
Pick a side of the Mermaid's extensive menu:
|Fresh Seafood Dishes||Tender, Juicy Meats|
|Baja-style fish tacos||Grilled filet mignon with bernaise sauce|
|One pound of crab legs||Pan-roasted, bone-in pork chop with apple chutney|
|Beer-battered fish and chips with homemade coleslaw||8-ounce Angus beef burger with spicy thousand island dressing|
A Peek Inside
In terms of decor, The Mermaid keeps it simple. Recent renovations have softened the lighting without erasing the bar-restaurant's laid-back, dive-y charm. Blown-up black-and-white photographs of surfers smile out over diners in the front part of the dining room, while horseshoe-shaped booths ring red pool tables tucked in back of the bar.
A winner of dance competitions around the world, LA Dance Dream's founder, Daniela Agostini, knows the importance of perfecting one’s dance technique. Through intensive dance workshops, she and her team of experienced professional dancers and choreographers help students do just that. They inspire dancers to improve their technique and improvisation skills and develop their own personal style, while motivating them to build their strength, endurance, and self-confidence along the way. Students can groove in a wide selection of classes, including hip-hop, break dance, ballet, and African dance. Students can pose for professional headshots to pass out at auditions, and some programs culminate in a real-life experience in a music video, sans animated cat MCs.
Studio Restaurant and Lounge is equal parts food and festivity. Here, filet mignon sandwiches and country-fried chicken are regularly served to the beat of drums, the strum of guitars, or the stylings of resident and guest DJs. Red and green light drenches the crowd on the dance floor as well as diners digging in to burgers and bacon macaroni ‘n’ cheese. Studio Restaurant and Lounge also entertains its guests with football nights and speed-knitting tournaments.
The staff members at Core Fitness lead circuit-training fitness classes as well as personal-training sessions. During the group classes, the trainers challenge their students with upper body, lower body, core, cardio, balance, and strength exercises on 12 to 16 different stations.
The International Medical Corps supports local relief efforts by sending medical professionals to establish mobile clinics offering medical care, coordinate hospital and emergency care services, provide medical training to local residents, and much more. The International Medical Corps has quickly responded to the growing needs of the Japanese people by swiftly providing packaged baby supplies and children's medical aid as the number of young patients has increased and offering counseling services to address the rising mental and emotional strain of evacuees. To help the International Medical Corps continue its relief efforts, The Comedy & Magic Club is offering donors an evening of entertainment, committing 100% of proceeds to the international organization to fund teams currently providing aid in Japan and those who may be dispatched in the future.
The Lighthouse Cafe, recognized by the CityVoter Los Angeles HotList as Best Jazz Club in 2009, has captivated customers with sultry scores since the 1940s. Chefs complement crooning with impromptu harpsichord jam sessions and an eclectic menu of pub grub and breakfast offerings. The Heart Attack omelette, named after a classic B-movie featuring an onslaught of rampaging monster hearts, is a morning-time medley of ham, bacon, and smoked sausage ($8.95). Evening imbibers can mash molars on the buttermilk-battered chicken tenders with ranch dressing ($9.95) or the R.A.T. salad, a fresh federation of red onion, avocado, chopped tomatoes, garlic, lettuce, and white balsamic dressing ($8.95). Deploy the fire-fighting foam of a Purple Haze beer ($7.50/12 oz. bottle) to extinguish bicuspid blazes fostered by the spicy-cheese topped Bull Dog, a frankfurter bestrewn with mashed tater tots ($5.25).