Listening to jazz and drinking wine have become some of man's top recreational activities, just after contemplating infinity and napping in the fridge. Let smooth saxophones entertain you with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $80 worth of live music, drinks, and gourmet fare at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.
A parade of prodigious performers graces the stage of Catalina nightly, backed up by decadent dishes and an enticing wine, alcohol, and beer list. The jazz club regularly showcases an eclectic mix of local acts, young talent, and world-renowned musicians, featuring such scintillating swingers as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band on April 12 ($20–$25), virtuosic vocalist Kurt Elling on April 20–April 22 ($25–$30), and trumpet legend Roy Hargrove on May 4–May 8 ($22–$35). The lineup even includes a special Mother's Day brunch performance ($60) to praise a mindful mom in a more thoughtful way than buying her another unplayable, rose-stuffed saxophone.
Alongside the sizzling cymbals and impassioned improvisation, an array of wine, full bar, and gourmet dishes satisfy stomachs and subdue envious tongue tantrums. Starters, such as the steamed clams and mussels bathed in garlic, olive oil, and chardonnay ($16), delightfully duet with a glass of wine or serve as an opulent opening to more hearty courses. Entrees take the form of the rack of lamb infused with rosemary, tarragon, and cabernet ($33), and mushroom ravioli, which comes draped in a tomato-garlic-basil sauce to conceal savory secrets about backstage affairs shared between portobello and shiitake mushrooms ($23). Doors open an hour-and-a-half before the first show and a half hour before the second show, depending on number of shows in a night.
Catalina Bar & Grill
If you can get Dizzy Gillespie to play at your restaurant, your restaurant might become a cultural institution. That's one lesson learned during Catalina Bar & Grill storied history, which began in 1987 and was profiled by the Los Angeles Times in 2008. The bebop-improvising trumpeter wasn't the only star, or even jazz great, who's graced the Catalina stage—others include Art Blakely, Chick Corea, Betty and Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Jimmy Scott. And things have not slowed down. Each month, the discerning booker schedules dozens of soloists, bands, and orchestras—but he's only interested in top-level talent. While live music is the true star, Catalina also features a full menu, which brims with entrees such as filet mignon, rack of lamb, and shrimp scampi.
6725 W Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028