Dinner and live entertainment form a symbiotic relationship, as chefs use metronomes to count out pinches of salt and musicians use egg timers to tell when their guitar solo is done. Experience symbiotic entertainment with today’s Groupon to Witzend in Venice. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a pizza-and-performance package for two (up to a $44 total value), which includes:
- Cover for two (up to a $10 value each)
Two pizzas (a $12 value each)<p>
- For 10, you get $20 worth of anything on the menu for lunch, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Entrees range from $5 to $12 each.<p>
Situated squarely in front of the stage’s exposed, brick-wall backdrop, the tables at Witzend comfortably house guests who sup on succulent pizzas and American fare while watching nightly live entertainment. The pizza-and-performance package ushers twosomes into the black-lit lounge, lined with red curtains and filled with fluorescent sets of chattering teeth, and grants duos access to any scheduled performance. Dough-rollers augment acoustic sets, comedic acts, and poetry readings by tossing toppings onto eight types of pizza, including the traditional pepperoni-and-mushroom pie or the less conventional pear, feta, and walnut disk. During lunch, guests can munch on sandwiches, salads, and quesadillas or use the empty stage to perform digestion-aiding cartwheels.
Witzend, like the music industry itself, has seen a lot of changes over the years. The building that now houses owner Jeb Milne's restaurant and entertainment venue (as well as his animation company and holiday rentals) was known in the 1960s as the 4H Club, a bar frequented by Jim Morrison and The Doors and Gregory Hines. As the '60s gave way to the '70s, the space became Mad Dog Studios, then briefly a giant moth that terrorized the city, and then once again a studio, this time named Stanley Recordings. In 2005, Jeb turned the building into nerve center of his media operations, and after years of work in the neighborhood, opened Witzend in the same location. Today, bands from near and far perform for Witzend's lively audiences, while cooks prepare crowd-pleasing dishes, such as barbecue-chicken sandwiches and gourmet pizzas.
1717 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, California 90291