Culver City Third Wednesdays: Spiked Lemonade

Summertime in LA means going out and doing fun, cute things. A couple weeks back, we fulfilled our fun quota by hitting up Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday for the first time. I barely learned about this monthly event even though I’ve had friends who lived here for 2+ years. Every third Wednesday of the month, Downtown Culver City hosts a block party with over 25 participating restaurants and businesses. This month’s theme was “Spiked Lemonade,” so 15 different places mixed their own versions of lemonade and we got to try each for 10 cents. Other restaurants and shops offered specials and discounts for this day only.

We started of at Lundeen’s to pick up our “Third Wednesday Passports” and get our first taste of lemonade. I’m glad this was the starting point, because I wouldn’t have gone in here otherwise. The ladies in the shop were super welcoming and had a bomb lemonade to start off. This store had a bunch of unique gifts and  books–will definitely be visiting again soon!

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Power 106 DJ-ing the block party

We were also supposed to get beads with each lemonade, but some places didn’t have them or we forgot to ask. We still made off with quite a few though. The event ran from 5-9pm and in our excitement, we started at 5pm on the dot. A handful of places hadn’t even mixed their lemonade when we got there–slacking!

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Lemonade and Pisco from the Culver Hotel

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Mixing drinks for us at Rush Street

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Best and strongest of the night from Seventy 7

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Spiked lemonade samples supposedly cost 10 cents each, but most places had a nifty container of dimes on hand. They insisted we take one dime from one bowl, place it in the other bowl, and voila! We got our lemonade sample. One of the bartenders explained that the samples are supposed to be “free” but liquor laws require that patrons actually pay for them so this is Third Wednesdays way of bypassing this rule.

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Tearing up the karaoke machine in front of LaRocco’s

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The manager scooping samples at LaRocco’s

Our passports had to be signed at each destination before turning them in for a raffle drawing. Kimi diligently took notes on each lemonade so we could exercise good judgment in voting for the best mix.

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With our last sample and completed passports at the Kirk Douglas Theater

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Spinning the wheel for prizes

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Prize wheel come-up

By 7pm, we were feeling pretty good from multiple shots of alcoholic lemonade.  We didn’t even make it to our planned dinner or movie! After taking a tour and grabbing some snacks at the Kirk Douglas Theater, we opted for some pizza back at LaRocco’s. During our walk, we encountered different acts also lining the streets to make it a real block party. Of course there were singers and live bands, but the guy below probably stood out the most.

photo 5 (5)All in all, good times. Even though I’ve been bar hopping and brunching multiple times in Downtown Culver City, I found so many places that I never knew existed. Can’t wait to try some new restaurants, peruse the local shops, and catch a production at the theater. Until next Third Wednesday!

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