October is not just for Halloween. Someone, somewhere, at some time legitimized dozens of other reasons to celebrate for a day, a week, or the whole month. Because Melrose is the place to go for all things out of the ordinary, you can get into just about any of these left-field holidays with the shops and restaurants on the block.
Just one month? It’s easy to endorse pizza 24/7, especially if you’re working your way through the menu at Lucifers Pizza. Using locally grown produce and insane levels of spice, the devils in the kitchen create pie combos no matter your preference: vegan, veg, gluten-free, any nearly any kind of meat.
7123 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
One of Melrose’s great neighborhood bars is all about the snaps. From the regularly pro exhibits on the wall to the retro photo booth in the back to the ambiance that begs for selfies, everything that happens at The Darkroom is photo-worthy. And that includes the signature drinks, cold, cold beers, and great bar food.
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Fair Trade ethical-sourcing practices improve the lives of famers and workers to fight poverty in developing countries. The coffee industry is on the leading edge of fair trade, and Toasted & Roasted goes even farther with direct trade that collaborates with independent farmers. Moreover, the coffee at T&R is as great as its values!
TOASTED & ROASTED
7311 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Caramel: it’s basically hot sugar. Which is basically awesome. So awesome that it gets its own celebratory month. At Vinoteque on Melrose you can pay homage to caramel with the Caramel Apple Parfait (which includes some yum cinnamon ice cream). Bonus: National Dessert Day is October 14 and Caramel Apple Day is October 31.
VINOTEQUE ON MELROSE
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Bats! Not just for Halloween. They’re one of the largest group of mammals, but no one knows where they actually came from. They are found all over the world, and are incredibly diverse in size, longevity, and diet. Bats are awesome any time of year. Keep one of these fantastic creatures close by with one of Necromance’s boney reminders.
7222 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Nothing says anxiety like being locked in a room with a bunch of people equally responsible for securing your freedom. 60OUT Escape Rooms have three scenarios on Melrose to raise your blood pressure: a ghost ship, lost mob money, finding grandma’s inheritance. Deep breaths….
60out ESCAPE ROOMS
7270 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Pasta as a staple of Italian food dates all the way back to 1154, but nearly every culture in the world has adopted pasta in its cuisine. If you’re going to celebrate a dish with that much significance, do it at Frankie’s, where there’s no messing around with pasta. Recipes are steeped in tradition and executed to perfection.
FRANKIE’S ON MELROSE
7228 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Hard to say exactly why this exists, but it does. Some think it’s in preparation for Movember, when men stop shaving for November to call attention to men’s health issues. For whatever reason, if you’re ready to take it all off, The Parlor Room offers a straight razor shave for only $35.
THE PARLOR ROOM
7374 ½ Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
OK, look, Melrose was the west coast mothership for punk rock in the ‘80s and beyond so you’re completely covered here, even if you want to extend this for more than a day. It starts with the music and the music is at Headline Records. At the greatest punk store in SoCal, you’ll find the best legendary, upcoming, major, and indie bands in genre.
7706 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The month ends with the veil between the spirits of the living and dead dropped and celebrations based on mysticism. Sharpening the sixth sense can bring awareness to hidden things all around us. House of Intuition was created to provide the tools and teachers for exploring this untapped power.
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7449 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046