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Cool breezes, drinks, scenes

I'll take Manhattan. The lovely seaside town of Manhattan Beach is offering Hollywood-style glamour with all that fresh ocean air. The Shade Hotel's Zinc Lounge is a Kate Hudson fave, while Liz Phair digs the scene at Café Pierre. Locals down the Pink Minty martini at Avenue, a sweet spot owned by Christian Shaffer. Shaffer is splashing into winemaking with business partner John Langley (the "Cops" creator), and the duo debuts its first vino this month, a Sauvignon Blanc under the Magpie label.... Our favorite northern beach town, Oxnard, is moving on up. The salsa nightclub Ruby's opens this month in downtown Oxnard, and the 8,000-square-foot flamenco club Casa Escobar is set to open this summer. There's also a slew of new cafés popping up.... And while we're feeling beachy, Hermosa Beach's Lighthouse Cafe marks the release of local fave Profusion's latest punk opus with a bash tonight.

Weiland goes old Skool

Scott Weiland hung out with Metal Skool on Monday at the Key Club. The singer hopped onstage and crooned the Guns N' Roses classic "It's So Easy" and the STP fave "Sex Type Thing." Tonight, Weiland is hosting a Flaunt magazine/Nefarious Jewelry bash at BlackSteel in Hollywood.... King King owner Mario Melendez says you gotta check out the cabaret show "L'effleur des Sens," which hits his Hollywood club tonight (and April 13 and 20).... On Tuesday, Larry Nicola premieres Vodbox, a cool cooler in the middle of Nic's Martini Lounge, his Beverly Hills restaurant and bar. While sampling vodka in the chilly showroom, guests are offered faux leopard-print coats. Burrr.... Barkeep Bobby Green says he's moving his love shack a-go-go, Lucky Tiki, from Mission Hills to NoHo in the near future.... Buncha celebrities crying in their slushies cuz the plug's been pulled on their private playground Teddy's. We say, power to the people.

-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda.

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