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11 Unique Things to do in L.A. When It’s Way Too Hot Outside

August 2, 2017 by Courtney Sulzberger

Summer is officially here, with temperatures creeping into the 90’s and countless Angelenos unsure of what relief exists. And now we’re even experiencing thunderstorms and increased humidity? What’s with that?!?!

But fear not: we’ve created a list of 11 unique things to do in Los Angeles when outside temps are way too sizzling. This list contains some of the coolest (literally) and most noteworthy things to do during the season of heat in the city of angels. Check it out, and beat the heat!

Valley Relics Bob's Big Boy

Posing with Bob’s Big Boy at The Valley Relics Museum. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. Explore an Out-of-the-Ordinary Museum

While museums are fun year-round, their free air conditioning provides sweet relief for any guests. During the Summer months, some unique experiences include visiting the newly trending Marciano Art Foundation near Koreatown. Featuring exhibits with wigs and contemporary sculptures, this renovated Masonic museum is definitely worth the trip.

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly museum, check out the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. Not only will you get a chance to learn about the cultural history of martial arts, but you’ll also be taken through various film and television exhibits that utilized this art form. Various parts of the museum were designed by artists of the Walt Disney Company, The Simpsons and Halloween professionals.

If you’re looking for a more nostalgic afternoon, stop by the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth to see neon signs, vintage cars and everything the American Dream is made of. It’s free (donation optional), but open on Saturdays only!

2. Learn Something Science-y

With school out for summer and kids needing a cool, interactive place to spend time, L.A.’s various science museums are the perfect solution. With cool activities that are both educational and fun, the Kids Space Museum hosts a variety of events such as Mad Science Sundays, where kids learn how to make real-life slime. The Griffith Observatory is also a great place to cool off while learning about the sky during their All Space Considered and Star Party events. Last but certainly not least, visit the California Science Center to explore underwater ecosystems and outer-space worlds.

3. Go on a Nighttime Hike

It’s a well-known fact that hiking is one of the top activities for Angelenos, but did you know you can enjoy a cooler version at night? Various hiking trails throughout L.A. remain open through sunset and into the evening. Hike any one of the Griffith Park trails until 10 p.m., when the park closes. Or join a guided group as they explore Eaton Canyon during a sunset hike. If you’re in the Valley, check out Stough Canyon’s Moonlight Hikes every month for a staff-led hike. Don’t forget, hiking at night can be dangerous, so use your best judgement or join a ranger-led group.

4. See a Movie in a Historic Theatre

Seeing a movie is one of the easiest and most enjoyable activities during the hot summer days. For two hours, you can enjoy cold, brisk air conditioning infused with the delicious scent of popcorn. But don’t just go to any normal movie theatre. Check out a new release in the famous Dome at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood. Built in 1963, this cinerama is an engulfing experiences (Bonus Tip: Try watching an action movie on their 126-degree curved screen!). If you’re in the mood for a classic flick, try the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica for a throwback or vintage film. They also have special events and back-to-back movie screenings at a great price. Last but certainly not least, stop by the Nuart Theatre for exclusive and art-centric films. You’ll also get some great photo opps in front of their 1974 neon sign and classic cinema look.

Cinerama Dome Los Angeles

The Cinerama Dome. Credit: Christopher Paulin via flicker

5. Have a Bonfire

If you have a large group and are looking to enjoy the beach without getting a sunburn, simply host a bonfire! Located near LAX, Dockweiler Beach offers 40 fire pits on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is $8 during the week and $13 on the weekend, but street parking is also available. Coolers, blankets, chairs and games are all welcome on the beach. So pack up the car and head to Playa del Rey for a night of hot dogs and s’mores. Bonus Tip: We recommend showing up a few hours before sunset to claim your pit.

And if you’re wondering where else you can have a bonfire in the greater Los Angeles area, then check out this post.

Dockweiler Bonfire

Bonfire at Dockweiler. Credit: Kat Sniffen via flickr cc

6. Make a Guest Appearance on a TV Show

Another good way to stay out of the sun and surrounded by air conditioning is by being a part of a live audience. Utilizing our association with Hollywood magic and television-making, Angelenos have a unique opportunity to be a guest on shows such as The Price is Right. Other audience opportunities include Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Keep an eye out on any other upcoming opportunities here.

7. Enjoy a Boat Tour of the Ocean

Naturally, heading to the coast always provides some heat relief. Take it a step further by enjoying a boat tour on the ocean! From evening and sunset cocktail cruises, to whale watching and looking-glass tours, there’s a wide variety of options. Check out Voyager IV Excursions and Fast Kayak for more environmentally focused tours. Goldstar also has some great deals on cocktail cruise (affiliate link) departing out of Long Beach.  Grab your goggles and go for a boat ride!

8. Have a Scare or Two During a Haunted Bus Tour

Los Angeles has a haunted history, but walking around the various tours and outdoor locations can be draining in the middle of summer. Luckily, there are bus tours that offer a glimpse into L.A.’s nitty-gritty past. Esotouric Tours offers various true crime experiences including The Real Black Dahlia, Echo Park Book of the Dead and Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice. Don’t forget, check Goldstar for discounted tickets (affiliate link) while supplies last. 

9. Go Indoor Skydiving

If you’re looking for a quick burst of relief, sign up for an indoor skydiving lesson in Hollywood. Hosted at iFLY in City Walk, this experience includes a brief training on indoor skydiving, all the gear you’ll need and two sessions in the sky tank. As soon as you’re in the enclosed sky tank, an instructor will help you as bursts of air thrust your entire body upwards. Fly up 20 feet and get a view of City Walk, then come back down and try out some flips. Bonus Tip: This is a great first date idea for any adventurous couple.

10. Get Lost in a Unique Library

Libraries can serve as an oasis from the city and bring together people from around the community. They also have unlimited air conditioning and usually comfortable chairs. In case you haven’t checked out the Central Library in Downtown L.A., it offers unique architecture and art outside and within the library walls. The Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale is also an architectural feat and hosts fun summer events, such as music workshops, art clubs and a dance series. Last but not least is the West Hollywood Library with a modern ambience and scenic sitting areas. Readers and wanderers can easily spend hours exploring the grounds for sculptures and paintings, or getting lost in a book.

11. Go Convention Hunting

Not all conventions are traditional, but they do all offer some shelter from the heat. Whether you want to explore a new subject or already have a passion, check out the various summer conventions in L.A. Popular favorites include CatCon, BrunchCon and ScareLA. Be sure to keep an eye on the We Like L.A. events calendar for happenings at popular convention spaces, including The Reef, L.A. Convention Center, Pasadena Convention Center and more.

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10 Cool Spots in L.A. That Actually Live Up to the Hype

February 15, 2017 by Courtney Sulzberger

Let’s face it, it’s hard finding things to do or places to visit that are a guaranteed good time. With so many venues, activities, and noteworthy spots in the city of angels, there’s an overwhelming amount of options.

Luckily, we’ve created a list of the top 10 cool spots in L.A. that actually live up to the hype. Consistently referenced, Instagrammed or recommended, these spots are actually worth the notoriety and renown, even enough to justify braving a crowd on a weekend.

And if it so happens you haven’t yet checked these off your L.A. bucket list just yet, it’s time to get planning!

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Griffith Observatory at dusk

Griffith Observatory at dusk. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. Griffith Observatory

There’s a reason this epic location is featured in countless TV shows and movies (ahem… La La Land). One of the oldest, most unique and best things you can do in L.A. is visit the Griffith Observatory. Stop by the observation deck atop the mountains  overlooking the city or hike the various trails to the Bronson Caves or Amir’s Garden. If hiking isn’t your thing, visit the observatory itself for a look through their powerful telescope during a star party, or walk through the history of astronomy and take in a show in their riveting planetarium. Bonus Tip: This a great spot for a first date, as well as a fun day with the kiddos.  -> More information

2. Hollywood Bowl

While L.A. does contain many eccentric, fun, and historical music venues, the Hollywood Bowl never disappoints. With a venue full of great seats (honestly, there are no bad views), attendees can watch their favorite musicians, actors, and entertainers on stage. It’s situated at the bottom of the Hollywood Hills against a perfect backdrop. You can currently visit their site for a list of lease events, but check back in March when their summer series line-up is announced. Don’t forget, you can also bring a picnic to enjoy before the show! -> More information

3. Sandstone Peak

Sandstone Peak in Malibu is one of the most referenced hikes in the greater L.A. area and for good reason. Modern Hiker calls it, “perhaps the single best day hike in Southern California.”  Guiding beginner and experienced hikers alike, the trail takes adventurers to the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. But don’t worry, the prize at the end is breathtaking coastal and inland views. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to branch out and explore some of the less-beaten paths. This is a hike you can do over and over again, experiencing different pathways, views, and more. -> More information

[RELATED: 5 Hike You Gotta Do Your First Year Living in L.A.]

Sandstone Peak

Mount. Allen, aka Sandstone Peak. Photo by Mitch Barrie via flickr cc

4. In-N-Out

If you live outside the U.S. and plan to visit California, chances are you’ve been told about about the deliciousness provided by In-N-Out Burger. Foreigners from around the world come to California with the hope of tasting one of In-N-Out’s epic food options. From their juicy burgers to their drool-worthy animal fries and sweet milkshakes, In-N-Out always lives up to its reputation. Bonus Tip: If you want to take you’re In-N-Out experience to the next level, be sure to check out We Like L.A.’s Most Complete In N Out Secret Menu. -> More information

In N Out Double Double

Double Double with fries. Credit: stu_spivack via flickr cc

5. Philippe The Original

The story goes that in 1918, the owner of Philippe The Original accidentally dropped a french roll into a used roasting pan. From there, the French Dip Sandwich was born. On weekends, you’ll find a long line of regulars waiting for their French dip fix, along with a quick cup of coffee and deep food satisfaction. Stop by and see for yourself. This delicious sandwich will not disappoint. -> More information

6. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Even if you’re not a fan of the undead, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always a good option for both cold and warm nights. Hosting a wide variety of outdoor events from concerts to Cinespia movie screenings, groups of friends, romantic lovers, or adventurous individuals can enjoy eerie, but fun, evenings in this unique venue. The cemetery also hosts a wide variety of cultural events, including their annual Día De Los Muertos celebration. -> More information

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Credit: anokarina via flickr cc

7. Huntington Library

The Huntington Library in San Marino is home to extensive art collections, engaging cultural events, and one of the most impressive botanical gardens in Southern California. The gardens, the most popular offering, feature a Japanese garden, lily pond, rose garden, children’s conservatory, and other more exotic sections. Springtime is especially colorful, but families and couples can visit the garden year ’round for a dose of greenery and calming serenity.  -> More information

Huntington Library Bridge

Japanese Garden Bridge at the Huntington Library. Credit: Michael Saechang via flickr cc

8. The Cinerama Dome

One of several historic theaters in Hollywood, the Cinerama Dome has been very well maintained over the decades and provides a one-of-kind movie watching experience. The first and only geodesic dome theater in the world, this venue includes over 800 seats in front a deeply curved screen. Whether it’s an action-packed or romantic movie, you’ll feel a part of the imaginary world you’re viewing.  -> More information

Cinerama Dome Los Angeles

The Cinerama Dome. Credit: Christopher Paulin via flickr cc

9. The Broad

If you’re an Instagram user, chances are you’ve seen a few Infinity Room selfies. Hosted at The Broad, this famed exhibit is one of many inside of the contemporary art museum. While lines are long and pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended, we’re here to tell you that it’s all worth it. Their interactive, thought-provoking and sometimes funny exhibits are a guaranteed fun afternoon with friends. Plus they really are Instagram-worthy experiences and art. -> More information

Infinity Room

Infinity Room selfie at The Broad. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

10. The Getty

Last, but certainly not least, The Getty is a perfect spot for a full afternoon of activities with family or friends. Located off the 405 freeway, this free museum offers art exhibits, an education center for kids, and sprawling grounds featuring benches, grassy areas, and gorgeous viewing spots. Visit here for a full day of art, or bring a picnic and spend a sunny afternoon outside. -> More information

The Getty Center Exterior

The Getty Center. Credit: Ayleen Gaspar via flickr cc

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16 Super Fun Things to Do in L.A. With Your Whole Squad

January 4, 2017 by Courtney Sulzberger

Whether it’s your gal pals, brunching bros, or oldest, closest friends, your squad is always up to explore the various parts of Los Angeles with you. The challenge: Finding activities and venues that fit your group size, tastes, and temperament.

Lucky for you we’ve rounded up some of the most unique, diverse, and simply perfect activities for you and your friends to embark on. Whether you’re down to learn how to curl, wish to wine and dine your day away, or need something more exhilarating to feed the spirit (think rock climbing or escape rooms), we’ve got options that will fit the bill.

Here’s hoping you fill this year with exciting new experience and memories! #SquadGoals

Walking in Venice Beach

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. Indoor Rock Climbing

One of the most LA things you can do with your friends is try a new workout class. But what happens when you’ve gone to your countless yoga, pilates, dance, or barre classes? That’s when you try indoor rock climbing. It’s a social sport that gives you plenty of down time in between climbs. That means you and your whole gang can show up after work or on the weekend and share your frustrations, wins for the day or whatever else, both verbally and physically. This full-body workout is on the rise, with exceptional gyms in Lincoln Heights, DTLA and Culver City.

Get at the freshness on the Port wall tonight! #cliffsofid #touchstoneclimbing #orisitstarboard

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2. Learn to Curl Classes

If you’re looking for an activity more befitting of a team effort, look no further than curling. Minus the jokes and pop culture references, curling is actually an intense sport that requires participation from everyone on your team. Plus, you and your friends will laugh till you cry while learning how to play this game on the ice. We recommend checking out Hollywood Curling for $25 classes.

3. Play a Drinking Game

If you need a change of scenery from your typical watering hole, gather your friends and play a drinking game! A Drinking Game is a live-stage reading of popular cult classics with an accompanying set of drinking game rules. Here’s how it works: First, monitor A Drinking Game’s Facebook page for an announcement of their next show. Then, snag tickets (around $20 each) for you and your friends. The night of, bring your drink of choice and festive attire (mixers and water are on the house). Say your favorite lines, sing, laugh and, most importantly… drink!

4. Solve the Riddle and Escape the Room

Another great team effort activity is finding your way out of a detective’s office, an alchemist’s laboratory or a haunted jail cell. Services such as Escape Room LAThe Basement: LA, or The Exit Game offer unique and thrilling experiences for large groups of people (friends or strangers). Get trapped in a room and solve the various puzzles, riddles and questions for your key to the outside world. Note: If you make it out on time, The Mystery Gang will surely be proud!

Exit Game Lab

Solving the Exit Game took some serious thought.

5. Laser Tag

If you and the crew are in need of a nostalgic throw-back, then laser tag is the perfect solution. Lucky for us, Los Angeles has a few prime laser tagging spots including the Jungle Zone in Glendale and Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks. Bring as many friends as you’d like, split up into two teams and compete for the title on the battle field! Note: Bragging rights are always included.

6. Wine Tasting

If you’re looking for a more classy option, then wine tasting is always available at nearby wineries. A notable option is Malibu Wines. Every weekend, groups of friends will make their way up to the Malibu mountains and claim a spot in the grassy picnic area. Bring some snacks, buy some wine and enjoy the free weekend music. If you’re trying to stay local, visit V Wine Room in West Hollywood for some top-notch tastings, delicious bites and local artist showcases. For even more options, check out We Like L.A.’s list of recommendations for the best wine bars in Los Angeles.

 7. Karaoke

Whether you’re musically inclined or simply love screaming out your favorite lyrics, nothing beats karaoking with your friends. Los Angeles has some notable karaoke bars that are perfect for large groups including Cafe Brass Monkey, Max Karaoke Studio and Feel Karaoke. Be sure to make a reservation for a private room or table.

8. Trampoline Dodgeball

If you want to fuel some competition between your friends, simply bring them to a trampoline park for a friendly game of dodgeball. Venues like Sky High Sports and Sky Zone offer daily dodgeball games for those looking for a more extreme sport. Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to dip, dive, duck and… dodge!

9. Ping Pong

Relive your childhood days with some summer ping pong and friendly competition. SPIN at the Standard Hotel in DTLA hosts multiple ping pong tables for groups large and small. Play bracket-style or simply compete one-on-one. You can also order food and drinks as well as socialize during downtime in between games. Bonus Tip: If you have a large group (10+) we suggest calling ahead to reserve a table or two.

10. Explore Malibu

If the weather is beautiful and you and your squad need some R & R, we suggest going to Malibu for the day. Start off with a hike in the early morning, make your way to one of the beautiful beaches, such as Paradise Cove, and find a lunch spot for some refreshing drinks and delicious food. Carpooling is a must, so make sure to plan accordingly and pack all of the necessities for a full day of fun. For more ideas, be sure to read our full list of fun things to do in Malibu.

Sunset at Point Dume

Sunset at Point Dume. Credti: Pachecho via flickr cc

11. Outdoor Movie Screening

A classic summer activity, outdoor movie screenings are perfect for coworkers, friends and even families. Plan ahead by bring a picnic blanket, some food and drinks and a game to play while waiting for the movie to start. It’s a perfect wait to relax and unwind with your friends. Check out Street Food Cinema and Eat|See|Hear for upcoming screenings.

12. Brunch

Probably the most L.A. activity that you can do with your whole squad is enjoying brunch. Reaching a new peak of popularity, brunch has become a weekend staple activity. Gather your closest gals and pals for a bottomless mimosa and french toast-filled afternoon. For a full list of our favorite brunch options, check out We Like L.A.’s rundown of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles.

13. Rollerskating

If you’re a native Los Angeleno, chances are you made it to Moonlight Rollerway for a childhood birthday party at least once in your lifetime. Well, little do people know that rollerskating is just as fun as an adult, especially when there are themed parties involved. Moonlight Rollerway hosts themed tribute nights (think David Bowie and 80’s celebrations) for adults and kids alike, including an annual Harry Potter dedication that draws wizards, witches, and muggles from all over the county.

Harry Potter Rollerskating Disco

Harry Potter Rollerskating disco in full effect at the Moonlight Rollerway! Photo: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

14. Silent Disco

If you need an escape from your club rut, grab your friends and rock out at a silent disco. These events have been popping up all over Los Angeles, from DTLA to Hollywood and even the South Bay. What makes a silent disco so unique? By wearing individual headphones, you get to pick which DJ you want to hear and dance to. Sync your music up with your friends or stay on different channels and guess what music they’re listening too by deciphering their dance moves. Check out the Silent Disco Facebook page for upcoming events.

15. Indoor Skydiving

If you and your squad are looking for an adrenaline rush, try indoor skydiving. While this is less expensive and less nerve-wrecking than outdoor skydiving, you can still get a thrill and experience the rush of falling. iFLY at Universal CityWalk offers a variety of experiences for individuals, couples and large groups.

 16. Pub Trivia Nights

If you really want to challenge your friends, invite them out for a night filled with competitive trivia. Hosted at local watering holes and breweries, teams complete a series of questions and challenges to win a prize and bragging rights. Notable trivia night venues include Red Lion Tavern, The Fox & Hound and Angel City Brewery. Action Trivia also hosts games throughout all of L.A., so simply use their interactive map and find a game near you.

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The 12 Best Places in L.A. to Burn the Midnight Oil

December 21, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

When the sun goes down and the day is over, plenty of Angelenos retire to their homes for a night in. Many eager professionals, young students, and aspiring freelancers, however, are just getting started.

Whether it’s clocking in a few extra hours for that writing gig or pulling an all-nighter for the big test, sometimes burning the midnight oil is an absolute necessity. And when the need arises, and you really need to get out of your domestic environment to maximize your productivity, well, you better know what your options are.

Luckily for all you night owls, we’ve found some of the best late-night spots in L.A.

Check out our recommendations (in order of closing time) below!

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Studying late at night

1. Awesome Coffee (Koreatown)

A hidden studying oasis, Awesome Coffee is located in Koreatown and open past midnight on weekends. This minimalist-designed cafe offers cute coffee art and unique dessert treats such as nitrogen ice cream. There are also plenty of tables and benches perfect for group study sessions and brainstorming. -> More information

2. Factory Tea Bar (San Gabriel Valley)

An SGV favorite, the Factory Tea Bar is open till midnight and offers an open yet intimate setting with tables and couches. Here you’ll find groups of friends, gamers, and like-minded students and professionals. It gets fairly packed on the weekends, so limit your working sessions to weeknights. If you need an extra energy boost, try one of their famous boba drinks. -> More information

 3. Syrup (Downtown LA)

If you live in DTLA, Syrup is the perfect local late-night study spot. Open until midnight, the cafe offers strong coffee, delectable desserts, and plenty of wifi and outlets (jackpot!). At the end of your productive work session, feel free to reward yourself with a Red Velvet Ding Dong. Open until midnight nightly. -> More information

4. Cafe Mak (Koreatown)

A Koreatown favorite, Cafe Mak offers late hours (open until 1 a.m.), free wifi, and delicious sweets and treats. Here you’ll find students, friends, or groups of kids playing Magic in the corner and an opportunity to immerse yourself in your work. If you need an energy boost or some relief, order some coffee, wine or beer. -> More information

5. Powell Library (Westwood)

If you happen to be a UCLA student (or know one), stop by Powell Library on UCLA’s campus for 24 hours of intense studying. Night Powell, the most popular section of the building, offers large tables, a quiet atmosphere, and is open starting from the third week of each school quarter. Hours vary depending on the school semester.

Note: While Night Powell is restricted to those with UCLA Bruincards, Powell Library is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. -> More information

Powell Library

Powell Library at UCLA. Photo by Prayitno via flickr cc

6. Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) (Westwood)

This uniquely engaging study spot is one of the most popular among UCLA students. Browse their never-ending book stacks for a quick break, then return to their unique study pods with bright colors surrounding you. YRL also boasts individual study rooms, plug-in projectors, and a snack cafe. The research library is technically open 24 hours during portions of the school year, but similar to Powell, access is limited to students and faculty after 7 p.m. -> More information

7. William H. Hannon Library (Westchester)

Open 24/5, this LMU library is popular with students and local residents alike. With scenic views from glass windows throughout the building, study rooms and a late-night cafe, you can’t help but feel inspired and productive at this campus hotspot.

Note: Technically this LMU library is open to non-students only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but local residents can apply for a free visitor’s pass and receive access to the library until 2 a.m. -> More information

8. Bourgeois Pig (Hollywood)

If you’re in need of inspiration, check out the Hollywood enchanted forest, otherwise known as the Bourgeois Pig. Here you’ll find bloggers and Hollywood writers alike enjoying strong coffee, free wifi, and open access until 2 a.m. This Franklin Village coffee shop boasts tables, couches, and even desks for your productivity needs. -> More information

9. Love to Go (San Gabriel Valley)

Open till 2 a.m. everyday, this local SGV hangout resembles a hipster classroom boasting latte art. If you’re with a study group or know you’ll be needing a few social media breaks, claim a table and order one of their 3D Art Lattes. While these drinks may be pricey, their potentness and Instagram-worthiness will enhance your studying (and breaks). -> More information

10. Mr Coffee (Koreatown)

If you need a sugar rush to keep your late-night energy going, look no further than Mr Coffee. This dessert cafe features large tables and couches for your lounging and studying needs. They also have an extensive dessert menu featuring gelato, shaved ice, and crepes. Bonus tip: this night spot can get loud, so bring some headphones for better focus. Open until 3 a.m. Sunday to Thursday evenings and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. -> More information


While you’re studying late you can also opt for shaved iced desserts at Mr. Coffee. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

11. Crave Café (Sherman Oaks and Studio City)

If you want to get some work done, but also need a full meal to refuel your productivity, look no further than Crave. Located in the Valley, these 24-hour cafes offer an extensive food menu with burgers, crepes, coffee, and more. They also have free wifi available for cafe patrons. Both cafes can get busy during popular weekends and holiday nights, so we recommend using it for your weeknight needs. -> More information

12. Co-Working Spaces (General)

If you’re really looking for a professional late-night work spot, Los Angeles offers a variety of co-working spaces throughout the city. KleverDog and WeWork stick to the traditional look and feel, with private and shared desks, communal areas, and food and drink perks. If you’re looking for an offbeat option, Muse Rooms offers a more eclectic experience – perfect for creative inspiration! Don’t forget, co-working spaces tend to be open 24 hours for members only. Most day passes will have an hours restriction (something like 9 to 6 p.m.), but if you’re constantly working late and want a space other than your home / apartment, co-working is an excellent option.

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22 Fun & Free Things to Do on the Westside of Los Angeles

November 29, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Whether you’re a Westside local or are simply looking to step outside your everyday L.A. bubble, there are plenty of unique, fun and most importantly free things to do in the neighborhoods that surround the western terminus of the 10 freeway.

So if you’re feeling adventurous but don’t want to break the bank, take a look at the list below!

NOTE: Because the ‘Westside’ of Los Angeles is a little nebulous in terms of geographical borders, this list primarily tries stay mostly within the bounds of the Westside definition as encompassed by this Wikipedia map. Included in this definition are the cities/neighborhoods of Westwood, Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, and Brentwood. One notable exception is that there are a few to-dos in El Segundo, which becaues it’s so close to LAX, was hard to resist including (and so we did!) Hope that makes sense.

Getty Center View

View of L.A. from the Getty Center. Credit: Justin Vidamo via flickr cc

1. Visit the Getty Center and Getty Villa

Well… duh. Let’s start with the obvious! The Getty Center and Getty Villa offer beautiful art, fascinating history and breathtaking views all without an admission free. Located within the hills of Westwood and Santa Monica, both museums are feee of charge to the public but they do, however, charge for parking in their lots. The rate is $15 per vehicle both campuses ($10 after 3 p.m. at the The Getty Center). Definitely consider ride-sharing, or going with a group to avoid or share high parking costs.

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 2. Enjoy Fresh Produce Samples at the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Arguably L.A.’s best Farmers Market, the Santa Monica version takes place every Wednesday and Saturday mornings on Arizona Ave. and 2nd St. Early birds can browse the wide assortment of produce, fresh ingredients and trendy foods from local restaurants (you’d be amazed at how many free samples you can get!). The Santa Monica Farmers Market is also known to host a variety of seasonal events for adults and kiddos alike (hello all-you-can-carry pumpkin patch)

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[RELATED17 Fun Things To Do in Santa Monica Next Time You’re in the Neighborhood]

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

3. Free Thursdays at Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center hosts a variety of performances, readings, talks, film screenings and more. This cool cultural institution normally charges $12 admission — however, visitors can get in free on Thursdays, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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4. Free Performances and Programs at the Hammer Museum

If you’re looking for some year-round cultural experiences, look no further than the Hammer Museum. Unlike most museums in LA, admission to all exhibitions is free, and their calendar is filled with movies, lectures, workshops and performances, many of which are free of charge. Parking starts at $6 at the museum’s underground lot, but keep in mind that there are convenient public transportation options available to avoid paying this fee.

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5. Summer Tunes at the Twilight Concert Series

The Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series is a must-see during the warm summer nights. Held every Thursday during the peak months of summer, attendees can claim a spot on the pier or beach, lay out a blanket, bring a picnic and listen to live music from various artists. Parking can be expensive in surrounding areas, but there there are multiple public transportation options available.

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Twilight Concert Series 2013

Twilight Concert Series 2013. Credit: T. Tseng via flickr cc

6. People-Watch at the Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica is an international tourist destination and as such, leads to great people-watching opportunities. The pier attracts a wide assortment of tourists, locals, street artists and more. Don’t forget to head on over to the Camera Obscura (located within the senior center) for a view of the entire surrounding area.

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7. Explore the Venice Boardwalk

If you’re searching for even more unique people watching, look no further than the Venice Boardwalk. Stretching over one and a half miles, pedestrians pass by street artists, Muscle Beach, unique vendors and an overall eclectic neighborhood.

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Venice Boardwalk Afternoon

Afternoon on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

8. Browse Unique Goods at the Artists & Fleas Market

One of the newer activities on the Westside is the Artists and Fleas Market in Venice. Occurring every second and fourth Saturday, this is a great spot to find unique buys, or simply inspiration, among the local artists, designers, vintage collectors and food trucks. It’s also kid- and pet-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family.

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9. Enjoy a Taste of Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesdays

If you want to explore the increasingly popular downtown Culver City area, visit during their summer happy hours where you can get a taste of some of the best local restaurants and bars. Every third Wednesday during Summer, downtown Culver offers free drink samples from local vendors. Technically, the event requires a five cent payment for each sample — this, however, is a small price to pay for such a unique experience.

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10. Experience Sawtelle Japantown

Located in the heart of West L.A., Sawtelle offers Japanese-inspired culinary experiences, fun gift shops and a rich historical background. You can easily spend an afternoon or evening exploring this unique L.A. gem.

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11. Stroll Through the Venice Canals

There are six water canals in between Venice and Washington Boulevard. within this historic district. Pedestrians can stroll along the various walking paths and bridges while taking in gorgeous architecture and lush landscaping. You’re likely to spot some familiar views and homes from various movies and TV shows.

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12. Reach a New Level of Zen with Yoga on the Beach

Yoga instructor Rose Pelosi offers free beach yoga classes from June through October. Located on Thornton Ave. and Ocean Front Walk in Venice, yoga enthusiasts and beginners alike are invited to achieve a moment of zen while going through various flows.

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13. Bike from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes

Officially named the Santa Monica Bike Path, bikers and pedestrians alike can follow the concrete trail for 26 miles alongside the Pacific Ocean. Begin your journey in Santa Monica and end at the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Bonus Tip: Pack a lunch and some water to enjoy one of the picnic-worthy spots along the way.

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14. Enjoy a Bonfire at Dockweiler Beach

During the warmer months, beachgoers can claim a bonfire pit to use for free. This option is great for large groups who can bring bonfire necessities, potluck-style. Dockweiler Beach is open until 10 p.m. and though their parking lot does require a fee, that’s easily avoidable via street parking.

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Dockweiler Bonfire

Bonfire at Dockweiler. Credit: Kat Sniffen via flickr cc

15. Visit the Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck

The Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck is a hidden gem near the coast. From the two viewing decks, the public can watch planes take off and land, snap a few photos and listen to activity from the broadcast control tower. Both viewing areas are easily accessible and provide a unique activity for lazy afternoons.

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16. Explore the Annenberg Community Beach House

Spanning five acres, the Annenberg Beach House offers year-round tours to guests who’d like to discover the rich history behind this Santa Monica community center, the onetime beach house of Hollywood star Marion Davies. There are also frequent cultural events including art exhibits, live music, vintage fashion lectures and film screenings. What better way to get cultured than on a beautiful oceanfront?

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17. Investigate the UCLA Meteorite Collection

The UCLA Meteorite Collection houses over 2,500 samples from about 1,500 different meteorites, making it one of the largest collections in the US. Space fans can browse this large collection in the geology building on UCLA’s campus.

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18. Watch the Planes Come and Go at Clutter’s Park

For a calming yet intriguing activity, visit Clutter’s Park near LAX. Daily visitors can observe planes as they come from and go  to destinations both exotic and familiar. Located in El Segundo, the park includes an assortment of benches and tables for your convenience.

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Clutter's Park LAX

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19. Get Creative at the El Segundo Museum of Art

The ESMoA is a creativity lab where people of all ages can experience exhibits, participate in workshops and expand their creative outlooks on life. If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a unique experience, this is the destination for you!

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20. Catch a View at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

If you find yourself in Culver City and are itching for some outdoor activities, head on over to the Balwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Climb the Culver City stairs to reach the top of the hill for an awesome view from West LA to downtown LA, and even to the South Bay.

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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Trail

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Credit: Eric Chan via flickr cc

 21. Watch the Turtles Race in Marina Del Rey

Every Thursday evening, Brennan’s Pub hosts turtle racing. Bring your own turtle, rent one or simply sit back and watch the race unfold. Brennan’s also offers drinks, food and other bar games for your amusement.

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22. Enjoy Art Exhibits at the Bergamot Station

The Bergamot Station is a gallery complex located in Santa Monica. Originally a Red Line trolley stop, this warehouse hosts various one-of-a-kind art exhibits that are open to the public.

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The Hammer Museum Presents 100 Days of Film and Performance (all free!) From Sept. Through Jan.

September 14, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Summer 2016 is in the books, but that doesn’t mean amazing live performances, art outings and exciting films have to stop.

While we’ve been busy preparing for the (mild) fall weather, the Hammer Museum has been curating a a one-of-a-kind cultural experience.

The Hammer’s In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance series will take place from Sept. 13, 2016 to Jan. 25, 2017.

This program is organized into three categories: a film and video series, weekend performances by artists and courtyard rehearsals of works in progress.

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The video and film series will take place at he Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater and is broken down into four thematic arrangements in collaboration with local and international artists. This includes:

  • Artists’ Film International: Sept. 13 to Oct. 15, 2016
  • Ecco: The Videos of Oneohtrix Point Never and Related Works: October 18 to November 19, 2016
  • How to Love a Watermelon Woman: Nov. 22-30, 2016 and Dec. 20-31, 2016
  • The Workshop Years: Black British Film and Video After 1981: Jan 3-25, 2017

The In Real Life: Performance series showcases new and re-stages works in various disciplines, including theater, dance, comedy and experimentation. A few of the highlights include At the Edge of Space and Time: Expanding beyond Our 4% Universe on Oct. 1-2, Mutant Salon on Oct. 29-30, and The Poetic Research Bureau on Dec. 18.

Last but certainly not least is the In Real Life: Studio series. This series will give audience members a unique behind-the-scenes look into the featured artists’ work process. This may include a discussion, workshop or rehearsal.

Both series will take place in the Hammer’s courtyard, annex and Billy Wilder Theater.

As reminder, this program, like all at the Hammer Museum, is free and open to the public. Just keep in mind parking costs: $6 for the first three hours on weekdays plus $3 for each 20 minutes thereafter. $6 flat-rate on weekends.

For more information on In Real Life and to see the entire schedule of events, visit the The Hammer’s official event page.


The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Thursday! Here’s Where to See It Near L.A.

August 10, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Get ready to pull an all-nighter because the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this Thursday and trust us, you don’t want to miss it.

Often acclaimed as one of the best meteor showers to view, the Perseid show is especially unique this year, with scientists referring to it as an ‘outburst’.

What does that mean? Well, for 2016 the shower could produce up to 200 meteors per hour, which is twice the average.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this natural phenomenon, it occurs annually from around July 17 to Aug. 24.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower as seen from Azusa Canyon. Credit Mulling it Over via flickr cc

During this time, the Earth crosses the orbital path of an ancient comet and this year, we’re even closer to the trailing debris.

“The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago,” stated Bill Cooke from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

Talk about a meta experience.

The Griffith Observatory has already reported seeing an increase in meteor activity this week with viewers spotting 12 to 40 meteors throughout the night.

However, peak viewing hours won’t occur until Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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So, how can you view the light show? Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Stay awake until or set your alarm for midnight to sunrise on Friday morning for peak viewing time.
  • Find a viewing spot away from the city lights (not the easiest thing in Los Angeles). Some reasonably close options might include the San Gabriel Mountains, Cleveland National Forest, Angeles National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, the Mojave Desert, or Anza Borrego Desert. The L.A. Times also has a few suggestions if you want to trek even further.
  • Make sure you allow your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the darkness before viewing.
  • Bring some coffee/tea and prepare yourself an apporpriate playlist to keep you awake while you wait.

If you can’t make it to a decent viewing spot, have no fear.

The NASA Channel on Ustream will be broadcasting the meteor shower all Thursday night as well as Friday night.

Wherever you are, make sure to take a few moments to glance up and see what you can see.



The Halal Guys Opens a New Spot in Koreatown Today

July 8, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

New York transplants rejoice!

The crispy falafels, chicken and gyro combos and dangerously hot sauce from NYC staple The Halal Guys have finally come to L.A.

Opening today at 11 a.m. in Koreatown, The Halal Guys K-Town location will be debuting with a few special treats for their new patrons.

Notably, the first 1000 customers will receive FREE exclusive swag including limited edition shirts, hats, sunglasses and more! 5 lucky guests will also receive FREE Halal Guys for a whole month!

Discover what different tastes like! #TheHalalGuys #ComboPlatter #WhiteSauce #WeAreDifferent

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In case you’re unfamiliar with the Mediterranean franchise, The Halal Guys originated from a New York City food cart. Their most popular food items include typical Mediterranean options, however their sauces are what really make their fans go crazy. Try a little white sauce or some explosive hot sauce to really bring out the taste in your combo plate.

Speaking of, The Halal Guys are so in tune with their dedicated followers that they created this introduction video for their Koreatown debut. Check it out below.

The Halal Guys is scheduled to be open until 4 a.m. every night, so partygoers can also get their quick and delicious fix after-hours.

The Halal Guys is located at 3432 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.


Primo’s Donuts is Celebrating Their 60th Anniversary With FREE Donuts This Saturday

July 7, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Birthdays are always exciting, especially when free treats are involved. Lucky for us, Primo’s Donuts is celebrating its 60th anniversary this weekend with a special freebie.

On Saturday, July 9 between 8 a.m. and noon, Primo’s Donuts is giving away one classic buttermilk donut to every customer who stops by.

The free donuts are available while supplies last, so be sure to get there early if you want to partake.

If you’re unfamiliar with the donut dynasty, Primo’s Donuts was founded by Ralph and Celia Primo in 1956. The family stopped for a treat while shopping for a new home and ended up owning a classic donut shop filled with traditional and unique donuts, as well as fresh pastries every morning.

Their selection of cake donuts include cinnamon, sprinkles, chocolate and maple. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also have “Devil’s Food Donuts” featuring pretzel-shaped and tiger tail donuts.

In case you need more inspiration for the early wake-up call, head over to their Instagram for drool-worthy photos, or simply read a Yelp review for even more persuasion.

Primo’s Donuts is located at 2918 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. Parking is available in the rear or on the street.

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Did You Know L.A. Rec & Parks Offers Free Lunch for Kids & Teens All Summer Long?

June 30, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Looking for a quick way to save a few dollars on meals for your kids over the next few months?

Got a tip for you.

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers free lunches to kids and teens all summer long.

From June 13 through Aug. 12, kids and teens ages one through 18 will have access to free weekday lunches at over 100 parks and recreation centers. Even better, children and families can participate in the program without any application or proof of income.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the free Summer Food Service Program was “created to help reduce a growing percentage of children who face obesity or lack of access to wholesome meals.”

LA Parks Food Program

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The healthy and nutritious meals are first come, first serve and include vegetables and dairy products necessary for growing children. The Summer Food Service Program also promotes outdoor activities and will hopefully lead to more park visits from friends and families.

“It is always wonderful to welcome young people to our park, and we hope they will come for a healthy lunch and snack and stay for all of the great programs, facilities and other amenities that our parks offer,” said Department of Recreation and Parks Director John Wicker.

The program is currently live at a wide variety of parks ranging from North East LA to Hollywood and the South Bay. Participating recreation centers include the Elysian Valley Recreation Center, Lincoln Park Recreation Center, Boyle Heights Sports Center, Hollywood Recreation Center, Silverlake Recreation Center, Balwdin Hills Recreation Center, Culver Slauson Recreation Center, and many more.

To find a location and hours near you, visit

For more information on the Food Service Program, go here.


Is New Permit Parking Coming to Silver Lake?

June 29, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Parking permits for Silver Lake? That may be the new reality if one city Councilman and a group of voical citizens get there way.

Following suit of other popular Los Angeles cities such as West Hollywood and Santa Monica, Silver Lake may be invoking new parking restrictions just south of Sunset Boulevard.

Calls for preferential parking restrictions, supported by a group of local neighbors and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, are the direct result of the nighttime traffic/parking influx created by Club Los Globos and would disallow non-permitted owners from parking between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m in the surrounding area.

According to The Eastsider, Councilman O”Farrell detailed the local neighbors’ concerns in a letter to the Department of Transportation in August. Los Globos customers, “leaving after 2 a.m. are drinking, loitering and urinating throughout the neighborhood, and the residents are exasperated,” stated the councilman.

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Sunset Junction Sign

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

While parking is often a touchy subject for local businesses and residents alike, Los Globos manager, Ben Fried, supports the proposed restrictions.

In an email to The Eastsider, Fried stated, “We would never want our patrons to take any resident’s parking spaces, and we fully encourage and support permitted parking in our area.”

Furthermore, Los Globos actually owns an 80 car parking lot located further down Sunset that is, “only half full most of the evenings due to the proliferation of social options such as Uber and Lyft,” continued Fried.

So, how much are these (prospective) permits going to cost local residents?

  • Annual Permit: $34 (three per household)
  • Visitor Permit: $22.50 for four months (two per household)
  • One-Day Guest Permit: $2.50

The proposed permit parking restrictions cover portions of Robinson Street, Dillon Street and Marathon Street.

See map below:



[h/t: LAist]


David Lynch is Throwing a 2-Day Music & Arts Festival at The Ace Hotel

June 22, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

“Festival of Disruption” could not be a more apt title for David Lynch’s personally curated arts festival.

David Lynch, the infamous man behind cult classics such as the film Eraserhead and the resurfacing television show, Twin Peaks, is throwing a two-day art and music festival at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel from October 8 through 9.

The festival lineup features talks from Twin Peaks actors Kyle McLachlan and Laura Dern as well as the legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks. Event items also includes film screenings of Blue Velvet Revisited, The Elephant Man and rare Lynch shorts, and last but not least, musical performances by Robert Plant, Angelo Badalamenti, Xiu Xiu, Sky Ferreira and many more.

The program also features unique dance and art exhibits including a photography exhibit by Lynch himself, a virtual reality station by Chris Milk and a choreographed dance performance by Ryan Heffington (the man behind Sia’s “Chandelier” music video).

David Lynch

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Ticket prices range from $199 to $349 and go on sale this Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace.

For more information, visit

Happy disrupting!