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10 Really Fun Things to do For Girls Night Out in L.A.

December 28, 2016 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Ok ladies… at the end of a long work week the first thing you want to do is drop your purse on the floor, collapse on the couch with a beckoning beverage, and find the Apple TV ASAP so you can begin binging on Netflix posthaste. But isn’t there something you’re missing?

Los Angeles has so much more to offer beyond our TV screens and the plain white walls of an overpriced apartment. One of the best ways to adventure the outside world? The weekly/monthly ritual known as Girls Night Out.

With that in mind, here’s a list of ten fun things to do that are not your “typical” Girls Night Outs in L.A.

If you can find the energy, you’re going to love it… <3

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Malibu Wines

via Malibu Wines

1. A Fine Night to Wine

Malibu Wines is a pleasant place to spend an evening or afternoon savoring fine wine with your favorite girls. Roll out a picnic blanket and bring some treats while enjoying a glass of wine or two in the beautiful Malibu hills. Table reservations are also available in case you’d prefer to buy your bites on site. Esters Wine Shop & Bar, an art-deco style spot in Santa Monica, is another spot for wine, small plates, and good conversation. Or mosey on over to V Wine Room in West Hollywood for all the wine you could want, plus gourmet snacks amidst a serene atmosphere. Bottles up! 

2. Rollerskating (or Roller Derby)

With its motto to “skate, party, and eat great food,” Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale is the place to glide with your best girlfriends. This neon-lit skate rink with a hanging disco ball and snack bar is the perfect throwback Thursday night with your ladies. With $10 admission, and $% to rent a pair of slick four-wheel skates, you can disco the night away for a good price. If you’d rather hang out with your gals on the sidelines instead, check out L.A. Derby Dolls, Los Angeles’ premier all-female, roller derby league, at the Dollosseum in Alahambra. Watch the experts skate a thrilling match as you munch on food truck treats. Tickets range from $15-38. See the upcoming schedule to snag a ticket.

Harry Potter Rollerskating Disco

Harry Potter Rollerskating night at Moonlight Rollerway. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

3. Play Games

Bond with your besties over Mortal Combat, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, or the Daytona USA race track with a drink in hand. Button Mash in Silverlake offers delicious munchies from Starry Kitchen, craft beer, and vintage arcade games. Or check out Blipsy Bar in East Hollywood to get your hands on the pinball machines and play your favorite songs on the jukebox. EightyTwo in Downtown LA’s Arts District is also a great option for all the best retro video games, pinball machines, nightly DJs, and a tasty margarita. There are also weekly arcade and pinball competitions if you want to join in on the fun.

Wi Spa, Koreatown

Wi Spa, Koreatown, via Wi Spa on Facebook

4. Spa Night

A trip to Wi Spa could be just what the doctor ordered for you and your squad. This 24-hour haven offers a variety of services, ranging from massages, mani/pedis, facials, body scrubs, and more. Admission is $25 (or $35 between midnight and 4:00 a.m.), getting you and your friends four levels of relaxation to explore. With various hot and cold baths, specialty progressive sauna rooms, delicious Korean delights, a gym, and a rooftop terrace, comfort is in no way a concern.

5. Karaoke Night

Girls just want to have fun…singing karaoke. Blind Dragon in West Hollywood offers an elegant karaoke lounge experience, while Boardwalk 11 Karaoke Bar & Grill  has a more casual environment with easy bites, drinks, and karaoke every night of the week. For the dive bar experience, iBackstage Bar & Grill in Culver City is worth checking out for tunes and happy hour in wood-paneled digs. For a high-energy atmosphere, you won’t want to miss Brass Monkey in Koreatown. Then, there’s Soopsok, rated #1 karaoke studio in Los Angeles, which offers tunes in four languages with plasma screens, surround sound, and a choice of 20 rooms for your private party.

6. Escape Room

Sometimes you and your girls need to escape into the weekend fast. Good thing there’s no need to go far for a team-building exercise. After voluntarily trapping yourself and your friends in themed rooms, your group you must find the clues to free yourselves before time runs out. Room Escape Live, Enigma Escape Rooms, and Escape Room LA are just a few companies that offer the escape room experience to test how well you can break a puzzle. And don’t forget Escape Hotel in Hollywood where five different rooms are ranked by theme and difficulty.

7. Dance the Night Away

Dancing is more than just the Hollywood clubs. Why not explore the unknown? Salsa dancing at The Granada in Alhambra will be a spicy night to remember with your gal pals. As a banquet facility, nightclub, dance studio, and restaurant, the Granada has it all. Take a Saturday class and when evening comes, you’ll be able to salsa your way through the club as the DJ spins live. Echo Park’s Echoplex  is a great venue to dance to a variety of different kinds of music. With nights honoring David Bowie, Prince, and many other legendary artists, it’s time to get footloose.

8. Dinner and a Comedy Show

Friends who laugh together, stay together. Take advantage of the abundant comedy scene by grabbing your gaggle for a chuckle. The Upright Citizens Brigade has shows every night of the week. Why not check out the hilarious “ASSSSCAT” improv show at the Franklin location on Saturday nights and enjoy “The English Burger” at Franklin & Company Tavern afterwards? Additionally, Second City in Hollywood has a myriad of improv shows that are absolutely complimentary, followed by a “Mama Mia!” cocktail on the rooftop bar at Mama Shelter. Or catch “Cookin’ with GAS” at Groundlings on Thursday nights, then grab a nightcap at Melrose Umbrella Co.

9. Paint the Town Red

Sundays nights are “Paint Nite” at Angel City Brewery! Order a flight of beer as an instructor runs you through techniques à la
Van Gogh as you paint your own masterpiece with your friends. Canvases, paints, brushes, and even a smock are offered on site. Early arrival is recommended to get a good seat. Angel City Brewery is also known for welcoming food trucks, so know that your group won’t go hungry either.

Highland Park Bowl

Highland Park Bowl bar and bowling lanes. Photo credits: Christina Minh / We Like L.A.

10. Go Bowling in Style

Bumpers or no bumpers, Highland Park Bowl is a fun way to hit a few pins and sip on some craft suds. Priding itself as Los Angeles’ oldest bowling alley, this recently revitalized hot spot has eight refurbished lanes for your group to take on. Hourly rates range from $50 to $70 with $5 shoe rentals. Now all you need is a few White Russians and the Dude.

Now gather your squad. It’s time to explore Los Angeles!


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This is What the New LACMA Redesign Looks Like

August 7, 2016 by Jacqueline Donabedian

One of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks is getting a major makeover. Just don’t expect it to be completed anytime soon.

Earlier this week LACMA revealed new design concepts for its latest redesign project: an approximate 368,000 sq. ft. venture that replaces four deteriorating, dark-grey concrete buildings within its East Campus (the Ahmanson, Art of the Americas, and Hammer buildings, as well as the Leo S. Bing Center).

In 2013, there will inklings of expansions plans that would land this unique structure closer to the La Brea Tarpits, but in 2015, it was decided that a similar model would be constructed along Wilshire Boulevard instead.

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Image via LACMA

Under the vision of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the new building will consist of an elevated, organically shaped, translucent main exhibition level anchored by eight semi-transparent pavilions.

Extending over Wilshire Boulevard to the Spaulding lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, the new building will open up two-and-a-half acres of outdoor space to the public with landscaped plazas, sculpture gardens, and native and drought-tolerant vegetation integration – just to name a few.

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Image via LACMA

According to LACMA’s dedicated website for the project, the horizontal layout with no front or back aims to give every cultures equal focus. This is solely an East Campus project though; buildings west of the plaza entrance and the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art will stay intact.

Also: some good news about parking. A new parking structure will be built on the west side of Ogden Drive on the south of the corner of Ogden and Wilshire Boulevard to accommodate more space. Phew, no more stressful, down-to-the wire parking crises.

This $600-million project funded by private donations and the county will begin construction in 2018 and is expected to finish in 2023.

You can check out a few more of the concept designs below.

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Waze Just Launched a Feature To Help You Avoid Those Crazy Left Turns Everyone Dreads

June 18, 2016 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Waze can be the voice of reason, or frustration. However, Morgan Freedman’s, T-Pain’s, and Colonel Sanders’ navigational recordings are not to blame in Los Angeles’ infamously tricky intersection scenarios.

During moments when you’re rushing to work, late to a date, or dare I say it, migrating east of the 405 from the westside, Waze can be a true pal and guide on your traffic-ridden journey to an unknown area. Waze’s not-so-secret weapon are those less popular side-streets that slim down travel time. This way, you avoid all of the terrible traffic hot spots – a collective effort from fellow Wazers’ feedback.

And while it’s typically smooth sailing on the road at first, Waze has been known for throwing in an unprotected left turn (or two… or three…) at a busy intersection that leaves you in a pickle, and most likely late to your destination in the end.

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Driving in Downtown Los Angeles

Driving in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Luckily for Angelenos, Waze is promising to ditch the danger by adding a feature that eliminates those anxiety-induced intersections from your potential routes. The option, which just launched yesterday, will be a available to as a toggle button you can select to ‘avoid difficult intersections.’

With a half million car crashes and hundreds of deaths as a result each year, this update couldn’t have better timing. According to the LA Times, our alternative navigation guide will now steer users away from precarious left turns, but with the added caveat that drivers might clock more time on the road. Thus far, roughly 100 intersections have been tracked, all of which will be helpfully implemented into the new version of the app.

Too fast too furious about the upcoming changes? Never fear, the original route options that include the intersections will remain as an option when you’re selecting your route – if you’re comfortable pushing pedal to the metal and chancing the number of awful left turns you may have to survive.

Expect be notified of the update soon: Los Angeles is the first area to acquire Waze 2.0.

[h/t: Reddit]


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L.A. is Getting a New 22,000 Seat Soccer Stadium in Exposition Park

May 7, 2016 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Gooooaaaallllllll!

Move over NFL, you’re not the only ones building a stadium in the city of angels.

A brand-spanking new $250 million soccer stadium in Exposition Park was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council this past Friday after reviewing the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and additional environmental and entitlement agreements for the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).

Designed by Gensler, an architectural firm based in Los Angeles, the stadium will house 22,000 seats and 100,000 sq. ft. of eateries, office and conference rooms, and even a museum dedicated to the sport of soccer.

LAFC Stadium

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LAFC has rallied together in celebration over their exciting new venue. With a new crest and team colors that boast Los Angeles history and pride, the 27-member club has recently embraced Co-Founder of Riot Games and Co-Creator of League of Legends Brandon Beck and actor Will Ferrell.

LAFC’s other major owners include U.S. World Cup phenomenon Mia Hamm Garciaparra, world famous NBA player Magic Johnson, MLB All-Star player Nomar Garciaparra, and LAFC President Tom Penn – just to name a few.

Our Community. Our Club. 👉🏽 @ourLAFC #LAFC

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Approval was no easy feat though.

In the span of 18 months, the LAFC had a few hurtles: a series of entitlement, environmental, and infrastructure reviews in addition to winning over the support of the City Council, the State, Los Angeles City Planning Commissioners, Exposition Park Commissioners, Coliseum Commissioners, as well as USC, who controls the actual site.

Since dotting all the i’s and crossing the t’s with the Council, LAFC can now claim the arena and begin construction this summer.

The new stadium is expected to be completed in 2018, just in time LAFC’s debut season, and the hope is that the stadium project will generate over 1,200 new construction jobs and 1,800 full-time operational jobs.

Perhaps most important to cost-conscious angelenos, the stadium build-out is being privately financed, according to the LAFC website.

[h/t LAist]


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L.A. is Really Close to Being an Official ‘No Kill’ Animal Shelter City

April 27, 2016 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Pet owners and animal lovers might soon be put at ease. With the goal to making Los Angeles an official “no kill” animal shelter city by 2017, L.A. Animal Services reports that we are proudly nearing that result.

This seems like a good thing, but how do we get to the “no kill” zone?

90 percent of all of the animals who wind up in shelters must be saved (not euthanized) in order for L.A. to be deemed “no kill”.

According to KPCC, based on the latest euthanization rates shelters have saved 84.3 percent of animals who have entered city shelters since the L.A. City Council signed off on the “No Kill Los Angeles” pledge in 2011.

A large portion of the credit comes from the public-private partnership between the L.A. Animal Services and the No-Kill Los Angeles Coalition. No-Kill Los Angeles Coalition, led by Best Friends Animal Society, consists of over 100 local animal welfare organizations who actively provide grants and support toward the process of saving pets.

Brenda Barnette, L.A. Animal Services general manager, said in a public statement that the No-Kill Los Angeles Coalition has found loving homes for 27,100 dogs and cats in 2015.

Imagine what’s in store for 2016!

Concern for animal welfare has also stretched beyond the shelters. A statistic from the American Humane Association lists that 62 percent of rental facilities in Los Angeles do not allow pets.

In January, the L.A. City Council has since then voted unanimously in favor of landlords’ acceptance of pets in their rental units, in an effort to slim down the number of animals at shelters. Suddenly, finding a place in L.A. has one less complication.

Although the hamster wheels are in motion for animal safety, progress can also be made on an individual front. If you’re interested in the cause and love all things animals, the best thing you can ever do is adopt. Check out the adoption postings on Los Angeles Department of Animal Services site and keep an eye out for special events like NKLA Super Adoption for your new fuzzy best friend.

[h/t LAist]


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The 10 Traits of a Perfect Roommate

June 22, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

So you just moved to Los Angeles… or maybe you’re planning to move out of your parent’s house for the first time. Let’s quickly review your checklist to ensure that you’re truly ready for this next crucial step in life.

Job? Check. Awesome apartment? Perhaps. Need a roommate? Absolutely (have you seen rent prices in L.A. lately?!?!).

With hiked up rental rates, it’s a sweeter sell to live in Los Angeles with a roommate. But finding the perfect roommate can be tough though when you’re sifting through a list of strangers from CraigsList (or even friends for that matter).

My advice is to treat finding your perfect L.A. roommate like dating: take your time getting to know him/her before deeming them “the one” with a shiny set of keys.

That said, here’s a cheat-sheet of ten tell-tale traits of the ideal L.A. roomie in your future apartment or home.

Hope it helps!

Rooms for Rent

Credit: David Amsler via flickr

1. They Pay the Rent On Time… Every Time

This seems like an obvious one, especially from your charming and seemingly responsible future roommate, but it’s going to be a little less than ideal if you ever have to cover double your share in rent one month. For that reason, it’s best to live with people you know and trust. That being said, if a close pal isn’t available, maybe you need to spend a little extra “dating” time with the CraigsList stranger before becoming monogamous in a two bedroom apartment (let the Facebook and Linkedin profile stalking begin).

2. They Get Up at the Same Time You Do

Are you an early riser or a night owl? Do you shower in the morning or in the evening? Do you like to cook dinner or order take-out? How late do you work? It’s best to be on the same page with your schedules. Roommates who press the “snooze” button together, stay together.

3. They Understand the Phrase “Reasonable Volume”

A perfect roommate knows how to read the room. For example, at some point, a fun night out will eventually come to a close and you’re going to need a silent, peaceful spot to recharge. Ideally, you’d want your future perfect roommate to be understanding of that. A complimentary sleep cycle and a volume check are two crucial components to having a comfortable home space. Finding a roomie who goes to sleep close to the time you do is ideal. There’s nothing soothing about the sound the sound of heels or combat boots clunking around the apartment at 2am. Neither is EDM blasting from the home entertainment system at an ungodly hour. Headphones and shoes-off apartments play a huge role in reasonable volume.

4. They Don’t Constantly Eat Your Food Without Asking

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is the missing half of Chow Fun that you were looking forward to inhaling over the latest episode of Orange is The New Black or Game of Thrones that night. Not that there needs to be a clear separation between whose almond milk is whose though. Sharing is caring when you ask before borrowing a cup of sugar or switching off on who’s turn it is to buy the milk for the cereal.

5. They’re Actually Nice to You

You don’t need to be soul mates, cuddle up every night, and exchange Tinder stories while sipping Orange Mocha Frappuccinos, but it’s important for your general wellness to keep your living environment sane, safe, and happy. Greeting each other in the morning, taking out the trash, inviting your roomie to your birthday bash, leaving a little extra coffee in the pot…a little consideration goes a long way.

6. They Don’t Bring Their Drama Home

Night and day should only be taken literally with your future roommate. The last thing you want is to return home to a toasty, tension-filled room that even an elephant would avoid walking into. From my experience, the majority of roomie drama often stems from the boyfriend or girlfriend situation. If you or your new roomie has a significant other, it’s better to decide early on if you care how often this initial stranger is spending time in your home. Is the girlfriend/boyfriend respectful of your things? Does your roomie and his/her partner consider “reasonable volume” when taking part in certain *ahem* behavior? Psssst: Respect is the secret ingredient to a drama-free household.

7. They’re Not Hot and Cold

While analyzing the compatibility between personalities and reading the room is important, so is counting the goosebumps or beads of sweat on your arms. Again, harmony is key here. People often joke that Los Angeles is a pretty season-less city, but sometimes it does get a little too hot or a little too cold for comfort. The air conditioning or heater dial can be a big factor in terms of living with someone. It’s better to avoid sweltering in your sleep or shivering between the sheets as you resent your new roommate.

8. They Actually Do Their Dishes

Menial to some, a true chore to others. Either way, you’ve graduated college, you’re officially an adult now, and the dishes need to get wiped and the floors need to be swept. If you get a chance to check out your future roommate’s old apartment and notice the sink is always bare and the floor is spic and span, you probably have a bright future ahead. The same goes for the rest of the apartment’s set up.

Dirty Dishes in Sink

If you live with someone and your sink looks like this… you probably don’t have the perfect roommate. Credit: Mike McCune via flickr

9. They Don’t Smoke… Unless You Do Too

Do you like your pheromones smokey? Consider this: there’s a reason they have smoking sections in most restaurants in Los Angeles because almost everyone has an opinion on the topic. If smoking is generally a deal-breaker for you in a relationship, it’s best to avoid living with Smokey the Bear too. If you are a proud smoker and have scored a nice spot with a balcony or patio, “the one” for you might be a smoker too. Great news too for a smoker-roomie duo: cigarettes are often cheaper in bulk.

10. They Don’t Have a Pet That Pees All Over Your Apartment

Chances are that your future perfect roommate’s pet behaves a lot like it’s owner, but it has fur…and potentially a bladder problem. If you have allergies or are easily grossed out by bodily fluids, a roomie with a pet might not be the best match for you. If you own a pet yourself, it’s also important that the two critters get along swimmingly as well. When meeting your future roomie, do make sure you introduce yourself to the pet too. Who knows, a tarantula may not be in your best interest.

Final Takeaway

The truth is, nobody is perfect, but chemistry must be in the cards for a roommate situation to work. Chemistry is the glue that keeps a two-bedroom home whole in Los Angeles.

And even if your prospective roomie can’t hit every mark on the above list, as long as you can find a way to get cohabitate without murdering one another, things will be probably be okay.

Let the search begin!

What’s your most memorable roommate story (nightmare situations or otherwise) during your time living in Los Angeles? Tell us about it in the comments below! 


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Food

The Best 24-Hour Food Spots in Los Angeles

June 5, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

A reassuring comfort of Los Angeles is that it’s very hard to walk away hungry regardless of the time or place. And the best part is that fast food, frozen pizza, and 7-Eleven burritos are not your only options

In fact L.A. has a laundry list of late-night and 24 hour restaurants for Angelenos who get their cravings at the oddest hours.

That said, we’ve compiled a rundown below of the best of the best so that next time you get the munchies after 3:00am, you’ll know exactly where to go.

List starts after the jump (in no particular order)

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#donuts …. #koreatown style

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Diners for Days

From their “Nutella-tastic Waffle” slathered in fresh strawberries and bananas to their mouth-watering “Brie Burger”, Kitchen 24 puts a modern twist on the old-school diner. With locations in Hollywood & West Hollywood, this foodie-approved diner is sure to satisfy your tastebuds after a night out on the town. If you’re on the east side, Fred 62 in Los Feliz throws it back to everything you know and love about your favorite retro diner. Known for “Fred’s TV Dinners”, the comforting “Mac n’ Cheese Balls”, and the delicious “Juicy Lucy Burger”, Fred 62 also serves “Billion Dollar Pancakes” for only $8. Wash it all down with an “Oreo Malt Shake” regardless of what time it is – you won’t regret it.

[RELATEDThe 13 Best Diners In Los Angeles]

Mexican Fiesta

Keep the fiesta going at one of King Taco‘s tasty establishments. Check out their nine different kinds of tacos, irresistble nachos, or massive burritos. While not all of King Taco’s locations are open 24/7, their two restaurants on 3rd Street and Hoover Street keep their doors open for hungry customers on Fridays and Saturdays.

Carnitas Michoacan in the Lincoln Heights area of Downtown L.A. is another great late-night spot for tacos, papas nachos, and even hamburgers. They also have awesome combo meals to offer. With five tacos and a medium drink for $6.75, you’ll salsa dance into the moonlight with a few extra bucks in your pocket.

Finally, Cinco De Mayo in Culver City may not be Tito’s Tacos (which is just next door), but it’s a great late night mexican option if you’re on the Westside.

Hail to the king 👑 #eastla #welikela #kingtaco #nom #lafoodies

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Jewish Delis

Corned beef sandwich meets matzo ball soup meets challah french toast makes a goy go oy. Boasting as L.A.’s best since 1931, Canter’s Deli on Fairfax is one of the most poppin’ delis in town. Grab a bite of knish and then head over to the Kibitz Room, a connecting bar that features live bands and comedy shows too. Heading west? Celebrating 40 years as the “Deli to the Stars”, Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica is another friendly establishment with amazing potato pancakes, blintzes, and reuben pastrami sandwiches. Their added bonus is that they deliver too!

Canter's Deli Corned Beef

Corned Beef at Canter’s Deli. Credit: Canter’s Deli on Facebook

When You Need a Hamburger

Sure, there are plenty of fast-foodie options available from your standard national franchise chains, but when you’re talking about local 24 hour hamburger spots in Los Angeles, the conversation should focus on Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers. With 13 locations spread over L.A. County., a cheeseburger, chili fries, and a milkshake is sometimes the perfect nightcap wherever you are.

Original Tommy's Burger

Original Tommy’s Hamburgers. Credit: Mr. Littlehand via flickr cc

Sweet Treats

Sweeten up the day at any hour! Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery is a cozy bakery if you’re in the mood for pie. From fresh strawberry to banana cream to southern pecan, this bakery has it all. With 24/7 locations at the Farmer’s Market on 3rd Street, Studio City, Pasadena, and Encino, it can be pie day every day.

For a dine-out option, California Donuts in Koreatown have some of the most creatively decorated donuts since sliced dough. With speciality donuts ranging from Maple Bacon to Reese’s Peanut Butter to Lucky Charms, you’ll become a regular without hesitation.

If you’re more of a “cronut” guy or gal, SK Donuts & Croissant is a little piece of buttery heaven. Whether it’s a red velvet cream cheese, nutella or cookies and cream “skronut” that tickles your fancy, this toothsome treat melts in your mouth instantly.

And last but not least, the most convenient sweet treat is tucked away in the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATMs – 24 hour cupcake vending machines located in Beverly Hills & Glendale. Consider it a miracle that red velvet, cuban coffee, and chocolate marshmallow cupcakes can be hand-delivered to you with the push of a button!

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Breakfast Anytime

The most reliable breakfast meal in Los Angeles goes out to Original Pantry Cafe on Figueroa. Established in 1924, you should definitely come hungry: they serve hefty helpings of the fluffiest pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and hashbrowns. Pipers in Koreatown is another fantastic spot for breakfast burritos, omelets, crispy bacon, and even Bloody Mary’s. With its neighbor being a bar next door, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a casual diner atmosphere.

Korean Comfort

Never fear: not all barbeque grills are closed for business. For copious amounts of sizzling bulgogi, bibimbop, and kimchi soup, BCD Tofu House in Koreatown is the place to hit for a quick fix at a decent price. Myung Dong Kyoja in Koreatown is another great option to excite your tastebuds. With a heavy emphasis on soups, noodles, and dumplings, a meal at Myung Dong Kyoja is the perfect way to end a cold evening.

[RELATED: 16 Best Places to Eat in Koreatown]

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Cafes & Coffee Shops

Sometimes you just need a low-key, calm place to chill after hours. With locations in Sherman Oaks and Studio City, Crave Cafe is the perfect spot for both sweet and savory crepes, a variety of different kinds of paninis, coffee, and even boba tea drinks. Open 24/7 Monday through Saturday, Crave also offers salad options for those who are looking for something on the healthier side.

L.A. Cafe on Spring St. is another casual counter-serve cafe that offers all day and all night delivery in the Downtown L.A. area. With lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto bacon bagels, freshly brewed coffee, and fresh smoothies on the menu, it’s hard to say no to that.

Fancy Feasts

Whether you’re impressing a date, just got paid, or generally just feel like a baller, it’s possible to keep the red carpet rolled out for meals at any hour. 25 Degrees, an intimate, classy joint located in the legendary Standard Hotel Hollywood, is known for its three b’s: breakfast, burgers, and booze. Their “Spiked Milkshakes” and “Craft your Own Burgers” are a must try. On the higher end, the very hip 24/7 Restaurant at the Standard Hotel Downtown offers both indoor and outdoor seating with great views of the city. With items like “Steak Frites”, calamari, and “Tree Hugger Hash” on the menu, you can enjoy the good life at any hour. For the fanciest fare and a true five star experience, Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica and Downtown L.A. serves filet mignon, crab cakes, duck confit, and lamb burgers. Bon appetit!

Did we miss anything? Let us know about your favorite 24 Los Angeles food spots in the comments below!


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10 Cool Things You Can Do in L.A. All By Your Awesome Self

May 11, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Los Angeles is an exciting city to meet people from all over the country and the world. People flock to L.A. for the endless sunshine, the pristine beaches, the enchanting presence of the film industry, the diversity of each of its neighborhoods, the delicious restaurants and cafes, the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, and Angels rivalries, and so much more. All of these reasons also represent why Los Angeles’ streets are constantly covered in traffic– there are so many places to explore and so many people to experience your discoveries with!

However, part of being an Angeleno is discovering some of Los Angeles’ treasures away from the pack. As a lone wolf, you’re able to seek out adventure and focus on your findings without the distraction of others.

That being said, think of this journey as a mini vacation without traveling far. Shut off your phone for a few hours and recharge your independence!

Below are 10 rad activities to do in L.A….

All by your awesome self.

Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library

Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library. Credit: Deborah Schander via flickr

1. Botanical Gardens and Libraries

Could it get any better than tea time, books, art, and nature? Located in the San Marino area, The Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens is the best of all four worlds. Explore the Japanese Garden’s Bonsai Collection and Zen Court, the Lily Ponds, and the Jungle Garden in the morning, satisfy your appetite with tea and finger sandwiches at the Rose Garden Tea Room midday, and peak through the library exhibitions and art collections by the afternoon. The Huntington’s exhibition “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times” showcases 150 literary objects including classics like Chaucer’s manuscript of Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and the Gutenberg Bible.

Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge also boasts ten different gardens, including a California Natives Garden featuring the Matilda Poppy and other California flowers and Nature’s Table Garden featuring solely edible vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. The Getty Villa  is another wonderful site to soak in the beautiful Malibu area amongst Greco and Roman statues and figurines. If you enjoy Greek mythology and ancient art by the beach, this might be your mecca.

Parks are also a great spot to appreciate nature: take a look at our list of the 10 best parks in Los Angeles when you need to get away.

2. Coffee Shops & Cafes

Tucked away in the confines of the Larchmont Village, Bricks & Scones is the coziest hub for writers, bloggers, students, and artists. Aside from their hard-to-resist scones and delicious lattes, they offer free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor seating with a dog-friendly vibe, a quiet, no-talking area designated as “The Study” , board games, and 10% off purchases if you bring your own mug.

With a lovely ambiance of colorful chairs, greenery, and exposed brick, it’s hard not to feel at peace at Alcove Cafe and Bakery in Los Feliz. While it does get crowded during Saturday and Sunday brunch hours, the beauty of this place is it’s open from 6:00am to 12:00am Sunday through Thursday and until 1:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, so it’s not too hard to find some alone time.

Aroma Coffee & Tea in Toluca Lake is another great coffee shop that I hold near and dear as a loyal customer personally since I was ten years old. With lots of outdoor seating, friendly service, and delicious blue-velvet cake, it’s hard not to pop by this joint. Alfred Coffee & Kitchen is another trendy coffee spot in the West Hollywood Area with indoor and outdoor seating, their hook being their “Alfred Cone”: a waffle cone coated with chocolate on the inside that melts into your espresso or macchiato once it’s poured inside. Treat yourself!

Not caffeinated enough? Check out 17 other great coffee spots in Los Angeles.

3. Bookstores

The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA is a wonderland of thousands of used and vintage books, records, and books on CD. Filled from wall to wall with art and other unique decor, the added bonus of this hideout is the upstairs collection with $1 books all up for grabs. Located on the famous Sunset Strip, Book Soup is a great bookstore with over 60,000 titles that specialize in art, film, photography, music, non-fiction, and literary nonfiction. Also, catch one of their featured author events or poetry readings – who knows, you might run into your favorite author. Skylight Books is another quiet spot to visit with it’s very own reading bench and special lectures by authors.

Interested in other hidden book nooks? Check our list of 12 of the best bookstores in L.A.

4. Secluded Beaches

The beautiful beaches are one of the many reasons why people move to Los Angeles. If you want to separate from the rest of the gulls, Point Dume State Beach is one of the most private beaches in Malibu for swimmers. With it’s neighbor being the very social Zuma Beach, Point Dume is best for a quieter experience in paradise – you might even spot a dolphin if you arrive early enough. Topanga State Beach is another quaint, more secluded option that’s great for surfing or sunbathing. Located in Palos Verdes, Malaga Cove is an intimate beach famous for its roaming peacocks, gazebo, and great hiking trails. For caves and rock climbing, also check out El Matador Beach in Malibu.

Sunset at Point Dume

Sunset at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu. Credit: Pachecho via flickr

5. Solo Hikes

What better way to soul search than to journey a hike by yourself? A little fresh air and peace of mind is the trail mix for the hiker’s soul. The hike along Corral Canyon Park in Malibu is a scenic, safe trail short enough that it’s impossible to get lost by yourself. The Fryman Canyon trail in Wilacre Park is another short hike for lone wolves at any fitness level. Added bonus: their parking lot is free! Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce is another spot with free parking and lots of safe opportunities for the solo rock climbers.

(If you do go hiking alone, be sure to take extra precaution and make sure someone you know is aware of where you went!)

Check out our list of 9 easiest hikes in Los Angeles for more choices.

6. Record Stores & Venues

The best way to personalize your music choices is to stop by a record store or a show. Amoeba Music in Hollywood boasts an extensive music and film library with listening stations to sample their products and special in-store performances. If you’re looking for more of an intimate experience, Second Spin has a solid array of used CDs with listening stations too. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and The Satellite in Silver Lake are two neighborhood music venues for shows by local and established artists and bands.

7. Movie Theaters

Taking yourself to the movies is true romance. If you can sneak away to watch a Hollywood classic, Tuesday matinees at LACMA are only $4 for general admission and $2 for LACMA members. LACMA also offers evening screenings of new releases, documentaries, guest-curated events, and speaker series. Famous for it’s weekly Saturday night showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Nuart Theatre screens new releases in addition to foreign, independent, and avant-garde films. Another superb option is the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, a nonprofit organization headed by movie lovers who are dedicated to showcasing both new and old films, hosts screenings in the late afternoons and evenings seven days a week at $10-12 a show or free for members.

See our list of the best movie theatres in Los Angeles for the vintage movie experience for more options.

8. Meditation Spots

Meditation can be the resolve to restoring balance within yourself. Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles holds teachings and lectures on the art of meditation. Vendanta Temple in Hollywood is another great option that provides daily worship, meditation, lectures, retreats, seminars, and so much more. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, Mulholland Drive’s Scenic Lookout is more of a free space to meditate amongst the trees and mountains in the Hollywood Hills. Known for their “Friday Night Guided Crystal Meditation” at the Sweat SpotSpellbound Sky in Silver Lake is also a neat store to visit if you’re interested in sifting through positive energy crystals and minerals, ritual candles, and essential oil potions.

Looking for more options to find your inner calm? Check out our article on 7 Awesomely Peaceful Places in L.A. as well.

9. Farmers Markets & Flea Markets

Casually roaming around farmers markets and flea markets are a great way to make furnishing your apartment and buying groceries fun. Trying to find an antique for your apartment, a cool necklace for a friend’s birthday, or some vintage clothing? The Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School every Sunday and The Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena on the second Sunday of the month are both worth checking out. A few great farmers markets to check out for produce, vegetables, or a delicious hot lunch are the Downtown LA Farmers Market on 7th & Figueroa on Thursdays, the Silver Lake Farmers Market every Tuesday and Saturday, and Larchmont Village Farmers Market on Sundays. For other spots in your neighborhood, see our comprehensive list of farmers markets in L.A.

10. Volunteer

Finally, a wonderful and generous way you can leave your mark on the L.A. community during your solo trek is through volunteer work. Tree People offers fun volunteer activities like moonlight hikes, park tree care, forest restoration, and tree mapping at parks all over the Los Angeles area. The Midnight Mission is another awesome L.A. based organization benefiting the homeless community with volunteer opportunities like meal service, special event preparation, painting, tutoring kids, making food boxes and hygiene kits, and sorting clothing and assisting distribution. Races and marathons are another great way to give back to the L.A. community. The Color Run in L.A. on June 13th this year is a paint race that donates its proceeds to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

There are many outlets where you can help out, see our list of 16 Awesome Volunteer Opportunities for Angelenos.

What’s your favorite thing to do by yourself in L.A.? Let us know in the comments below!


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10 Super Fun Ways to Get Fit in L.A. Without Joining a Gym

April 8, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Do you need a break from the sound of the squeaky hamster wheeled elliptical machine, the smell of chalky protein shakes, and the sight of roided up muscled men and women in tiny tank tops?

The hole in your jogging shorts pocket doesn’t make the gym a sweeter sell either.

Gym memberships cost anywhere from $35 to a whopping $100 a month when there’s many other great, cheaper, more innovative fitness options. There’s no excuse for not getting in shape, especially in sunny Los Angeles!

With that in mind, here’s 10 fun ways to get fit in L.A. without signing up for a traditional gym membership.

Feel the burn!

Runyon Canyon View

The view from Runyon Canyon. Credit: Jeff Gunn via flickr

1. Free Yoga

What’s better than meditating in downward dog in front of the Hollywood sign? The L.A. famous hiking spot Runyon Canyon offers free yoga sessions Monday through Sunday in the early morning and afternoon. Donations are accepted at Runyon Canyon YOGA, but this organization prides itself on being for the people and by the people of the Los Angeles community. Enter through the North Fuller Avenue and you’ll be sure to find other limber yogis.

If you’re afraid of the sunshine and critters, CorePower Yoga offers unlimited free classes for new students for a full week. Another option is Power Yoga: a donation based studio with a full schedule every day of the week, the suggestion of $16 per class. Namaste.

2. Hiking and Stairclimbing

Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park are worth checking out for a quick hike, but Los Angeles has even more to offer on the road less traveled. Los Liones Canyon is a scenic, not so rigorous 2.6 mile hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Topanga State Park area. With street parking available, its entrance is closed on the right side of the cul-de-sac at the end of Los Liones Drive. Temescal Canyon Gateway Park is another lovely hiking ground in the Pacific Palisades area. The 4-mile loop trail has various rest-stops overlooking the ocean and canyon and even a few waterfalls where you can cool off on hot days. There are more than a few parking lots and free street parking near the general vicinity of the park; it’s best to enter through the southwest end of Temescal Gateway Park along Sunset Boulevard. Check out our list of hikes in LA for more options.

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

If you’re more inclined to stay out of nature’s way, the Mattachine Steps, also known as the Hidden Stairways of Silver Lake, is a great spot to work those glutes. In this vicinity, there are more than ten different roads that connect to stairs. Another great spot is the historic Los Feliz Heights Steps located on Cromwell Avenue and Bonvue Avenue. Lined with brightly colored bougainvillea and vines, this staircase leads into Griffith Park after 463 steps. Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach is also a fun place to hit the stairs by the beach. For more staircases up your alley, see our list of secret staircases in Los Angeles.

Steps not your thing? The concrete jungle expands to Lake Balboa Park for a mellow walk or a game of golf and Studio City Recreation Center offers open play free tennis for any pairs who would like to partake in a match.

3. Surfing

What better way to lose 10 lbs than to hang 10 while you’re at it? For those who have never been on a board, Campsurf in Manhattan Beach, Go Surf LA in Santa Monica, and Los Angeles Surfing Lessons in Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara offer small group and private surf lessons at a reasonable prices.

If you’re already seasoned with experience, there’s a wide range of beaches to explore on your board. El Porto in El Segundo is a great launching point for beginners, Hermosa Beach Pier is a solid choices for all levels of surfers, and Sunset Beach off the Pacific Coast Highway brings in a big community of local surfers ranging in all kinds of experience as well.

Surfrider Surfing

Surfing at Surfrider Beach. Photo by Omar Laribi via flickr cc

4. Climbing

If you’re inspired to boulder, but a little intimidated after watching James Franco nurse his scabbing arm in 127 Hours, check out the Rockreation Sports Climbing Center in Los Angeles. With a vast amount of climbing terrain for veterans and newbies alike, the center is open to both children and adults. They offer one day visitor passes ($17 for adults; $12 for children) and discounted rental fees on equipment if you choose to become a member. Climbing classes and workshops are offered through the gym as well. Of course, many of the hiking spots mentioned above have climbing areas too, but why not get your feet wet in a fun, safe environment? On Belay!

[RELATED10 Secret (and Not-So Secret) L.A. Staircases That Are Totally Worth the Climb]

5. Bootcamps

Classes are great, but sometimes you need a hard-hitting instructor with kettlebells, battle ropes, slam balls, sandbags, and heavy resistance bands to keep you in check. Translation? Good news: Runyon Canyon is the mecca of free exercise classes. Starting off with a bang in March, Runyon Canyon Bootcamp leads donation-based classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00P to 1:00P off of North Fuller. If you’re looking for more frequently scheduled classes, Morning Crunch has programs in twelve different locations in Los Angeles. Selected the “Best Bootcamp in Los Angeles”, Bootcamp L.A. also offers a four-week challenging training program with classes in the early morning and evening.

6. Join a Fitness Inspired Meet-up Group

Some of us already know what we like, but need a little extra motivation from like-minded people to get going. Meet-Up offers an avenue for people to create new groups and join existing groups through this online forum, which is extremely active in the fitness realm of things. Some fun ones include Downtown LA Running Group for the morning runners, Yoga at Echo Park (YEP) for the weekend yogis, and Los Angeles Salsa Dancing Group for salsa dancers at all levels.

Run #DTLA. #DTLArunning #runLA #MyDayInLA

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7. Join a Team

We all get by with a little help from our friends- especially when we’re playing our favorite games from elementary school recess and burning calories at the same time! The World Dodgeball Society boasts eleven different leagues in the Los Angeles area for weekly co-ed and single sex dodgeball matches. If dodgeball isn’t your thing, WAKA Kickball & Social Sports offers fourteen leagues in Los Angeles for weekly co-ed kickball matches. Both organizations hold tournaments in Las Vegas and also host local social events to build camaraderie amongst the players.

8. Dancing

You don’t have to be Channing Tatum to dance like a star. For more of Channing’s Step Up vibe, Groov3  offers one-hour exhilarating, high-energy, cardio funk classes that range from $10-$17 a pop at fitness centers and dance studios all over the Los Angeles area. Dance instructors are matched with a live DJ at every class, which makes fitness feel like you’re “in da club”. In Sam Allen‘s Wednesday 8:35P session with DJ Stereothief at LA DanceFit in West L.A., you can easily ditch “the bottle full of bub” because you’re having fun regardless.

[RELATED9 Places Where You Can Go to Learn Unusual Skills in Los Angeles]

If you’re channeling Channing in Magic Mike instead, Allure Dance & Fitness Studio takes fitness to a whole new level: pole dancing. Nicole Williams (Nicole “ThePole”) founded the studio in 2008 with the vision of pole dancing as a powerful movement for women and fitness. With free first-time demos, package discounts, and classes ranging from $10 to $15 every day of the week, prepare to have your upper body and core sculpted and sore after an one-hour on the pole.

With classes at 13 different locations in the Los Angeles and beach cities areas, Pop Physique is another awesome, rhythmic option that marries Pilates with ballet.

9. Class Pass

Think of it like a Fast Pass to the front of the line for all the best rides at Disneyland or the Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Class Pass allows for you to take unlimited group fitness classes with simply a monthly membership. The rules are simple: you can take as many classes are you want a month and up to three classes from the same studio. Don’t let the $99 monthly fee scare you away: you’ll have hundreds of classes to choose from including cycling, pilates, barre, strength training, dance, yoga, bootcamps, and much more. Sometimes it’s great to have the fast pass or golden ticket because working out anywhere and everywhere has mass appeal.

10. Sweat Lodges

Sweating out toxins is another means of losing weight and improving cardio fitness when you don’t feel up to moving those tired muscles. Los Angeles is big on this relatively new “sweating” trend. Shape House is specifically a spa for sweating that claims you can sweat away your stress and weight, improve your sleep habits, and clear up your skin after a 50-minute session. At $45 a pop, it’s more of a luxury than a necessity for the average Los Angeleno: you’re wrapped like a burrito in a heated-blanket with open access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO GO while you sweat away up to 1,200 calories per session.

Firm Body Evolution is another weight loss spa with experimental workout alternatives like their Infrared Jade Sauna, the 10/20/30 method, and a Whole Body Vibration Machine. An explanation of their programs will not do it justice, see for yourself!

Other Ideas…

Still thirsty for a few other creative ways to break a sweat in L.A.? Check out Boxing at Wild Card with the talented Pepe Reilly (first class is free!), Foxy Fierce Women’s Kickboxing Bootcamp at Siedo Karate Hollywood Dojo (first class is free!),  Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Cardio Barre, Fire Dancing and Belly Dancing classes at Fire Groove, and Trapeze and Aerial Skills Classes at Cirque School LA.

Whatever your preference, there’s always fun and unique ways to stay in shape in the city of angels. What’s yours?


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Cool Spots

10 Kinds of L.A. Bars Where You Might Actually Fall in Love

March 18, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

Love isn’t a pipe-dream, it’s a process. But if you want the result, you have to commit. And part of that commitment is seeking out like-minded members of the opposite (or preferred) sex who you may just have enough in common with to actually form an attraction. Stated simply, people who like the same things as you are more likely to like you.

And the beauty of Los Angeles is that we pretty much have something for everyone and every type of interest, even in the case of our bar scene which, paradoxically, is usually the last place that anyone expects they’d actually find the love of their life. 

To that end, we’ve created a rundown of a bunch of types of L.A. bars (and we’ll use the term bar loosely) where you can find people just like you, with specific examples and links to more information to help plan your next evening out on the town. 

Now, we can’t guarantee you’ll fall in love, but do we promise you could…. if only you’re willing to try.

A Romantic Los Angeles Park Bench

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For the Dog Lovers

In The Truth About Cats and Dogs, a veterinarian-radio show host asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man asks her on a date at a bar. While this plotline is highly implausible, it is possible to meet a guy or gal who appreciates furry friends. There’s a multitude of pet friendly bars in Los Angeles. The Attic on Broadway is known for their bloody marys, Mac n’ Cheetos, and pup fan base. In fact, they even have a special menu for their dogs.

Another great spot is Angel City Brewery. They offer an extensive beer menu, indoor and outdoor privileges for the pups, and even hold dog-washing fundraisers for Much Love Animal Rescue. Lastly, Fat Dog is also a great spot to mingle with other dog owners on the patio and munch on speciality hot dogs.

For those Who Care for Their Hair

Who doesn’t feel a little bit of a “love high” after inhaling the fumes of hairspray? Hairspray swears and sings by it. Dry bars are a great place to meet singles while you’re relaxing and trimming those fried ends. Blind Barber in Culver City is a very niche, speak easy bar hidden behind an actual barber shop. Get a fresh cut and then head to the backroom for a beer and an epic grilled cheese sando. Added bonus, they also host an awesome, free monthly comedy show on the last Monday of the month called The Secret Show at the Blind Barber. At the trendy Stag Hair Parlor in Hollywood, the stylists offer free beer to their clients while you’re getting your hair cut. The salon also draws in a very attractive crowd, might I add and I swear that’s not the alcohol talking.

For Those Who Sing Their Feelings

Music is the language of love and we remember it wistfully in Lost in Translation as an aged movie star and a listless young woman troll Japan’s karaoke bars one evening. Karaoke bars are one of the best places for casual singers to duel, duet, or solo showcase their vocal chords. With their slogan being “bad singers, good drinkers”, you can only expect a fun time at Boardwalk 11. Tokyo Beat pairs a great happy hour, dancing, and a bustling, diverse crowd in this fun karaoke bar in Little Tokyo. Cafe Brass Monkey is also a classic go-to for all of the Cher and Steven Tyler impersonators. It has a dive bar vibe with an energetic crowd and delicious snacks to refuel in between songs.

For Those Who Lay Off on the Sauce

Alcohol doesn’t have to an equal a good time and it often blurs the lines of love and lust. In You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks’ and Meg Ryan’s characters seemingly fall in love over the internet, but their first actual almost date is in a coffee shop. Go Get Em Tiger is the spot for the die-hard coffee drinkers. It is there where you’ll meet your caffeinated match, or even spot a celebrity crush or two. Dogtown Coffee is another great spot on the westside of L.A.

Dogtown Coffee

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Haus Dessert Boutique in Koreatown is a hidden gem of a bar hugged by all of the best Korean BBQ joints in the area. They have exotic coffee drinks (like a Strawberry Latte for instance), scrumptious pastries and crepes, and the best shaved ice dessert you can imagine. Haus hosts a very social atmosphere that broadcasts a live stream of instagram on their monitors – if you see a picture of a cute guy or gal you like, they’re likely to be there that very day or night.

On the healthy end of the spectrum, The Punchbowl is a lovely, raw, vegan juice joint in Los Feliz where other clean-eating souls are privy to relaxing and sipping smoothies in their heavenly haven. The best part about this place is that the owners met and fell in love at a pressed juicery bar themselves before opening up this shop. Who knows, sparks may fly if you catch someone else sipping on the “Spark Plug” juice too.

For more caffeinated goodness, check out our list of the the best coffee spots in Los Angeles.

For Those Who Love to Laugh

In Top Five,  the emotional attraction between a struggling comedian and an eclectic reporter comes to full bloom when he returns to the Comedy Cellar for an impromptu stand-up set. As Robin Williams once said, “Comedy is acting out optimism.” Why not meet someone in a positive space? In a bar setting, comedy is the booze of love. Below is a list of seven nights of some of the best weekly or bi-weekly comedy shows that you should check out:

Mondays – Hot Tub Show w/ Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Shaal – The Virgil @ 8P ($5)

Tuesdays – Performance Anxiety hosted by T.J. Miller & Eli Olsberg – The Pleasure Chest @ 8P ($7 w/ free beer and parking)

Wednesdays – Backyard Comedy Show hosted by Tony Sam & Wes Hudson – The Backyard @ 10P (free)

Thursdays – An Sho(w) – 9 on Vine @ 8P (free)

Fridays – Peachy Keen Friday – Bar Lubitsch @ 8:00P (free)

Saturdays – 12 Shiny Nickels – Westside Comedy Theatre @ 11:30P ($10)

Sundays – Punch Comedy – The Pikey @ 9P (free)

For more comedy date ideas, check out our list of the best free comedy shows in Los Angeles.

For The Wine Snobs

The movie Sideways proves that there’s definitely something alluring and poetic about someone who knows the fundamentals of a good glass of wine. Bar Covell in Los Feliz has an intimate and cozy atmosphere with bartenders that are interactive with their customers about the kinds of wine they have to offer. Venice Beach Wines has a an upbeat, attractive crowd to match it’s exquisite wine list, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s by the beach. Bottle Rock in Culver City also has  a vast collection of European wines and delicious finger foods with a communal atmosphere, very open for people to meet other wine lovers.

For Those Who Have Game

In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a guy plays a rough game of chutes and ladders to defeat all of his crush’s ex-boyfriends in order to win her over. That being said, sometimes a competitive spirit and teamwork spurs romantic interest. Blipsy Bar in the Larchmont Village area is a funky dive bar with 80s decor, cheap drinks, old pinball machines, and arcade games like Donkey Kong and PacMan. Or maybe you’ll like Eighty Two in the Arts District. Why not challenge a stranger to a game and see where it goes?

EightyTwo Arcade

EightyTwo Arcade in The Arts District

The Cozy Inn in West LA is fun spot with some classic bar games. They have a shuffle board table that nearly extends from one side of the bar to the other, two pool tables, and a dart board. The even better news? They open at 6:00am, so no excuses. Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey is also a good choice, the main attraction being “turtle racing”. It’s worth a visit if you haven’t experienced that yet.

If you’re feeling a little more upscale, The Spare Room Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel is a great option; however, it’s not your typical fancy Hollywood bar. They have a bowling alley, photo booth, Jenga, Connect Four, and Dominoes, all at your disposal.

For more reference, check our our list of the best adult arcades in Los Angeles.

For Those Who Have Dance Fever

In Save the Last Dance, dancing serves as a better proof of chemistry than small talk. The best spots to dance tend to be a throwback to the past. The Echoplex and the Echo have themed nights ranging from Funky Sole (60s to present day funky soul dance party music), Dub Club (reggae music), or Bootie LA (an all around bootleg mashup, sweaty, dance party) . Or you could take a walk through a refrigerator door and enter the 70s at Goodtimes at Davey Wayne’s.

Davey Wayne’s has a live-band every Friday night where it’s groovy to boogie down to oldies with some other old souls with your blackberry bourbon snowcones. If you’re diggin’ more of top-40 scene, Ocean Bar in Hermosa Beach is the place to meet other thirsty singles. With a rooftop view of the beach, a romantic fireplace, and pulsing hip hop, you’ll at least fall in lust.

For The Smokers

I’m not advocating drugs here, but in a hilarious scene in It’s Complicated, a divorced couple releases any leftover negative tension by sneaking to the bathroom at their kids’ party to smoke marijuana.  On a more mild note, hookah bars have a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourage people to share conversation over flavored water pipes.

While the most popular spots are Gypsy Cafe and Habibi Cafe in Westwood Village, the post-college crowd tends to gravitate toward Ali Mama Cafe on Sunset. With an ample list of hookah flavors, you can mingle upstairs and downstairs to get a grand survey of the scene. La Descarga, an enchanting speakeasy bar that opens through the likes of a coat closet, allows you to smoke cigars and dance salsa, the best of both worlds.

Should you be looking to smoke cigarettes and drink tropical drinks, head to Tiki Ti Bar, where you’ll meet other breezy dudes and dudettes who also have a similar appreciation for all things Hawaii.

For Those Who Appreciate Art

Of course Ferris and Sloane shared a kiss at an art museum in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! The great thing about museums is that the walls are covered in conversation-starters and icebreakers. Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA is a great bar to stop by after browsing the exhibits; you’re likely to meet someone with similar tastes on the residing patio. Wine & Canvas and Painting & Vino Los Angeles are also two companies in the Los Angeles area that hold painting classes with cocktails for the artistic souls. The Mandrake prides itself on being a bar + art gallery (bart gallery) with a cool second room reserved for music and graffiti art if you’re feeling colorful.

A Final Word

The Los Angeles bar scene is a diverse and colorful fishbowl, and sometimes it’s possible to find love in the last place you’d expect.

So why not not swim around and explore?

Whether you’re an animal lover, a hair king or queen, a shower singer, a sober soul, a wine connoisseur, a laugher, a gamer, a dancer, a smoker, or an artist, you’re likely to get that real-life “meet-cute” if you put yourself out there.

What’s your favorite kind of bar to meet potential mates in? Let us know in the comments below! 


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