LA has a lot to offer. Cidade dos Anjos is always on-the-go and apparently driven by glitz and glamor. And if you're willing to fight traffic, you'll find some of the best restaurants, shops and attractions in the world – from studio tours to museums, from beaches to docks.
LA is the epitome of big, bold and beautiful – and most of the hobbies in this city hover around the "scene". So, if you've had your share of the beach, head inland to visit Sunset Boulevard or Melrose Avenue, full of stars – and keep an eye out! As restaurants and bars lead to social unrest, you better allow yourself that afternoon nap if you want to accompany the cool kids.
Remember: the stars appear at night – after all, it's LA. This city seems to shine after sunset … you can enjoy it on the Sunset Strip or have fun in Hollywood. So, if you like its bars, its dry martinis and its delicious restaurants, make sure you have your wallet, your appetite and your energy for your hollywood night in the city.
Here is our guide to some of the best restaurants and nightlife options. Know this: fights broke out among our editorial team when someone silly suggested that we limit our Pod Picks journey in LA to just 10 restaurants and 10 bars. We had so much fun tearing up in Tinseltown that we had to choose 15 selections in each category. Of course, another fight occurred when we tried to assign numbers to all of these access points – cooler heads prevailed and we have since removed the ranking.
Be sure of one thing … all 30 of these places are ridiculously fantastic and require their own game A. Maybe even after a night on the town, you also understand why even people in the business think "Entourage" looks so real. ..
Bars and nightlife
1. The Derby: (Los Feliz) Wannabe "Swingers" hoping to see Vince Vaughn or Jon Favreau join swing fans in this hottest dance hall ever. With 1940s decor, live music (seven nights a week) and dance lessons, your whole group will have a blast! FYI: Derby was named a landmark / cultural landmark by the Los Angeles City Council in May. Located at 4500 Los Feliz Blvd. (and Hillhurst Ave.).
2. LAX: (Hollywood) We were all introduced to DJ AM by Nicole Ritchie – but now he needs no introduction! Known as one of the most sought-after DJs, DJ AM (aka Adam Golstein) opened this first-class airport-themed lounge for all Los Angeles jet-setters. Located in the heart of Hollywood, this destination hotspot features airplane window mirrors and metal hangar doors. The dance floor is usually tight (similar to dancing in an airplane cabin), but it's a lot of fun in the middle of the "Mile High Club"! LAX is located at 1714 Las Palmas Ave. (and Hollywood Blvd.).
3. Forty Deuce: (Melrose) The small parking lot in front of Paramount Pictures houses this modern institution that has been transformed into a retro-cool lounge reminiscent of the 1920s atmosphere. The lounge-style seats, the burlesque shows from a live jazz band) and fine cocktails keep the Hollywood crowd happy and partying until closing time. Located at 5574 Melrose Ave. (at Beachwood Dr.).
4. Barney & # 39; s Beanery: (West Hollywood) In Los Angeles, most people think that nothing can get better with age. But the city's third oldest restaurant (located at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. near La Cienaga Blvd.) can prove that everyone in Hollywood is wrong. Since it opened its door, almost 90 years ago, it has attracted celebrities to ordinary Joe-shmoes who want good homemade food (your choice of 150 different hamburgers, 65 chilis and 90 omelets). While many may refer to this as just a "dip", good food and cheap drinks keep this bean skipping every night. (Just be sure to bring your ID – even Johnny Drama received a card here recently!).
5. Stone Rose Lounge: (West Hollywood) This newly opened LA version of the New York nightclub is located at the refurbished Sofitel Hotel (at 8555 Beverly Blvd., near La Cienaga Blvd.). A destination for young stars (and the guys who want them) has a 5,000 square foot lounge and an outdoor patio. While not your usual Los Angeles nightlife scene, it is worth visiting this relaxed atmosphere, with refined martinis and outdoor fire pits.
6. Social Hollywood: (Hollywood) What's new is new again! This place used to be the huge Hollywood Athletic Club and now has a lounge, restaurants, game rooms with PlayStations and Xboxes, a screening room and a private club. The Moroccan-inspired venue features food that has been strong right off the bat and a social scene that has won over cool kids. Located at 6526 Sunset Blvd. (on Schrader Blvd.).
7. Sky Bar: Marked as one of the hottest clubs in LA since the day it opened, Sky Bar is open, airy and makes you feel like you're floating in the clouds on top of the Mondrian hotel (located 8440 Sunset Blvd.). With some of the most beautiful views in the entire city of Los Angeles (along with its trees, pool and candlelight) and the most elegant scenery in the city – please don't let the long lines and security guards stop you. If and when you get past the bureaucracy, please don't look at that piece that appears regularly on the pages of US Weekly and People!
8. Formosa Cafe: (West Hollywood) A classic from the area (it served as a location for the film LA Confidential), this dimly lit Chinese themed hotspot features red leather booths and a bar that serves heady and powerful martinis. Known as one of the film industry's water wells, Formosa features autographed photos of Hollywood stars lining the walls (and you may even be lucky enough to find Bono or Beck at one of the booths). Better for drinks than for dinner (and make sure to wear the piece to avoid hassles at the door). Formosa Cafe is located at 7156 Santa Monica Blvd. (between La Brea and Avenida Formosa).
9. Privilege: (West Hollywood) Madonna is not the only one who knows how to reinvent herself. Nightlife guru Sam Nazarian knows very well about reinvention. Before its new look and name, this club was known as a Gothic playground called Shelter, a Nordic lounge, a st. Tropez-style resort and a simulated construction site. Now, Privilege is a white-on-white oasis with a sensual feel to a South Beach resort (without the moisture and sand between your toes). Saturdays are difficult, as Brent Bolthouse (godfather of celebrity events) organizes parties here – so if you can, opt for a visit during the week. Unless, of course, you can put your name on the guest list or go through security guards with headphones. Privelege is at 8117 W. Sunset Blvd. (and Crescent Heights Blvd.).
10. Guy's Bar: (West Hollywood) Have you ever wondered where the stars go to karaoke? You'll find Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie in this intimate and exclusive WeHo club. Guy is a simple tangle of comfortable sofas that are reserved mainly for events related to the private sector. However, try this place on a Saturday night (organized by promoters) when the door policy is a little more relaxed (and yes, show some leg!). The Guy & # 39; s Bar is located at 8713 Beverly Blvd.
11. Bar Tropicana: (Hollywood) Old Hollywood meets New Hollywood at this bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles – where you'll find stars lounging in style on an outdoor patio with a 60-seat vibe and a sparkling pool . A typical modern bar, the bar is also a tropical oasis with neon-lit palm trees, private bungalows, a fireplace and linen-covered lounge chairs. If you are not in the mood to rub your elbows with the nightly fashionista / glamorist crowd, the Tropicana Bar is ideal for sunny California afternoons. Don't forget to see David Hockney's blue wave mural at the bottom of the pool on 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
12. The Bar: (Hollywood) It's not just a bar, the Bar! Nestled between a gas station and a run-down hotel (5851 Sunset Blvd. and Bronson Ave.), this place is easy to miss. But those who find their way to one of Hollywood's hottest, coolest water wells will see recently renovated excavations and attractive customers. In a few days, you hear a rock jukebox and blow out the Ramones' sounds; in others, you find local DJ playing the old and the new pop. For those who feel like a cigarette, a little air or just a break from the sounds, head to the bamboo-lined smoking alley.
13. Humor: (Hollywood) This old 6,500 square foot office building on 6623 Hollywood Blvd. it was transformed into a tropical Garden of Eden – think of the South Pacific! The club's Balinese design features sensual colors / textures and trumpet players and bongo drummers that accompany the hip-hop and rap sounds you will hear. Crammed with exotic treasures made of bamboo, batik and carved wood, Mood attracts young sexy Hollywood socialites and other glamor and glamor from Tinseltown.
14. The Lounge: (West Hollywood) Okay, so here's the low point … This sexy Miami Beach-style club attracts a large crowd with its borderline location (WeHo and Beverly Hills) and open-door politics. The Lounge has a main room with a bar and dance floor and a spiral staircase that leads to a sophisticated lounge area, full of comfortable booths and table service. DJs here mix hip-hop, R&B and house music. The Lounge is located at 9077 Santa Monica Blvd. (and Doheny Dr.).
15. Key Club: (West Hollywood) A state-of-the-art live music venue (located at 9039 Sunset Blvd. and Doheny Dr.) with futuristic audio, video and lighting technologies, Key Club is one of WeHo & # 39 ; s most popular locations. The VIP area on the ground floor, called the Plush Lounge, is usually packed with Hollywood's "It" crowd. A full restaurant and menu is also available on the second floor (booking a table is the secret to really getting into busy nights). The Key Club offers a few bars and many ways to drink – a perfect place to start or end your evening on the Sunset Strip.