Lowell Farms: America’s First Cannabis Cafe

After California passed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, Los Angeles has been abuzz with speculation of how the popular plant will be integrated into its many hospitality spaces. With only a handful of properties approved for a cannabis license, hospitality concepts are being created to embrace newfound opportunities for guests to experience some of the most innovative concepts in the world. With Lowell Farms now open, a precedent will soon be set for how similar hospitality concepts will operate in a new era of cannabis consumption.

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The Country’s First Cannabis Cafe

Officially open since October 1st, West Hollywood’s new Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe has been awarded the title of being the country’s first cannabis cafe–a concept brand new to the hospitality scene in response to California’s passage of recreational cannabis use in 2018. The highly-coveted license required to run the business received over 300 applicants, but was only approved for eight new venues in West Hollywood. 

 

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Dishes Made to Complement the Heightened Senses

Unlike weed dispensaries, Lowell Farms is approved for on-site consumption of cannabis in the form of flowers, vapes, pre-made edibles, concentrates and extracts. Alcohol consumption and CBD food or drink aren’t available due to state law, but that won’t stop guests from taking a bite from their delicious food menu created by Chef Andrea Drummer. Dishes made to complement the “heightened senses” of cannabis include a fried chicken sandwich, candied pork belly, brussels sprouts and a dessert plate, with items expected to be rotated seasonally. Non-alcoholic mocktails made with fresh ingredients are also available as a refreshing touch.

 

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The Setting

The trendy space consists of a dining cafe, lounge, and smoking patio along with a retail shop. It isn’t just limited to those wishing to light up, as the property also includes a non-smoking patio and the cafe is open to the public. Along with plenty of plants throughout to keep the space fresh, a custom air-filtration system helps keep smoke away from nearby residents, keeping the party contained to the Lowell Farms property.

 

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Lowell Farms

The impressive venue is filled with natural foliage and a rustic, vintage design modeled after the Lowell Farms product brand. The Santa Barbara County-based company joined with LA’s renowned Houston Hospitality along with Una Mas bartending team to create the perfect combination of experiences. Guests are greeted by “Flower Hosts” who provide tableside service to help them choose from the variety of strains. A “Dab Bar” is available for more experienced smokers who already know their favorites. Reservations are good for an hour and a half with cannabis sales ending at 10pm, but guests are able to bring their own products in for consumption until 2am.

 

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Come One, Come All

The venue’s initial reservations were fully booked, but now have openings throughout the day for guests to come and enjoy the space. The property is expected to draw in not only locals, but patrons from neighboring states where open marijuana consumption is not yet legal. Whether it be local residents or those travelling to Los Angeles from around the world, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe makes history and kickstarts a new era of hospitality with the integration of cannabis.

 

 

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Photo: Lowell Cafe

20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Choosing a party venue for your event involves plenty of planning and preparation to create the ideal atmosphere for a memorable experience. Whether it’s a holiday party with friends, a wrap party with colleagues or a company-wide corporate event, Los Angeles offers a variety of beautiful hospitality spaces to set the scene for a special day. The space you select will make all the difference when you choose any of these event spaces to be the site of your good time.

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Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.

 

 

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Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

La Descarga

La Descarga is one of Los Angeles’ favorite speakeasies with an impressive hidden entrance and seductive burlesque performers dancing to the sounds of talented live salsa music. The one-of-a-kind bar has a main room with plenty of space for dancing, a cigar room for smoking and an additional private room perfect for your next lively event.

 

 

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Photo: La Descarga

Beauty & Essex

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Beauty & Essex offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere sure to impress your guests. Their variety of spaces for dining, lounging and mingling means the sky’s the limit for your night of revelry.

 

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Photo: Beauty & Essex

Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

 

 

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Photo: Avenue LA

Lowell Cafe

Those who enjoy relaxing in a cannabis-fueled haze will love an event at Lowell Cafe, the country’s first cannabis cafe. The rustic decor with an open-air, vintage feel creates a welcoming environment for any type of gathering.

 

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Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

 

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

 

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Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Bootsy Bellows

The recently remodeled Bootsy Bellows is a great place for a full buyout in their Palm-Springs inspired environment. The spacious floor and plush seating is perfect for large group celebrations or smaller bottle service splurges with friends during an exciting night out.

 

 

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Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

 

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Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

 

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Photo: Perch LA

Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

 

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Photo: Lono Hollywood

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

 

 

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Photo: The Highlight Room

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

 

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Photo: Catch LA

Harriets Rooftop

A view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from Harriet’s Rooftop—a great place for a celebration in a chic and stylish lounge. The sophisticated indoor-outdoor setting with makes for California cool festivities at the very top of LA’s 1 Hotel.

 

 

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Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

 

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The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

 

 

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Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Rosaline

Make a reservation for delicious Peruvian-inspired cuisine at West Hollywood’s Rosaline. Their beautiful garden atrium is the perfect place for a dinner party with family or mingling with colleagues for a company event.

 

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Photo: Rosaline

Elephante

Host an event at Elephante to treat your guests to breezy, coastal surroundings. The rooftop restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean making for dazzling sunset soirees and starry-sky dinner parties. Whether its a full buyout or intimate birthday gathering, you’ll enjoy the best of the Westside at this airy hotspot.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Redbird

This modern restaurant in Downtown LA has an eclectic variety of private dining spaces for your group to enjoy. Their outdoor garden space brings you in touch with nature while their East and West rooms are ideal for an intimate dinner party.

 

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Photo: Redbird

Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

 

 

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Photo: Doheny Room

 

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The 20 Best Kept Secrets in LA’s Restaurant and Bar Scene

When planning a trip to Los Angeles, there are a number of must-see places you’ll have to visit. The most popular tourist destinations are usually the first recommendations you hear. However, many travelers appreciate diving in to get a more authentic taste–Where do the locals hang out? What do they order when they get there? Whether it’s unique libations, one-of-a-kind dishes, or Instagram-worthy experiences, many of the hot spots to wine and dine in Los Angeles have hidden gems within their walls.

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In Sheeps Clothing

Duck into this Downtown Arts District speakeasy hidden inside of Lupetti Pizzeria. The music is sure to take you away during their listening parties with a new album featured each night.

 

High Tide

Outside of having an Instagram-worthy design with plenty of pops of color, the bar High Tide in the Downtown Arts District has live glassblowing to mesmerize you with the unique artistry. You can also sign up for a glassblowing class to get in on the action yourself.

 

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Sunset & Vinyl

Make your way to the back of 800 Degrees Pizza in Hollywood and climb the stairs to this vintage speakeasy. Donate a record to their collection in exchange for a free cocktail at this music-inspired locale.

 

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The Little Friend

The sister bar to Silver Lake’s The Friend, this Venice outpost is a great place for a dance party but also offers up a surprising variety of mezcals from all over the world, stored within their unassuming closet bar.

 

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Broken Shaker

Broken Shaker’s eclectic rooftop space is the perfect destination for catching up over drinks, and with a rotating Daily Punch, you’ll feel a nice buzz while you take in sights of the downtown cityscape.

| Read More: Best Rooftop Bars in LA |

 

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Tramp Stamp Grannys

Singers and music lovers flock to this Hollywood piano bar, with talented musicians playing all the hits while guests sing along. You’ll even catch the waitresses and bartenders showcasing their talents along with the occasional performance by owner Darren Criss.

 

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Tesse

This restaurant at the base of the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood is known for its delicious menu and bar program, but also offers a unique bone luge experience for guests ordering the Bucatini bone marrow pasta. Guests receive a shot of Madeira wine poured down the empty bone for a one-of-a-kind taste to kickstart your palate.

 

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Photo: Tesse – Bone Luge

Good Times at Davey Waynes

Angelenos flock nightly to this staple just off Hollywood Blvd. Try their alcoholic Snow Cones to cool off during a heatwave or their melt-in-your-mouth Shrimp Grilled Cheese to top off a night of boozy fun.

 

Photo: Boozy Snow Cone, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s (Time Out)

Somni

The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s favorite fine dining establishments, but its even more exclusive restaurant-within-a-restaurant Somni offers a further elevated tasting menu in an intimate private dining space.

 

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Shangri-La Hotel Rooftop Bar

This hidden gem is the best place to watch a sunset on the Westside with guests lining the terrace each day to catch the perfect shot of the sun sinking into the ocean. Take the elevator all the way up to enjoy a drink at this local favorite.

 

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Photo: Shangri-La Rooftop Bar

Seven Grand

Downtown’s prized whiskey bar is the perfect place to do a whiskey tasting with a group of spirit-loving friends. With premium selections from around the world, you can’t miss the chance to tickle your tastebuds with the expansive variety of options.

| Read More: Best Bar Programs in LA |

 

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Berris

After a night out on the town, West Hollywood flocks to Berri’s late night eatery to indulge in their one and only Lobster Pizza. Bring your appetite along and let the upbeat vibe keep you partying far past last call.

 

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The Bungalow Santa Monica

Taking in a view of the ocean is always a nice touch at The Bungalow’s renowned Santa Monica location. Order their housemade Sangria and let the fruity refresher take your beachside stay to the next level.

 

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Coles French Dip

Visit this Downtown saloon that originated the French Dip for an authentic taste of Los Angeles history. Polish off your sandwich with a little Varnish, which can be found behind an unmarked door at the back of the space…

 

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Cleo Hollywood

Stop by this Hollywood establishment for a quick bite before a night out. Their signature Brussel Sprouts will have you questioning how such an unpopular vegetable can possibly taste so good.

 

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

This breakfast-themed spot keeps Venice locals feeling good from morning ‘til night. Order their Vietnamese Iced Coffee cold brew cocktail and never look at your daily pick me up the same way again.

 

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Break Room 86

For aspiring entertainers, this 80s-themed bar is the place to go when you’re in need of an audience. Their live band karaoke night on Tuesdays will make you feel like a rockstar, or you can jam out privately by booking a room to serenade friends.

 

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EP & LP

Take the elevator up to the LP rooftop bar for a glamorous view of the Hollywood Hills. Order one of their Boba Cocktails for a unique twist that will keep your night buzzing right along.

 

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Gracias Madre

You’ll be feeling light as a feather after stopping by this all-vegan WeHo spot for one of their CBD oil cocktails. The Sour T-iesel, Stoney Negroni, or Rolled Fashioned each include a dose of green medicine to end on a high note.

| Read More: Best Vegan Eats in LA |

 

Photo: Sour T-iesel cocktail at Gracias Madre. (LA Times)

The Rooftop Bar at The Standard DTLA

German beer lovers will rejoice in knowing The Standard’s rooftop bar also has an attached Biergarten. Stop by in the early evening Wednesday through Saturday for German snacks and say cheers over a tall glass of brew.

 

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Wine and Dine at The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco is known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant culture and innovative tech landscape, making it one of the most interesting cities in the world. With impressive restaurants on every corner, there are plenty of places to take in a quality dining experience during your visit to the Bay. Make the most of your business trip or vacation when you indulge in some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.

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Flour + Water

The seasonal menu at Flour + Water keeps guests coming back for more to enjoy this inviting, classic restaurant with a neighborhood feel. Situated in the Mission District, you’ll taste some of the best pasta in San Francisco made with unique combinations of vibrant flavors. Their newer sister restaurant, Flour + Water Pizzeria, is also a go-to for a taste of a delicious pie.

 

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Photo: Flour + Water Pizzeria

Ayala

You’ll find delicious seafood creations at Ayala, located at the Hotel G in Union Square. Sky-high ceilings create an enviable ambiance to enjoy their menu of fish, shellfish and an impressive raw bar. Your dining experience is topped off with a buzz from their menu of freshly-made cocktails. 

 

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Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Monsieur Benjamin

The flavorful dishes at Monsieur Benjamin are sure to please your palate with Parisian fare in the heart of Hayes Valley. The modern reinventions of French classics, including steak tartare, escargot and frog legs, bring new life to traditional recipes. This bistro won’t disappoint during your next French cuisine craving.

 

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Photo: Monsieur Benjamin

Fiorella

If you’re in the mood for Italian, Fiorella in Outer Richmond is the place to go with wood-fired pizzas and antipasti made by Brookyln-born chefs. Order from their diverse wine list to bring even more flavor to the savory selection. Their wallpaper featuring the faces of San Francisco icons makes this outpost a neighborhood staple, along with its newer sister restaurant Fiorella Polk Street.

 

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Photo: Fiorella

Tartine Manufactory

As an extension of its Bakery predecessor, the Mission’s Tartine Manufactory has grown to be a local favorite for unparalleled pastries by day and an appetizing dinner menu by night. The bright and airy atmosphere complements the fresh fare of sandwiches and salads alongside its dreamy evening ambiance filled with the scent of seasoned vegetables and meats.

 

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Photo: Tartine Manufactory

Nopa

The rustic environment at Nopa brings authenticity to your dining experience with American, Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. Anyone who can appreciate a good burger will enjoy their signature dish paired with delicious craft cocktails. 

 

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Photo: Nopa San Francisco

Liholiho Yacht Club

The Hawaiian cuisine at Nob Hill’s Liholiho Yacht Club keeps guests returning to enjoy the sophisticated, fun environment. The exclusive spot keeps reservations filled due to its mouth-watering menu featuring ingredients like kimchi, peanuts and pineapple, evoking Asian influences with a Californian flair.

 

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Photo: Liholiho Yacht Club San Francisco

Marlowe

This inviting eatery brings a lively energy to its Soma surroundings with a bustling clientele of revelers. Sink your teeth into their menu of mouth-watering favorites ranging from signature brussels sprout chips to a noteworthy hamburger.

 

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Photo: Marlowe San Francisco

a Mano

It’s first-come-first-served at this restaurant in Hayes Valley, known for its long line of guests ready to be wined and dined. They may not take reservations, but their Italian cuisine is worth the wait with items like pizzas, pastas and even a signature fried chicken to satisfy your tastebuds. Grab a table along the sidewalk outside for perfect people-watching in the city.

 

Photo: a Mano San Francisco

Photo: a Mano San Francisco

Delfina

This busy go-to in the Mission requires a reservation to enjoy its California-Italian style dining. With two decades of bringing quality plates to the area, Delfina offers up a solid menu of wood-fired pizzas, arancini and spaghetti that will make you never want to leave.

 

Photo: Delfina San Francisco

Photo: Delfina San Francisco

Kin Khao

Union Square’s Parc 55 Hotel is home to Kin Khao, a contemporary spot with a menu of flavorful Thai classics. With homemade curries and sauces, this Michelin-starred restaurant has proven itself worthy drawing guests into its Tenderloin neighborhood for authentic Bangkok-inspired eats.

 

Photo: Kin Khao San Francisco

Photo: Kin Khao San Francisco

Little Creatures

While known to be more of a brewery than a restaurant, this Australian brand brings a delicious menu of pizzas, mussels and more giving bar food a unique, Aussie twist. Pair a flight of beer with an order of lamb ribs to experience this new addition to Mission Bay, just a short stroll from the Chase Center.

 

Photo: Little Creatures San Francisco

Photo: Little Creatures San Francisco

Angler

This spacious, waterfront restaurant thrives in offering Soma guests delectable, family-style plates ranging from a full raw bar to dishes roasted over an open, wood fireplace. Whether you prefer your protein from land or sea, Angler’s menu includes both with roasted octopus, hot chicken-style rabbit and antelope tartare bringing exotic flavors straight to your table.

 

Photo: Angler San Francisco

Photo: Angler San Francisco

Octavia

A neighborhood restaurant with a Michelin-starred menu, Octavia boasts a casual elegance perfect for a night of dining in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. The evolving menu of charming plates brings in guests to enjoy the relaxed, welcoming environment.

 

Photo: Octavia San Francisco

Photo: Octavia San Francisco

Beretta

This San Francisco classic is a must-try during your stay, with delectable pizzas and pastas along with finger food to accompany seasonal cocktail creations. Open until 1am, a rarity in the city, dinner can easily shift into a night of toasting drinks at this local favorite in the Mission.

 

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Photo: Beretta San Francisco

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The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known worldwide as a glamorous creative hub filled with unlimited ways to eat, drink and be merry. From Santa Monica to Downtown LA, you’ll find a city full of people indulging in the good life underneath the Southern California sun. Celebrity chefs, top performing artists and unparalleled nightlife locales are all a part of the city’s one-of-a-kind landscape.  If you’re looking to experience the best destinations to see and be seen, embrace the trendy culture of LA with these selections for how to have the ultimate Los Angeles vacation.

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Business Hotels

You’ll find plenty of hotels in Los Angeles that will provide everything you need for a relaxing stay. If the focus of your trip is strictly business, places like the modern, elegant Kimpton La Peer Hotel will meet your needs with its ideal West Hollywood location bordering Beverly Hills. The 1 Hotel West Hollywood sits in a prime location on Sunset Strip, offering a scenic domain to retreat to after a day of meetings. In Downtown LA, consider the Italy-inspired Nomad Hotel, boasting sleek furnishings and sits just minutes from the popular LA Live entertainment complex.

 

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Photo: Nomad Los Angeles

Lifestyle Hotels

For the pleasure-seekers of the world traveling to Los Angeles to soak up the city’s lively atmosphere, consider choosing a hotel like The Mondrian that places you right in the center of the action. Relish in the unparalleled views from their Skybar pool deck, or head to one of the many nightlife venues in the area nearby. You’ll also be walking distance to the action when you stay at the chic Dream Hotel, positioned right next door to some of the hottest nightlife spots in Hollywood. The artsy Freehand Hotel in Downtown LA is also in a great area for a night on the town, with their rooftop bar Broken Shaker being the perfect place to start your evening.

 

Photo: Dream Hollywood

Photo: Mondrian Los Angeles – Skybar Pool

Restaurants for Meetings

Food lovers are sure to enjoy their time in Los Angeles with the spectrum of restaurants available for you to taste your way through the city. Those in town for business may be in need of a dining location that can also act as a professional setting. You can’t go wrong with Nobu Los Angeles or Malibu for Japanese cuisine in a trendy setting. Craig’s in West Hollywood is known for its celebrity sightings, but also acts as a refined place for conversation with colleagues. Gracias Madre’s light and airy environment also makes for a great place to meet as you enjoy their delicious menu of plant-based, Mexican fare.

 

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Photo: Gracias Madre

Restaurants for Fun

Los Angeles may not be the city that never sleeps, but it sure knows how to party even when it comes to dining. If you’re preparing to head out for a night of fun, you may want to make a reservation for Hollywood’s Beauty & Essex—a stylish fine dining locale with an upscale pawn shop speakeasy entrance. You also can’t go wrong starting your night with bites at Harriet’s Rooftop in West Hollywood, located at the top of 1 Hotel. The view of LA’s skyline acts as the perfect backdrop for toasting glasses to a night on the town. Toca Madera is also a go-to hot spot with Mexican eats and an upbeat lounge vibe that will have you kicking your evening off right.

 

Photo: Beauty & Essex

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Restaurants for Brunch

Locals consider brunch a necessity in Los Angeles, with restaurants just as busy during daylight hours as they are for the dinner rush. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with brunch at EP & LP, a West Hollywood restaurant offering up bottomless mimosas along with a rooftop bar where you can continue your Sunday fun-day with a perfect view of the Hollywood Hills. For a sophisticated hot spot, Republique in Mid City serves up French-inspired dishes to start your day with a bevy of delicious flavors.  Santa Monica’s Elephante is also a quality selection for a weekend brunch, with a simplistic, beachy atmosphere overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Locals are also a fan of brunch at Sqirl in East Hollywood, a daytime-only destination with a variety of appetizing dishes in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Photo: Elephante

Photo: Republique

Best Dining Experiences

Sometimes the best part of your dining experience is the experience itself, with ambiance and style adding elements of creativity to your meal. The Los Angeles outpost of Tao will have you in awe from the grand, layered seating style and larger-than-life Asian-inspired artwork. You’re sure to also have a magical experience at The Bazaar, a West Hollywood classic created by Nobel Prize nominee Chef Jose Andres, where innovative dishes and whimsical cocktails continue to bring guests back for more. See the city from great heights when you book a reservation at 71Above, the Downtown LA restaurant that offers up an unparalleled dinner view from the 71st floor.

 

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Photo: 71 Above

Best Cocktail Bars

With Los Angeles being the entertainment capital of the world, the city’s bars take hints from the entertainment industry with impressive venues that ushering you into a new world of wines and spirits. If you’re looking for the best cocktails in the city, look no further than Melrose Umbrella Company—a neighborhood drinkery known for its warm hospitality and palate-pleasing mixtures. You’ll also get the best of the best at Everson Royce Bar, a cool venue with an inviting outdoor patio along with a “Big Book of Spirits” filled with an endless selection of booze. You can also head to Koreatown to duck into The Walker Inn, an award-winning hidden bar within The Normandie Club that serves handcrafted cocktails to sip and savor.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co.

Photo: The Walker Inn

Best Date Night Bars

If you’re visiting the city hand-in-hand with a loved one, certain bars will be better than others in making the most of your intimate night on the town. Start your night at Bibo Ergo Sum in Beverly Hills to clink glasses in the stylish, art deco space. You’ll be able to cozy up for drinks at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood with vintage décor and dim lighting to set the mood. Employees Only is another great option for having a great conversation while enjoying a laid back crowd and late night DJ.

 

Photo: The Nice Guy

Photo: Employees Only LA

Hottest Bars

You may be coming to Los Angeles searching for the hottest bars to mix and mingle with beautiful crowds. If meeting new people and dancing the night away is your goal, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s is a go-to for locals in looking for a lively night. The 1970s-themed bar is a known favorite with an old school playlist and living room feel complete with a backyard-style patio. You can also head to the Eastside for dancing at Tenants of the Trees, a Silver Lake destination with an indoor-outdoor setting and multiple DJs playing something for everyone. One of Hollywood’s most theatrical bars, No Vacancy, will also entertain you from start to finish with its speakeasy entrance and burlesque performances throughout the night.

 

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

Photo: No Vacancy

Best Bar Experience

Aside from dancing and great drinks, sometimes the atmosphere of the bar itself is enough to keep patrons coming back for more. The Bungalow in Santa Monica has proved itself to be a staple in the city with an indoor-outdoor location allowing you to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Hollywood’s rooftop bar Mama Shelter is also a great sunset destination, with vibrant furnishings complementing the Southern California sunshine. You’ll also have a one-of-a-kind experience at East Hollywood’s La Descarga, a Havana-themed lounge filled with salsa dancing, live music and a smokey cigar room out back.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: La Descarga

Nightlife Experiences

LA is known for its exclusive nightlife venues that draw in some of the world’s biggest performing artists to take the stage in energetic, glamorous settings. If you’re looking for a club with a great dance floor, head to West Hollywood to visit Nightingale, a venue filled with neon lights and modern décor. The nearby Doheny Room is also a prime location for dancing as their upstairs lounge fills with partygoers and a live DJ in the old-Hollywood inspired hotspot. 1OAK is also an exclusive spot for revelry with space to dance along with impressive performances from hip hop’s finest.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Best For Bottle Service

If you’d rather go out with a group for bottle service, head to Warwick in Hollywood, known for its rotating theme of extravagant furnishings and also its celebrity clientele. Bootsy Bellows also has a reputation for a star-studded guest list with live performances in a chic, Palm Springs-inspired setting. Another worthy venue for bottle service is Poppy, the whimsical garden space with a built in lounge to give you the best of both worlds. Avenue’s Los Angeles outpost mixes a garden lounge with a spacious interior fit for partying in the heart Hollywood.

 

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Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Poppy

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The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Travel

Before arriving in Tokyo, it’s nearly impossible to grasp the sheer size and density of the city or the depth of the culture. As one of the largest conurbations on the planet, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do during your time there with the landscape of attractions constantly changing and evolving. Whether you are interested in seeing the historical and deeply traditional side of the city, or the ultra-modern and opulent, you will never run out of things to do in the bustling Japanese capital. Explore a city of excitement with hotels, restaurants and nightlife that will make your stay worthwhile.

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HOTELS

Shangri-La Hotel – Tokyo

Named after the legendary land from James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo captures the serenity and harmony for which the brand is known for around the world. The hotel is located on the top 11 floors of the 37-floor Marunouchi Trust Tower, and is just minutes away from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has been presented with a number of prestigious awards and is truly one of the best hotels in the country.

 

Shangri-La Tokyo

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Shangri-La Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

Located on the top floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo serves as a sanctuary for guests but also as a grand monument to the modern Japanese capital of Tokyo and all that the city stands for, such as a strong affinity towards ancestral traditions. Guests can expect ultra-modern and sleek ryokan-style rooms that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living. Along with a multitude of high-end amenities, guests can take advantage of the Aman’s spa, which is one of the largest and highest-rated in the city.

 

Aman Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

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The Prince Park Tower – Tokyo

As the flagship location for the prestigious Prince hotel chain, The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo has been outfitted with all the modern luxuries that one could ask for when staying at such a lavish location. Sitting 33 stories above Tokyo, the Prince Park Tower is a sophisticated tower that overlooks one of the city’s largest green spaces, Shiba Koen. Along with breathtaking views of the cityscape, the interior design blends ultra-modern elements with traditional Japanese elegance which creates an unbelievable stay. Everything from bowling alleys to a boulangerie is available to guests along with world-class client services.

 

Prince Park Tower

Photo: The Prince Park Tower

Prince Park Tower

Photo: The Prince Park Tower

DINING

Ginza Kojyu

Regarded as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, Ginza Kojyu is led by head chef Toro Okuda and focuses on a multi-course kaiseki menu inside a Zen-like dining area. Okuda and his team do a magnificent job of showcasing modern Japanese haute cuisine through their use of ultra-fresh seasonal ingredients and expression of enhanced natural flavors.

 

Ginza Kojyu

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Ginza Kojyu

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Narisawa

Narisawa is a Tokyo staple and is world-renowned for its unique style of innovative “Satoyama cuisine,” a term coined by head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. Chef Narisawa takes inspiration from his Japanese ancestors’ intimate relationship with the forest and sea that surrounded them, an inspiration that can be seen in his dishes.

 

Narisawa

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Narisawa

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Sukiyabashi Jiro

Acclaimed chef Jiro Ono brings Tokyo ultra-fresh sushi at his Chuo City restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The menu changes constantly and is based upon which fish may be in season or what could be found that morning at the fish market. Sukiyabashi Jiro has a strict reservation list, as the intimate dining area only seats 10. If you’re looking forward to trying some authentic sushi during your time in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro should be number one on your list.

 

Sukiyabashi Jiro

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Sukiyabashi Jiro

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NIGHTLIFE

1OAK Tokyo

Just like its counterparts in some of the best cities in the US, 1OAK Tokyo is an exclusive destination for hosting top acts from around the world to perform in an energetic nightlife environment. The exclusive club sees long lines of partygoers hoping to get into the stylishly-designed hot spot. 1OAK’s signature sultry decor and sleek furnishings create a mood of luxury in the heart of Tokyo.

 

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1OAK Tokyo

Photo: 1OAK Tokyo

Oath

Oath is known around the city as being one of the most energetic and fun night clubs in all of Tokyo. A mix of local and international DJs frequent the club which creates a constantly changing dynamic. With a regular closing time of 8am on weekends, you’ll need all the stamina you can muster to enjoy the night until they shut it down.

 

Oath Tokyo

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Oath Tokyo

Photo: Oath Tokyo

PLUSTOKYO

PLUSTOKYO perfectly combines elements of art, food, drinks, entertainment, and music. The venue itself is located on the top floor and roof of the Kirarito shopping complex and includes a nightclub, three bars, a cafe and an art gallery. It really is a one-stop shop for everything you could ask for in a night out in Tokyo.

 

Plustokyo

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Photo: Plustokyo

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known to be a hot destination for anyone celebrating a big life event, including the rite-of-passage of a 21st birthday. With the newfound ability to order a drink on your own, the possibilities are endless for how to spend your time in a city known for its world-renowned reputation of revelry. Narrow down your options with a rundown of how to take your Vegas birthday adventure to the next level.

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Book Your Hotel Room

Your choice of hotel will make all the difference in the world, so why not splurge on your once-in-a-lifetime 21st birthday adventure? The Cosmopolitan is known for its sleek and sexy atmosphere that will have you feeling sophisticated during your entrance into adulthood. The Wynn and Encore towers will also give a luxurious feel to your stay with a classic style and beautiful views. The extravagant Venetian Resort will also put a lavish touch on your stay with spacious suites and opulent Italian decor. For a great stay just off the strip, the newly renovated Palms will have you feeling like a rockstar with a chic, contemporary design and one-of-a-kind specialty suites.

 

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Photo: Venetian Las Vegas

Photo: Palms Casino Resort Sky Villas

Birthday Activities

Once you step foot onto the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel the energy of the city with people from all over the world thrill seeking in the lively, neon setting. You’re sure to get your heart-rate pumping on your 21st birthday by taking a few laps around the track driving a luxury sports car at Exotics Racing. If seeing the city from great heights is more your style, take a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip for unparalleled views of the night’s sparkling lights. You’ll also get an adrenaline-filled view from the top of the Stratosphere–the tallest observation tower in the country that also includes multiple thrill rides that dangle you over the bustling city below.

 

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Photo: Stratosphere Insanity

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dine at the Best Restaurants

Make the most of your Vegas 21st birthday trip by indulging in some of the world’s finest cuisine featured up and down the Strip. The SLS Hotel is home to Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an imaginative culinary experience that is known to put an innovative twist on traditional Spanish dishes. Enjoy dinner at Catch at Aria for a trendy, eye-catching destination with an Asian-influenced menu. You won’t go wrong at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, where the celebrity chef has created a menu of mouth-watering American cuisine at The Bellagio. Hakkasan isn’t just a nightclub, but also a luxurious restaurant with a Cantonese-inspired menu that makes for an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Spago Vegas

Photo: Bazaar Meat

Dayclub Pool Parties

One of the best parts of Las Vegas weather is being able to take advantage of it through attending sun-filled day parties where you can celebrate your 21st birthday poolside [link to Best Pools Blog] while hearing your favorite artists. Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is a known favorite where DJs like The Chainsmokers, Diplo and Kygo show off their talents to energized crowds. Head to a Drai’s pool party atop the Cromwell Hotel where hip hop’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Migos and Future, are known to take the stage. Wet Republic is a go-to for fans of EDM DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Zedd while at Daylight at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Morgan Page, Rick Ross and Duke Dumont. The new Kaos Dayclub at the Palms Hotel is also a hot destination boasting residencies for Eric Prydz and Kaskade.

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Photo: Encore Beach Club

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Watch the Best Shows

A city made for entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of shows and music acts to dazzle you during your 21st birthday experience. Lovers of pop music will have plenty of talented stars to choose from with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year. You’ll also find bands like Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith and Def Leppard taking their place on stage at hotels along the Strip. You can also take in one of the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows like O Show or Zumanity, or see Absinthe for a vintage circus and cabaret experience.

 

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Photo: “O” show by Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Lady Gaga / LA Times

Party at the Best Nightclubs

It wouldn’t be a 21st birthday in Vegas without taking advantage of the overabundance of nightclubs along the iconic Strip. One of the newest and most buzzed about destinations is Kaos, which brings stars like Cardi B, G-Eazy and Deadmau5 to the stage regularly. You’ll be feeling the energy at XS with performers like Drake, Alesso and Marshmello entertaining crowds in the indoor-outdoor space. You’ll also get a unique experience at Encore Night Swimone of the few nighttime pool parties on the Strip, featuring acts like Anna Lunoe, Disclosure, Galantis and Rufus Du Sol. 1OAK at The Mirage will have you dancing to artists like 2 Chainz and Jason Derulo while Marquee at The Cosmopolitan puts on shows from dance music legends like Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand. Aria is home to Jewel nightclub, which features EDM and hip hop acts like Tyga, Nicky Romero and Party Favor.

 

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Photo: Cardi B / KAOS Nightclub

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Bars & Lounges

If you’re narrowing down a place to buy your first drink and kick off your 21st birthday night, the best way to go is to stop into one of Vegas’ hottest lounges for an enhanced pre-party experience. Start your night off at APEX Social Club at The Palms with bites and drinks on their rooftop balcony overlooking an iconic view of the Strip. Head to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy the sleek SkyBar for signature cocktails and an unparalleled floor-to-ceiling view from the 23rd floor. You’ll also enjoy the view at the elegant Chandelier lounge in The Cosmopolitan, with three levels to take in the sparkling crystal decor. For a vintage-inspired hideaway, The MGM’s new On the Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

 

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Photo: Skybar at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

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Book Your Hotel Room

Your hotel choice will be the cherry on top of your 21st birthday weekend when you book a destination fit for rest and relaxation. The Mondrian is centrally located on Sunset Strip and has an iconic pool with infinite views of the city. The trendy W Hotel is a bustling Hollywood Boulevard hotspot that places you right in the center of the action. If you stay at The London West Hollywood, you’ll be in the lap of luxury with the hotel’s glamorous feel and beautiful views. The elegant design of the Kimpton La Peer hotel makes for a photo-worthy experience and has a prime location right off of the iconic Melrose Boulevard. The stylish Dream Hollywood is also a coveted destination due its location and variety of sister nightlife properties right next door.

 

 

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Photo: Kimpton La Peer

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Birthday Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86. Video game fans will have a blast at Button Mash, a “barcade” with a variety of vintage arcade games along with an extensive beer selection. Take your birthday to new heights with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles that will give you a bird’s eye view of the City of Angels.

 

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dine at the Best Restaurants

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats. Tao is one of the city’s most trendy dining destinations with an expansive layout and Asian-inspired dishes that attract an A-list clientele to its Hollywood location. After a weekend of partying, check out Gracias Madre for brunch to indulge in their plant-based menu that satisfies vegans and meat lovers alike.

 

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Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel room. You can also rise to the top of the Dream Hotel to visit The Highlight Room, a rooftop destination perfect for taking in some poolside sunshine while dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

 

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: The Highlight Room

Party at the Best Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting. The newly revitalized nightclub Bootsy Bellows has an elegant, Palm Springs-inspired look for you to party the night away in style. Music lovers will appreciate the vibe at The Peppermint Club, known for its live performances and energetic weekend atmosphere.

 

Warwick Hollywood

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Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more. You’ll love the tiki theme at Lono, a spacious bar on Hollywood Boulevard known for its tropical drinks and vibrant crowd. If you’re in Downtown LA, Clifton’s is a historic bar with five separate levels of dancing and drinking along with a speakeasy hidden behind a secret door. Karaoke fans will love Tramp Stamp Granny’s, a chic, Hollywood piano bar where a live pianist leads the crowd in singing top hits for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

 

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Satisfy Your Cravings at LA’s Finest Mexican Restaurants

Great Mexican food is almost like a birthright for Los Angeles, considering the area used to be part of Mexico. With such a strong cultural influence still present in the city today, Mexican restaurants are plentiful, including menus of upscale Mexican cuisine. With Cinco de Mayo filling the city with cravings for tacos, quesadillas and the like, what better way is there to celebrate than by grabbing a bite and a margarita at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Gracias Madre

In a city known for its availability of vegan food options, Gracias Madre quickly rises above the competition. Their secret is to take traditional Mexican dishes that are already close to being vegan and push them over the edge. Gracias Madre is widely known for its tasty guacamole, mezcal, and cashew-based cheese. They also serve an agave-heavy cocktail menu that won’t have you feeling guilty in the morning.

 

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Photo: Gracias Madre

Toca Madera

An extensive cocktail menu and expertly-crafted Mexican cuisine classics make Toca Madera an all-in-one package. For a night out, look no further than a drive to West Hollywood where you can lounge at Toca Madera all night and never get bored. Celebrities, locals, and visitors alike flock there each day for high-quality dishes and one of the most lively dining atmospheres in Los Angeles.

 

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Photo: Toca Madera

Broken Spanish

Located a few blocks from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish should be your go-to spot for a night out before or after the big game. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a place for drinks and dancing, Broken Spanish has it all. Crowds from all over the city congregate here for some of the best modern Mexican food in the city.

 

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Photo: Broken Spanish

Petite Taqueria

Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood boasts a menu of Mexican classics with a twist. The prime La Cienega location in the heart of the neighborhood’s bustling nightlife scene makes it the perfect pre-party destination for enjoying a mouth-watering dinner. Fans of savory Mexican dishes and flavorful cocktails are sure to enjoy the Petite Taqueria experience.

 

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Photo: Petite Taqueria

Coni Seafood

If seafood is what you seek, Coni’Seafood has what you’ve been looking for. Beginning in the owner’s backyard in 1987, the restaurant has been fueling the larger LA community with Nayarit-style seafood for decades. Widely considered one of, if not the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, everything from ceviche to tacos de Marlin is served up with care and precision at both of their LA locations.

 

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Photo: Coni’Seafood

La Casita Mexicana

Heading south of Downtown lies La Casita Mexicana, a colorful Dia de Los Muertos themed restaurant that has been serving up some of the area’s best Chile En Nogada for years. The two head chefs of La Casita Mexicana are absolute rockstars when it comes to cooking up Mexican food, and they have quickly turned their restaurant into a Southern California institution.

 

Photo: La Casita Mexicana

Photo: La Casita Mexicana

Red O Taste of Mexico

The Red O culinary team prides themselves on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes, as well as their steaks and seafood dishes. The restaurant, located in Santa Monica, houses a friendly and inviting interior that makes guests want to sit and have just one more glass of wine.

 

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Photo: Red O Santa Monica

El Compadre

If there’s one thing that can get you ready for the weekend, it should be margaritas and dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood. Flaming drinks, an all-night mariachi band, and authentic Mexican food come together to create the perfect atmosphere to have a party. Experience this Los Angeles outpost for a menu of delicious dishes made from family recipes that won’t disappoint.

 

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Photo: El Compadre

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Savor the Flavor at the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.

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The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.

 

Restaurant at Waterkloof

Photo: The Restaurant at Waterkloof

The Test Kitchen

An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.

 

The Test Kitchen

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La Colombe

La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.

 

La Colombe Restaurant

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Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

 

The Orient Restaurant Mosaic

Photo: The Orient – Restaurant Mosaic

Wolfgat

Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

 

Wolfgat South Africa

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The Camphors at Vergelegen

This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

 

Camphors at Vergelegen

Photo: The Camphors at Vergelegen

Greenhouse

Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

 

Greenhouse at The Cellars Hohenort

Photo: Greenhouse at The Cellars Hohenort

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