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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Hotels

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.

 

Photo: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: Venetian Las Vegas

Photo: Palms Casino Resort Sky Villas

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

Dining

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

Dayclubs

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 Marshmello, Eric Prydz and Kaskade.

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Photo: Encore Beach Club

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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

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. The Wynn’s other nightclub, Intrigue, will have you dancing to RL Grime, Diplo and Dillon Francis 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 Hyde in the Bellagio with bites and drinks on their terrace overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountain. 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: The Chandelier Bar

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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Hotels

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

Photo: The London West Hollywood

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

Dining

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.

 

Photo: Catch LA

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

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.

 

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Photo: Bootsy Bellows

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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

Photo: The Test Kitchen

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

Photo: La Colombe Restaurant

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

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LA’s Best Restaurants for Garden Dining

There’s no shortage of al fresco dining spots around Los Angeles, but not all of them are decorated with lush greenery in a natural setting. Dining with the background of a garden landscape can be romantic, sophisticated and magical with twinkling lights hanging from trees to set the mood. With warmer weather opening up your options for outdoor dining, stop into any of these restaurants for the best garden views for your dining experience.

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Plant Food + Wine

This Venice sanctuary is a staple in LA vegan community. If you happen to not be vegan, their extensive and tasteful variety of wines should be plenty to get you through the door. The outdoor community aesthetic is stellar and makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a little restaurant in the mountains.

 

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The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

This elegant hotel lounge and restaurant isn’t just for hotel VIPs, it’s also open to the public. If you’re in the market for a great date spot or somewhere to impress a potential client, The Polo Lounge is a great choice due to its scenic, outdoor garden atmosphere.

 

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Cliffs Edge

Sitting down in this walled garden, you would never know that Sunset Blvd. is right on the other side of the hedge. Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake is a one-in-a-million space that serves modern American cuisine in a chic outdoor atmosphere.

 

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Michaels

Michael’s is a true gem of Santa Monica that has stood the test of time. Recently the restaurant underwent a full makeover and the patio has never looked better with plenty of foliage and soft lighting, creating a truly magical look each night.

 

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Sawyer

This Silver Lake hotspot is a hub for community activity. The light and airy atmosphere, indoor and out, is enough to make anybody want to strike up a conversation with the person at the next table. Sawyer’s vibe is infectious and beautiful with a green, open back patio that could put anybody in a cheery mood.

 

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Yamashiro

This beautiful Japanese-based restaurant and lounge is a staple of luxury dining among Hollywood locals. A full Japanese garden dining setting overlooking Hollywood, a perfectly thought out and prepared menu, and an expert staff make Yamashiro an unforgettable experience.

 

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The Little Door

Even though there are plenty of picturesque places to eat around Beverly Grove, The Little Door still manages to stand out. A light and airy garden atmosphere along with an innovative menu make The Little Door the perfect place for date night or just a fun dining experience.

 

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Griffith Park Beer Gardens

If you’re interested in spending a casual warm night somewhere with a beautiful view of the sunset, this is definitely the spot for you. A great beer menu, charming Griffith Park location, and tasty food just a quick walk away make the Beer Gardens at Roosevelt Cafe a summer must.

 

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Sip and Savor at LA’s Best Wine Bars

Good wine can be easy to find, but enjoying an exceptional wine can be an unforgettable experience. With plenty of wine lovers in the Los Angeles area, the number of wine-dedicated establishments has risen to accommodate the ever-growing hobby. Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or getting cozy during date night, there are a number of places you can visit to get unique and rare wines that will please your palate. If you’re a love of a great white or tasty red, check out these cool wine bars in Los Angeles.

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Heritage Fine Wines

Placed in a prime Beverly Hills location, one might think Heritage Fine Wines would be a place only limited to wine professionals or knowledgeable connoisseurs, but that’s simply not true. Heritage Fine Wines does an incredible job of making all their guests feel welcomed with a staff that’s always happy to give you a few wine tips if you need it.

 

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Photo: Heritage / Time Out

A.O.C.

A.O.C. in Beverly Hills is owned by duo Caroline Styne, a top LA sommelier and James Beard Restaurateur of the Year, and Suzanne Goin, a 3-time James Beard Award-winning chef. A.O.C. quickly gained industry recognition for their delectable food and rich wine pairings.

 

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Photo: A.O.C.

Bacari West Adams

This unique, Downtown wine bar has gained famed for its creativity and innovation. A rebranding of the former Bacaro LA, their wine list consists of small-batch labels and oddball flavors from all over the world, but namely from the budding winery markets in Slovenia and Morocco.

 

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Photo: Bacari LA

Bar Bandini

A dimly lit, moody interior and friendly service are just a few of the reasons this Echo Park locale is a neighborhood favorite. The wine list focuses on California natural wines made with little to no intervention, making for a fresh sip paired with Bandini’s small bites.

 

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Photo: Bar Bandini / Time Out

Bar Covell

Bar Covell in East Hollywood is the quintessential Los Angeles wine bar. Started by Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner, this homey and welcoming wine bar boasts a selection of over 150 labels from 24 countries. Come in for a visit and the bartender will recommend some selections to pair with their delicious small plates.

 

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Photo: Bar Covell / The Infatuation

Marvin

Stop into Marvin for Sunday brunch in West Hollywood, and after a couple bottomless mimosas, you might forget you’re not actually in a French bistro. Between the vast wine selection, the menu and the decor, this go-to destination is about as close to a French wine house as you can get in Los Angeles.

 

Photo: Marvin

Photo: Marvin

South End

South End in Venice serves up one of the best combinations you can think of: fine wines and delicious pizzas. Their variety of unique labels and taste profiles ensures that no matter what kind of pizza you’d like to order, there is a perfect wine pairing just for you.

 

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Vertical Wine Bistro

A quaint wine bar in Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers over 650 different wines by the bottle, and over 70 by glass. With such an extensive list, it’ll be a challenge to settle on just one bottle. Taste a few favorites by ordering one of their wine flights to try out a variety of flavors.

 

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Photo: Vertical Wine Bistro

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The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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Photo: Little Prince

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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-run businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.

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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.

 

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Photo: Coolhaus

Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.

 

Photo: Vinovore / Sprudge

Photo: Vinovore

Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

 

Photo: Genever Founders / Kristie-Valerie Hoang

Photo: Genever

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

 

Photo: Jake Lindeman

Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

 

Photo: Jessica Koslow / Wonho Frank Lee

Photo: Sqirl Los Angeles

Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

 

Photo: Caroline Styne and Suzanne-Goin / Lucques

Photo: Lucques

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

 

Photo: Bar Franca

Photo: Bar Franca

 

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The 7 Best Vegan Restaurants in New York City

For many, being vegan requires a bit of planning when it comes time to explore a new city. Luckily, the recent rise in people adopting a vegan lifestyle means there are more and more restaurants opening across the country that cater to a meatless menu. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the Big Apple, stop by one of these spots to enjoy some of the best vegan food in the city.

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Ladybird

This eatery in the East Village offers up comfort food options that make for a great meal after a buzzed night out. With things like deep-fried mac and cheese balls, fried avocado croquettes, and an artichoke-chardonnay fondue platter, Ladybird takes “drunk food” to a new level making it a must try on your night out.

 

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The Cinnamon Snail

This food truck owned and operated by Adam Sobel is locally known for continually dishing out delicious vegan food options. Menu items like Korean barbeque seitan and crème brulee doughnuts are a huge hit at this Midtown West destination.

 

Photo: The Cinnamon Snail

Avant Garden

Avant Garden’s locations in the East Village and Brooklyn boast menus of dishes that are both sophisticated and delicate. The atmosphere says chic tiki bar while the East Village location gives the feel of a rustic wine bar. Stop in to enjoy an elegant menu of plant-based dishes for a dinner to remember.

 

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Blossom

Blossom in Chelsea is known for its impressive faux-meat dishes, along with egg-free pasta and desserts. The health-conscious brand has also expanded to include two Manhattan locations to satisfy even more plant-based cravings in NYC.

 

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Candle Cafe

The menu at Candle Cafe in Lenox Hill is like a training manual for newly-converted vegans. Sandwiches with faux meat and grilled seitan skewers will make you think you’re eating the real thing. Stop into Candle Cafe for the perfect place to ease the transition into a vegan diet.

 

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Peacefood Cafe

This Upper West Side gem is one of the few vegan restaurants in the area that truly rises above the competition. Great tasting and healthy dishes like fresh salads and cashew-based ‘goat-cheese’ are exceptional bites to try when you’re in the neighborhood.

 

Photo: Peacefood Cafe

Le Botaniste

Parent restaurant Le Pain Quotidien decided to open a vegan, gluten-free restaurant in New York after finding success in Belgium. At Le Botaniste in Lenox Hill, you can try their signature dishes or customize your own to satisfy your tastes. The dark, rustic atmosphere pairs perfectly with the menu that includes many raw recipes and low-temperature cooking techniques.

 

Photo: Le Botaniste

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The Top 10 Most Photo-Worthy Lunch Spots in Los Angeles

How many times have you taken a photo of a dish that looks more like a work of art than a meal? It’s easy to be drawn to an item on the menu just because of a creative visual presentation that will add an extra touch to your outing. If you’re a foodie grabbing a midday bite in Los Angeles, you may want to stop into one of these photo-worthy lunch spots to get that perfect shot.

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Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog in Downtown LA is truly unique in that they make some of the craziest and best-looking hot dogs in the city. Topped with everything from chili cheese fries to elote, there’s something for everybody at this mouth-watering hot dog joint.

 

Photo: Dirt Dog / Nomz Plz

The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe

This seemingly insignificant neighborhood coffee shop is hiding a delicious and beautiful secret. The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe in West Hollywood boasts some of the most intricate steamed milk art you’ll ever see. Their tasty creations are sure to impress both your eyes and your tastebuds.

 

Photo: The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe

Corner Joint

Take a trip to the nearby city of Lawndale to try out one of their crazy Micheladas. Along with your tasty drink, you’ll also get a few unique garnishes like hamburger sliders, bacon-wrapped shrimp and sometimes even pizza. The Corner Joint offers a truly Instagrammable experience that you’re sure to enjoy.

 

Photo: Corner Joint / Nomz Plz

Sweet Rolled Tacos

If you have an unrelenting sweet tooth, take a trip to nearby Garden Grove and give Sweet Rolled Tacos a try. They take dessert to the max with a variety of odd flavors such as “Monsters Ink” and “Honey Avocado.” They flatten and roll up your choice of ice cream flavor and drop it into a colorful waffle cone taco shell, sprinkled with a variety of delicious toppings.

 

Photo: Sweet Rolled Tacos

Coolhaus

There really is something for everyone when you grab an ice cream sandwich dessert at Coolhaus. Every guest has the opportunity to create their own delectable, ice cream concoction by choosing from a huge selection of flavors and an equally as large choice of cookies to put your ice cream between. There’s no doubt you’ll leave with a cool photo and smile on your face.

 

Photo: Coolhaus / Roaming Hunger

Birdies

Fried chicken and donuts may seem like an strange combination for a restaurant, but it works just fine for Birdies. If you’re looking for an extravagant treat, try their 24K gold donuts that come with a hefty price tag. The fried chicken sandwiches also make for a mouth-watering Kodak moment.

 

Photo: Birdies / Sprudge

Rays and Stark Bar

Located on the grounds of the world famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ray’s and Stark Bar creates their own works of edible art every day. They offer a gold-covered pizza made with quality ingredients that create a great visual and an unbelievable eating experience.

 

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Chomp Eatery

A lot of people may recognize Santa Monica’s Chomp Eatery by name for their Instagram-famous rainbow grilled cheese. If you ever need some comfort food, Chomp Eatery is the place to go for a crazy, colorful and savory grilled cheese that will have your followers chomping at the bit to try it out themselves.

 

Photo: Chomp Eatery / CBRe Blueprint

Howlin Rays

Perfectly golden fried chicken atop firm honey-colored buns and a variety of delectable sides is exactly what you can expect from Holwin’ Ray’s. Make sure you come with enough time to wait in line as their menu attracts guests from all over the city looking for a spicy sandwich. Their homemade photo-worthy items will make it all worth the wait.

 

Photo: Howlin’ Ray’s

Shrimp Daddy

If you’re a seafood lover, Shrimp Daddy is an essential addition to your rotation of frequented restaurants. With huge, fresh shrimp cooked or fried to perfection and served in the most Instagrammable arrangements, Shrimp Daddy offers creative seafood options you’re sure to enjoy.

 

Photo: Shrimp Daddy / Tastemade

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