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The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore Opening in Long Beach

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Introducing The Bungalow Kitchen

Long Beach is gaining a chic, new restaurant with The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore–the latest outpost of the Bungalow Hospitality brand. A departure from its Santa Monica and Huntington Beach predecessors, this unique brand concept of a lounge-worthy eatery is the result of a partnership between Bungalow’s Brent Bolthouse and award-winning Chef Michael Mina. The “social dining” space is slated to open its doors on March 4th, 2021 to a community of Long Beach’s Belmont Shore diners.

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The Bungalow x Michael Mina

Brent Bolthouse has established himself as a veteran in the hospitality and nightlife industries through decades of success in Los Angeles. After opening the first Bungalow in 2012, the brand has grown to become a staple in its Santa Monica and later Huntington Beach neighborhoods. Joining with Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina for The Bungalow Kitchen was a natural collaboration for the two. “Brent is a longtime friend of mine,” notes Mina, “We are so excited to collaborate on our first brand new restaurant concept and to utilize his deep roots in the industry with the launch of The Bungalow Kitchen.”

While plans for a Long Beach Bungalow have been in the works for years, the untimely pandemic spurred a shift in plans for the restaurateurs. “The original plans for Belmont Shore was to open the third Bungalow location, but Michael and I quickly shifted gears to rebrand and pivot to The Bungalow Kitchen in response to the pandemic, opting to launch our new brand concept there first,” Bolthouse explained. Plans for a Northern California Bungalow Kitchen in Tiburon are still currently in development.




In the Heart of Belmont Shore

Guests of The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore can expect to be wowed by the living room-like setting, a “community clubhouse” for cocktails, dining and socializing. Perched on the upper floor of the 2nd & PCH shopping center, the eatery overlooks the water of Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay. Similar to other Bungalow locales, eclectic, bohemian decor will make the comfy hideaway perfect for lounging. The 10,000 square foot space, designed by frequent Bungalow collaborator Studio Collective, boasts custom furnishings, stylish artwork and rock and roll-inspired decor reflecting the nostalgia of Long Beach’s punk rock influences. Mixing a traditional bungalow style with sleek, musical elements creates an environment of eccentric refinement for visitors to unwind.




The Space

Similar to other Bungalow outposts, the multi-room layout allows for a residential feel that creates a welcoming ambiance of comfort. Rooms in varying sizes and styles add an additional layer to the dining experience, offering multiple backdrops for guests to enjoy themselves. The plush seating in the dining room is perfect for large party visits or cozy date nights, with a fireplace bringing warmth to the space. The game room features a pool table for a fun, post-dinner activity, while the sunroom provides a sophisticated locale for sipping cocktails. No waterfront restaurant would be complete without outdoor seating, making Bungalow Kitchen’s 3,000 square foot patio ideal for al fresco dining with a view of the bay.




A Social Dining Experience

The social dining experience at The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is elevated by Chef Michael Mina’s dinner and late night menus of California cuisine, with a brunch menu soon to be added. An emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients brings fresh flavors to the variety of indulgent plates. Guests can start their dining experience with table snacks like Crispy Duck Wings or Prosciutto-Wrapped Asian Pears. A raw bar includes items like Tai Snapper Ceviche Verde and Tuna & Tomato Poke, as well as platters that may be shared between 2-4 people. Salads like the King Crab & Endive Caesar are sure to impress, while pastas like the House-Made Rigatoni and Spicy Lobster Spaghetti will be seaside favorites. The Kitchen also offers grilled and roasted selections like Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Tenderloin and Grilled Sea Bream, alongside Chef Michael Mina’ signature Lobster Pot Pie, featuring whole Maine Lobster, Truffle-Lobster Bisque & Petite Root Vegetables. 

Late Night Bites

Aside from dinner, the limited late night menu will also satisfy cravings with items like the Bungalow Burger and “Boardwalk” Crinkle-Cut Fries. Bites will be paired with a drink menu of classic cocktails and an expansive wine list of curated selections. Delivery and takeout are also expected to be in The Bungalow Kitchen’s future, soon allowing patrons to enjoy Chef Mina’s creations right at home. Bolthouse and Chef Mina bringing a fresh, new dining destination to Long Beach is sure to attract excited local patrons ready to enjoy their piece of the renowned Bungalow brand. The success of Bungalow Huntington Beach suggests this twist on the widely-acclaimed bars will make waves in the Long Beach restaurant scene for years to come.

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    The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200. Long Beach, CA 90603 in the 2nd & PCH retail center. Current hours of operation are Wed-Sat 5pm-2am and Sun 5pm-10pm. To make dining reservations for March 4th, 2021 and later, contact concierge@zochagroup.com or click here for reservations.

    The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

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    Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

    New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.




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    The NoMad Bar

    Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.




    Katana Kitten

    This eccentric cocktail bar in Greenwich Village takes on a Japanese izakaya style, and has been awarded as one of the 50 Best Bars in the Country. Lounge in the more relaxed setting upstairs or toast drinks after work downstairs holding one of their signature high balls or unique cocktails. The whimsical feel will put you in the mood for socializing at this West Village go-to.




    Clover Club

    This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

    Death & Co.

    A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

    Dear Irving

    Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

    Maison Premiere

    The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

    Pegu Club

    Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

    Amor y Amargo

    Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

    Attaboy

    Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

    Bar Goto

    From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

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      How to Spend a 21st Birthday in New York City

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      Celebrate your 21st Birthday in NYC

      The City that Never Sleeps is the perfect description of a destination fit for a 21st birthday. New York City is packed with adventure with trendy hotels, inviting restaurants and unparalleled nightlife that will turn your birthday plans into the trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the best venues when you spend your 21st birthday in New York City at these cool, party-ready destinations.

       

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      Book Your Hotel Room

      Reserve a room for you and your friends to indulge in the high life at a luxury hotel with a dazzling view for your NYC 21st birthday. The Dream Hotel will be your playground with a stylish design and vibrant social scene to match the trendy rooms with portholes looking out onto the city. An expansive view of the Manhattan skyline will be the backdrop to your vacation when you stay at 1Hotel Brooklyn, known for its signature organic feel.

      A former clock tower, the Times Square EDITION places you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle while offering a lavish retreat into birthday pampering. The Sixty LES is filled with eye-catching design including a Warhol filmstrip pool, a lush rooftop hot spot Make Believe, and crisp room stylings that are sure to impress.




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      Birthday Experiences

      There is an endless amount of activities worth exploring in New York City, and your 21st birthday getaway will be the perfect time to explore each nook and cranny of the vivacious metropolis. See the entirety of Manhattan from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour over the island. NYC is known worldwide for its Broadway performances, with a variety of plays to choose from each week bringing supremely talented actors to the stage.

      You can also take in some entertainment by seeing an intimate music performance at Gramercy Theater or Irving Plaza, or joining a sea of sports fans at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. Take in a spirited experience at SPiN, a ping pong social club, or head to Magic Hour rooftop bar for a game of their mini golf at Foreplay.




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      Dine at the Best Restaurants

      Celebrate the kickoff to your 21st birthday in New York City with a reservation at some of the hottest havens for lively dining. The world-renowned Tao has an awe-inspiring design with an expansive layout filled with Chinese accents. Vandal’s graffiti artwork creates a vibrant backdrop to a menu of global creations, and boasts a matching nightclub for post-dinner partying.

      The same goes for LAVO, with their Italian menu offering flavorful eats before heading to the underground club. The attractive nightspot Catch is known for its crowd of socialites who dine at the seafood restaurant before hitting the town for a night out. 




      Day Partying

      New York City may not have as much sunshine as Los Angeles, but it does still come out on top for the sheer amount of quality rooftop bars to sip a drink on your 21st birthday with a view of the skyline. Mr. Purple is one of the city’s favorites at the top of Hotel Indigo with a lively social scene and a stylish atmosphere. Head to Le Bain in the Meatpacking District for an unparalleled penthouse view with quirky, artistic interiors and plenty of seating.

      If you get a room at the Dream Hotel, you’ll have the perk of being just below the luxurious PH-D Rooftop Lounge, a spot with a youthful crowd that embraces the day drinking lifestyle. Westlight is also an attractive daytime destination for Brooklyn, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying the start to your evening on the expansive rooftop.

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      Bars & Lounges

      Start your NYC 21st birthday night with your first drink at one of the city’s many bars and lounges offering sophisticated places to imbibe. Learn what an expertly-crafted cocktail tastes like at The Nomad Bar, an industry favorite with an award-winning bar program. The 360-degree view at Fleur Room makes for the perfect backdrop for a 21st birthday photoshoot at the top of the Moxy Chelsea.

      Head to the speakeasy Blind Barber to enter through a barbershop and dance with the crowd in this lively bar. Head to the exclusive bar at the Jane Hotel Ballroom to be entertained by the mix of vintage decor and a dancey crowd. Bathtub Gin is known for its speakeasy vibe and iconic bathtub in the middle of the room, while you’ll be partying in a hair salon when you visit the historic Beauty Bar.

       

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      Party at the Best Nightclubs

      Enjoying your first nightclub experience is a must, with New York City being the site of some of the world’s best nightlife destinations. Book 21st birthday bottle service at 1OAK to experience a buzzworthy night at one of the most exclusive hot spots in the city. Avenue can also be the site of a lively 21st birthday in the multi-level space with a celebrity clientele.

      Party the night away at Up&Down in a flashy domain with plenty of live performances by internationally-known artists. Take things up a notch by visiting House of Yes, a cabaret-inspired nightlife spot known for entertaining dancers and vibrant performances in Brooklyn. You’ll also have the experience of a lifetime at Marquee, a haven with sky-high ceilings, entertaining musical guests and a bold design.

       

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        20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars in Los Angeles

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        Hidden Speakeasies in Los Angeles

        The prohibition era of the 1920s was known for its prolific speakeasy bars that opened in response to the nationwide ban on alcohol. The iconic style of hidden-away lounges with secret passwords, unmarked signage and disguised entrances didn’t disappear with prohibition’s repeal, and made a lively comeback in Los Angeles over the past decade. Duck into the best hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.




        The Varnish – Downtown LA

        One of the original bars kicking off the speakeasy resurgence, the Varnish is located at the back of Downtown LA’s lauded Cole’s French Dip restaurant. With an award-winning bar program, and cozy space that was formerly a storage closet, you’re sure to enjoy the exemplary hidden speakeasy bars experience.




        In Sheeps Clothing – Downtown LA

        Head to Lupetti Pizzeria in the Downtown Arts District to find In Sheep’s Clothing tucked behind a nondescript door inside the restaurant. The “hi-fi record bar and cafe” prides itself on creating a music-focused experience with loud conversations and photos discouraged while listening to the featured vinyl albums.




        Old Lightning – Marina Del Rey

        You’d never guess that at the back of bustling restaurant Scopa Italian Roots, a priceless collection of some of the world’s most rare liquors would be building at Old Lightning. Those with a palate for vintage bourbon and whiskey check their phones at the door for an intimate lesson in aged flavors and irreplaceable spirits.

        Alley Lounge – Culver City

        Culver City’s Alley Lounge is an inviting bar tucked away behind Fin restaurant, and can be found beyond what looks to be a kitchen service door at the end of an unassuming alley. Delicious drinks and talented bartenders keep guests entertained along with a menu of late-night eats.

        The Edison – Downtown LA

        One thing that may give away this speakeasy’s location is the long line of patrons hoping to get in each weekend. Located down a flight of stairs at the end of an alley, this site of a former power plant now takes on the unique combination of steampunk and vintage decor with burlesque dancers helping to set the sultry Roaring Twenties mood.

        Sunset & Vinyl – Hollywood

        With no sign or indication that it exists, much of Sunset & Vinyl’s popularity came from good old fashioned word-of-mouth, just like its speakeasy predecessors. Visit Sunset and Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza location and head up the stairs in the back of the restaurant to find this vintage, vinyl-inspired space perfect for listening to music with a flavorful cocktail.

        La Descarga – East Hollywood

        Travel back in time to 1950s Havana at La Descarga in East Hollywood. With a surprising secret entrance that leads you to an expansive room filled with live salsa music, burlesque dancers and cigar smoking, your senses will be overwhelmed as you dance the night away in this rustic hot spot. 

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        Adults Only – Hollywood

        Guests may not expect much from a strip mall bar, but are in for a treat at this spacious lounge in Hollywood. Pass through the faux adult video store entrance to find a dance floor, a big screen playing videos and plenty of room to mix and mingle in the youthful, nightlife atmosphere.

        Bar Jackalope – Downtown LA

        Seven Grand is one of Downtown’s prized whiskey bars, but for an even further elevated experience, become a member and reserve a spot at the exclusive Bar Jackalope hidden inside. Non-members can try the place out on a first-come first-served basis to ring the mysterious doorbell and taste a series of Japanese whiskeys.

        The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

        This historical destination is an original hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles that operated during prohibition by smuggling in alcohol through underground tunnels. Currently standing as Venice’s oldest bar, you can find this seductive space by descending the stairs at Townhouse, formerly an inconspicuous grocery store with a clandestine secret. Live comedy shows, burlesque performances and DJs entertain the Westside at this vintage hot spot.

        Pacific Seas – Downtown LA

        Initially opened in 1932 to channel an adventurous island oasis, Pacific Seas restaurant was the original inspiration for American tiki culture, and was reopened in 2016 as a speakeasy within Clifton’s Downtown. You’ll find it behind a hidden door on the fourth floor of the massive bar and lounge.

        R Bar – Koreatown

        This Koreatown dive bar channels a true prohibition style with a rotating password that guests must track down each night. Inside you’ll find a pirate-themed space with karaoke and bar food for a laid back night out.

        Good Times at Davey Waynes – Hollywood

        This local favorite is known for its signature garage sale entrance and long lines stretching down the block. Guests pile in each night to experience the 1970s living room theme with classic hits from the decade playing all night long, along with a backyard patio to take in the LA breeze.

        Blind Barber – Culvery City & Highland Park

        Don’t be fooled by the fully-operational barbershop storefront, Blind Barber keeps the “party in the back” when you head through a door in the shop to find its lively lounge space. Similar to its NYC, Chicago and Miami locations, the sleek, hidden bars in Culver City and Highland Park offer up great cocktails and the brand’s signature grilled cheese sandwiches.

        £10 (Ten Pound) – Beverly Hills

        The Montage Beverly Hills is hiding a secret, and you’ll find it when you head up the hidden staircase on the second floor of the hotel. Ten Pound is a lavish lounge that specializes in single malt Scotch, so you won’t be disappointed by their impressive whisky collection.

        Break Room 86 – Koreatown

        One of Koreatown’s favorite hangouts is the 1980s-themed Break Room 86. Follow your guide down a secret passageway within The Line Hotel to enter the vibrant bar filled with cassette tapes, old televisions, breakdance performers and even private karaoke rooms.

        Basement Tavern – Santa Monica

        A staple on the Westside, Basement Tavern sits beneath The Victorian–a historic home built in 1892 that was transported to its prime Santa Monica location on Main Street. The underground lounge is perfect for an intimate night on the town with occasional live performances in a vintage setting.

        No Vacancy – Hollywood

        An ode to 1920s prohibition, No Vacancy is one of Hollywood’s best hot spots with a Disney-esque speakeasy entrance that’s sure to impress. The historic building was formerly a schoolhouse for the children of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and later a brothel, but now stands as a go-to for delicious drinks, burlesque performances and dancing on the outdoor patio.

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        Lock & Key – Koreatown

        You may not expect much from the exterior of this covert hotspot, but a stylish speakeasy lounge hides behind a room full of doorknobs where guests are tasked with figuring out a way in. The back patio makes for an inviting dancefloor on weekends along with plenty of space to mix and mingle amongst intricate textures and sultry furnishings inside.

        The Slipper Clutch – Downtown LA

        Fans of ‘80s-style arcades will love this retro bar hidden behind Downtown’s Bar Clacson. Follow the sign for ‘Highballs’ to find The Slipper Clutch, a two-story space filled with vintage arcade games and a playlist of exclusively classic rock and punk music.

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          How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

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          Celebrate your 21st Birthday in Los Angeles

          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 in LA 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 in LA 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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          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.




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          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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          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.

           

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          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.

           

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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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            How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

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            Celebrate your 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.

             

            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.

             

            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.




            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.




            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 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. Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is also a hot destination boasting performances from DJs like Don Diablo, DJ Ruckus and DJ Mustard.

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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 Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Cher and Gwen Stefani all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year.

            You’ll also find bands like Aerosmith, Boyz II Men and Zac Brown Band 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.

            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. Head to the Aria to experience Jewel, a nightclub that brings artists like Tyga, Lil’ Jon and DMX 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. LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay will have you dancing to artists like Saweetie, T-Pain and E-40. 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.

            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 On The Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

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              10 of the Best Lounges in Los Angeles

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              Best Lounges in Los Angeles

              Los Angeles is known for being a city filled with lively places to enjoy a night out on the town. From unique bars to energetic nightclubs, there’s something for everyone no matter your ideal style of revelry. For those who prefer a lounge to sip cocktails in an intimate setting, these are some of the best lounges in Los Angeles to duck into for an intimate night out.




              Warwick LA

              This Hollywood staple caters to guests who appreciate a destination for good music and partying the night away. While the main level is home to a bustling crowd, head to the upstairs lounge to enjoy a more intimate experience overlooking the lively scene below.

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              Doheny Room

              Head to the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to experience Doheny Room, a sophisticated hot spot known for its downstairs dining and upstairs nightlife space. Sip and savor each of their craft cocktails over an appetizing dinner, then head up to the lively lounge for bottle service and dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

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              Beauty & Essex

              This Hollywood destination with extravagant furnishings serves up delicious American cuisine for dinner, but offers an upstairs lounge experience perfect for a lavish night on the town. Relax in the plush velvet bar seating or vintage-inspired leather banquettes to enjoy cocktails in an opulent setting.

              Sunset & Vinyl

              Hidden away above an 800 Degrees Pizza, Sunset & Vinyl’s vintage feels makes it a great destination for a cozy drink with close friends. The rotating soundtrack of old school hits coming through their record player gets you in a nostalgic mood while the shabby chic décor will make you feel right at home.

              Employees Only

              This Sunset Boulevard hot spot takes after its NYC counterpart with craft cocktails and a speakeasy style. The menu of delicious bites pairs perfectly with the quality drinks as you take some time to relax in the polished, West Hollywood space.

              Harriets Rooftop

              This hot spot on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel is sure to give you an elegant experience with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the handcrafted drinks or the delicious dining menu while mixing and mingling with the fashion forward, West Hollywood crowd.

              Delilah

              If you’re looking for a date night spot in West Hollywood, consider stopping by Delilah. This stylish, vintage-inspired lounge is perfect for enjoying a signature drink and quality conversation in a trendy atmosphere. The modern decor and seating creates an environment for lounging along with live jazz and burlesque on weekends.

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              The Peppermint Club

              Music lovers will have a ball at this sleek, West Hollywood lounge that features live music performances of local artists. Make a reservation for a seat to enjoy the melodies from talented musicians while you sip a cocktail creation in the modern, 60s-inspired space.

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                LA’s The Bungalow Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

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                The Bungalow Expands to Two New Locations

                Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.




                The Beginning of The Bungalow

                The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

                Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.




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                The Opening of Huntington Beach

                Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has led to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

                The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.




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                Expansion of The Bungalow

                Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the recently opened 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. The new seaside lounge broke ground in 2019 and will soon make its mark on the Long Beach bar scene in 2021.

                The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination.

                 

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                  The Top 10 Must-Try Craft Cocktail Bars in LA

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                  Enjoy a Craft Cocktail

                  If you’re ready to toast glasses and treat yourself to a quality, flavorful drink, Los Angeles is the place to start. With numerous bars and lounges serving up delicious drinks in an array of atmospheres, it might be hard to know which spots will guarantee an experience to remember. The expert bartending talent will keep you satisfied if you imbibe at any of these must-try craft cocktail bars in LA.




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                  Broken Shaker

                  A newcomer to the LA bar scene, this eclectic gem sits at the top of Downtown’s Freehand Hotel. Following in the footsteps of its award-winning Miami predecessor, Broken Shaker’s bar program hits all the marks with homemade ingredients that complement the breathtaking cityscape view and attractive pool deck.




                  Everson Royce Bar

                  If you’re a fan of experimental cocktails and unique liquors, Everson Royce Bar might be the place for you. Deemed one of the Best Bars in the Country by Esquire magazine, this Downtown hot spot features an outdoor patio that creates the perfect ambiance to sip your hand-crafted drink with friends.




                  Harvard & Stone

                  Stop by this Thai Town hangout to take in live bands, burlesque dancers, and a daily changing R&D cocktail menu that keeps regular guests on their toes. A revolving door of guest bartenders contribute their expertise, making Harvard & Stone an industry favorite.




                  Corner Door

                  A nighttime staple on the Westside, you’re always in for a surprise at this cozy, neighborhood bar in Culver City. Corner Door’s most recent cocktail menu update takes on an inventive Alice in Wonderland theme fit for a trip down the rabbit hole, and compliments the bar’s rustic charm.

                  Big Bar

                  This award-winning cocktail spot sits inside Alcove Café & Bakery in Los Feliz. With their creative and ever-changing drink menu, and numerous themed parties and events, Big Bar pulls out all the stops to keep the neighborhood entertained while delivering tasty drinks for its patrons.

                  The Pikey

                  West Hollywood’s Brit-inspired gastropub The Pikey is a great place to grab a bite and enjoy a thoughtful cocktail menu fit for an intimate evening or group gathering. The vegan and vegetarian friendly food menu pairs with the specialty cocktails to create a flavorful night out for guests.

                  Melrose Umbrella Co.

                  Created in celebration of the history of prohibition, Melrose Umbrella Co. holds true to its goals in putting together the perfect cocktail for a happy hour sip or a late-night libation. With a DJ at night to keep patrons buzzing, the Melrose Blvd. community always shows up to revel in this vintage hangout.

                  Pacific Seas

                  Those that know how to find this hideaway tucked inside of Clifton’s are treated to an impressive selection of innovative cocktails in a theatrical, travel-themed setting. Classic tiki drinks at Pacific Seas are made with premium ingredients that make it more than just your average Mai Tai.

                  The Varnish

                  Hidden behind an unassuming oak door in the back of Downtown’s famous Cole’s eatery, The Varnish is where those in the know can enjoy a quality cocktail. The 1920s-inspired cozy speakeasy bar is the perfect place for talented bartenders to show off their craft this cozy hideaway.

                  Sassafras

                  The South meets Hollywood in this charming spot that takes guests on a journey to a 1930s New Orleans-style saloon. You’ll be able to indulge in fresh drink ingredients and updated classic cocktails as you take in a live music performance in this nostalgic space.

                   

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

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                    The Best Kept Secrets

                    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 hidden gems within LA’s restaurant and bar scene.




                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

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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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    Somni

                    The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s best restaurant and bar scene favorites for 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.

                    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.

                    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.

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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.

                    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.

                    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…

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

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                    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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