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The Best West Hollywood Clubs for a Night Out in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is well-known for its buzzworthy nightlife scene where partygoers mix and mingle in entertaining bars, alluring lounges and extravagant nightclubs. The hub of all Los Angeles nightlife is West Hollywood, where some of the most exclusive venues in the world play host to nightly celebrations filled with A-list crowds. With an ever-changing rank of the best clubs in West Hollywood, these hotspots are sure to impress during your next visit to Los Angeles’ most enjoyable neighborhood.

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Poppy

Fashion and fantasy collide at La Cienega Boulevard’s hotspot Poppy–a highly exclusive West Hollywood club known for its eccentric style and celebrity clientele. A garden atrium welcomes guests to exotic, floral patterns and lush foliage with a secluded, private bar reserved for high profile patrons. The library-themed main room has floor-to-ceiling bookcases surrounding the lively bottle service tables below.

 

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Photo: Poppy LA

Nightingale Plaza

Centrally-located on La Cienega Boulevard, Nightingale Plaza is an elegant habitat combining exotic decor with hi-tech modernity. Bright LED lighting and mirrored panels create an environment fit for partying with DJs and hip hop artists performing live in front of the dance floor each night. Bottle service tables with plush seating make for a prime place to lounge and toast drinks at one of the best clubs in West Hollywood.

 

Photo: Nightingale Plaza

Photo: Nightingale Plaza

Delilah

While Delilah may fall more into the category of a lounge, the lavish vibe at this top, West Hollywood go-to takes on a nightlife feel with burlesque dancers and live jazz performances impressing guests in an upscale, 1920s-inspired space. The “no photo” policy creates an intimate experience for dining, drinking and enjoying the night in the heart of the lively WeHo neighborhood.

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

1OAK Los Angeles

Similar to its New York City and Vegas locations, 1OAK takes the nightclub experience to new heights in its two-story West Hollywood nightclub. The clientele of high profile guests, socialites and influencers keeps this hotspot going with a rotating roster of hip hop artists performing live for excited clubgoers. Revel in the sophisticated locale on the dance floor or with bottle service to experience the best of West Hollywood in a luxurious setting.

 

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Photo: 1OAK LA

Bootsy Bellows

Situated at the end of the Sunset Strip, Bootsy Bellows is a favorite as one of West Hollywood’s best nightclubs, known for its elegant, stylish decor. The space fits the theme of vintage Palm Springs with a pink and green color palette along with plush banquettes and chandeliers to create a chic mood. Partygoers are treated to live performances from world-renowned artists along with the venue’s signature tableside puppet shows for a whimsical night on the town.

 

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

The Abbey

With LA’s diversity offering something for everyone, WeHo is home to one of the most well-known LGBT nightclubs in the country. The Abbey holds its spot as one of the best gay clubs in West Hollywood as its continuous energy and nightly performances attract crowds of all types to experience the vivacious venue. Any guests in search of a good time are sure to enjoy The Abbey as one of the best dance clubs in West Hollywood.

 

Photo: Abbey West Hollywood

Photo: Abbey West Hollywood

The Peppermint Club

Music lovers come together to experience The Peppermint Club–a lively West Hollywood club and lounge with a ‘60s-inspired design that taps into the nostalgic, golden era of rock and roll. Weekday nights offer up entertaining live performances from up-and-coming artists while weekends take on a nightclub feel, with bottle service tables and DJs spinning to keep the party alive.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Hyde Sunset

A restaurant by day, Hyde Sunset lights up with energy as the sun sets, transitioning into an exclusive nightclub filled with the city’s finest partygoers. Its prime location on the Sunset Strip makes for a busy night with plates of California fare and signature cocktails in an enticing, stylish space. Bottle service tables fill with trendy crowds each night at this top West Hollywood nightlife destination.

 

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Blind Dragon

With more of a lounge feel than a classic nightclub, guests still take their nights to the next level thanks to Blind Dragon’s variety of private karaoke rooms in a sleek and sophisticated space. An exciting alternative to the average West Hollywood club, Blind Dragon provides an intimate atmosphere for groups to mingle with a live DJ in the main room to enhance the nightlife feel.

 

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Photo: Blind Dragon – Karaoke Room

Doheny Room

This unexpected hotspot sits at the edge of Santa Monica Boulevard’s bustling bar scene, drawing both Beverly Hills and West Hollywood club crowds to experience the charming, dance club space. Doheny Room’s classic Hollywood decor, lush greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows create a setting fit for a chic dinner below, but head to the second level for a full dance floor and DJ. The room fills with energy as guests party through the night with bottle service among the art deco furnishings and modern portraits of pop culture icons.

 

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Photo: Doheny Room

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come with even more elegant and trendy hotels preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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West Hollywood EDITION

The new EDITION hotel sits on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

 

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Photo: West Hollywood EDITION – Superior Villa Suite

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood in 2020 with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic environment with a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck that will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. With 200 rooms, the property will redefine the boutique hotel experience including sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets to match the dazzling Hollywood locale.

 

Photo: Thompson Hollywood – Relevant Group

Photo: Thompson Hollywood – Relevant Group

Soho Warehouse Downtown

The London-based Soho House members club opened their third LA outpost in September 2019, joining the West Hollywood and Malibu locations. The luxury club and hotel took over a 100-year old building in the Downtown LA Arts District, revamping the space to include 48 rooms, three restaurants, six bars and a rooftop pool. Unlike its other Los Angeles properties, Soho Warehouse Downtown allows for booking from members and their guests to enjoy the exclusive, artistic space.

 

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Photo: Soho Warehouse

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new 2020 addition to Century City, taking over the former Century Plaza Hotel, aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. The 394 rooms and 63 condos in the restored main building, along with 290 luxury residences spread across two new towers, will provide luxury living for locals and travelers alike. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop swimming pool and bar, the Fairmont Century Plaza has plans to bring forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

 

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Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

A revitalization of a historical Downtown building constructed in 1924, the new Downtown LA Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. Two restaurants run by James Beard-award winning chefs and a rooftop pool with a view of the skyline will begin to draw in guests to the 13-story property in early 2020. The expansive meeting spaces, historic banquet room and screening room will satisfy guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

 

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Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

 

Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

 

Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood – Relevant Group

Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood – Relevant Group

The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Right off the iconic Sunset Strip, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is expected to bring old Hollywood glitz and glamour with 220 stylishly-designed rooms throughout its seven stories. The rooftop will boast one of the largest swimming pools in the city along with four bars spread throughout the property, and a casual, steak-focused restaurant About Last Knife. Event spaces and a projection wall in the courtyard are just a few draws to attract contemporary professionals to the luxury, boutique hotel.

 

Photo: Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Photo: Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

citizenM Los Angeles Downtown & Hollywood

The dutch hotel brand citizenM is projected to open two locations in 2020 bringing their style of approachable luxury to the West Coast. The 11-story Downtown Los Angeles location will have 315 rooms where guests will be within walking distance of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Right along the iconic Walk of Fame, the Hollywood property will be situated next to the Capitol Records building with 216 rooms throughout 14-stories.

 

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Photo: CitizenM Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles has a new, stylish hotel with the October 2019 opening of The Hoxton in a historic, 10-story Broadway building. The classic yet modern design of marble, copper and brass mixes with LA’s trendy culture. The building houses restaurants Sibling Rival and Pilot, along with a rooftop pool—the first for the London-based brand’s collection of properties.

 

Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip gained an attractive destination after the opening of 1 Hotel West Hollywood in 2019, situated at the base of the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand has established nationwide influence in expanding to its first location on the West Coast, featuring eco-friendly and energy-efficient details in a contemporary building. The 285 thoughtfully-designed rooms along with trendy, rooftop lounge Harriets all draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view of Los Angeles.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Palihotel Culver City

Palisociety, the boutique hotel group with locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westwood Village, added to their collection with the January 2019 opening of Palihotel Culver City. The restored, 1920s building now houses 49 rooms and suites with inviting, art deco furnishings to uniteParisian influences with a contemporary, LA style. Their French restaurant Simonette also acts as a draw with an indoor-outdoor space featuring a private courtyard.

 

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Photo: Palihotel Culver City

W Los Angeles Downtown

This massive undertaking Downtown is slated to have two towers and 300 rooms overlooking their across-the-street neighbors LA Live and the Staples Center. Being the first hotel in the neighborhood from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the new property will be sure to draw in trendsetters with its youthful and chic branding.

 

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Photo: W Hotel DTLA

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming to Downtown Los Angeles in 2021, the sophisticated design of this lavish hotel will lure you in to experience an elegant stay near the STAPLES Center and LA Live. With 184 rooms and suites, guests will have plenty of activities to do situated next to the adjoining retail center to be named The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and luxury service under the Park Hyatt name.

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

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L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

 

The Horizon

Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

In the Heart of the Desert

Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

The Bungalows

The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs Bungalows

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

The Residence

One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Peaceful Ambiance

Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

The Location

Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

 

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Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

10 of the 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 in the city to duck into for an intimate night out.

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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.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Warwick

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.

 

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Bibo Ergo Sum

If you’re looking for a date night spot in Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Bibo Ergo Sum. Translating to “I drink, therefore I am,” this stylish lounge is perfect for having a good drink and a quality conversation. The modern décor and seating creates and environment for lounging that is sure to impress.

 

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

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.

 

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Photo: Beauty & Essex

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.

 

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Photo: Employees Only LA

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.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Seven Grand

Head to Downtown LA to experience Seven Grand, a sophisticated lounge known for its vintage style, live music and premium whiskey selections from all around the world. Sip and savor each of their delectable craft cocktails or order your spirit straight while taking in the atmosphere of this industry favorite.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

Photo: Seven Grand

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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Photo: The Peppermint Club

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20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars 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 any of these speakeasy-style bars to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.

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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 speakeasy experience.

 

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Photo: The Varnish

Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

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.

 

Photo: In Sheeps Clothing

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Photo: In Sheeps Clothing

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.

 

Old Lightning - Punch Drink

Photo: Old Lightning – Punch Drink

Photo: Old Lightning

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.

 

Photo: Alley Lounge

Photo: Alley Lounge

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.

 

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Photo: The Edison

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Photo: The Edison

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.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

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. 

 

Photo: La Descarga

Photo: La Descarga

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.

 

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Photo: Adults Only

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.

 

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Photo: Bar Jackalope

The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

This historical destination is an original Los Angeles speakeasy 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.

 

Photo: The Del Monte Speakeasy

The Del Monte Speakeasy

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.

 

Photo: Pacific Seas

Photo: Pacific Seas

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.

 

Photo: R Bar Koreatown

Photo: R Bar Koreatown

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.

 

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

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.

 

Photo: Blind Barber Highland Park

Photo: Blind Barber Culver City

£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.

 

Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

Photo: Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

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.

 

Photo: Break Room 86

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

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.

 

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

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.

 

Photo: No Vacancy

Photo: No Vacancy

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.

 

Photo: Lock & Key

Photo: Lock & Key

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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Photo: The Slipper Clutch

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A Winter Holiday in Courchevel

Summer isn’t the only season for travel as winter months bring blankets of snow to the French Alps—one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The Courchevel ski resort holds true to France’s romantic reputation as many flock to enjoy the breathtaking views, fine dining, and world class skiing. If you’re planning to take advantage of the fresh powder this winter, Courchevel could be the perfect destination for your next getaway.

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Luxury Hotels

At each of Courchevel’s villages, named after the four altitude levels of the resort, you can enjoy the comforts of luxury living. But at the highest altitude, Courchevel 1850, the palatial hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants keep you living the high life. The five-star L’Apogée hotel boasts a chic, trendy ambiance with spacious rooms overlooking views of the valley. The new Barrière Les Neiges Hotel sits on the slope of the Bellecôte mountain, allowing skiers easy access to glide down to the lifts right from the heated outdoor terrace. There are also multiple chalet options like the Shemshak Lodge, which features a pool, steam room, and gym to enhance your stay. Stay at the intimate Cheval Blanc Courchevel to find elegant and inviting suites with ski-in-ski-out access to the slopes.

 

Photo: L’Apogée

Fine Dining

In between trips down the slopes, you’ll be able to feast on decadent cuisine assembled by world-renowned chefs. At Azimut, you can taste local delicacies by Chef and owner François Mouraux, who creates accessible dishes with upscale quality. One of the resort’s favorites is Le Chabichou, a two-Michelin Star eatery with elegant gourmet dining to complement the traditional décor. To see and be seen, Les Verdons is the place be with its extravagant menu and relaxed, social atmosphere.

 

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Skiing

The main attraction of Courchevel is its unparalleled skiing for recreational skiers and experts alike. One of the largest lift-linked places to ski in the world, the Les Trois Vallées has over 170 lifts with Courchevel visitors calling the Saint-Bon valley home during their stay. Travelers get to enjoy the landscapes while coasting the local slopes, like the Courchevel 1300 ski jumping hill built for the 1992 Olympics.

 

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Photo: Courchevel

With the numerous reasons to explore all that Courchevel has to offer, the winter season will be packed with visitors looking to live in the lap of luxury while they embrace the fresh powder. Events like the the impressive International Festival of Pyrotechnic Arts and the 3 Vallées Enduro competition will also draw in hundreds looking for entertainment during their holiday. As the weather in France keeps the snow falling, Courchevel may be the best place to embrace the cold during your next winter vacation.

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Photo: Zocha Group

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Photo: Courchevel

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The 2019 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

The luxurious and completely private Necker Island is home to not only a lavish resort, but is also the site of the annual Manuka Doctor Necker Cup—a pro-am tennis tournament put on to close out tennis season. With a number of high-profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

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The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

The 74-acre Necker Island stands as a luxurious vacation destination for celebrities and world leaders such as President Barack Obama, along with being the site of numerous events. The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal is now in its eighth year on the island, taking place December 4th-9th. The Necker Cup is expected to be the event of the season for those with a ticket to the exclusive tournament. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup. Stars like Martina Navratilova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sir Richard Branson will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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A Week of Excitement

While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp. The three-day clinic with instruction from professional coaches and players lets you train with the best in preparation for the big tournament. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Camp gives the full Necker Cup experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. Guests can also start the experience three days early with the Dream @ Sea aboard the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.

 

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End of the World Beach Party

The Necker Cup is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past seven years has raised more than $3 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place during the week treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. One-hundred percent of proceeds are donated to charities like The National Tennis Foundation and several other player charities. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Beach Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, Kenny Chesney and more.

 

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Lowell Farms: America’s First Cannabis Cafe

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

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The Country’s First Cannabis Cafe

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

 

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Dishes Made to Complement the Heightened Senses

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

 

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The Setting

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

 

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Lowell Farms

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

 

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Come One, Come All

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

 

 

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The Newest Features in International Luxury Air Travel

For more than a century, passengers have enjoyed air travel in making way to their destination quickly and comfortably. In recent years, airline amenities have reached new heights with business and first class features rising above past expectations to take on a truly luxury experience. With new technologies and modes of relaxation continuously being incorporated into premium travel, first and business class international flights are more lavish than ever and are expected to continue to evolve in coming years. Get to know some of the air travel industry’s most extravagant features that deliver passengers to their destination in style.

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Boeing 777-300ER

Known for its luxury flights, Emirates recently introduced the world’s first enclosed cabin suite featured on an aircraft. The Boeing 777-300ER allows passengers to enjoy 40 feet of their own private space with a sleek look inspired by Mercedes Benz. The aircraft, offering flights out of Dubai, has a series of features to pamper passengers for the ultimate travel experience. They’ll take in entertainment on the biggest widescreen touch TV on any airplane in the world, lounging on “zero gravity” seats perfectly measured to reach the peak of comfort. Mood lighting and temperature control personalize the experience, and virtual windows with a live video feed of the terrain below make sure every passenger has a window seat.

 

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Etihad A380

While not technically fully-enclosed, a Residence cabin on the Etihad A380 gives Emirates a run for its money by offering the world’s only three-room air travel apartment in the sky. Complete with a living room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom with a shower, luxury is an understatement for guests flying out of Abu Dhabi to NYC, London, Paris or Sydney. A personal butler serves Residence passengers custom, gourmet meals in their spacious living room before they retire to the bedroom, fit with a double bed and additional entertainment system. The bathroom with a full-height shower provides a way to refresh on the long flights, complete with a vanity and luxury robes.

 

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Air France La Premiere 777-300ER

While none reach the level of extravagance these top-tier cabins provide, other airlines around the world are aiming to upgrade their first and business class services in a variety of ways. The Air France La Premiere 777-300ER provides a notable raised side partition and floor-to-ceiling closed-curtains allowing for an elevated level of privacy. Seats that are made into full beds offer a quality night’s rest with premium bedding. The exceptional experience is topped off with some of the best airline dining in the world. Seven-course meals of caviar, lobster and steak designed by a Michelin-star chef place Air France above all in air dining excellence.

 

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Zodiac Aerospace

With growing expectations of enhanced comfort and tech in flying experiences, the near future of air travel is projected to include an array of heightened luxuries that continue to take passengers into the next era of first and business class flight. Airbus is partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop interchangeable sleeping modules on the lower deck of the Airbus A330. The modular design, expected to be an aircraft catalog option in 2020, will also allow for other uses such as a kids’ zone, medical center, lounge or conference room.

 

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Panasonic Avionics

Panasonic Avionics is also well on their way to making improvements in premium air travel. Their innovative Nanoe air filtration system, a service planned to launch in 2021, suppresses bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pollutants that improve air quality for first and business class passengers. Panasonic is also developing Active Noise Control technology to reduce aircraft noise and replace it with the passenger’s choice of ambient sound or music.

 

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Boom Supersonic

An ambitious project by Boom Supersonic aims to deliver passengers from Tokyo to San Francisco in under six hours on a supersonic jet travelling more than double the speed of sound. With testing beginning in 2019, these ultra-fast flights have an expected release date of 2025 with prices comparable to today’s business class seats.

 

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

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

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In Sheeps Clothing

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

 

High Tide

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

 

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Sunset & Vinyl

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

 

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The Little Friend

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

 

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Broken Shaker

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

| Read More: Best Rooftop Bars in LA |

 

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Tramp Stamp Grannys

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

 

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Tesse

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

 

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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.

 

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Somni

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

 

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Shangri-La Hotel Rooftop Bar

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

 

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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.

 

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The Bungalow Santa Monica

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

 

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Coles French Dip

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

 

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Cleo Hollywood

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

 

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

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

 

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Break Room 86

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

 

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EP & LP

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

 

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Gracias Madre

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

| Read More: Best Vegan Eats in LA |

 

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

The Rooftop Bar at The Standard DTLA

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

 

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