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Get a Taste of LA with the Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

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Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

One of the best developments in Los Angeles’ restaurant industry over the past decade is the emergence of food trucks–and they are everywhere. Food trucks are a fun and convenient way to enjoy a quick meal in the fast-paced city as they offer creative dishes that would put even your favorite restaurants to shame. Since they’re so popular, you’ll have plenty of options to embrace a taste from these unique mobile menus. Take a bite of our choices of the very best food trucks rolling around Los Angeles.




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Tacos 1986

This up-and-coming taco stall is the perfect way to get your siesta on after a long day or start your fiesta for a really good night. Tacos 1986 offers perfectly crafted, authentic tacos with homemade tortillas and a side of sweet and smooth horchata. With a revolving location that has called Hollywood, Koreatown and Venice home, you’ll never go wrong tracking down this mouth-watering menu.




The Lobos Truck LA

Offering a truly mouth-watering variety of California-style comfort foods, The Lobos Truck LA is a hot spot for Angelinos looking for a top tier, quality meal. Along with a full menu of tasty lunch and dinner options, they also offer a full line of their very own sauces including BBQ sauce, hot sauces, and ranch-based sauces.




Gs Taco Spot on Wheels

G’s Taco Spot on Wheels continually attracts customers from far and wide who are dying to try this renowned food truck’s traditional gourmet Mexican cuisine. With everything from whopping breakfast burritos to plenty of vegan dinner options, this food truck is sure to give you the perfect Mexican food experience.

Richeeze

The only thing better than the food at Richeeze is the smile you’ll have on your face for the rest of the day. Richeeze, which operates all over Downtown LA, creates some of the cheesiest and delectable dishes in the city. Fresh ingredients and experts behind the grill make Richeeze one of the best places to get your favorite childhood sandwich.

Hustle N Dough

Hustle N Dough is a Santa Monica-based donut shop on wheels that would give the famous Voodoo Donuts a run for their money. Crazy concoctions like sweet lavender, vanilla, and honey make Hustle N Dough a perfect place to start off your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Saban Lomac joined forces in 2012 to bring their vision of owning a restaurant to reality. Seven years later, and the pair are bringing the country some of the freshest Maine lobster you’ll ever taste. They have 21 food truck locations in 15 states, with three here in Southern California. Seafood-loving Angelinos know to head to Cousins Maine Lobster for a delectable dinner.

Hungry Nomad

If you ever find yourself lucky enough to stumble upon the Hungry Nomad food truck, you’ll find yourself treated to some of the best Lebanese/Armenian street food you may ever have in your life. The recipes Hungry Nomad uses have been passed down through generations of family chefs and are largely influenced by their family-owned and operated bakery, which has been open for over 50 years.

Mariscos Jalisco

Known to Eastsiders as a local favorite, this taco truck has steadily built its reputation with almost twenty years serving up Mexican eats in Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the mood for ceviche, shrimp tacos or the perfect tostada, your Mexican seafood craving is sure to be satisfied when you stop by this LA institution.

Ragin Cajun

Tantalize your taste buds with some of the best spicy Southern food in all of Los Angeles. Ragin’ Cajun creates the perfect blend of spicy and savory that will transport you right to Bourbon Street and satisfy the rumble in your stomach. With their large menu packed with great options,  you’ll enjoy bringing some heat to your food truck dining experience.

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

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    The Best West Hollywood Clubs

    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 nightlife, these hotspots are sure to impress during your next visit to Los Angeles’ most enjoyable neighborhood.

    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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    Nightingale LA

    Centrally-located on La Cienega Boulevard, Nightingale LA 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 nightlife.




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    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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    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 nightlife in a luxurious setting.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    Sunset at EDITION

    Owned by legendary Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager, Sunset at EDITION sits at the bottom of the Hollywood Hills within the West Hollywood EDITION Hotel. A ceiling filled with sparkling disco balls helps to whisk guests away to another time and place with 1960s and ‘70s inspiration filling the room. Live DJs, signature cocktails and a spacious dance floor make for a lively night out on the town underneath glimmering lights.

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    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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    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 nightlife.

     

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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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        The Best Travel Destinations for Villa Rentals in the US

        If you’re planning to travel within the US, booking a hotel for your stay isn’t the only option. Instead, make your travel experience unforgettable by choosing a luxury villa rental. There are cities all around the United States that offer breathtaking landscapes, delicious places to wine and dine, and timeless architecture to provide you with a one-of-a-kind vacation. Consider choosing a villa rental at any of these destinations for your next US travel experience.

         

        Los Angeles

         

        One of the most alluring places in the country for travel, Los Angeles offers a bevy of California neighborhoods for vacationing, each with their own personality. Book a villa in the lively West Hollywood area for proximity to the hustle and bustle, or a quieter space to relax in Beverly Hills. If a beachfront property is your style, book in Santa Monica or Malibu for a prime view of the Pacific.

         

        Miami

         

        Known for beachy luxury, Miami is a great option in Florida for reserving a villa to take in the sunshine. You’ll have space all to yourself to relax surrounded by palm trees, and can even get a villa within walking distance to the beach. While in town, you’ll get to enjoy Miami’s vibrant culture of restaurants, art and nightlife.

         

        The Hamptons

         

        The Hamptons is a popular destination for New Yorkers to escape the city during the summer. Join in on the fun by booking your own private luxury villa in this exclusive region. Enjoy brunch and casual days at the beach alongside exciting nights out at local bars for a satisfying stay.

         

        Hawaii

         

        No list of United States travel destinations would be complete without Hawaii–one of the most enchanting places to visit in the country. A luxury rental in cities like Oahu or Maui will make your vacation unforgettable as the beauty of the state’s natural landscape is unmatched. A luxury villa rental will make your stay even more lavish as you let the calmness of the waves take you away.

         

        Palm Springs

         

        This locale is popular for Los Angeles citizens to escape for a breather due to its easy living, warm temperatures and iconic mid-century modern architecture. This expansive city in the California desert, and cities near it like La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, offers plenty of space for rest and relaxation.

         

        Jackson Hole

         

        This Wyoming destination is an ideal place to visit for those who appreciate a stunning, natural landscape. Jackson Hole is known for its skiing, with plenty of resorts in the area for you to spend your winter days before retreating to your own private home. Warmer months offer endless attractions like nature reserves, hikes and national parks.

         

        Key West

         

        You won’t regret staying in a villa booked on the sunny island of Key West, Florida. Escape to the edge of the Florida Keys to experience the welcoming, bohemian culture and iconic wooden architecture. Enjoy fishing and water sports by day while you explore the city’s nightlife scene by night.

         

        Orange County

         

        Known for being an area filled with lavish living, Orange County is one of California’s best travel destinations to book a villa rental. Neighborhoods like Newport Beach and Laguna Beach boast endless options of elegant, private villas right along the ocean.

         

        Scottsdale

         

        This Arizona city is a hub for elevated living, and your private villa vacation will place you in the lap of luxury. With plenty of spas, golf courses and fine dining nearby, you’ll be able to truly indulge in your Southwest getaway. You can also be able to take in the dazzling desert landscape in the Instagram-worthy, natural environment.

         

        Aspen

         

        Any fans of skiing will know that Aspen is the number one destination for luxury winter travel in the US. The steady snowfall will lure you to the slopes before you come home to cozy up in your private villa. Warmer months make Aspen the perfect hiking destination along with attractions like ballooning and paragliding to keep your vacation exciting.

         

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        Travel Guide for the Perfect Southern California Road Trip

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        Your Travel Guide to Southern California

        With some of the best weather in the country, Southern California is known to be an alluring destination for a getaway. Whether you live in the state already, or are looking to plan a drive to the West Coast, there are endless places you can visit during a drove through the region. Plan your next Southern California road trip with these quintessential destinations in mind, so that you can get the full experience in some of the state’s most inviting cities.




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        Los Angeles

        There are dozens of neighborhoods in Los Angeles, each with their own individual style, culture and attractions. Book a hotel stay in a centrally-located area like West Hollywood, and you’ll get to experience the full dazzle of the city. A room at the West Hollywood EDITION places you in a sleek, luxury hotel with easy access to restaurants and nightlife. Buy tickets for a show at the Hollywood Bowl for a unique, outdoor music experience unlike any other venue in the city.

        While you’re in Hollywood, grab a drink at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, one of the city’s favorite bars for cocktails and dancing. You can’t leave the area without taking in the ocean waves, and the Santa Monica Pier is an iconic locale to visit in Southern California. You can also stop by one of Santa Monica’s most popular bars, The Bungalow, to watch the sunset over the Pacific as you sip a refreshing cocktail.




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        San Diego

        San Diego is the biggest county in California, offering plenty of space to explore the beautiful landscape. Road trip to the area and stay downtown in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter to be walking distance from the hottest restaurants, bars and nightlife. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a great selection for a stylish place to stay in the heart of the area. Visit San Diego’s trendy Little Italy neighborhood for delicious restaurants like Herb & Wood, brunch favorites like Morning Glory or revelrous bars like Kettner Exchange.

        To get in touch with nature, head to Torrey Pines Beach to take in the breezy, ocean air. This beautiful beach is a local favorite along with secluded locales like Black’s Beach. When you get back on the road, don’t forget to plan a visit to the Potato Chip Mountain hike–a uniquely shaped mountain that provides a photo-worthy experience.




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        Desert Cities

        An escape to the desert can be the perfect road trip getaway when exploring Southern California. While the area is most widely known for Coachella Valley’s world-renowned Coachella Music & Arts Festival, you can drive in any time of year for warm weather and awe-inspiring landscapes. Joshua Tree is known for its scenery of unique, yucca trees and uninhabited desert, making it a great destination for camping under the stars. You can also drive further out to see Salvation Mountain, a colorful, Instagram-worthy art installation just east of the Salton Sea.

        To stay in the desert overnight, book a room in Palm Springs and experience the culture of casual living and mid-century architecture. The Ace Hotel Palm Springs is known for its poolside bar, the Saguaro Hotel is a favorite due to its vivid, rainbow-colored exterior, and Parker Palm Springs is a go-to for a lavish, artsy stay. You can also drive out to Pioneertown–a one-of-a-kind destination that gives the true essence of the wild, wild west. A former movie set, this town now preserves the Western way of living with places like Pappy and Harriet’s where you can grab a drink and take in live music.




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          Los Angeles Nightlife Destinations for Going Out after June 15th

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          Where to Go Out after June 15th

          As California’s vaccination rate rises, many are looking forward to finally being able to let loose in Los Angeles nightlife destinations. After June 15th, California law will allow businesses to operate at 100% capacity while following the CDC’s updated mask mandates (though many businesses may still independently have their own mask rules). Many Los Angeles nightlife venues have closed either temporarily or permanently due to the effects of pandemic. But for people looking to experience a fun and exciting summer, there are still a number of options for nightlife in Los Angeles. See which Los Angeles nightlife destinations will be the best places to party after June 15th to party it up.

          Poppy

          One of Los Angeles’ most exclusive hot spots, Poppy is an ideal destination to visit for a trendy night out. The whimsical, West Hollywood space is part lounge, part nightclub with a library-themed room for DJs and rappers to perform for tables of clubgoers.




          The Classic Cat

          A newly reopened historical locale, this speakeasy in West Hollywood has an unassuming door that leads to a bustling supperclub. Start the night with dinner and watch the atmosphere transition into a lounge complete with bottle service and live performances.




          Black Rabbit Rose

          Visit this charming, Hollywood lounge with a vintage feel to experience a unique Los Angeles nightlife venue. Live jazz performances and magic shows in their theater draw guests in for an unforgettable night of entertainment alongside an indoor bar and outdoor patio.




          Flying Embers

          Head to the Downtown LA Arts District to visit Flying Embers–one of the city’s most unique tap rooms. With a focus on hard kombucha, hard seltzer and even non-alcoholic cocktails, this bar serves up a one-of-a-kind selection of drinks you can’t find anywhere else.




          Academy

          If you miss seeing your favorite artists live, Academy is the place to go for performances from the best of the best in EDM and Dance music. Get tickets to see artists like Steve Aoki take the stage or enjoy their outdoor patio for drinks, bites and music in Hollywood.

          The Parlor

          Whether you’re a sports fan or not, The Parlor is a great Los Angeles nightlife destination for beer, cocktails, and bites in West Hollywood. Go for the big game or any day of the week to experience the upscale sports bar while supporting one of the few Black-owned bars in LA.

          The Bungalow Santa Monica

          One of the best places to watch the sunset in Santa Monica, the Bungalow is back with cocktails and bites on the Westside. Kitschy, Baja decor and a nightly DJ keep guests coming back for a guaranteed good time. Book a reservation to have your own private space in this beachy locale known for being a neighborhood go-to.

          Sorry Not Sorry

          Head to this West Hollywood bar that makes for the perfect sunny day outing due to its outdoor patio of colorful decor. Grab a picnic table and toast with friends in this spacious, 4000 square foot bar that serves up rosé, beer and cocktails until late.

          1720 Warehouse

          This Downtown LA space plays host to numerous parties and events throughout the year. Get tickets to their dance parties with themes like indie rock, pop punk, and old school hip hop or see unique musical artists in the spacious warehouse venue.

          Brennans

          This classic bar on the edge of Marina del Rey and Venice has an expansive outdoor patio with plenty of seating for your group. Known for its Irish roots, you can find a selection of rotating beers on tap, whiskeys, and delicious pizza to round out your night on the Westside.

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            The Best Outdoor Patio Bars in Los Angeles

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            Best Patio Bars in Los Angeles

            As vaccination rates rise and Los Angeles begins to re-open its hospitality venues, the demand for outdoor entertainment has led to new seating options at some of the city’s best bars. While taking the LA sunshine has always been part of the lure for some destinations, others have also added patios to create safer, social distanced options for guests. Take a look at some of the best places you can go to grab a drink at these outdoor patio bars in Los Angeles.

            The Bungalow Santa Monica

            One of Santa Monica’s favorite places to watch the sunset, The Bungalow is back open with an Baja-inspired outdoor patio space that’s perfect for lounging. Make a reservation online and enjoy their signature cocktails and selection of food by FIG Restaurant.




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            Mama Shelter

            This rooftop bar has become a Hollywood staple for sipping drinks with a view of the city. Their first-come first-served seating fills up quickly, so arrive early to enjoy a vibrant environment and plenty of fresh air at one of the best outdoor patio bars in Los Angeles.




            EP & LP

            A go-to restaurant in West Hollywood, their LP rooftop bar is one of the best places in the neighborhood to wine and dine under the stars. Make a reservation for dining at EP before visiting the rooftop for happy hour, evening drinks or a late night visit.




            High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwin

            If you’re looking for somewhere to take in a bird’s eye view of the water, Hotel Erwin in Venice is the place to be. Reserve an ocean front table for their rooftop bar to take in the breeze while you enjoy drinks and bites. Their unmatched view of the Pacific is sure to impress.




            Idle Hour

            This iconic, barrel-shaped spot in North Hollywood boasts a cozy back patio that’s great for sipping drinks. Make a reservation to stop in for cocktails or happy hour, or savor a dish from their dinner and brunch menus.

            Broken Shaker

            At the top of the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is open as a poolside escape in Downtown LA. Guests can enjoy their bright and airy space by making a reservation for artful cocktails and enticing eats surrounded by colorful decor.

            Summer Social Club

            If you’re a fan of West Hollywood’s Employees Only, you’ll love their new parking lot space Summer Social Club. Their rotating dining pop-ups offer delicious menus each night while you sip craft cocktails at their picnic tables. Reserve your spot for this breezy, outdoor patio experience.

            The Abbey

            Stop into The Abbey for a lively place to grab a drink outdoors. This classic WeHo bar is a favorite of the community for its spacious layout ideal for gathering with friends. Their extended seating on Robertson Boulevard now gives guests even more room to lounge. 

            Elbow Room

            This Hollywood hideaway is the perfect destination for a casual drink in the city. Their back patio offers a secluded outdoor space where you can try out their signature pizzas. Walk-ins are welcome to come enjoy this socially distanced hot spot.

            Bodega Wine Bar

            If you’re in Santa Monica, pay a visit to this attractive wine bar with plenty of outdoor sidewalk seating. You can make use of their wi-fi for remote working during the day, or choose from their curated wine selections for a memorable evening happy hour.

            The Escondite

            This Downtown watering hole has transformed their parking lot into “Skidrokyo Beach,” a beach-themed extension of their bar with spacious, outdoor seating and views of the cityscape. Enjoy the Los Angeles weather with a drink in hand at this neighborhood go-to.

            Sorry Not Sorry

            This vibrant destination in West LA is an ideal hangout for an open-air day party. With over 4000 square feet of space, you’ll have plenty of room to gather safely with friends. Sip rosé, craft cocktails and grab a bite to eat amongst bright and inviting furnishings.

            Melrose Umbrella Company

            One of Melrose Boulevard’s favorite neighborhood spots, Melrose Umbrella Company has extended its seating into their own reservation-only, outdoor courtyard. Enter through the alleyway and order a classic old fashioned, or try something new while seated under the stars.

            Upstairs Rooftop at The Ace Hotel DTLA

            You can’t go wrong by visiting this Downtown LA venue that has always been known for its alluring rooftop views. Make a reservation to dish on their delectable bites and taste handmade cocktails all while enjoying the fresh breeze in a trendy space.

            Brennans

            Grab a picnic table at Brennan’s for one of the best outdoor patio bars in Los Angeles. The lively atmosphere is a safe hangout with numerous tables and plenty of open space. They’re known for their selection of beer and whiskey while pizzas will hit the spot to top off your night out.

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              The 10 Best Street Food Vendors to Try at Avenue 26 Night Market

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              Avenue 26 Night Market

              The Avenue 26 night market has grown to become the most popular destination to grab a bite in Lincoln Heights. Hungry citizens from all over Los Angeles flock to Artesian Street each night to taste from street vendors whipping up unique cultural dishes from all over the world. From Mexican food to Thai food to funnel cake, there’s something for everyone at this burgeoning night market that’s worth a visit in East LA. There’s always a rotating selection of street food vendors, but take a look at which ones to look out for during your next trip to Avenue 26 night market.




              Avenue 26 Tacos

              The night market grew from a single vendor–Avenue 26 Tacos, a local favorite for cheap eats in the neighborhood. The market is unofficially named after them and they continue to put together delicious plates of Mexican food. Lines are long, but a visit to their stand is a must for anyone looking to get the true street food experience.




              Funnel Land

              You won’t have to wait for the county fair to get a bite of quality funnel cake. Funnel Land tops their cakes with ice cream as well as strawberries, blueberries and even oreos. You’ll satisfy your sweet tooth at this booth for an ideal street food dessert.




              El Jefes BBQ

              If you’re craving a Southwest taste, El Jefe’s is the way to go. Their selection of backyard-style barbecue items with a Mexican flair include brisket quesadillas and nachos with chipotle and BBQ flavors.




              Tacos Los Cachoritos

              Asian and Mexican cuisines combine for Tacos Los Cachoritos’ speciality, birria ramen. The flavorful stew is poured over instant noodles for a unique dish you won’t find anywhere else. You can also find birria tacos and mulitas to satisfy your Mexican food cravings.

              Sweet Meats LA

              Meat lovers will drool from the subtle, tropical flavors of this Filipino and Spanish-style BBQ pork. Come to Avenue 26 on a weekend to find Sweet Meats LA serving up skewers of perfectly seasoned meats.

              Thainese Box

              Feast on some delicious Thai food at Thainese Box. Their booth offers up plates of dishes like chow mein, fried rice, and mango sticky rice. Wash it down with a thai iced tea for the perfect dinner.

              Bon-Bon Sweets

              You’ll enjoy the sugar rush from getting a bite of the selection at Bon-Bon Sweets. Carefully-crafted treats like chocolate covered strawberries, caramel apples and cakepops are sure to catch your eye at Avenue 26.

              Churros El Bochito

              Churros El Bochito takes this classic Mexican dessert and includes sweet toppings for a delectable twist. Add things like ice cream, cereal, chocolate sauce or whipped cream to their churros or churro bites and savor the flavor.

              Baby Cakess Gourmet Pancakes

              You may not think you can eat pancakes on the go, but Baby Cakess makes it an appetizing reality. Their bite-sized pancake balls are topped with fruits, sweets and sauces to give you the ultimate street food dessert experience.

              Felice Italian Catering

              If you’re craving pizza, Felice Catering is the vendor to visit. Their gourmet neapolitan pizzas will hit the spot as they’re wood-fired to perfection topped with classic Italian ingredients.

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                Essential Outdoor Restaurants in Los Angeles

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                Explore these Outdoor Restaurants in Los Angeles

                With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, Los Angeles citizens are starting to get out and explore the city again, with the post-pandemic restaurant landscape more exciting than ever. Sunny LA days create the perfect ambiance for safe, outdoor settings where guests can savor a delicious meal. Some restaurants make use of already-existing patio seating, while others have expanded to sidewalk or parking lot seating as an added option. Enjoy your next al fresco feast at one of these essential outdoor restaurants in Los Angeles.

                The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore

                Take a trip to Long Beach to try out Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore. This sister restaurant of Santa Monica’s bar The Bungalow puts a fine dining twist on the brand’s cozy, Baja California style. With a menu of dishes made with seasonal ingredients, you won’t regret the drive to experience this eccentric, “community clubhouse.”




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                Santolina

                Take in open-air views of Los Angeles when you make a reservation for Sant’olina at the Beverly Hilton. Taste both traditional and modern Mediterranean dishes on a vibrant, coastal-inspired patio. Dinner and weekend brunch are unparalleled at this hot spot.




                Fia

                The earthy, coastal feel of Fia will sweep you away into a garden paradise. Twinkling lights hanging from the trees and rustic wooden furnishings create an enchanting environment to compliment their menu of Mediterranean eats.




                Perch

                This classic Downtown Los Angeles destination has always been a go-to for rooftop dining, and continues to serve its guests delectable dishes with a view. Their unmatched atmosphere with a cityscape backdrop is the perfect place for socially-distant, outdoor dining.




                Gigis

                Located in the up-and-coming Sycamore area of Hollywood, Gigi’s is a seductive space for French fare. This nightspot is perfect for catching up with friends on their outdoor patio while indulging in flavorful dishes and thoughtful cocktails.

                Nueva

                This bustling space for Mexican cuisine offers vibrant patio seating for your outing. Stop by for brunch to get the full experience with spacious, outdoor seats to absorb the daytime breeze. Their menu boasts tacos, ceviches and even mimosa kits to add a touch of buzz.

                Ysabel

                This hot spot tucked away in West Hollywood has an airy patio to set the scene for your brunch or dinner outing. Locally-sourced ingredients make up their impressive menu of earthy, Mediterranean and American selections.

                Las Palmas

                Head to EP & LP to dine at their patio pop-up restaurant Las Palmas. The Tulum-inspired setting will transport you to a tropical, coastal oasis where you can nibble from a menu of brunch classics like Belgian waffles, a breakfast burrito or a smoked salmon bagel.

                Dama

                Nestled in Downtown LA’s Fashion District, Dama’s unmatched patio will have you carelessly lounging in the tropical, Latin-inspired surroundings. You’ll take in plenty of greenery while you sip delicious cocktails and dine beneath the stars.

                Pilot

                At the top of The Hoxton Hotel in Downtown LA is Pilot, a rooftop restaurant with an open air dining room fit for an airy, al fresco meal. Enjoy beautiful views of the neighborhood along with pastas, pizzas and refreshing cocktails from their outdoor dining menu.

                Strada

                Pull up a chair at Strada to enjoy flavorful, locally-sourced ingredients in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Whether you’re ordering tapas, pizzas or from their vegan and vegetarian menu, you’ll love this outdoor restaurant perfect for a safe and social dining experience.

                Bacari W. 3rd

                Tucked away through an unsuspecting alley in West Hollywood, Bacari W. 3rd boasts a romantic and intimate space that will make any night out memorable. Sparkling lights throughout the lush, green, outdoor space create a dreamy atmosphere you’ll love for date night or with friends.

                Parks BBQ

                One of Koreatown’s favorite destinations for Korean barbecue, head to Parks for a satisfying evening underneath their covered outdoor space. This essential spot for appetizing Korean cuisine offers quality cuts of meat and sides with authentic flavors.

                LA Cha Cha Cha

                The Downtown Los Angeles outpost of the popular Mexico City Cha Cha Cha location brings a modern, Mexican style to go along with fresh flavors. The impressive outdoor space mixes art deco and tropical accents to create a great place to watch the sunset in the Arts District.

                Margot

                Head to Culver City to enjoy one of the neighborhood’s best outdoor restaurants. This rooftop spot has a spacious, al fresco patio where you can try their delicious menu of Spanish, Mediterreanean and Italian cuisine.

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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.

                  RESERVATIONS


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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.




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                  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.




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                  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.




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                  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. 

                   

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                  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.

                     

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