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Enjoy a Glamorous Stay at The Thompson Hollywood

Experience The Thompson Hollywood

The heydey of Old Hollywood was known for its glitz, glamour and luxury. While the neighborhood has evolved through the years, the newly opened Thompson Hollywood brings a dash of vintage charm back to the city. With lavish rooms, a central location, and the sophisticated rooftop lounge Bar Lis, guests can indulge in a dazzling Los Angeles experience. Book a stay at The Thompson Hollywood to be swept away into a tinsel town fantasy.

Design

Guests take in the sophisticated setting the moment they step foot into the building with lush greenery, bold wooden features, and mid-century style furnishings. Brass accents and natural tones bring forth a refined ambiance for lounging in the Lobby Bar of the 11-story construction. With 190 rooms and 16 suites, the chic hotel is an inviting home to weekend travelers or extended stay visits, placing guests in the lap of luxury.

Rooms & Suites

Guest rooms are outfitted with contemporary, earth-toned furnishings alongside floor-to-ceiling windows with an envious view of Hollywood. The Classic California style meets mid-century modern to create an elegant atmosphere perfect for relaxing in the heart of the city. Suites give guests an upgraded studio layout with wraparound windows and luxury marble bathrooms for an added touch of comfort.

Bar Lis

One of the hotel’s main attractions is their rooftop lounge Bar Lis–a sleek space inspired by the airy sophistication of the French Riviera combined with the glam of Old Hollywood. The bar’s vintage charm comes from an art-deco design mixing velvet textures, a jewel tone color palette and tropical palms to whisk you away on a mini vacation. A retractable roof makes for a rain-or-shine experience while you taste their delicately crafted bites inspired by French bistro fare. Book a reservation to lounge on plush banquettes and sip from their menu of signature cocktails. Live music and DJs make for revelrous entertainment, with a weekly Jazz Night event bringing together some of the city’s most talented musicians.

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Dining

Aside from Bar Lis’ canapés, guests can also enjoy the upcoming restaurant Mis Amis. With the French translation “My Friends,” this outlet will act as a trendy dining experience inspired by France’s local brasseries and cafés. Chef Lincoln Carson will bring seasonal ingredients to a menu of traditional French plates that are complemented by a curated wine and cocktail list. Currently, Thompson Hollywood guests can also dine on The Terrace, which boasts casual, poolside dining and views of Downtown Los Angeles. The breezy atmosphere is perfect for shareable plates with friends or an intimate dinner date.

Amenities

The Thompson Hollywood will feel like your home away from home with convenient amenities to make your getaway special. A state-of-the-art fitness center is open 24 hours for all your workout needs. The rooftop pool provides the perfect place to rest and relax underneath the Los Angeles sunshine with a view of the iconic Hollywood sign. A business center, in-room dining and pet-friendly perks also personalize your stay in a way that fits your travel needs.

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    The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles

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    Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles

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




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    Business Hotels

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




    Lifestyle Hotels

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




    Restaurants for Meetings

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

    Restaurants for Fun

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

    Restaurants for Brunch

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

    Best Dining Experiences

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

    Best Cocktail Bars

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

    Best Date Night Bars

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

    Hottest Bars

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

    Best Bar Experience

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

     

    Nightlife Experiences

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

    Best For Bottle Service

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

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      Things to Do During A Night Out in Hollywood

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      Experience the Magic of Tinseltown

      Hollywood is one of the world’s most recognizable neighborhoods with a history in entertainment reaching back more than 100 years. The iconic Hollywood sign creates an unforgettable view as travelers from around the globe visit to experience the enchanting city during their time in Los Angeles. From delicious fine dining dinners to trendy nightlife venues, spend an exciting, memorable night taking in the world-renowned magic of Tinseltown.




      Book Your Stay

      To get the full Hollywood experience, there are a number of luxury hotels in the neighborhood offering elevated service and pristine rooms along with amenities to make you feel right at home. Book a stay in the center of the action at The Dream Hotel. This domain will place you in the lap of luxury in the heart of Hollywood’s lively nightlife scene. You can also relish in a trendy atmosphere at The W Hollywood. With a prime location on Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll be able to experience the city’s excitement along with in-house amenities like a stylish rooftop pool and multiple restaurants. Plan your stay at The Kimpton Everly Hotel to experience a bright and airy setting with each room boasting a stunning view from the Hollywood Hills to the Downtown LA skyline. If you’re looking for a more private experience, consider a luxury villa rental that can offer a full, luxurious space to call your own while you explore Los Angeles.




      Wine & Dine

      After checking into your hotel and preparing for a night out, experience a delectable dinner at one of Hollywood’s many fine dining establishments. A local favorite, Katsuya is known for its fresh sushi and Japanese dishes served in a modern setting of eye-catching design. Beauty & Essex is also a lavish hotspot with a speakeasy-style entrance through a pawn shop and a menu of enticing, American cuisine. Nearby, you can also visit TAO, a monolithic, multi-story space known for its celebrity clientele and signature Asian decor. If modern Mediterranean dining sounds intriguing, look no further than Cleo–the Hollywood & Vine-located restaurant with contemporary small plates perfect for kicking your night off right. You can also head into the Hills to dine at Yamashiro, a restaurant known for its beautiful, Japanese garden landscape and scenic view.




      Plan Your Entertainment

      While walking down the Walk of Fame may be one of Hollywood’s most famous activities, there are a number of ways to enjoy a Hollywood evening with performances of all kinds happening each day. The Pantages Theater is known for hosting phenomenal Broadway plays in a historical setting on Hollywood Boulevard. Shows like Wicked, The Lion King, Hamilton and hundreds more have drawn in audiences for a night of entertainment. Nearby, the Hollywood Palladium is another of the city’s landmarks that brings live music acts to the stage all year round. Elevate your experience with premium seating to upgrade your night with a private table and bottle service along with a perfect view of the action. For a more intimate experience, book a reservation at Black Rabbit Rose–a lounge and theater with magic shows and live jazz in vintage-inspired surroundings.

      Grab a Cocktail

      After taking in a show, a night cap at one of the neighborhood’s coolest bars will help keep the energy alive during a bustling Hollywood night. Head to Hollywood Boulevard tiki bar Lono for a festive, tropical drink inside the expansive venue. Get into a musical mood at Sunset & Vinyl, a cozy speakeasy with a vintage feel located above Hollywood & Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza restaurant. Rise to the rooftop of Mama Shelter to sip drinks in the vibrant space with a stunning view of Hollywood. You can also toast glasses at The Tropicana, located poolside in the illustrious Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. If a bar with a dancefloor is more your style, No Vacancy is the place to be with an unforgettable speakeasy entrance leading to a renovated, prohibition-era house that’s fit for a good time.

      Elevate Your Night

      It won’t be a trip to Hollywood without ending your night partying it up at the city’s most trendy and exclusive nightclubs. You’ll get an extravagant experience at Warwick, a hotspot with lavish decor and a guestlist of lively partygoers. Avenue LA also boasts an exciting crowd of stylish patrons, with a beautiful garden atrium and plush interior furnishings to set the mood. Across from Avenue you’ll find The Highlight Room at the top of the Dream Hotel. This mostly outdoor space has plenty of room for mixing and mingling with bottle service cabanas giving you a dedicated place to party with your group. You can also take in the Hollywood ambiance at Derriere, a buzzed about spot for live DJ and artist performances among a sleek, classic design.

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        Prepare to Book Your Stay at the Newest Hotel Openings in LA

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        Newest Hotel Openings in LA

        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 at the newest hotel openings in LA with even more elegant and trendy properties preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.




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        West Hollywood EDITION

        One of the newest hotel openings in LA is the EDITION hotel, sitting 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.




        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.




        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.

        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.”

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

        Coming to Downtown Los Angeles in 2021, the sophisticated design of this lavish hotel in Los Angeles 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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          The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

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          Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

          If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat at the best restaurants for dessert in LA.




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          Pizzeria Mozza

          You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.




          CUT by Wolfgang Puck

          Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

          Odys + Penelope

          It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

          Republique

          There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

          The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

          This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

          The Rose Café

          Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

          Bottega Louie

          While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

          Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

          You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

          Catch

          This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

          Bestia

          Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

          Black Market Liquor Bar

          You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

          Jones Hollywood

          If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

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            10 of the Best Bar Programs in Los Angeles

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            Best Programs in Los Angeles

            Los Angeles is known for its innovative bar scene thanks to the many talented bartenders who are experts at creating unique concoctions with their own personal spin. Some of the best in the business work their magic at many of LA’s favorite bars leaving guests with plenty of new and exciting flavors to sip. Visit these hot spots and you’ll be in for a treat as you get to experience some of the best bar programs in Los Angeles.




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            Harvard & Stone

            Harvard & Stone has established itself as an industry favorite through continuously staying ahead of the game with a daily evolving R&D menu. Guest bartenders visiting from across the country often stop in for a shift to show their stuff at the vintage-inspired East Hollywood hot spot.




            Melrose Umbrella Co.

            This West Hollywood staple has made a name for itself through offering up quality cocktails in the prohibition-style space. A go-to neighborhood spot for locals and industry folk, Melrose Umbrella Co. delivers unique drinks made by some of the best bartenders in the city.




            The Varnish

            Hidden in a renovated storage room at the back of historical Downtown eatery Cole’s, The Varnish is a speakeasy worth visiting. The dimly lit private space is home to a classic menu of carefully crafted cocktails that have made the award-winning bar program one to remember.

            A.O.C.

            A refreshing night out can be spent at Beverly Grove’s favorite wine bar, A.O.C. The James Beard award-winning owners boast a wine program that pairs delicious bottles with seasonal small plates. The welcoming patio space makes for a great destination for lunch or dinner when you’re on the hunt for an indulgent glass of wine.

            The NoMad Hotel

            This notable brand expanded to Los Angeles’ Downtown neighborhood taking its highly-regarded cocktail reputation with it. Within the hotel’s Gianni Bar, guests are able to taste signature drinks and classic cocktails crafted by an award-winning team.

            The Walker Inn

            Make a reservation at The Walker Inn for a private experience tucked away inside of The Normandie Club in Koreatown. The attention to detail is easy to see with their well thought out drinks and an air of mystique that will keep you coming back to the chic hideaway.

            Employees Only

            The Los Angeles version of its world-famous NYC counterpart, Employees Only has established itself as a West Hollywood power player through using local ingredients to set off the flavors of your favorite liquors. Duck into their hidden back room, Henry’s Room, and order the bartender’s choice for a more elegant and intimate experience.

            Everson Royce Bar

            This Downtown Arts District locale unites a ‘mix and mingle’ atmosphere with an innovative cocktail program, resulting in a go-to neighborhood favorite that anyone can enjoy. Not only do the drinks impress, but the dining menu is known for its mouth-watering take on thoughtful bar food.

            Big Bar

            One of the best neighborhood bars in the city, Los Feliz’ Big Bar inside of Alcove Café & Bakery is known for inventive cocktails with an attention to detail. Holidays and events are a big draw for guests as Big Bar’s affinity for custom made menus keeps things fresh for regulars.

            The Spare Room

            This one-of-a-kind haunt on the mezzanine level of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is known not only for its charming vintage bowling alley, but also the menu of classic cocktails. The inviting drinks are great for big groups ready to show off their bowling skills in the renowned hot spot.

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              20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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              Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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




              Warwick

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




              Bar Lis

              Bar Lis is an airy rooftop lounge sits atop The Thompson Hollywood and offers an eye-catching backdrop of Old Hollywood charm. The space is inspired by the French Riviera along with coastal, Southern California living to create a sleek, chic event space for your gathering.




              Mack Sennett Studios

              This hot spot for events on the Eastside boasts plenty of space to see the vision for your event come to life. The 100-year-old building has two stages as well as an underground bar with a vintage style perfect for a private party.




              The London West Hollywood

              Your next poolside event will make a lasting impression at The London’s relaxing rooftop pool. Airy cabanas overlooking the sparkling water will give your event a touch of serenity. Their rooftop dining option, Boxwood, is also memorable with its enclosed glass patio and fire pits.

              The Edition West Hollywood

              This sophisticated hotel with a prime, Sunset Boulevard location will give your guests a scenic entrance as they join you for your big event. With multiple meeting spaces, a ballroom, and even a screening room, you’ll have plenty of luxurious options to choose the best setting for your gathering.

              The Rose Room

              This unassuming event space in Venice is an ideal place for a launch, meeting, performance or party. With over 2,000 square feet of open space, you can bring the design of your event to life just steps away from the world-famous Venice Boardwalk.

              Poppy

              Poppy takes on a theme of storybook surrealism with its fairytale-like space in West Hollywood. This whimsical, upscale hot spot is great for celebrating at a bottle service table, or having a more intimate experience in their private VIP lounge.

              The Mondrian Hotel

               

              This classic Sunset Boulevard hotel has a multitude of spaces to host a lively gathering. Skybar features one of the most breathtaking pool views in Los Angeles, while their Penthouse Suite will bring elegant sophistication to any affair.

              Malibu Rocky Oaks

                

              Surround yourself with scenic views of California greenery at this vineyard in Malibu. The stone-built estate sits atop volcanic soil, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for flavorful wines. With an atmosphere fit for royalty, your guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the 37-acres of beautiful landscapes.

              Beauty & Essex

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

              Mr. C. Beverly Hills

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

              Delilah

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

              Perch

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

              Bootsy Bellows

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

              The Highlight Room

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

              Harriets Rooftop

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

              Goya Studios

              If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests. You won’t regret your experience at one of the best event venues in Los Angeles.

              The Bungalow Santa Monica

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

              Elephante

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

              Doheny Room

              The newly remodeled Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling. The downstairs lounge is also an elegant space to toast drinks with your group over dinner, surrounded by art deco furnishings and decor. and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

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                20 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

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                Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

                One of the best cities in America for foodies, Los Angeles is known to attract top culinary talent from around the world. Restaurants with eclectic and innovative menus draw guests into delicious worlds filled with a variety of flavors to please their palates. Make a reservation and prepare to dig in to experience some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles.




                Felix Trattoria

                Along Venice’s iconic Abbot Kinney Boulevard you’ll find Felix Trattoria, an inviting Italian spot filled with fresh ingredients and some of the best pasta in the city.




                n/naka

                Among the most critically-acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles, Chef Niki Nakayama brings forth deliberate Japanese plates filled with flavorful, seasonal ingredients that have earned the locale two Michelin stars.




                Rossoblu

                For some of the best Italian dishes in Downtown LA, head to Rossoblu where the eye-catching interior complements the menu of Bolognese-style dishes, including unforgettable handmade pastas.

                Providence

                You’ll find plenty of innovative seafood at Providence–a spot that showcases a tasting menu filled with modern bites in a welcoming, Melrose Avenue environment.

                Bestia

                Known for its often months-long reservation queue, Bestia continues to attract foodies to enjoy their range of inventive Italian dishes. The now-iconic restaurant is sure to deliver an unforgettable dining experience to your palate.

                Nobu Malibu

                Celebrities and locals alike head to Nobu to enjoy Malibu’s ocean breeze alongside fresh seafood dishes. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s menu of signature favorites and evolving specials create a one-of-a-kind experience in Los Angeles dining.

                Animal

                The influential Animal restaurant continues to bring quality dining to the Fairfax area with a variety of meat-focused dishes. The small plates filled with both approachable and exotic creations make for a dining experience unlike any other.

                Spago

                A classic destination by the legendary Wolfgang Puck, Spago remains a staple in Los Angeles fine dining due to its consistently impressive service and evolving menu.

                Nightshade

                Headed by Top Chef winner Mei Lin, Nightshade fails to disappoint with innovative dishes bringing forth internationally-influenced flavors for a mouth-watering dining experience.

                Republique

                This expansive space in Hollywood serves up French and Californian cuisine with fresh baked goods and a well-known brunch menu, as well as a dinner menu worth indulging in. The historic building brings an ambiance of romance to combine with fresh ingredients to become one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants.

                Pizzana

                Brentwood’s Pizzana is perfect for enjoying an inventive pie in a minimalist setting. The unique mix of flavors make for a variety of options where you can dig into a pizza like never before.

                Petit Trois

                Lovers of French cuisine won’t want to miss out on this restaurant, offering a delectable tasting menu in Hollywood. The open kitchen is home to Chef Ludovic Lefebvre, who serves up unexpected eats in a modern setting.

                Majordomo

                Head to Chinatown to enjoy Majordomo, a modern classic in the LA restaurant scene. Restaurateur David Chang brings a contemporary Korean concept to Chinatown with an expansive, industrial layout fit for a stylish dining experience.

                Broken Spanish

                The Mexican menu at Broken Spanish is combined with California influences to create a unique culinary style perfect for Los Angeles. The ever-evolving menu joins with the rustic sophistication of the space as you bite from the selection of modern Mexican dishes.

                Bavel

                Bavel is known for its busy nights where guests order dish after dish from the Mediterannean menu of buzzed about seafood and meats. The Downtown Arts District is forever changed by this go-to spot that’ll serve up one of the best dining experiences in Los Angeles.

                Heres Looking at You

                The unique combination of flavors at Here’s Looking at You has turned it into a staple in its Koreatown neighborhood. The multi-cultural menu provides plenty to explore with creative plates that always keep you guessing.

                Cassia

                The unapologetic asian-fusion menu at Cassia brings delicious bites to the lively Santa Monica destination. Guests are known to bring a vibrant energy that complements plates of artful fare creating the perfect spot for dining on the Westside.

                Jon & Vinnys

                This buzzed about spot on Fairfax is a trendy locale for Italian comfort food taken to the next level. The fully wooden space with minimalist decor places the focus on food, where chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo create unparalleled dishes filled with creativity.

                Sqirl

                Any Los Angeles foodie will agree that Sqirl boasts one of the best menus in the city. This Silver Lake breakfast and lunch go-to is known for its long line and delicious, thoughtful ingredients.

                Otium

                This modern venue is filled with international eats that keep guests coming back for more thanks to the talented Chef Timothy Hollingsworth. The spacious restaurant is perfect for dining after a visit to the nearby Broad Museum.

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                  10 Ways to Spend Your Family Vacation in Los Angeles

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                  Family Vacation in Los Angeles

                  If you’re escaping to Los Angeles for a family getaway, there are plenty of sights to see that are great for children and parents alike. With a reputation for fun and entertainment, LA offers up a variety of activities that are sure to create long lasting memories for you and your family. Bring the kids along to experience any of these exciting ways to spend your family vacation in Los Angeles.




                  Universal Studios

                  Doubling as a fully-operational film and television studio along with a theme park, you’ll get an exciting Los Angeles experience at Universal Studios in Universal City. Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, or The Simpsons, Universal Studios has unique film and TV-inspired attractions that you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget to take the iconic studio tour for a behind the scenes peek of the back lot.




                  Santa Monica Pier

                  Take advantage of Los Angeles’ perfect weather by visiting the Santa Monica Pier. About 40 minutes from Hollywood, Santa Monica is a famed destination known for its beautiful beaches and California casual living. Take the family to ride the ferris wheel and play carnival games on the pier while enjoying the scenic view overlooking the Pacific ocean.




                  The Grove

                  If you’re in need of some retail therapy, take the family along to The Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax neighborhood. With shops like the American Girl Place and kids outlets of J. Crew and Pottery Barn, you can freshen up the whole family with a new wardrobe. Catch a movie at the Pacific Theatres or grab a bite at the Farmer’s Market, offering up a diversity of dishes to satisfy your cravings.   

                  Hollywood Walk of Fame

                  It won’t be a true Los Angeles vacation without a waltz down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching from Gower to La Brea and running up and down Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll see your favorite entertainers lining the streets with their names emblazoned on the iconic stars. Along the way, visit the Chinese Theater to see the A-list handprints in the pavement out front, or the Madame Tussads wax museum for uncanny sculptures of your favorite celebrities.

                  Olvera Street

                  Experience a part of Los Angeles’ cultural history by visiting Downtown’s Olvera Street. Channeling the early roads of a city built by Spanish settlers, the Olvera Street marketplace has a variety of vibrant, handcrafted goods for sale including artwork, clothes and jewelry. Tasting the authentic Mexican food from the outdoor cafes is also a must while listening to Mariachi singers evoke the sounds of LA culture.

                  California Science Center

                  Take the family to an interactive destination by visiting the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The enlightening exhibits are sure to be a learning experience with hands-on ways for kids to learn something new. From nature to technology to space travel, everyone in the family will get an education at this fun museum.

                  Venice Beach Boardwalk

                  An iconic part of LA culture, visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a trip down the quirky and exciting beachfront walkway. With a diversity of vendors selling artwork, clothing and décor, you’re sure to find a quality souvenir for the kids to take home. Performers are also a part of the Venice Beach experience with musicians, roller skaters, dancers, and one-of-a-kind acts always impressing crowds with their unique talents.

                  Griffith Observatory

                  One of the best places to get a great view of the Hollywood sign is from the Griffith Observatory. Enter from the Los Feliz neighborhood to drive up to the scenic peak with a view of the whole city. This memorable Los Angeles landmark (famously featured in James Dean’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause,”) is home to a planetarium with educational information about the stars, along with telescopes to see out into the skyline.

                  The Getty Center

                  The Getty museum houses thousands of priceless works of art at the top of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains off the 405 freeway. With a breathtaking view of the city, this site is a landmark all on its own with a modern design that’s a feast for the eyes. With plenty of free events for kids, and a Family Room for parents to learn and play alongside their children, the expansive center is a fun environment for adults and children alike.

                  Knotts Berry Farm

                  Take a day trip to Buena Park to visit Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. An hour drive from Hollywood, this classic Peanuts cartoon-themed destination offers up fun for the whole family. With roller coasters and rides for both younger children and teens, everyone will get a thrill out of the exciting destination.

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                    14 Valentines Day Dinners in LA

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                    Valentines Day Dinners in Los Angeles

                    While Angelenos often love to explore their city for new restaurants, nightlife, and activities to do in their free time, Valentine’s Day isn’t just any other day in LA. Love is in the air and people throughout the city will be on the hunt for the best destination to impress their significant other. If you’re looking to create the perfect experience for someone special, reservations are quickly disappearing for these hot Valentines Day dinners in LA are great spots to cozy up to your date this February 14th.




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                    Delilah

                    One of h. wood Group’s favored venues is this chic lounge and restaurant with a sleek aesthetic that will add a touch of nostalgia to your night out. Popular with A-listers, it’s sure to draw in LA’s’ finest for an intimate evening of vintage vibes and specialty spirits.




                    TAO Los Angeles

                    For a hot spot to see and be seen, TAO in Hollywood may be the perfect place for you to show off your date in the massive, Asian-fusion restaurant. Take date night to the next level with artful design, chic furnishings and a grandiose atmosphere. With a regular menu full of appetizing plates, and a selection of one-night-only specials, there will be plenty of ways to make your dinner experience exceptional.




                    Margot

                    The indoor-outdoor layout at Margot gives you the best of both worlds when you’re cozying up to your Valentine’s Day date. The panoramic views from the rooftop complement the menu of coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Love will be in the air in this romantic, modern spot ideal for a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner.

                    BOA

                    A quality cut might just be the way to your valentine’s heart if you decide to dine at BOA Steakhouse. Their West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations both offer a sleek, contemporary design along with an appetizing variety of dishes to set the mood for your romantic night out.

                    Nobu Malibu

                    You can never go wrong with an ocean view at this classic Malibu eatery. Whether you’re dining at the chef’s table or lounging on the patio, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to cuddle up next to your sweetheart as you enjoy Chef Nobu’s delectable dishes.

                    Norah

                    If you’re planning on a WeHo outing, you can take a seat in Norah’s marble-accented dining room to surround yourself with the bold, modern décor. Their seasonal drinks and dishes will keep your dinner experience fresh whether you’re a regular or a first-time diner.

                    Tesse

                    Head to West Hollywood to dine at Tesse, a French restaurant offering up thoughtful plates paired with exclusive wines. From refreshing salads to delectable desserts, Tesse brings flavor to your night in an approachable, modern setting. Expertly-designed craft cocktails will also hit the spot for a way to add a buzz of flavor to your Valentines Day outing.

                    Openaire

                    The greenhouse feel to this Koreatown restaurant located in The Line Hotel will give you a scenic backdrop with a view of the stars. Join your loved one poolside for a bite of their refreshing menu of seasonal, California ingredients prepared by Michelin starred-chefs. The indoor-outdoor space will create the perfect mood for a charming night.

                    Elephante

                    Take in a sparkling ocean view from one of Santa Monica’s hottest rooftop destinations. Elephante is known as a trendy place to dine among airy, African-inspired decor and toast to their deliciously fragrant cocktails. Join your partner and cozy up in the attractive, indoor-outdoor environment.

                    Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

                    Doubling as a dining destination and nightlife hotspot, you’ll have the best of both worlds if Hyde is your Valentine’s day choice. The iconic Sunset strip will be your backdrop as you sip craft cocktails with your beau, tucked away in the trendy, open-air venue.

                    Toca Madera

                    For those looking to spice up their night with a DJ bumping a catchy playlist over tasty Mexican cuisine, Toca Madera may be just the spot. With sexy decor perfect for whispering sweet nothings, a Valentine’s date is sure to be impressed as their ambiance lures in Beverly Hills partygoers.

                    71 Above

                    With unmatched, panoramic views of Los Angeles, you’ll dine in the clouds at 71Above, one of Downtown LA’s tallest buildings. You can do no wrong with their eclectic tasting menu and mouth-watering cocktails as you and your sweetheart share a romantic evening among the stars.

                    Otium

                    Take advantage of Downtown’s Grand Avenue by dining at modern classic Otium. Their woodfired cuisine of shared plates is sure to impress along with wine pairings and a signature cocktail list to toast to a romantic evening.

                    Gwen

                    Known for its in-house butcher shop, love won’t be your only carnal desire for the evening as Gwen also serves up elegant feasts in their contemporary, luxurious dining room. Their focus on local farms and natural ingredients will keep you coming back for the refreshing culinary experience.

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