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Must sees + bar & restaurant ideas for first timers in LA?

I will be visiting Los Angeles the first time with a group of 14 of us (ages 22 to 55).   We only have 5 days, so what's a must see?   And any suggestions on roof top bars/lounges?  Restaurants?   Thank you.


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    This is a nice post in an interesting line of content.Thanks for sharing this article, great way of bring such topic to discussion. · (0 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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  • Amy Bielawski

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    I've been to L.A. I think 10 times, so I have many places to recommend. Another restaurant that has been around since the 40's in Burbank is Smoke House Restaurant, the servers have been there forever, there is half priced happy hour food and drink, and you have to have the grilled artichoke.... sooooo good.

    Smoke House Restaurant

    If you want a little more throwback, Barney's Beaneryis where Jim Morrison used to hang out. I heard the best karaoke singers ever there.

    Barney's Beanery

    Venice Beachused to be cool, but the vibe has changed, so I would stay Santa Monica Beach along with looking around Third Street Promenade, since there is a lot going on there. I agree to check out Bar Marmontand Formosa Cafewhere many stars used to hang out including Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis.

    Formosa Cafe

    I would also hike Hollywood Sign, great views and good little workout. If you want cheap shopping It's A Wrap! Westside, where you will find inexpensive clothes from movies and tv shows. I could go on, but I think those are my faves that I can remember. Driving around is not hard, esp with gps and I did it by myself last time.

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      Wow, nice, Amy! Great ideas! · (1 likelikes)

    • Joanne M.

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      Awesome, Thanks so much... · (1 likelikes)

    • Valerie A.

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      Completely agree about those grilled artichokes! Might have to go get some myself after work... · (1 likelikes)

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      Yes, the artichokes are orgasmic, really. · (0 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      Some great, classics in here, Amy! · (1 likelikes)

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    If you're up for an adventure, I would try the The Dresden Room. Almost untouched since the 60s it's a piano bar/restaurant that features a super-campy husband and wife singing team called Marty & Elayne (see below) who are sort of local legends. Last weekend I took a musician friend there who is from New York and he absolutely loved it. The Dresden RoomI'm also a huge fan of Bar Marmont at the Chateau Marmont. It's a fabulous people-watching place and actually has a pretty normal vibe for being such a hip place. Also, you can make reservations for the bar so you can skip the enormous line outside. Bar Marmont at the Chateau Marmont.
    The Good Luck Bar is another favorite of mine and is a pretty easy place to go with a lot of people. My only complaint about it is that it's exceptionally dark. Great drinks, though and a lot of fun. Good Luck BarMy all-time most favorite place in L.A. is the Hollywood Bowl and the reason I'm mentioning it here is because in addition to being a fabulous concert venue (with some very cheap seats and great performers) there's a fabulous bar there (not cheap, but great) as well as a lot of dining options. You can also bring your own picnic as well and it's the perfect place for a large group. Most people arrive at the bowl at least an hour or so before the show starts so they can grab tables (otherwise you kind of have to find a patch of grass somewhere which isn't always easy) so plan to leave early. Also, parking there is a nightmare so ask your hotel concierge how to take the shuttle there--it's very, very easy. Hollywood BowlThis isn't my thing, but if you really want to try an L.A. institution, check out Roscoe's House Of Chicken & Waffles. Yes, chicken and waffles. There are looooong lines, though, so be prepared! image from blogs.sfweekly.comYou might want to try Yamashiro which is a sushi restaurant with amazing views of the city and is a very easy place to take a group (in fact, I think I've only been there with groups). The sushi here is good, not spectacular, but the bar is phenomenal and the view is beyond good. Personally, I would come here for a drink and then go to dinner somewhere else.YamashiroAnother of my favorite places to go with a big group is the Farmers Market. Even though they've built a mall next door, they've kept the market in tact (it's been there since the 30s) and has just about every kind of food stand/restaurant you can imagine so everyone can have what they want. The food here is also pretty inexpensive which is nice. Just keep in mind that it's essentially an outdoor market so it can get a bit hot. Farmers MarketI would also check out the Red Lion Tavern which is a funny little beer garden you would never even know is there if someone didn't tell you. It's a sentimental favorite in the area and a perfect place to take a big group. Great cheap German comfort food--try the fried pickles (or the weiner in pea soup shown below). Red Lion Tavern

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      Awesome suggestions, thanks so much. · (1 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      My pleasure--have a blast!!! · (0 likelikes)

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      Good Answer! · (0 likelikes)

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    Since it's your first time here, I think you should take in a classic. Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel. The scene is very sunset strip, views are great, and now that it's not the hottest place in town, you can probably just walk in relax and have a drink. I really liked the restaurant they had there, Asia de Cuba (even took my grandparents once and they loved it!) but it's closed now and apparently the new place it called Herringbone Los Angeles which i'm sure would be nice for an early bite, then grab a drink after at skybar. Would be a fun night for the wide age range you're rocking.

    If you're looking for celeb sightings, i always recommend Madeo Restaurant on a fri/sat night. High likelihood you're be dining next to Al Pacino or the like. But a party of 14 could be trouble there.

    I second the Hotel Erwin if you're making to the beach, and the Standard hotels are easy too. If you make it downtown LA you can get a big party in at Bottega Louie for breakfast/lunch/dinner and it's beautiful space.

    Have fun!


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      Thanks so much very helpful · (1 likelikes)

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      +1 on Bottega Louie for sure · (0 likelikes)

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    Westside:

    Do brunch in Venice at Axe. Sit outside in the back and order the best pancake you'll ever have (only served on Saturdays and Sundays).

    (update: Axe is now closed - I know, bummer, but I have another place that recently opened- go to Gjusta Bakery - it is AMAZING.)

    Axe

    Downtown:

    Do early afternoon cocktails and appetizers at Perch. Saturdays are the best as the "California Feet Warmers" play until 3pm. Yes, that is a washboard!

    Perchimage from instagram.comGrand Central Market has a variety of tasty order and eat options for the group. My favorite--the sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich from Eggslut. There is usually a line, but I mean it's worth it. Be prepared to wait a little.Eggslutimage from instagram.comLast, but not least, Bar Ama. Make reservations ahead of time and order off the menu puffy tacos!Bar Ama

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      Awesome... thanks so much · (1 likelikes)

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      You are welcome! Let me know if you have any follow up questions. Happy to help you love LA as much as I do! · (0 likelikes)

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    For the fine dining experience, definitely worth it to check out Fig & Olive, The Bazaar, Nobu Malibu in the evening.

    For the sit-down and trendy - try Forage, Gjelina, Tar & Roses, Bestia, Connie and Ted's Seafood.

    Brunch - The Roof On Wilshire (it's a rooftop, you can do your lounging laying out rooftop thing). Oh and Sqirl Kitchen in Silverlake.

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      Yum! Great suggestions, Jacqueline! · (1 likelikes)

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      I love the Prosciutto sandwich from Sqirl. I haven't heard of Connie and Ted's - new place to add to my list, thanks! · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks, Debbie! Would love to hear your suggestions for next time I'm in San Fran since we have similar taste. · (0 likelikes)

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      Jillian, Connie & Ted's is pretty new. Gives me a Mad Men vibe. The lobster there is amazing. I am excited for you. You will love it if you're into seafood. · (1 likelikes)

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      Awesome... thanks · (2 likelikes)

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    Hey Joanne! Must sees definitely include hiking at Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywood Sign and seeing a movie in the park (look up Eat|See|Hear for locations). Best rooftop bar/lounges include Perch and the Ace Hotel Los Angeles downtown, and The London West Hollywood Hotel and The Standard, Hollywood. I also personally really like The Hotel Wilshire for sunset lounging. Other restaurants/things to check out are the Sprinkles ATM/Ice Cream in Beverly Hills, East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese restaurant in Culver City and Palms Thai Restaurant in Hollywood (there's a Thai Elvis impersonator, and it's the best Thai food in LA). Hope that helps! Enjoy :)

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      This is really, really awesome stuff, Breanna! Thanks for sharing! · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks so much for your suggestions. Sounds like so much fun. Can't wait. Thanks again · (0 likelikes)

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    A lot depends on where you're staying and how mobile you are. For rooftop bars, there's The Standard Downtown LA and The Standard, Hollywood; and the Hotel Erwin on Venice Beach. If you're going to Disneyland Park, there's Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge in CA Adventure. Also in Hollywood, try Yamashiro for great food, atmosphere and views.

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      We will be staying in Hollywood Hills and we will be renting a car. Thanks so much for your suggestions. · (1 likelikes)

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    Perch and Ace Hotel Los Angeles best roof top bar in downtown right. The Penthouse has a great atmosphere and will accommodate a wide age range. Hotel Shangri La Rooftop Bar is close to that also.

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      Great... Thank you. · (0 likelikes)

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    I would definitely second JR's suggestion of Bottega Louie. I just went there the other night and it was very good! I split one of their pizzas with a friend. We were both really hungry and I couldn't finish my half. But, I did save enough room for one of their lemon macaroons! Yum!

    Bottega Louieimage from darindines.wordpress.com

    And Courtney's suggestion of Farmers Market is a great place for a big group especially if you are all wanting different things and can't come to one unanimous decision.

    If you are on the westside at all I would definitely suggest C&O Trattoria in Venice. It is right down by the beach. I love going there at night because it is light up so cute. They have amazing endless garlic knots and you can choose your own dishes or also do family style which is a nice and cheap option for a big group.


    Also on the Westside for brunch I would suggest 26 Beach Cafe. I went there with a big group and it is best to pair up with someone and have one person order a savory breakfast option and the other order a sweet. I split the Peach Croissant French Toast and one of their Mexican Egg dishes with a friend. Both were so amazing. The sweet is just too much to eat by yourself though. They also have amazing Recess French Toast! 26 Beach is located in Marina del Rey but close to Santa Monica. I would suggest fueling up here before hitting the Santa Monica Pier/ 3rd Street Promenade.

    Wurstküche is a fun late night spot. They have great German sausages and German styled Fries. Definitely try the chipotle aioli dipping sauce for the fries. They have many craft beers and has such a cool atmosphere at night. You order at the counter up front and then they have large picnic style type seating in the back with lots of mood lighting and good music.

    Malibu Cafe Is kind of a far drive from the city but if you happen to be up that direction definitely check this place out. Set back in a wooded, nature type setting is Malibu Cafe. Very much a family, southern styled type place. They have all kinds of games and activities scattered around the yard, ping pong, pool tables, corn hole and others. They have great seating for large groups and a large bar.



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      Awesome... Thanks so much for great suggestions. · (0 likelikes)

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      Bottega Louie is amazing! · (0 likelikes)

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    Check out Louie's of Mar Vista and get ready to indulge. It's the best of both worlds regarding a restaurant and bar. The drinks are superb and the food is to DIE for. I recommend getting everything on the menu. They even have an adorable outside patio that is perfect for your big group. The staff/owners are awesome, they provide a fun and lively atmosphere that I think you will all enjoy.

    Make sure to leave room for dessert (always), I can eat their bread pudding for the rest of my life and die happy. Louie's of Mar Vista

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    Fun! Hike the Hollywood Sign, it's amazing! Also eat cookie ice cream sandwiches at Diddy Riese, go down to Laguna Beach / Newport Beach, and eat at Lemonade for sure! You can see a few more tips here!

    http://www.welltraveledwife.com/2012/08/c-guide-to-los-angeles.html

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