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Rob
I'm music professional (producer/A&R/artist development) and college professor (music production and music business lecturer).  A Boston native, I've been living in Los Angeles for ten years, while... read more
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Things to do in Los Angeles

#1

The Virgil

BarsBars
$$$· 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A little something for everyone; one side of the bar is a chill lounge, the other is a dance floor. Depending on the night, there is live music, a DJ, or stand-up comedy.

#2

The Kitchen

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4348 Fountain Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great food and service, good prices, relaxed atmosphere – perfect spot for a date.

#3

Blossom

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4019 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local Pho place. I recommended dining downstairs; it has nice atmosphere.

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You've never had a movie experience like this! Fully restored to it's 1920s Egyptian-Revial glory, this theatre has comfy seats (tons of leg room), state-of-the-art picture & sound, & it's only $9!

#5

Good Luck Bar

BarsBars
1514 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bar to go to with a group of friends, big or small. Perfect to hit up before and/or after catching a flick at The Vista Theatre.

#6

Tiki Ti

$· 4427 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Opened in 1961 amidst America's post-war Hawaiian craze, this is THE tiki bar of LA. If you want to enjoy this place, I suggest going early in the night, as it's very small and fills quickly.

#7

The Short Stop

BarsBars
1455 West Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go here if you want to get your dance on! Make sure you see what they're spinning; every night is something different and it can range from rockabilly, to hipster rock, to ratchet booty music. FUN!

#8

Little Joy

BarsBars
1477 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Observe LA hipsters in their natural habitat. Joking aside, it's a cool bar and it's hopping every night of the week.

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentic French cuisine, Taix has been around since 1927, when LA had a large French population. You can have a truly fine dining experience or be casual in the 321 Lounge, where there's live music.

#10

El Cid

BarsBars
$$· 4212 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bar and restaurant with fantastic indoor/outdoor settings. They have live music nightly, as well as Flamenco and Salsa dancing classes. There is a cover to get in and enjoy the entertainment.

#11

The Thirsty Crow

$· 2939 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

161 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This little whiskey bar in the heart of Silverlake has good atmosphere for a date or a small group. Tasty whiskey concoctions, try their namesake.

#12

Silverlake Lounge

BarsBars
2906 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you want to see live music, Silverlake Lounge offers curated showcases of LA's up-and-coming artists. There's usually a cover to get in, but drinks are cheap.

#13

Cafe Tropical

BakeriesBakeries
$· 2900 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cuban café/bakery/deli; everything here is delicious. Whether you want coffee, a sweet, or a sandwich, you won't be disappointed.

#14

Mohawk Bend

$$· 2141 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

236 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This restaurant offers food that is a fusion of comfort foods and new-age/hipster/California persuasion. The food is delicious, so it's no wonder restaurant is always busy.

#15

Bar Bandini

BarsBars
$$· 2150 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wine and beer bar has a low-key atmosphere, perfect for a date.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A classic diner, but with a distinct California flair. Food is delicious and healthy, and it's a fun place to people-watch.

#17

Garage Pizza LA.

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4339 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're craving late-night pizza, this is your place; open until 4am.

#18

Vacation Vinyl

3815 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of several great record stores to shop at on Sunset Boulevard.

#19

Tacos Delta

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 3806 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Located in Sunset Junction, this place has some of the best tacos and burritos LA has to offer. (I highly recommend the shrimp burrito.)

#20

The Dresden

$$· 1760 N Vermont Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A staple of LA, this is a supercool place to get a drink, relax, and feel like you're in the 70's. You can see the famous Marty & Elayne sing there nightly (you may remember from the movie, Swingers).

#21

Origami Vinyl

1816 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of several great record stores to shop at on Sunset Boulevard.

#22

El Chavo Restaurant

RestaurantsRestaurants
$$· 4441 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Serves well as both a bar and a restaurant. Sit down for an authentic Mexican meal, or just come for a drink. There will be a DJ spinning inside, in the back, there's a large outdoor patio.

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great place for breakfast/brunch at the epicenter of Sunset Junction.

#24

The Echo

NightclubsNightclubs
1822 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

210 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Echo Park's premiere venue for live music. When the likes of The Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters aren't doing surprise shows here, you'll see only best local acts.

#25

Good Microbrew and Grill

BarsBars
$$· 3725 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you want to catch a game, this is the best place to do it. Great food, 20+ craft brews on tap, TVs everywhere, and all at an affordable price.

#26

Smog Cutter

864 North Virgil Avenue·Map·

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dive Bar/Karaoke - This bar was rated 2014's "The Bar That Parties The Hardest" in the city LA Weekly. It's super fun, drinks are cheap (cash only), easy to meet people, everyone gets to sing.

#27

Blue Bag Records

StoresStores
2149 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of several great record stores to shop at on Sunset Boulevard.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're looking for sushi, this is the best local place.

#29

4100 Sunset Blvd

4100 Sunset Blvd·Map·

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bar to go to with a group of friends, large or small. There's a street vendor outside always cooking something delicious.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

One of several great record stores to shop at on Sunset Boulevard.