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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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El Compadre

$$· 1449 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great sit-down restaurant to enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine. They often have a live Mariachi band performing. Great for a date or a group large or small.


Dodgers Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

496 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For most games, you can buy Dodger's tickets for as low as $7. Great daytime outing!


Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

1028 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is quintessential LA! Griffith offers the best views of the city and of the Hollywood Sign. Best spot to take momento pics. You can also hike form there and it's a space museum.


Home Restaurant

$$· 1760 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Features a great outdoor eating area, which is dog-friendly. The menu is very amicable to all palettes and diets.


Hollywood Bowl

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$$$· 2301 North Highland Avenue·Map·Website·

872 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This world-famous concert venue doesn't have a bad seat. If possible, see any show with the LA Philharmonic; tickets can be surprisingly affordable.


Piano Bar

6429 Selma Avenue·Map·Website·

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rocking live music every night. Great place to go out, have fun, and barhop around Hollywood.



$$· 7321 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Westside without being too douchey, this bar features good drinks, an outdoor patio and a dance floor. It's typically filled to the brim with beautiful mid-twenty-somethings, both guys and girls.


Formosa Cafe

$$· 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A semi-eve bar located at the cusp of Hollywood and WeHo, Formosa has been there since 1925. Stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Ava Gardner were known to frequent Formosa.



$$$· 448 South Hill Street·Map·Hours·Website·

449 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An upscale rooftop restaurant/bar that features fine dining and live lounge music. You'll need a reservation to get a seat. Dress nice and expect to spend money.


La Cita Bar

336 South Hill Street·Map·Hours·Website·

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A good place to start the night if you're barhopping Downtown. Drinks are cheap, has a nice outdoor patio and there's dancing. The crowd is a curious bled of hipsters and cholos.


Monty Bar

1222 West 7th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Get your dance on! A little off the beaten path, this bar has a huge dance floor where they play old-school funk and R&B while old Soul Train videos are projected on the walls.

173 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Edison is a massive bar that combines 1920s speakeasy with steam punk style. DJs, jazz bands, and go-go dancers entertain the crowd of businessmen and artsy types. Cocktail attire dress code.


L.A Live

800 W Olympic Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

367 local Airbnb hosts recommend

LA Live has The Staples Center (Lakers & Kings games), Grammy Museum, dance clubs, restaurants, movie theatre - anything you want, it's all here.

208 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Chinatown gateway dragons breathe steam every hour. Visit the main plaza or stop into any restaurant or shop for a fun ethic experience.


Silver Lake Reservoir

1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

238 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jog/walk/run around the scenic reservoir or bring your pooch to run around the huge dog park.


Ye Rustic Inn

$$· 1831 Hillhurst Avenue·Map·Hours·

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A divey sports bar, good for catching a game and grubbing on bar food (they have great wings and burgers). At night it becomes local hangout that's busy every night of the week.


Joe's Pizza

$$· 6504 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the same Joe's from Bleecker St in Manhattan. Open until 3am, it's perfect for late night munchies if you're in Hollywood.

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very cool, huge book and record store. The upstairs labyrinth is definitely something to see; includes various art galleries/vendors. You can find great used books and records for very cheap here.

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This tree-shaded pedestrian marketplace offers craft shops & restaurants. In the oldest part of Downtown LA, historic Buildings include Avila Adobe (1818), Pelanconi House (1857), & Sepulveda (1887).


The Baked Potato

$· 3787 Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Named the "The Best Jazz Club in LA" by Los Angeles Magazine in 2010, this has been a mainstay for session players since 1975. All the greats have performed here and many still frequent it regularly.


The Room

1626 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bootie-dancing club in Hollywood without being too expensive or too douchey.


The Pie Hole

$· 714 Traction Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fine café and bakery; you'll love both the pies and barista drinks. Have a slice of something classic or have something new, like Earl Grey or Strawberry Lavender pie.

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best, most authentic Dim Sum in Los Angeles.


Burgundy Room

1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A dark little dive bar, populated by rockers. DJs will be spinning indie, punk, and classic rock. Good to get a cheap drink at the beginning of the night or to get some privacy if you're on a date.


Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda Street·Map·Hours·Website·

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

At this local brewery, you can taste the beers, hang out in a friendly environment, see their art gallery and occasional live music, and eat something delicious from food trucks parked there nightly.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the only true speakeasies in LA, they have secret after-hours drinking. If you want to get in, you'll have to ask me for the password. Food is also good + karaoke nightly.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite Chinese restaurant in LA. It serves classic American-style Chinese food, that is likely terrible for you, but oh so delicious.

277 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You HAVE to see the iconic Santa Monica Pier while in LA. It's across town but if you can get there for under $10 (ask me how). Do Santa Monica early and then head to Venice in the afternoon.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Local improve theatre. The shows are short, sweet, and hilarious. They serve beer/wine and everything (including tickets) is very affordable. A great first-stop of the night to get everyone laughing.


319 E 2nd St

319 E 2nd St·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

The heart of J-Town, the mall has many restaurants and shops. Get an authentic Dorayaki (bean pastry) or sushi - all very cheap and all very delicious. The area around the mall is worth exploring too.