Rob's Guidebook

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

Things to do in Los Angeles


Brite Spot

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1918 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

85 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.


The Hudson

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1114 North Crescent Heights Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A poppin' bar that jamming every night. The crowd is social, mid-twenties-somethings, looking to mingle. A good place to start the night on the Westside.


Harvard & Stone

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 5221 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great bar and music venue. Live music every night is curated by the owner. There is never a cover. Dance, drink, and see some of LA's best new music acts before they're famous.


Musso & Frank

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 6667 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A true taste of old Hollywood! Est. 1919, this restaurant features classic decor & upscale steakhouse menu. Some staff have been there 50+ years. Patrons range from Charlie Chaplin to George Clooney.

71 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!


Home Restaurant

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

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1544 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The perfect place to get an LA-Style burger if you're in Hollywood during the daytime.


No Vacancy

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1727 North Hudson Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A "speakeasy" style bar that will make you feel like you're living in prohibition era. This place is always busy. Dress nice and make a reservation to get in.


Baco Mercat

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 408 South Main Street·Map·Hours·Website·

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A hip little restaurant in the heart of Downtown. It's nice, but not too fancy. Food is delicious. A good place for a date.


Millie's Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 3524 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

66 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.


Tiki Ti

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 4427 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

66 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.


Cafe Tropical

Food SceneBakeries
$· 2900 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

58 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.

65 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.



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 4019 Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

51 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.

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

History have been made on this stage! Many, many legends of music have performed here and still do. Definitely catch a show here if you can - a MUST for music lovers.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


The Pie Hole

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

51 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.

50 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.


Bar Lubitsch

Drinks & NightlifeBars
7702 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The front is a bar, the back is a live music venue that becomes a dance floor later in the night. The crowd is attractive, mid-twenties looking to have fun. Have vodka drink, enjoy live music & dance.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2838 Rowena Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great place to go with friends or to meet new people. They serve gastropub cuisine: brunch, dinner, & late night– all delicious! Features a bar, dance room, lounge, front & back patio areas.


The Hotel Cafe

Food SceneCafes or Coffee Shops
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of LA's premiere (small) live music venues. Not just any act can get a gig here, only the best locals artists grace this stage. Go any night to see the best up-and-coming acts LA has to offer.



Food SceneRestaurants
1608 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE late-night grub spot if you've been out partying in Hollywood. They serve tasty food and top-notch gourmet baked goods.


El Compadre

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1449 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

45 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.


La Descarga

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
$· 1159 North Western Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A "speakeasy" style bar that you have to enter through a secret passage. Burlesque dancers perform to a live band nightly. Dress nice, arrive early, and accompanied by females if you want to get in.


Hugo's Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 8401 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good food and service at this quintessential LA restaurant. Everything is healthy, organic, and avocado-laden.

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The French Dip Sandwich is one of only a few foods that originated in LA, and this is the place that started it – in 1907! Cafeteria-style food and seating makes it very un-LA. (Beware: cash only.)


The Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4348 Fountain Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


The Virgil

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

39 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.