The speakeasy bar concept is no secret to Los Angeles nightlife, but it can be hard to keep track of all the hidden entrances, secret passwords and changing menu themes. While there are plenty of bars to visit, each space is a worthwhile venue to crack the code - whether it’s to drink, dance and much more. Visit them all to collect each of their unique perspectives on imbibing in L.A., because not only does each place regularly rotate their cocktail menu, they all have their own unexpected twist. Whether it's karaoke, cigars, a glowing dance floor, or simply a hard-to-find entrance, these bars have surprises waiting for you.
Kids like making stuff. But not every parent has the patience or wherewithal to come up with a project on demand. Sure there’s always good old paper and crayons. But we live in Los Angeles, where there are all sorts of businesses that cater to creative kids. Many offer drop-in options, which means zero commitment. And no advance planning is required. So whether it’s throwing a clay pot, crafting a puppet or decorating a cake, little artists can get their muse on.
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There's no shortage of awesome activities happening in the City of Angels this July! From thrilling fireworks displays to family-friendly concerts and much more, spend your summer enjoying all L.A. has to offer. For more info on Independence Day Weekend events, check out our guide to the Fourth of July in L.A. Read More >>
One of the best aspects of living in Los Angeles is the ready access to outdoor activities. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Baldwin Hills, Hollywood Hills, down south in Ranchos Palos Verdes or up in the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. Learn about 10 of the best easy hikes in L.A. County that will get your heart rate up and yield some terrific views, but won’t lead to exhaustion.
A few quick reminders:
1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but the phone is your best friend if you run into trouble.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often offer little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen. Even if the sky starts overcast, sun often breaks through clouds.
4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.
Los Angeles has several world-class museums filled with priceless masterpieces. Then there are the more humble institutions, the ones catering to obscure and specialized tastes. From bunnies to martial arts and velvet paintings, here are 10 quirky L.A. museums worth seeking out.
New York has Woody Allen and Chicago had John Hughes. It sometimes seems like Los Angeles has yet to find that director who treats the city as his or her primary muse. While many movies and television shows are set in L.A. and countless more have filmed here, only a handful of productions focus as much on the city itself as the characters who live here. Read on for L.A. locations featured in 12 movies and television shows that prominently showcase Los Angeles.
Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the hottest shopping and dining district in Los Angeles. In less than a decade the streets surrounding the skyscrapers have come back to life, thanks to a variety of restaurant concepts, creatives and retailers moving in to set up shop. These days, shopping in areas like the Arts District and the Historic Core around Spring Street is delightful for locals and travelers alike. Exploring the area’s best spots for shopping can be intimidating, but in such a thriving metropolitan area with unique, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, all it takes is knowing where to start. Whether you’re buying something for yourself or getting a gift, here are 9 of Downtown L.A.’s coolest neighborhood shopping spots.