The bars, cafes & restaurants that make LA just that bit more awesome.
Following on from our blog post about how to pick the LA neighborhood that best suits you, we have decided to share our favorite bars, cafes and restaurants. Obviously this list isn’t going to include every fantastic spot in LA but we hope that for those new to the area, or those simply looking for a restaurant for a first date, anniversary, unique experience, or quick lunch spot with an old friend, there is something on this list to please everyone.
Jones Hollywood – 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood – Open: Monday – Friday 12pm-2am, Saturday & Sunday 7pm-2am – Best: On a week night for dinner/drinks with friends after work and on a weekend for dinner in preparation for a big night out – Note: Must try their famous Apple pie.
Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill – 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles – Open daily at 11:30am – Best on a weeknight for dinner – Note: You must try their Mac & Cheese and/or peach cobbler.
Katana – 8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood – Open: Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm-12am, Thursday-Friday 5:30pm-1am, Saturday 6pm-1am, Sunday 6pm-12pm – Best: Friday or Saturday night – Note: Amazing drinks, need to try this place with a great group of friends or fun date.
Inn of the Seventh Ray – 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga Canyon, CA 90290 – Open Monday-Friday 11:30am -3pm, 5:30pm -10pm, Saturday 10:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm and Sunday 9:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm Best: Romantic date night with your significant other, Sunday brunch or a quiet lunch with out of town guests during the week. Note: The food is amazing but the service can be absolutely terrible at times. Brunch on a weekend tends to be the worst, but you have to promise to not give up on the restaurant.
Jitlada – 5233 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 – Open Monday 5pm-10:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 11am-10:30pm, Friday – Saturday 11am-11pm Best: The menu here is massive, but that being said, I’ve never once had something here I’ve not enjoyed. Growing up with an aunt from Thailand, I’ve been spoilt by authentic thai cuisine, and in my 6 years living in LA, this restaurant is by far the closest to my aunts cooking growing up. Note: Seating is on a first come first serve basis, so you can end up waiting a while during the weekend. Also, the kitchen is quite small so plan for a long dinner, eating family style with dishes coming out as they are prepared.
Hemingways Lounge – 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 – Open Tuesday – Saturday 9pm – 2am Best: On a Saturday night but I must warn you, the girl on the door is brutal so you need to get on the list. Best way is to try coming during the week on a quieter night and get friendly with the bouncers and door staff. Well worth the trouble once you get inside. Basically, this place looks like a party spot disguised as a library.
The Roger Room – 370 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 Open: Monday-Friday 6pm-2am, Saturday 7pm-2am and Sunday 8pm-2am. Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson (Bar Lubitsch) opened La Cienega’s first speakeasy, The Roger Room. Meisler and MacPherson renovated the interior to create a Sasha Petraske-esque speakeasy fit with dimly-lit booths, mixologists in black vests and suspenders, and stained-glass windows plus murals depicting circus themes spanning the wall opposing the bar. Best: Any night you fancy a true cocktail made by a true mixologist. Note: Call ahead to reserve a table as the bar is really, incredibly small.
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