this high end mall in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard also doubles as a main nightlife activity due to the sheer number of nitespots in the complex and the adjacent areas of the touristy area near the kodak theater and Grauman's Chinese Theater.
This is the most kitchsky and ritzy part of the Hollywood experience and a definite tourist trap for tourists hehehe. There are lot of shops and luxe shops and also several nitespots and restaurants like the rolling stone, starbucks plus 75 shops, two nightclubs and restaurants, a movie theater, The Highlands nightclub and Level 3 nightclub and a bowling alley called Lucky Strike Lanes. The portion of the center facing Hollywood Boulevard houses retail tenants such as GAP, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sephora, Swatch, and Express. And the Star of the Mall is the hollywood Rennaisance Hotel and the Babylon Inspired Archway in the middle of the huge courtyard.
most of the restaurants and bars here open at 11:00 am and close at 12:00 or 1:00 am
Dress Code: casual, no flip flops and shorts allowed
Hey I had only a couple night to spend in LA so I figured why not check out Hollywood for a night or two. After being rather disapointed with how Hollywood blvd. looked. I was surprised out how many weirdos and homeless there were wondering around the streets for a place that I always imagined would be so clean and pristine. Anyway me and my mates were wondering around trying to find some action and checked out a few different bars and clubs right around the blvd. Nothing was really that exciting (it was a monday night though) We found this nice pub called Dillions where they had a huge selection of beer for good price and the staff was hot. Eventually we wanted to go clubbing.
There was some dude on the corner of the hollywood blvd. who apparently was a promoter for this spot called the Ecco Lounge. Me and my boys were a little hesitate at first but we figured why not give it a shot. Once we went in there it was packed. I don't know if many clubs are like this but I was very surprised to stuble into something like this on a monday night. It turned out that Will I. AM from the Blacked Eyed Peas was gonna be spinning soon. We ended up deciding we wanted to stay and check this out. We all threw pitched in and bought a bottle from a really hot blond waitress. She set us up with a table and that costed somewhere around 250 dollars which i thought was fairly reasonable.
The club itself had a cool retro vibe with nice disco style light neon lights and cool lit up dance floor. The women were really hot and there was a variety of different ethnicities which is something I don't get to see everyday back at home. Soon after sure enough Will IAM hit the tables and the dance party really begun. Me and my mates had a blast and I met this hottie from San Francisco that was a bombshell. Definitely had a blast at this club and would recommend checking it out. I feel like it gave me the hollywood experience I was hoping to have but didn't think I would find
Dress Code: Seemed pretty laid back but the crowd was very hip
Located within the Griffith Park area is the Greek, a wonderful, acclaimed outdoor theater that's perhaps the best place for an LA concert, outside of the Hollywood Bowl. If you are searching for a perfect date locale or just want to hear music at its best outdoors, the Greek is not to miss. A common Greek tradition is drinking wine (oh wouldn't Dionysis look find down on you!) and having a picnic before the show.
Summertime and the Greek goes hand in hand. The announcement of the music acts is like an annual event in southern California. Often, performers like the Gypsy Kings and Chicago play here to sold-out audiences. Some concerts that I saw here are Sting and Alabina. Check out website for this year's line up.
Things to remember:
Parking is so tight here, basically parallel parking. Arrive early and/or stay later to best deal with the traffic
Dress Code: no strict code at all but it is advisable to wear a jacket or coat because it can get very nippy at night!
I made a special trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles to attend the Sony Holland concert at the Catalina Jazz Club. I had never been to the Catalina so I had no idea what to expect.
I arrived the morning of the concert and decided to take a walk along Sunset Blvd. to get a feel for the area. The club is actually located inside an office building. Their marquee is mounted outside the building with flashing lights displaying the club and artist names. It was exciting to see Sony's name in lights.
Since I had never been there I decided to arrive early at 7:00 p.m. when the doors opened. The person cleaning the outside area of the building buzzed me in the front door of the building and the club was identifiable by a simple sign on a door located on the first floor of the building. I walked in the door and was pleasantly surprised. The host was so friendly and welcoming that I felt as if I had walked onto the set of "Cheers." The club had that distinct feeling all evening. I was also thrilled to see two of my friends from the Bay Area there as well.
The club itself has an L shape to it which is very interesting and I think well thought out for the venue. The main club area has table vignettes which seat anywhere from two people to around ten people situated around the stage so that no matter where you are the stage is the main focal point in the room. Even if you are at the bar which is the longer part of that L shape, you still have a good view. Each table was set with tablecloths, menus and flyers with the artist information. I found these extras very appealing which high end jazz clubs normally do not provide.
The lighting I found to be the best I have ever encountered in any club, jazz or otherwise. I was able to actually see my bill when presented with the dim lighting during the concert as well as the menus and upcoming show information. Normally clubs are so dark, especially during a concert that you cannot see anything. Here the lighting in my opinion was perfect. Even the lighting on the stage was good enough that we were able to get photos without a flash as can be seen in this post. Usually in clubs, the lighting is such that it will distort the actual colors of the musician's attire though not the case here. I really liked that.
The sound was crisp and clear. You could hear each instrument along with the vocals without anyone drowning out the other. It wasn't too loud or too soft but right on key, throughout.
I do not drink alcohol so it's always tough to find something I enjoy. They have a full bar which offered non alcoholic drinks including beer of which I ordered Buckley's and enjoyed it very much. I did not eat here as I had dinner earlier but my friend did order dinner and seemed to enjoy what he ordered. This brings me to another point I would like to mention. Most clubs require two drink minimum when attending a show. The Catalina gives you a choice of either a two drink minimum or dinner. I love the fact that they provide a choice. I also want to mention that when reading reviews of the Catalina I found so many people stating how expensive it was to attend a show here. NOT TRUE. If you frequent music venues, especially high end premier venues like the Catalina as I do on a regular basis, you'll find their prices to be in line and competitive with all the other venues out there. The cover charges vary depending on the artist and the dinner and drink prices are standard. They are not expensive at all. My bill? One non alcoholic beer and a ginger ale with a 30% tip = $17.00. Now I normally never tip 30% but I loved this venue.
The service was friendly, quick and non intrusive. The servers knew when to approach for your second drink and were very cautious not to interrupt or obstruct the view of the patrons. They were helpful, knew what they were doing and very friendly.
When Sony Holland performs at premier jazz clubs, her friends provide a champagne and dessert reception after the show. Normally the champagne and dessert is buffet style located in the bar area. At the Catalina, servers provided the dessert trays to the audience which I thought was very special. It was that extra touch provided by the club that makes this venue so wonderful.
As I said in the beginning of this post, I had that friendly feeling all evening. Now I know why this club is considered to be the premier jazz club in LA. I've been to many in the Bay Area and have to admit I enjoyed this club over and above any other I've experienced. I will definitely go back to see Sony if and when she again performs at the Catalina. In fact, if anyone I really like will be performing there, I will absolutely make that trip from SF to LA to see them. That is exactly how much I enjoyed the Catalina.
Dress Code: I would say no jeans or sneakers though casual is acceptable.
If you are tired of the snazzy Hollywood scene, Blue Monkey Lounge will surprise you. Though located on Hollywood Blvd, this dim lounge offers a friendly, relaxing ambience and constitutes a perfect place to chat over a glass of wine. On the weekends the place can get crowded but if you get there early you can sit down in relax on their chaise lounges.
They have an open door policy meaning they don't pick people out of the line to be "admitted" if you're hot enough of pretty enough. This is different then most Hollywood cubs that only admit if you skinny/hot/rich etc. Here everyone is allowed in.
I love going to the Hollywood & Highland complex because there is ample parking (least inexpensive in Hollywood), the Highlands club has excellent music and people, and the food venues are affordable and delicious. I would recommend the Highlands club which is at the very top of the complex if you are 21+, the floor below is a different club called Club DV8 for people that are 18+. Club DV8 has poor air circulation so it is really hot, while Highlands Club is very posh and has a huge outside balcony with excellent views of Hollywood.
Dress Code: You should dress to impress if you plan on going clubbing anywhere in Hollywood.
Every few months a new "in" place is announced in Hollywood and people flock to it like rats to cheese. Sometimes the new place is really fun, sometimes celebs drop by, usually the in spots are over-priced and they always have a long line in front with a bouncer being picky about who they let in. To be honest, standing around displaying myself like a pastry on a dessert tray isn't my idea of a fun evening.
There are so many places to go in Hollywood, whether on or off the boulevard. Once a bar has been around for a while and grown beyond it's "newness," a regular clientelle starts to congregate and the atmosphere becomes more genuine. Well-established clubs like Boardners, the Beauty Bar, the Good Luck Bar, Goldfingers ... are just as fun, but a lot less pretentious. Don't be afraid to ask other revelers where they'd recommend - I've walked up to folks on the street to ask for the name of a great bar and ended up making new friends. It can happen.
My suggestion: Look for folks who dress the way you like to dress when going out ... If you're the jeans type you may not want advice from the slinky black dress set. Every style will be represented in Hollywood - don't be afraid to ask someone to recommend a club. People who enjoy a good evening out love to tell others about their favorite places.
Other than a bizillion clubs, sightseeing is a must, I wish I had a new scanner that worked b/c I got awsome pics of cool mansions, gorgeous sunsets and phat cars. The traffic is a ***, and the cabs are expensive so take the bus.
Star Shoes is possibly one of the most trendy bars in L.A. at the moment. And by trendy I mean, for underground hipsters, not for Paris Hilton wannabes. The venue is what makes it cool i guess: it is a bar that often has DJs but also sells vintage women's shoes from old movie wardrobes.
Dress Code: i'm not sure if there is one, but dress as hip as possible if you wanna fit in. Or intentionally dress as lame as possible thereby coming full circle to cool again.
Oh boy! What kind of places you may find in Los Angeles! Those guys talking about fun in Los Angeles must be right maybe!
This restaurant in North Hollywood (God only remembers its name) is a "typical" western restaurant.
People come her eto have a good steak and enjoy the loud music and occasional shows. Whicjh shows? What about the mechanic bull and the people (customers) trying to ride it instead of sitting quietly and having their dinner?
Hollywood Billiards was voted as the best billiard club in the US. The place is great. All the tables are good & there's plenty of them - two floors, fact. They also have a full menu. Furthermore, they have many televisions & they get the NFL Sunday ticket so you can see all the football games. They have karaoke on Saturday nights & live music on the patio on Sunday nights. If you play pool, you must visit this place.
If you are in the mood to go out big, drop by Highlands, the over-the-top gorgeous and simply enormous new nightclub in the shopping center on Hollywood and Highlands. The club has hip hop and main stream pop on the main floor, with a trance and house room in the back and a patio upstairs that plays old school with a mix of 80's funk. The best part of this place is the huge patio, which on a clear night will enable you to see all the beautiful lights of LA.
Dress Code: Definitely dress up! Women can wear their flashiest and men do not forget your bling bling!
I have heard about Club AD for nearly a year now. Supposedly a trendy and fabulous nightspot, I finally had the displeasure of going to this club on Friday night. The DJ was good, playing mostly hip hop on the main floor and old school like "Baby Got Back" upstairs. However, the bouncers were particularly rude, the venue is very dirty, quite tacky and poorly designed. It has all these narrow walkways that make you feel claustrophobic. I would NOT recommend this place.
Dress Code: People were dressed to impress, with men wearing designer sweat suits and women wearing hardly anything. I would wear comfortable shoes, because it gets very crowded and your feet will get tired from having to stand in line.
Most of LA's best clubs are not at the beach as you would expect- they're in Hollywood or West Hollywood. Just pick up an LA weekly free paper and look under clubs for something that suits you. If you're carless, don't fear- try one of these places withing walking distance of Hollywood Blvd: Boardner's, Hollywood athletic club, Goldfingers, Crush Bar, Knitting Factory....
As a general rule, West Hollywood clubs cater to either the glam rock or gay crowds, while Hollywood proper has something to suit all tastes. Silverlake is the place to find indie rock and avant-hip hop
Dress Code: usually very casual except in the case of speciality clubs (ie goth)
Your best bet are local places. Smaller venues like the Dragonfly and Vynyl offer great local bands with fairly low cover charges.
It's LOCAL!!! Hang out with REAL people who live in L.A., not just other tourists at over-priced traps! Great live music, fun atmosphere. Lots of nearby clubs to visit on Santa Monica Blvd.
Dress Code: No specific dress code, depends all on YOU, and your style & taste.