Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

El Capitan
For a piece of that old movie palace glamour, take a look inside El Captain, one of the few left of its kind.
Bergamot Station Arts Center
SMMoA devotes its exhibition spaces-the main gallery and two project rooms-to presenting and advancing the work of contemporary local national and international artists whose work merits 'sustained inquiry and recognition'.
Alex Theatre
Placing itself at the centre of the city's arts, culture and community programming the Alex theatre has a large role to fill which it does it exceptionally well.
Ace Gallery
If you're often left cold by exhibitions of modern art, we urge you to give this gallery a try. With a balance of emerging and fully established artists, much e
Elite and exclusive and oh-so-particular about dress code and guest list, the Villa is like a secret society where the glitterati go to see and be seen.
Vibrato Grill Jazz
Romantic, of-a-certain-age scene serving smooth live jazz...
Unassuming tiki shack that serves the gamut of exotic cocktails - come early to snatch one of the few seats and join the luau.
The Writer’s Room
A vintage leather-clad grotto tucked away behind Las Palmas club, The Writer’s Room is a destination LA speakeasy within the city’s modern, super-sleek bar and club scene.
The Varnish
The Varnish is a teeny boite hidden in the back of Cole’s Downtown (the famed, circa-1908 establishment that claims to have invented the French dip sandwich), and entering the bar (which used to be a spare storage closet) feels a bit like walki
The Satellite
Formerly Spaceland, this incredible venue has hosted some of the biggest groundbreaking bands in LA, and despite recent changes, one can only hope it continues to bring in the best of the indie rock scene.
The Roxy Theater
One of the legendary LA venues, the Roxy is the Strip's live music mainstay.
The Edison
An expansive space characterized by dramatic architecture and a high energy scene...
The Dime
Surprisingly swanky little bar that has become a hit with the trendoids.
The Body Shop
Sunset's best strip club, but that's not saying a great deal...
Umami Burger
Umami Burger takes the concept of fast food and gives it a fine-dining spin, with both celebrities and locals flocking to its outposts for calorie-heavy fare.
Spare Room
A sleek-but-unpretentious lounge that bills itself as a gaming parlour, Spare Room, which occupies the mezzanine of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, features two vintage bowling lanes designed to appeal to the child-
Rainbow Bar & Grill
As close as you can come to being on tour with Motley Crue circa 1989, The Rainbow has been host to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to heavy metal rockers, and retains a roadie-licious edge.
Draws blessedly young hordes of beautiful boys and lesbian lookers to dance the night away with a cocktail or three.
Pour Vous
Of the dance clubs LA offers, those looking for a rowdy night out may want to head elsewhere: most of the dancing that takes place here is courtesy of the burlesque dancers who are dropped from the ceiling.
M Bar
You'd never notice M Bar if you weren't looking out for it. Tucked into a frankly unglamorous shopping center, this restaurant-cum-supper club is a sexy surprise that has managed to stay under the radar. 
Lucky Strike Lanes
The Big Lebowski's baked blessed-out vision of a spare-seeker's paradise...
For those who like their clubs sophisticated, Lure boasts water features, sculptures and cabanas for you to get cosy in. 
Little Joy
Frequent travellers, upon arrival to a new city, often find themselves asking, 'Where are the locals?' In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the answer is Little Joy.
Jumbo’s Clown Room
Jumbo's perfected dive-diva appeal and offers something for everyone...
For the most insider-y of the insiders, this tiny club's cache is immense...
Hidden away behind a black curtain, you’ll have to do some detective work to find this one, but it’s a treat once you do...
Blind Barber
A concept begun in New York, Blind Barber opened in Culver City in 2012 to great acclaim (from those who managed to find the bar); a sweeping venue with red metal chairs and retro black-and-white tiled flooring, the ambiance is a little bit kitsch, a
Beacher’s Madhouse
Ideally suited for a night out with a few friends (as mentioned, entry is very exclusive so best bets are to pay for table reservations in advance), Beacher’s is one of those bucket list destinations: you can go to other dance clubs in LA, but
Historic landmark meets LA superclub in this converted Spanish Colonial Theatre. 
4 Play Gentleman’s Club
Baroque bordello meets Studio 54 for LA's most beautiful strip club...
Tito’s Tacos
Serious authentic Mexican street fare that commands a huge following...
The Trails Cafe
Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown LA, The Trails Cafe - found in Griffith Park - offers vegetarian fare amid 4,000-acres of lush parkland.
The Oinkster
Fast food made with fresh quality ingredients and home-made condiments...
The Oaks Gourmet
The Oaks Gourmet is trying really hard to be everything you could possibly want in a restaurant and neighborhood grocery shop. Luckily for us, it is succeeding. 
Sycamore Kitchen
Featuring a coffee programme by primo roasters Stumptown and famous pastries like the salted caramel pecan babka, Sycamore also slings a range of breakfast and lunch specials.
Pop culture-themed diner with an awesome selection of comfort food...
Opened by the combined forces of Squirl’s pro jam-maker Jessica Koslow and coffee aficionados Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, this hybrid spot is at
Soul food - spicy, messy, fattening, straightforward and utterly comforting...
Santouka Ramen
This could very well be the best café in LA for casual, no-fuss Japanese fare, and locals know that the best time to pay this ever-popular stalwart a visit is during off-hours.
Reel Inn
Post-beach snacking when you don't want that glorious day to end...

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