Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

Firefly
Firefly in Studio City is continually feted as one of the most romantic hang outs in LA, who are we to argue, oh the stories we could tell...
Boardner’s
A Tinseltown tipplers Mecca that has hosted many of Hollywood's finest...
The Dresden Room
Retro-kitsch trappings host LA's most famous lounge singing duo...
Green Door
A lush and labyrinthine parlour evoking 1920s Paris...
Tropicana
The A-list has slunk off elsewhere, leaving a mid-century modern oasis complete with heated pool to steam up the scene.
Hotel Café
The perfect place to scout out the next big thing in the indie-alt-rock world...
Villa
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...
Tiki-Ti
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...
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.
Rage
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...
Lure
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...
Hyde
For the most insider-y of the insiders, this tiny club's cache is immense...
Create
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
Avalon
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...
The Sayers Club
The Sayers Club is a speakeasy LA can be proud to call its own: behind a nondescript door in the trendy Papaya King hotdog restaurant, the lounge and live music spot keeps entrants in check with a super-exclusive door policy.
Mastro’s
Classily-posh playground for chic cougars, gorgeous gold-diggers and sugar daddies...
Largo at the Coronet
Live music and comedy club drawing experimental performances from mainstream acts...
Sam’s Hofbrau
No-frills, no-cover, no-drink-minimum, no-pressure juggy joint, Sam's Hofbrau definitely channels a retro-quirky-cool vibe.
Harvelle’s
A blues lover's heaven - a dash of Southside Chicago a touch of New Orleans' French Quarter and a pinch of Memphis...
Backstage Bar & Grill
Unassuming down-and-dirty-dive hosts one of the wildest no-frills party scenes...
Guest Blogger Ana Silva in California
Blogger Ana Silva explores Los Angeles and Palm Desert. Here she shares her experiences and recommendations.

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