The hottest celebrity bar in town is also one of the most exclusive. Situated atop the ritzy Mondrian Hotel, long lines wait for a shot to enter the Skybar, very common, yet comfortable cocktail lounge. Guests at the hotel are guaranteed entry. The space itself is very low-key and open-air. Stars mingle with their friends amid gorgeous city views. If you can get in, it is worth the experience.
Still commonly known as the "Rainbow Room," this fabled Sunset Strip institution continues to deliver a good time with live rock shows, fun finger food and late-night dining. The roomy interiors consist of a dining room, several bars, upstairs dance floor and patio decorated with kitschy rock 'n' roll memorabilia, Christmas lights, burgundy leather booths and even a vintage arcade game. The food offered is an Italian-American fusion of popular munchies such as pizza, sandwiches, steaks and a diverse vegetarian selection. Keep in mind that it is possible to reserve special seating above the stage.
Flickering candles, mysterious pink curtains and subdued lighting welcome you into the Abbey in West Hollywood. This popular bar, lounge and restaurant offers you not only a mixed range of appetizers and entrees, but also yummy drinks like chocolate and watermelon martinis. Enjoy the cool vibe of the lounge on the terrace or the kitschy atmosphere indoors. At night, the Abbey is a well known gay bar and welcomes everyone regardless of whether they are gay or straight. So come and visit and dance the night away!
The special magic and charm of tiki bars and the magic of Disney come together at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the iconic Disneyland Hotel. This delightful themed bar near the pool area of the hotel is based on the classic Disneyland Jungle Cruise ride. From the Hawaiian shirt clad bartenders to the Disneyfied tiki decor, there is fun in every part of this bar. As soon as you order your drink, a bit of Disney magic kicks in with all the bells and whistles-literally. In addition to the surprisingly strong drinks for Disney, Trader Sam's also serves up a menu of contemporary, internationally-inspired appetizers and a few burgers and sandwiches. For adults who are looking to escape the crowds of strollers for a little while, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar is a welcome retreat.
Located in the historic Anaheim Colony, the district includes three principal areas, the Packard Building, Farmers Park and the original Packing House. The Packard Building houses the popular Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery while the Packing House hosts a myriad of restaurants. The food selection is mind-boggling, from Quiche Lorraine at Pandor to Banh Mi at Saw Leaf. Farmers Park is where the market opens on weekends and oftentimes, you will see live music as well. Overall, the Anaheim Packing District is one of the most entertaining spots in a town that is mostly known for Mickey Mouse.
The Bruery operates from the heart of Placentia, offering locally made craft beer that plays with the conventions of Belgian brewing. Started by brothers Patrick and Michael Rue, Bruery is the end result of a passion for home brewing and a love of experimentation. Several exotic ingredients form the basis for these innovative brews, fresh picked lavender and Thai basil making appearances in otherwise conventional ales. To further this quality, Bruery ensures that its brews are never filtered or pasteurize, retaining every ounce of their original character. The Bruery's unique flavors and passionate ethos make it a worthwhile stop during tasting hours.
Traxx, located inside Union Station, is one of Los Angeles' grandest architectural structures. The restaurant is done in an Art Deco style, complementing the station's merger of streamline modern and mission architecture. It is small and cozy, seating 100 people. There are tables outside by the concourse and a bar in the train station's old telephone room. The open kitchen serves a variety of American dishes, from crab cakes to lamb chops. Its desserts are also good, particularly the pies, which are delicious.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
With innovative offerings like crispy tamarind glazed pork belly and chicken tikka poutine, this downtown gastropub will change the way you look at Indian food. Soaring ceilings and a wall covered in colorful horizontal stripes greets patrons in the dining room. Contemporary light fixtures punctuate the entire space. Kitschy Bollywood posters adorning the walls complete the decor; a refreshing change from the done-to-death exotic themes prevalent in most Indian restaurants. The menu offers a mix of traditional and quirky creations. Street food favorites like papri chaat and samosas start off the proceedings. Traditional favorites include the butter chicken, smoked eggplant mash and chicken tikka masala. The spiced lamb burger has received accolades and should not me missed. The drinks list offers a choice of wines, beers as well as Indian cola imports like ThumsUp and Limca.
Situated inside the historic Vibiana building, the Redbird is a popular local restaurant and bar, serving scrumptious American cuisine. Chef Neal Fraser's culinary expertise is showcased through the diverse food menu, featuring several delicacies, cooked to absolute perfection using the choicest of ingredients. Regulars at Redbird have particularly praised their loaded Chicken Pot Pie, Ora King Salmon, lobster infused Gnocchetti Sardi and chef's special Veal Fraser. The bar is well stocked with the finest wines and the bartenders are known for serving tantalizing cocktails off the menu designed by Julian Cox. The decor is wonderful with elegant lighting fixtures and modern furnishings. The patio is area is attractively laid out as well and features a retractable ceiling.
A rather upscale venue, The Edison offers a trendy venue to party all night. With foot-tapping music, chilled beverages and live bands, it ensures complete entertainment. Aptly named, for it is located inside a former power plant, it sports remnants of the Industrial Gothic age in its decor, that transports one to that era. A local hangout place, tourists are also seen partying hard and enjoying the vibe. It is best reserve a table and dress as per the stated dress code.
The Blue Whale venue opens their doors from Mondays through Saturdays from 8p onwards.