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.
Seven Grand is a local favorite Irish Whiskey Bar, set in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is the perfect place for some after work social interaction. The bar's familiar atmosphere is created by pool tables and dim lights. Enjoy sampling one of the many available whiskey brands while listening to live music with friends.
The Los Angeles Stock Exchange building was re-modeled and now holds rocking nightclubs and upscale bars. This nightclub gets its name from the building where it's housed. It is hard to find foot space here if you decide to haunt this place later in the evening, as it's always crowded. Top of the line sound systems and glaring lights make for a cool nightclub atmosphere. Live music and the young, hip crowd are just energetic enough to set you tapping your feet.
Avalon Hollywood began its life as a theater in 1927, and ever since has undergone numerous name changes, and staged several theatrical events and musical concerts, such as: 'Caesar & Cleopatra', and 'The Vagabond King'. This venue is also home to the first ever American Music Awards, and has held concerts for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys. It is a club. venue, a host to special events, restaurant and more.
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!
P. F. Chang's China has been alluring patrons with its gracious meals and friendly service ever since its conception in 1993. The menu features traditional dishes as well as contemporary ones with influences from the current cooking trends in the Far East. Come by to savor some delicious noodles, rice, vegetable, meat and seafood preparations. Wine and tempting desserts on offer help to start and end the meal perfectly. Just make sure you reach early as the venue gets filled up fast.
This classic bar and grill was previously known as the Holly Street Bar & Grill. The room you first enter is beautiful, clean and very welcoming but it is recommended that you ask for the patio seating if it's available. Little Italian lights make you feel like you're on vacation. The kitchen serves up an appetizing array of food, from glazed pork chops to seared ahi tuna to delicious chickens and meats. The wine list is full of excellent choices, some of which are very fairly priced. This is a great, romantic date place.
Located in Old Town Pasadena, The Blind Donkey is a lively bar that serves innovative drinks and unpretentious bar food. They are particularly known for their creative cocktails, collection of fine whiskey which has more than 60 labels to choose from. To pair with your whiskey, try the Fried Donkey Pickles or Reuben Fries, both are ingenious takes on these classics. If you can't make it to this location, try out their sister outlet in Long Beach.
If you are hankering for some good Italian food, then Sorriso Ristorante & Bar is a fine option. Its cozy ambiance is accentuated by brick walls, dim lights and mirrors. Though their menu focuses on steaks and seafood, they do have a fair share of pastas and pizzas. Savor their dishes like roasted pork, grilled rack of lamb, Cioppino (a seafood broth of crustaceans and fish), Osso Bucco and Giant Seafood Martini. Tipple on wine during happy hours. Enjoy live music held regularly at this place.