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!
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.
The Troubadour is a pioneering rock-n-roll venue with a history that would make any music aficionado blush. Founded in 1957, the venue hosted Bob Dylan’s early shows, Buffalo Springfield’s first concert, and the US debuts of Elton John and Gordon Lightfoot. Legend has it that The Eagles met at the club, and that rock manager Herb Cohen discovered Tom Waits at an open mic night. Concerts are standing room only and usually quite intimate.
The Marix Tex Mex Cafe is not strictly a gay bar and restaurant, mostly because it's mainly a good Mexican restaurant. The clientèle is mostly men from the surrounding West Hollywood area here to check out the scene, get a drink and possibly an inexpensive meal. The wait for a table for dinner can be a long one. Many prefer to enjoy the comforts, and the crowd at the bar instead. The drinks are filled quickly by a hard-working, friendly staff.
Popular for decades, Barney's is many things to many people, for some, it is a great casual restaurant with a huge menu, for others, it is an always crowded bar loaded with people of all ages and backgrounds. It is even a great place to have a drink and play some pool after work, with a beer list almost as prodigious as the menu. It is one of the few bars that has always been a hot tourist spot, yet has been a longstanding favorite of locals as well. Be sure to ask around for stories of Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, both of whom spent time within these walls. It is a little piece of Hollywood history and with new branches opened in nearby locations, the tradition is sure to continue.
Enter this fancy Russian delicatessen and you will be instantly transported to downtown Moscow. Boasting 20 varieties of caviar, a medley of smoked fish, good old-fashioned gefilte fish and a smattering of homemade cold salads, this is really a place not to be missed. Everything is fresh and everything is good, plain and simple. Cold borscht in Red Square never tasted this good! Attentive and pleasant service make this gourmet shop a wonderful journey without the hassles of dealing with your passport.
A gourmet and wine store, a bistro and a tasting room, all rolled into one and sealed with a tad naïve name of Mel & Rose (inspired by its location on Melrose), the establishment is a rather ambitious operation, with an impressive selection and well-structured weekend tastings. If ever you want to browse a place that has no compunctions proffering strikingly cheap bargains on Tempranillos and Pinotages while also featuring rare library vintages locked away in glass cases and priced in quadruple digits, Mel & Rose is the place that truly embraces the whole spectrum and plays no favorites. Whatever your story—browsing, tasting or buying—and whatever your price range, you will be treated with genuine respect and get the one-on-one attention and guidance through this wine-centric oasis.
Located on the North La Cienega Boulevard, 40 Love is a great place to enjoy your favorite sporting action with delicious food & drinks. The giant booths and 25 flat-screen television sets create a lively atmosphere at this place. The food menu offers classic brunch items like Avocado Toast and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes along with dishes like Crab Cake Sliders, Lolipop Lamb, and Shrimp Tacos more suitable for a hefty dinner meal. Delectable wines, beers, and cocktails nicely complement the food served at this place. With dark wood interiors and a lush green outdoor seating area, this vibrant sports bar is a great place to watch a game of you favorite sport with your friends.
Mysterious, intimate and alluring are the words that will come to mind when you think about Employees Only. This much anticipated outpost lives up to its reputation and is one of the best places in town to sip on fantastic cocktails. Styled up in art deco with elegant textures and intricate detailing, giving it an enigmatic lair look, there is also an element of fun in the ambiance, making it even more alluring. Tipple on their drinks like Ready, Fire, Aim!, The Colonial and Lazy Lover. Nosh on delightful dishes for dinner such as bacon wrapped lamb chops and steak frites. They even have options for vegetarian diners. Reservations are highly recommended. Restaurant closure timings are earlier than the bar's.