LA has so much to offer outside of all the touristy attractions you hear about. Luckily for you, we’ve been here for a while and we’ve gathered a list of our favorite things to do in LA right now that will take you away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre and bring you into some more of the low key culture of Los Angeles.
The Walker Inn is THE place to go for some of the most amazing cocktails in LA. They take walk-ins but we recommend making a reservation online, you can make them up to two weeks in advance, which is what their website recommends. The menu draws from one core theme and changes every four to six weeks. If you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a drink with friends, we can’t recommend this one enough.
MENOTTI’S COFFEE SHOP
If you are a coffee lover and you enjoy being close to the beach, your next coffee stop needs to be at Menotti’s. They are located in Venice and their coffee is one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had since moving to LA. The employee’s are friendly, the environment is fun, and the coffee is strong, what more could you ask for? Bonus – their latte art is perfection, definitely instagram worthy.
If you haven’t experienced an Ipic Theatre yet, we highly recommend trying the one in Westwood. It is the ultimate movie going experience. At Ipic theatre’s you are not only watching a movie, but you are watching a movie in lounge chairs (we’re talking fully reclined, 100% comfortable), ordering cocktails and meals, and have access to in-theatre service while the movie is running. Half way through the movie and you need another drink?No problem. It is definitely something worth experiencing with your special someone or best friend at least once. It will change your movie going experience forever.
PAINT AND SIP STUDIO LA
Paint and sip classes are popping up everywhere now-a-days and we are so happy that they are. What is better than bringing your favorite bottle of wine and snacks to a class where they teach you how to paint?! It is one of my favorite date night options. The instructors create a friendly and fun environment that it soon becomes one of the most memorable experiences you will have. Plus, you and your beau leave with a souvenir!
BITTER ROOT POTTERY CLASSES
Pottery has always been a huge interest to me and these classes are perfect for learning how to channel my inner pottery goddess. This has been one of the most calming experiences I’ve had in LA. They have their schedule up online so be sure to check them out. Usually throughout the year they offer different package deals and you can start out with a one time session for two hours to test the waters and see how you like it. They also offer classes for kids, which is definitely something worth checking out!
LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR – BACKHOUSE LA
Backhouse LA has three different locations to offer you – West Los Angeles, Burbank, and Koreatown. Thank God they are giving us options because if you can’t get a reservation for one you still have two other locations to try! Happy Hour is offered daily AND at two different times, can you believe that?! They offer their happy hours from 4-6:30pm and again from 10pm-close. With drink and food specials so good, you’ll wonder why you haven’t celebrated every happy hour there before. I mean, we’re talking $4 wells drinks, $4 glasses of wine, $5 hand rolls, and SO much more. Your stomach will thank you. We promise.
CONCERT REHEARSAL AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Now this doesn’t happen for every concert that is put on at the Hollywood Bowl, but occasionally they open up the morning rehearsals to the public. All you have to do is call the office at 323-85-2000 and they will give you the schedule for which rehearsals are open to the public. How amazing is that? Smaller crowds, more intimate performance, and a chance to see the artists really in their element. It is definitely something worth checking out at least once.
Escape rooms are quickly becoming the thing to do with a group of friends and we totally see why. They are exciting, they are stressful, they require you to work together, and they’re just a lot of fun. LA has some of the best escape rooms (in our opinion) and if you’ve got nothing better to do one night in LA we definitely suggest getting together your friends and checking one of them out. Here is a list of the best ones in LA.
Trois Mec, which loosely translates to “three guys”, offers a constantly changing five-course tasting menu and operates on a special ticketing system. It was opened in an old pizza parlor that sat inside of a strip mall. When you arrive you still see the old Raffalo’s Pizza sign hanging above the door outside, but that was the goal of the owners – to give their diners an unpretentious, fine-dining experience and that is exactly what you get. For information on how to book tickets click here.