We are midway through march and heading straight into a weekend of jam-packed fun. What fun do you ask? Well other then it being St. Patty’s Weekend, you live in LA! With a bounty of events and activities happening in and around the city, there is no shortage of things to do. So, set aside some time this weekend to explore your city and discover you inner Angeleno!
Friday, March 15
Location: Dolby Theatre
PaleyFest returns this year for a 10-day festival featuring your favorite TV stars and creators. Don’t miss out on a week of screenings, panel discussions, Q&A’s and behind the scenes looks kicking off this Friday! For more information and ticket prices click below!
Enjoy a three-day celebration around these seasonal cherry blossoms. The festival is a perfect weekend activity for the entire family. Highlights of the event include a Sakura night market. Live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.
What is better than a top-secret event? One that includes a healthy dose of humor of course.Don’t Tell Comedy will be popping up in West LA this Friday at a secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. The who and where is kept under wraps until your tickets are purchased but we assure you it is quite worth it.
Sniff out the science behind the bond of humans and dogs at the California Science Center this Saturday! Dogs: A Science Tale opens up this weekend with fun and engaging hands on exhibits. Learn about the social connection between us and our furry friends which allowed for dogs to nuzzle their way into our hearts. There will also be live demonstrations of work and rescue dogs in action!
Celebrating 20 years if the NPR hit news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, host Peter Sagal takes the stage. Go behind the scenes to explore the show’s memorable moments alongside today’s top news stories. Sagal has quizzed everyone from Tom Hanks to Former President Obama. The show is sure to keep you guessing…Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Watch the LA Kings take on the Florida Panthers this Saturday at the Staples Center. Going into their 51st year, the LA Kings carry two Stanley Cup Championships under their belt. This weekends game features a prize giveaway by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
A performance of Maurice Durufle’s beloved Requiem will be led by associate conductor Jenny Wong. A particular favorite of previous Master Chorale Music Directors, Requiem leaves listeners lingering with a mood of hope.
On the Other Side is a documentary performance asking the question of what divides humans and the property, their territories? The Marike Splint directed exhibition challenges the notions of borders and bordering in our present era. The work also features performers whose lives have been directly and deeply impacted by different birders at different times.
Head over to our blogs LA Eats and Out and About: St. Patricks Day edition for a round-up thats sure to make your other Sunday Fundays green with envy. From bites and sips to events happening in DTLA to Manhattan Beach, you have no shortage of St. Patty’s options. Its the luck of the Irish this Sunday!!
If there is one thing to be said about St. Patrick’s Day, it is that here in the U.S. our celebration of the holiday is pure art. Well…maybe not art but we do know how to make some pretty cool green colored drinks. So if your out and about on St. Patty’s day discover your inner Angeleno with the luck of the Irish and LA’s best events to ring in the day of green and gold!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: Los Angeles
It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.
St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Redondo Beach
Location: Los Angeles
It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.
Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
Location: Casey’s Irish Pub, DTLA
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.
St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll
Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach
Hit up a slew of one-night-only Irish pubs as the Queen Mary transforms its salons into festive drinking dens. Fill up on Irish fare while listing to traditional tunes from a trio of bands.
Rock and Reilly’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party
Location: Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood
Stock your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an afternoon equal parts pretty faces and green beer at Rock and Reilly’s annual bash, held in the lot behind the Sunset Strip pub. The fest promises more booze and less morals with each installment thanks to eight full bars and more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness—sorry brew snobs, but let’s be real, you’re not coming here for the Celtic culture. Stay fed with the bar’s own delicious drinking fuel—corned beef sliders and Irish nachos—or from food trucks and a pizza, sandwich and salad station. This year, a portion of the proceeds from will benefit the Animal Rescue Mission.
St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market
Location: The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes in the afternoon, while other bands will park themselves on the east patio during lunch and the west patio during dinner.
We are almost midway through the March Madness and hopefully almost done with LA’s rainiest year. But don’t let few pre-spring showers rain on your weekend parade! There are a bounty of exciting things to do this weekend in Los Angeles. So grab your umbrella and venture out into the city of stars and possible rain clouds.
Discover your inner Angeleno!
Friday, March 8th
Location: Pasadena, CA
Twenty Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music , and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year and estimated 16,000 guest cane through and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children Museum, The Gamble House and more, There will even be free shuttles to transport guest to their next destination.
March is Women’s History Month, so what better then to send this Friday amongst art in celebration of women. We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective will be showcases a portrait gallery, live performances and artist unveilings if works. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a cultural selection of feminist highlights at the historic Montalban Theatre.
The city of EL Segundo Recreation & Parks Department along with the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday. Enjoy an evening of gazing at the night sky away from LA’s usual hustle and bustle.
Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk
Location: Dodger Stadium
Susan G. Komen will hold the newly rebranded More Than Pink Walk(formerly Race for Cure) at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. There is something for all in attendance to enjoy. The event will feature a Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the More Than Pink Walk. The event is expecting an attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors ad over 900 members on the largest corporate team. Through events like this the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invest 75 percent of funds raised to support local breast health services with the remaining 25 percent to national research to find cures.
Los Angeles Ballet presents Serenade & La Sylphide
Location: Royce Hall
This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two “Mr. B’s”. August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine’s Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine’s best-loved works.
Wolf Connection is a youth empowerment program with rescued wolves and wolfdogs as the centerpiece. With the help of these animals, individuals lear about nature & conservation on a beautiful 165-acre ranch. At Walk with Wolves you will begin with a guided tour of the wolf and wolfdog sanctuary where you’ll learn the story of each pack-member and the species history.
Disney’s “Silly Symphony”-Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra
Location: The Soraya-The Valley’s Center for the Performing Arts
Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Michael J Fox’s Trot 5k Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research
Location: Griffith Park
Join The Michael J. Fox foundation’s Fox Trot 5k Run/Walk for their annual tradition of raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. The event is in effort to bring the community together in support of research being done with every step being closer to finding a cure. It is a family friendly event with runners and walkers of all experience and speeds welcome!
45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite
Location: Redondo Beach Pier
45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite is presented by Miller Children’s and WOmen’s Hospital, Redondo Pier Association and Sunshine Kite Comapny. The Redondo Pier host one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. The event is free and suited for all ages with prizes going to the best hand-made kite. The event is scheduled to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, demonstrations, giveaways and more.
There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout the month and discover your inner Angeleno!
Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up (March 1-17)
Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up opens its doors March 1 – 17 for a pop-up exhibit that showcases the alternate history of toys. The museum features interactive exhibits, photo opportunities with a life-size action figure box, and over 100 toys and games that have been altered with a funny spin, alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys. You can read our interview with the creator Jeff Wysaki, here. -> More information
Delusion: The Blue Blade (March 1-17)
Delusion: The Blue Blade is an immersive play that puts in the center of a time travel adventure narrative. After a successful run last fall, the new ‘director’s cut’ edition of the play will run through March 17. -> More information
First Friday’s at Natural History Museum (March 1)
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) First Fridays returns on March 1 for a monthly party after hours in the museum including live musical performances, DJs, cocktails, and food trucks. -> More information
Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare 2019 (March 7)
Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare kicks off at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on March 7 featuring over 150 of Southern California’s best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors all in support of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) initiatives. -> More information
ArtNight Pasadena (March 8)
20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination.. -> More information
Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse (March 9)
Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday March 9 for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era. -> More information
45th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival (March 10)
The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on March 10 for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest sponsored by Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital -> More information
Metro Arts Presents: 10-Hour Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A (March 16)
On Saturday, March 16 come to Union Station for Metro Art Presents: 10 HR Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A. The event features a variety of musical performances to celebrate the legendary Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday. Program highlights include the annual Noontime Organ Concert in the historic Ticket Hall featuring organ virtuoso Christoph Bull and Church Keyboard Center; Lady Bach, an all-female group; plus a solo from multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. -> More information
L.A. Nature Fest at The Natural History Museum L.A. (March 16-17)
L.A. Nature Fest comes to The Natural History Museum L.A. (NHMLA) March 16-17 for a special visit with some of our coolest animal neighbors! -> More information
Arcade Expo 2018 at the Museum of Pinball (March 16-18)
PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong fans rejoice because the Arcade Expo is returning the Museum of Pinball in Banning from March 15-17 with some 1,100 retro and modern arcade games and pinball machines. -> More information
Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 17)
The Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival returns for 2019 with another special viewing of the world’s largest blossoming plant, plus 200 arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music. Paid shuttle service is available to and from the private residence that contains the plant and the main festival area. -> More information
KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (March 17)
KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday March 17 is an awesome way to celebrate your favorite green-themed holiday. The block party includes all kinds of fun activities like street games, delicious food, plenty of Guinness, prizes, music, and more. -> More information
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration at California African American Museum (March 20)
The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration returns to the California African American Museum. Enjoy a night of fun on March 20 for an evening of art, food trucks, music, and more. The Opening Celebration includes Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, and more! -> More information
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live (March 21)
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live comes to the Bootleg Theater Thursday March 21. Enjoy an evening Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss. During this enchanted evening, Harvard Divinity graduates Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile will review and discuss a chapter of Harry Potter, share some their own stories, and offer a medieval religious reading practice with this modern day classic. -> More information
The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)
The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space. -> More information
The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)
The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)
This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information
With all the hustle and bustle in LA, narrowing down the best places to grab a bite can be tricky. Rather then making your routine stop at Panera Bread, why not try something new. LA has more restaurants then there are Bird scooters. With that in mind we’ve narrowed down the best places to nosh this week.
While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus, chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table. Take for instance his coconut waffle with koji, blueberries, ume (Japanese salty plums), and smoked maple syrup.This dish is far more interesting than it needs to be, going above and beyond the brunch-time status quo. Respect the waffle.
The menu weaves across the hours with a mix of rethought American classics. From breakfast bowls with activated charcoal or a smoked salmon tartine with yuzu cream cheese. To lighter lunches like grilled tuna salads or hummus and steamed mussels. For dinner there’s a full bar run by lead bartender Jamie Clark and surprises like an all-vegan beet-based bao, or a throwback filet mignon atop wasabi mashed potatoes. Throw in a daily happy hour, and it feels like Pikoh really can do it all.
Lately’s menu is an all-day savory jaunt, with their breakfast sandwich sporting an organic fried egg, gouda, and oven roasted tomato on an English muffin. They also serve biscuits, a soft scrambled toast, a heaping avocado toast, salads, breakfast bowl, and a country-fried steak sandwich.
Urban Radish, the healthy-eating oasis in the Arts District is the perfect lunchtime spot. The outdoor grill is hidden behind a row of water-circulating vertical planters brimming with kale and other greens. Look through the foliage to find one man and a stack of tickets. Skirt steak, salmon, chicken; it all hits the hot metal and gets served over healthy grains and greens to a slew of daytime diners. Yum!
LA’s best new taco stand has landed a highly visible location in Koreatown. Meaning it’s the best time to stop by during weekdays. Ask nicely for the chicharron de queso con hongos, paired with the stand’s excellent mushrooms. The best part about Tacos 1986 is its accessibility, placed right in the heart of Koreatown. Located at a crossroads for anyone traveling to Hollywood or Downtown, South LA, or Mid-City. What’s better than a taco pit stop?
With open seating and rapid rounds of sushi hitting plates, KazuNori is the place to find some of the LA’s freshest fishes. It’s not uncommon to find a long line, which can be surprisingly short thanks to the restaurant’s efficiency. Choose from three to six hand rolls, which are made in plain view. The chefs transform the sea bream’s tender flesh and shiny silver skin into an elegant and perfect hand roll. Order a Sapporo and watch the chefs do their magic.
Newly opened, Tartine Bianco is a hot ticket dining spot. The chicken liver toast is an early stand out and quite possibly the most thoughtful dish. The base of the matter, a crusty slice of the restaurant’s famous bread, sturdily held onto the pretty pink liver, as well as dollops of kumquat puree and blood orange segments. Balance comes among the varied components, hitting the brightest of notes with just enough richness to bring it home.
Jame Enoteca is well on its way to becoming a new kind of standard for the city of El Segundo. The corner strip mall option makes all of its pastas in-house and keeps a cozy but refined sort of vibe. Of particular noteworthiness (though all of the pastas seem to be pretty delicious) is the off-menu occasional lasagna with assorted foraged mushrooms. Pair it up with some vegetables to start and maybe a glass of wine, and be well on the way to a very full and very relaxed time in the South Bay.
The chefs at Atrium have whipped up pristine dishes with flavors that are unique and strong, just the way Angelenos like it. The beef carpaccio, inspired by the chef’s love of carne asada, is topped with crispy potato matchsticks, a thick salsa macha, and avocado crema. Those crunchy, salty, and savory layers makes for fun eating, but one plate might not be enough.
Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras!! While we can’t all hop a plane to Rio or New Orleans for a real celebration, we can have come close here in LA. With a bounty of Carnaval celebrations happening this weekend, grab your king cake and paint the town yellow, purple and green!
Join thousands of people for the Long Beach Mardi Gras happening at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. The afternoon will feature music, art, festivities, dancing, a parade and more.
The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras
When: Saturday March 2nd-Sunday March 3rd
The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will bring a taste of NOLA right to Los Angeles. A family-friendly celebration the day includes New Orleans’ food, a musical line-up of Cajun and Zydeco music and Mardi Gras activities. The Dog Bakery’s Annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade will also take place. The celebration commences on Saturday, March 2, running through Sunday, March 3 and ending on Fat Tuesday, March 5.
Kickstart the month of March this weekend! Spend your time in the city of stars with so many fun activities and events. From Museum exhibits to Mardi Gras, your inner Angeleno deserves a day or weekend of fun!
Friday March 1st
Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys
Location: Start Los Angeles
Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will house over 100 items created by comedian Jeff Wysaski including fake toys, actual toys with new names, and actual toys with fake facts. The show runs March 1-17 at Start Los Angeles, in Harvard Heights. A free opening reception will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. Otherwise, tickets are $10 and can be reserved online.
Digital Nature has its final weekend at the L.A. Arboretum this March 1-3! Stop by for a dazzling display inspired by nature and technology. Artists works will be projected onto the arboretums lush landscape during the evening hours with interactive works that can include live music . Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.
Experience exclusive make-up tutorials, open air Yoga classes, or indulge in an evening of seasonal delights from Il Fornaio. A month of beauty, health & wellness await you at Westfield Topanga. Don’t miss out on the Beauty+Balance goals gift with purchase when you attend!
With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join South Coast Botanic Garden for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing! As you stroll or picnic in the Upper Meadow, travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms!
Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
“It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” –The New Yorker
Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. The Old Man and The Old Moon takes the stage March 2-7. Recommended for all ages.
Colburn Orchestra performs Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Walt Disney concert hall this Saturday. The performance will be led under the direction of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang. The concerto is followed by Scheherazade, a piece that brilliantly brings Rimsky-Korsakov’s powerful storytelling to life.
Location: Clutch VeniceThe 6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Pig Roast is a block-party style event happening on Sunday March 3 at Clutch Venice. The party will feature BBQ, pig roasting, craft beer, whiskey tastings, beard and stache trims, cigar rolling, live entertainment and more in the mission to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.
Non-profit arts organization The Secret City comes to the Bootleg Theatre for an afternoon of over the top music, art, performances, food, storytelling, joyful interaction, community and kooky outfits. Event is free with a suggestion of a donation. Childcare is also free for parents.
Play and laugh while giving back at the 17th Annual Angelic Auxiliary Carnival at the Pier! Admission includes private use of the park, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets, unlimited amusement park rides and more!! Come and enjoy one of Southern California’s leading attractions while helping raise funds for the Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse.
As Angeleno’s we know LA has no shortage of places to grab a bite from am to pm. On this holiday of love, our favorite spots will be raising the bar and prices for their Valentines Day offerings. Whether your preference is pre-fix or simply exquisite cuisine, we’ve rounded up the best places to dine with your special someone.
Inn of the Seventh Ray
Forget the Topanga stereotypes of burning sage and healing crystals (OK, they sell those here, too). Off Old Topanga Road, love-stricken diners can enter a bucolic, wooded city escape: a multi-tiered outdoor dining space draped in lights, lilac and oak trees—and, yes, the wafting scent of incense that hits you on your way in. Take in the serene, creekside surroundings under heat lamps and twinkling stars. This idyllic setting will be offering both Brunch and Dinner for the Hallmark holiday of love. Menu’s are pre-fix(with some a la carte dinner options) and can be viewed here.
Location: Santa Monica
Escape to Nantucket at this beachside destination seducing lovers and landlubbers alike, where you can grab front-row seats overlooking the Pacific. If that’s not enough to impress your sunset-discriminating friend, cozy up to the roaring fire over surf and turf plates such as fresh pasta with lobster, seared scallops with bok choi and soy caramel, 24-day–aged rib eye and Sunday-night prime rib dinner served table-side. The quiet dining room jazzes up, literally, come nightfall with live piano and jazz in the hotel’s Living Room lounge, perfect for graduating on to cocktails and more fireside canoodling. View there Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu here.
Transport yourself to another place and time at this Downtown bistro where it’s all about the outdoor patio. Settle under olive trees decked in twinkling lights and a towering skyline overhead, with the Art Deco Central Library as your up-close-and-personal view. When it comes to the menu, expect an extensive wine list, eclectic flavors and elegantly-composed plates from this Patina-owned restaurant. Those seeking romance can pine over the lavish Valentine’s Day pre-fixe menu which can be viewed here.
Location: West Hollywood
Soft, flattering lighting that bounces off the delicate gold wallpaper? Check. An artful, at times decadent, menu that’s perfect for sharing bites with your date? Double check. Traditional Japanese technique meets California flavor at this intimate bungalow on the edge of Chateau Marmont. Pro tip: For an even more intimate experience, huddle over sake and cocktails at the front bar. For next Wednesday they’re offering a stunning Valentines version of their Kaiseki menu. Click here for more information.
Location: Eagle Rock
There’s romance even in the story of this Eagle Rock gem. The cozy Craftsman bungalow turned bistro is run by—of course—a husband-and-wife team. Chef Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz-Lowenthal cook up a hyper-seasonal New-American menu romance filled setting. Share your way through braised meatballs, duck liver mousse with sherry gastrique, and charred flat iron steak. Outdoors, the lights flip on when the sun goes down, providing an intimate patio that glows as much as your date will. For more information click here.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
Location: Central LA
This Valentine’s Day, plan a night as unique as your romance. With three outstanding José Andrés experiences to chose from, the way to the heart begins with a feast for the senses. There are multiple dining rooms, each with a different menu focus and ambience. Dine dangerously in the more masculine, matador-themed banquettes or opt for comfy-yet-modern seating. For more information on their menu options click here.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Location: Bel Air
Since opening its doors in 1946, Hotel Bel-Air has been the site of Old Hollywood’s (then-new) city escapes. From honeymoons to camping out in the secluded hills away from the lights. The Mediterranean-influenced menu sees glimpses of old and new with updated Puck favorites. Finish with a stroll by the fabled Swan Lake for a fairy-tale ending. Click here to view their Valentine’s Day menu offerings.
Scopa Italian Roots
Oh, Scopa, what are you doing to us? Those crispy squash blossoms and house-made meatballs are making our hearts melt. Not to mention the intoxicating glow of the fully-stocked liquor bar that lights up the restaurant. Couples canoodle in dark booths, sharing plates of rigatoni in vodka sauce and fusilli tossed with capers, olives and anchovies. Chef Antonia Lofaso has a knack for churning out quality comfort food in a date-worthy atmosphere. End the night with a fried fluffernutter (trust us). To view their menu click here.
Location: Santa Monica
Ask anyone in L.A. what the best fine-dining spot is, and Mélisse always comes out toward the top of the list. Serving dinner only, suited waiters bring course after course. You can opt for the basic four, seven or 10 courses, plus caviar service—of artfully-composed plates of pure decadence. (If that doesn’t seduce you, we don’t know what will.) While two private dining rooms offer a more intimate setting, the main dining room hosts couples, who should request a booth. To view their pre-fixe menu options click here.
Location: Echo Park
Because vegetarians are lovers, too. This Echo Park haunt is a date night go-to for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Fall for the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu that changes with the season. Call ahead to claim a spot with your date inside the cozy, matchbox-size dining room. Sip on any number of wines—all natural wine, of course—and toast over vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Click here to view their menu options.
Location: Studio City
Firefly may be the closest thing to a modern-day secret garden in L.A., walls of tangled ivy included. The fine-dining restaurant offers Modern-American cuisine in a romantic, cozy setting. Their heated, fire-lit patio is decorated in candles and twinkling lights, while the library-like bar area offers an ideal date-night vibe. In this secret garden, you’ll be fed exquisitely constructed dishes off their pre-fix Valentine’s Day menu which can be viewed here.
When the parsley sprinkled over the house-made pasta you’re eating has come from a garden right outside the restaurant’s doors, you know you’re eating fresh. Such is the case at the picture-perfect mar’sel, where an onsite herb-and-vegetable garden is mere steps from the kitchen, its goods incorporated throughout the menu. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, mar’sel is the perfect place to impress your date. Their menu options can be viewed here.
Location: Beverly Hills
If a restaurant could make you weak at the knees, Il Cielo would have diners dropping left and right. Serving dinner under a canopy of twinkling lights, the romantic Italian eatery aims to be a “country restaurant in the city”. Bubbling fountains and white tablecloths create a darling ambiance to rival a Tuscan trattoria. Their decadent Valentine’s Day menu is sure to rival other as well and can be viewed here.
Location: Silver Lake
This hidden gem’s patio is one of the prettiest on the east end of the city. An open structure that’s outfitted in hanging lights and a fireplace under a huge banyan-like tree. The menu reads like an exotic escape—to the Mediterranean or Asia, perhaps—with a California influence. Enjoy menu items like French butter lettuce with radish, quinoa, or whole branzino with papaya salad and nuoc cham. To view their full menu click here.
Location: West Hollywood
Long heralded as one of the top restaurants in the city, Melrose Avenue’s Lucques continues to draw foodies and the fashionable set. The menu takes cues from the season with local farmers’ market ingredients highlighted on the plate. While the bar menu features a separate selection of eats and seasonal concoctions, another experience and reason to visit. Indulge by flickering candlelight over a bottle—the well-curated wine selection features worlds both old and new—and don’t skimp on desserts. View their seasonal menu here.
This edition of Out and About is really a no brainer. What would the city of L.A. be without it’s star-studded history and sites. And while there are the obvious tourist options, there are also quite a few hidden gems. So spend a day the L.A. way out in Hollywood.
To start your day…
While it may seem cliche, hiking Runyon Canyon is truly one of the better ways to start your day whether it be a Hollywood outing or a weekly routine. The trail is pet friendly and offers stunning views of the city as well as a fun workout.
If thats not enough fresh air, we recommend venturing to Lake Hollywood Park for a slight stroll as you gaze up at the Hollywood Sign.
Once your finished there, if you haven’t grabbed a morning bite, Jane Q is the ideal pitstop for a dose of AM energy. Tucked in the Kimpton Everly Hotel, the restaurant offers a chic cafe feel with gourmet dining options.
By the afternoon “bell”…
If your inner tourist is up for the crowd a stroll down the walk of fame is always an enjoyable outing if not just for the characters along the way. From famed handprints at the TCL Theatre to a bounty of hop on hop off tours, you’ll have no shortage of options.
If you feel like splurging, Hollywood and Highland Center is just down the street with options that are wallet friendly. For more unique digs, Scout offers a plethora of vintage finds.
After you’ve had you fill on the boulevard, why not take part in a tour of one of Hollywoods most famed studios. Paramount Studios is the only studio still actually residing in Hollywood and it’s tour provides you a captivating glimpse and the silver screen both old and new. Whether you partake in the adventure is on your own accord, but surely afterwards you’ll need an afternoon reprieve.
APL Hole in the Wall is the perfect place to refuel before the rest of your day continues. Offering gourmet take-away dishes like the Serious Sandwich- pit-cooked shaved prime New York strip with pickle salad, sweet onions, and freshly grated horseradish.
Before the evening sets…
A visit to the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery should be next on your list for a necessary dose of arts and culture. Peruse the selection of fine art but leave room for a different style of entertainment. Depending on your general mood, dinner and a show is always the perfect evening with family, friends, or that significant other.
For those with a funny bone, Upright Citizens Brigade will provide the laughs you so seek having famed comedians grace their stage both past and present. But for a more quintessential Hollywood experience, enjoy a showing at the theatre where most of the city’s blockbusters are premiered.
El Capitan has rolled out it’s red carpet for a bounty of feature films and still serves as a taste of Old Hollywood glamour. While their show offerings are limited, the time spent there is well worth it.
For something more lively, The Pantages offers a season full of broadway hits, with past shows like Aladdin and current productions of Wicked.
With your inner tourist pleased and likely tired, our last recommendation is for a night that ends enjoying the culinary wonder of Curtis Stones’ Gwen. The restaurant is one of the famed chefs notable ventures into luxury dining and it does not disappointment. Known for their selection of gourmet meat, it is both a taste experience as it is an evening highlight.
No matter how you chose to spend your day Out and About, we hope you enjoy each moment in the city of stars!!