LA Things to Do for the Rest of Us!
When the sun goes down in LA, the heat rises from the endless stretch of roadway, beckoning the residents to reemerge from the comfort of their homes in search of something more than their Netflix cue. If this sounds familiar, consider The Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City. It serves stylish cocktails as well as offering a menu that would make most gastro pubs blush (deviled quail eggs and house-made dill potato chips, anyone?). It’s worth noting that they serve a deep-fried fluffernutter sandwich, which has admittedly become one of my personal favorite things to do in LA, especially ‘round midnight.
Drinking & Dancing: Some of My Favorite LA Activities
Every time that song comes on during my spin class about being a party girl, I kick it into high gear, eager to burn the extra cocktail calories from the weekend. One of the best places to sip on spirits and shake a tail feather is Villains Tavern. Gothic wooden arches and pew seating amidst big top stripped curtains create a dramatic atmosphere that comes to life when the blues and folk inspired bands take the stage on the patio each and every night. The L.A. Barbie is not only a signature drink, having that drink happens to be one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in LA.
Great Day Hikes in LA
If you’re looking for a great day hike, try any number of trails in Griffith Park that lead to the Observatory. You can park on Fern Dell Drive (off of Los Feliz Boulevard), which is free and has plenty of spots available. To the right of Fern Dell Drive a dirt path slowly winds northward to a steeper path opening onto beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding hillsides. It’s one of the greatest outdoor recreational activities, especially when you reach the top and check out the view from the Griffith Observatory, which also houses a planetarium and museum inside.
Bergamot Station: A Must-See for Residents and Tourists Alike
If you’re new to LA or just visiting – be sure to check out Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, a facility housing many art galleries as well as a variety of exhibitions and shows. The site dates back to 1875 when it was a stop and car storage area on the steam powered Los Angeles Independence Railroad. After rail service ceased, Bergamot had various commercial usages until being appropriated by developer Wayne Blank in the early 1990’s into a campus-like arts complex with a rudimentary, industrial look. Cited as one of the most popular recreation destinations in Southern California by tourists and locals alike, it’s a spot that won’t disappoint.