Los Angeles Nightlife, Restaurants and Cafes


Los Angeles Restaurants and Cafes

Los Angeles’s dining and nightlife scene abounds with interesting options for cuisine, cool cafes, vegetarian delights and swanky bars. L.A. has a charming aspect of nostalgia in its drive-ins and burger joints, which nod to a simpler time. For a taste of this nostalgia, head to Mel’s Drive-In (8585 Sunset Blvd.; +1 310-854-7201; www.melsdrive-in.com) in West Hollywood, where cheap and cheerful diner fare and homestyle American cooking are on the menu, including the classic American-style burger.

In ‘N’ Out Burger (13850 Francisquito Ave., Baldwin Park, CA; +1 800-786-1000; www.in-n-out.com) is another staple Los Angeles dining option and was one of the first fast food burger restaurants in the United States. With a number of locations around the city, the best place to partake in a famous In ‘N’ Out burger is at the original location in Baldwin Park.

Angelinos tend to be health nuts, so there is no shortage of cute cafes that offer healthy options like salads and vegetarian dishes. Particularly near the beach areas, these types of restaurants are popular, and many enjoy nice outdoor patios where you can sit over a large coffee and take in the fresh ocean air and bright California sunshine.

Much of Los Angeles’s nightlife is concentrated in Downtown, Hollywood and especially along the Sunset Strip. Locals like to frequent the swanky hotel bars along Sunset, like the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel (8440 W Sunset Blvd., +1 323-848-6025; www.mondrianhotel.com) and the Rooftop Bar at the Standard Hotel Downtown (50 S. Flower St., +1 213-892-8080; www.standardhotels.com/los-angeles), which boast beautiful terraces with stunning views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Live music is also a pastime of L.A. nightlife, with clubs like the infamous Viper Room (8852 W. Sunset Blvd.; +1 310-358-1880; www.viperroom.com), the House of Blues (8430 W. Sunset Blvd.; +1 323-848-5100; www.houseofblues.com) and Cat Club (8911 Sunset Blvd.; +1 310-657-0888; www.myspace.com/thecatclub) offering a glimpse into the glam and glory of rock ’n’ roll’s early days.

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