West Hollywood is the Swiss Army Knife of nightlife. No matter your appetite or agenda, you’re covered, unless your agenda actually involves knives, in which case, MacArthur Park is very nice this time of year.
The Writer's Room
6685 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Great For: Those seeking a cozy yet loud time; music fans; cocktail fans; the slender and the stationary (for a place with "Room" in the name, there’s not so much of that)
A haunt of Raymond Chandler in a long-gone incarnation, the Writer's Room's been described as a "speak-loudly", where classic clandestine elegance clashes satisfyingly with non-speakeasy decibels. It’s small, so if you’re seeking a wide open space to drink, try smuggling a can of beer into a Walmart.
Maui and Sons
6708 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Great For: Low-pressure first dates; those who pronounce the S in “Kitsch”
Spill Maui and Sons drinks on Maui and Sons shorts at the legendary brand's eatery, where you can unwind after a day of surfing waves/couches. Come for the island ambiance, stay for Tuesday 2 for 1 wells (the reason scientists invented two hands), or College Football Saturdays with bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and patience for Lane Kiffin. Just don’t steal any of the Tikis, or you’ll end up like these Brady Bunch brats.
1638 North Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028
Great For: The hungry; the thirsty; the indecisive; impressing others
Equal parts fine dining (thanks to Le Cordon Bleu-approved chef Dave Schmit) and fine drinking (mixed by Giovanni Martinez, of Les Deux and The Buffalo Club), Sadies will wow even those so sophisticated they brush their teeth with orange glaze. Pick between the Lounge, the Parlour, and the Courtyard Dining Room, or roam freely between them Goldilocks-style until you find the perfect fit, or they kick you out for acting like a teenaged girl.
Drink This: the Kentucky Ninja 13 -- Japanese Single Malt Whisky, Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, lavender-infused wild honey, shaken & served in a Peychaud’s Bitters rinsed glass. Then name your first born after it, and she will thank you later.
800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Great For: The competitive; large groups; those who hate typical dank bowling alleys because everything smells like clown sweat
There’s bowling and then there’s bowling, pronounced as if you’re Oprah or on fire. This posh tenpin experience embodies the latter: instead of stained plastic chairs, you get lush white sofas. Instead of stale, soggy nachos, you get short rib tacos. Instead of trying not to make eye contact with the underemployed, you can watch celebs like the over-employed Michael Strahan compete in charity events. Also, just like at disgusting venues, bowling puns are 14-percent more hilarious than other puns, meaning Lucky Strike is right up your...wait for it...alley.
Spikes and Strikes: Spend Sundays here, because the combo of daily specials, NFL Sunday Ticket, and bowling, means the only possible way you’ll be exposed to the sun is through a tinted window.
Musso & Franks
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Great For: History buffs; steak buffs; the Hollywood elite; Hollywood elite stalkers
Hollywood's changed since 1919 (no more studio system! Jaws!), but even continental shifts wouldn't dislodge this beloved steakhouse. Everything here is classic, including some staff who've been on the payroll since 1957, which means they could have served famous patrons like Marylin Monroe, and Micky Mouse. Over the years the place has seen more celebrities than an associate producer of Saturday Night Live, making for a night your Instagram account will never forget.
Published: September 18, 2012 at 1:00pm EDT
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