Food & Drink

January’s 8 buzziest LA bar and restaurant openings

Published On 01/29/2014 Published On 01/29/2014
Spencer Lowell/The Ace
Spencer Lowell/The Ace
Bonefish Grill
Gracias Madre
Valcluse
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Herringbone Los Angeles
The Palihouse
Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos
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1. Ace Hotel Los Angeles 933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

Designed into the renovated and historic United Artists building, this hotel incorporates elements of its glorious past into a minimalist, art deco-inspired finish. Use one of the minimalist rooms at this hipster haven (located in the grand old former United Artists building) as a home base for a weekend living it up Downtown. Springing for one of the larger rooms either gets the use of a turntable with records chosen by the folks at Amoeba or an acoustic Martin guitar. (Sadly, you'll have to leave it all behind when you check out.)

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2. Bonefish Grill 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Bonefish is committed to using quality and responsibly caught fish in order to keep the menu fresh and exciting. Their dishes are bursting with flavor and color, just the way nature intended.

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3. Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.

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4. Vaucluse 8210 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

The latest trend to hit LA? Modern Australian cuisine. Enter Vaucluse, with a menu that draws inspiration from American, Australian, Asian, and Mediterranean culinary traditions. That Aussie-inspired food will pair perfectly with MLB's opening day, when you head to Vancluse to watch the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks down under on March 22-23.

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5. Palihouse Hotel Santa Monica 1001 Third St, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

The Santa Monica outpost of the trend-forward WeHo hotel is a luxurious beachfront respite.

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6. The Forum 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Forum is an iconic event space in Inglewood which has hosted everything from All-Star games, concerts and even the 1984 Olympic Basketball matches. It has since been rebranded and now hosts all sorts of big concerts and music festivals.

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7. Herringbone 8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This West Hollywood locale of this La Jolla favorite is doling out delicious seafood entrees, strong 'tails, and an awesome crowd.

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