Food & Drink

January’s 8 buzziest LA bar and restaurant openings

Published On 01/29/2014 Published On 01/29/2014
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Because you just picked up a follow from the @PharrellHat Twitter account and're looking to celebrate, here are eight spots to do it at, all of which opened this month and are almost guaranteed to make you happy, happy, happy, happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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Ace Hotel (click here for address and deets)
Downtown
The hipster hotel chain's opened up a new location Downtown in a super-unique building that used to be the original United Artists office. It's kind of an all-in-one location: there's a beautiful, old theater booking edgy acts like Spiritualized, a rough-edged restaurant called LA Chapter that's based on a fave NY spot, and an absolutely stunning rooftop bar creatively named... Upstairs.

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill (click here for address and deets)
Northridge
This award-winning chain somehow avoided LA until now -- its first local location just opened in Northridge. Two must-orders: shrimp w/ edamame hummus and mahi topped w/ lobster thermidor.

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
From the peeps behind the ultra-healthy Cafe Gratitude (keep reading! seriously!) comes this Mexican taqueria with 100+ mezcals and tequilas (TOLD YOU!), to pair with still-kinda-healthy (but still delicious) grub like mole enchiladas and stoneground masa tamales.

El Nosh (click here for deets)
Multiple Locations
Que tal? This new truck from restaurateurs Eric Greenspan and Roberto Trevino is a Jewish-Mexican take on a taco truck, with dishes like yucca latke w/ mango creme and a smoked salmon and cream cheese quesadilla. Oy vey!

Valcluse

Vaucluse (click here for address and deets)
Hollywood Hills
This Australian-themed barstaurant (in a space that used to be Charlie Chaplin's home!) is doing all sortsa Dundee-approved deliciousness, from double-cut Australian lamb chops w/ sweet potato and blackberry sauce to daily happy hour specials like two-for-one beers and $5 mini-pizzas on Tuesdays from 4-7pm.

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Herringbone (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
As we mentioned in our story about every single Top Cheffer who is running restaurants in LA, this place is awesome. Go there.

The Palihouse

The Palihouse (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
The 6yr-old hotel/restaurant's gotten a total reboot with a new interior (more lounge seating! Banquettes!!) and more importantly, a totally rejiggered menu. Meanwhile, a former Fig chef's totally killing it with sticky ribs w/ spicy tomato chutney, and beef braised in ginger beer with roasted kohlrabi.

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The Forum (click here for address and deets)
Inglewood
No, this isn't a new restaurant or bar, but since you're not the boss of us, we're gonna include it anyway... mostly because it's a $100 million re-do of the iconic former home of the Lakers. The Forum's been remade into the United States' biggest indoor concert venue, with totally redone acoustics, upholstered seats (!!!), and stellar food from local, awesome vendors like CoolHaus, Bludso's, and Cole's. Also, yes, they took out the bathroom trough, so, $100 million well-spent!

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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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