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1. Hakkasan Beverly Hills 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

The glittery Beverly Hills outpost of this high-end Chinese chain offers up the likes of smoking Negronis, fancy dim sum, and desserts styled after terrariums.

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2. Nozawa Bar 212 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

This ten-seater only offers omakase, so just trust the chef -- an award-winning sushi master -- and let him deal you amazing raw bits picked up fresh from the local markets that morning.

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3. Honeycut 819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

Honeycut isn't just your standard, trendy, underground cocktail bar -- it's also literally situated under the ground. Built below downtown's Flower Street, the night spot tends to straddle the line between rowdy, boisterous dance club and upscale, craft-cocktail dispensary. The bar's sub-sidewalk lair is divided into two rooms: a Manhattan-esque dark-wooded drinking space, offering vintage pool tables and an extensive list of potent house concoctions, followed by a cavelike dance hall with a smaller bar for bottled beers, and a floor built entirely of flashing rainbow lights. If you're not looking to dance, we suggest you limit your stay to the first room -- the usual crowds are not exactly known for remaining subdued on the dance floor.

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4. Bestia 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

Since opening in 2012, Bestia's become the definitive LA restaurant, offering a menu that appeals to both eat-anything foodies and eat-carefully dieters in an industrial but homey space. The Arts District restaurant serves an Italian menu with next-level pizza, pasta, and small plates, and no matter what you get, be sure to start with the beloved charcuterie board -- all the meats are cured in-house.

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5. Alma Restaurant 952 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

The menu here rotates monthly, but feast your eyes on some past dishes: pork fritter w/ radish, rye, and honey; seared mackerel w/ quinoa, avocado, peach, and cucumber; and suckling pig w/ corn, black garlic, maitake mushrooms.

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6. No Vacancy 1717 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Located in a restored Victorian house built in 1902, No Vacancy’s Prohibition era-inspired ambiance (there’s a secret entrance) and rotating, 12-item cocktail menu mimic its 20th century-born home. The three-story bar hosts cocktail connoisseurs in its various, dimly lit rooms, which are decorated with red leather and dark wood accents. At the bottom of a red carpeted staircase, a brick-walled courtyard is home to baroque fireplaces that set the tone for the live entertainment -- jazz music, burlesque shows, and tightrope walkers alike.

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7. Dirty Laundry 1725 Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Located underneath an unassuming apartment building in Hollywood, Dirty Laundry is a subterranean speakeasy-style bar and nightclub with an entry-by-password-only policy. It’s a Prohibition-inspired, cocktail-centric spot with elaborate (does serving a drink on fire constitute elaborate?) cocktails like an Almond Old Fashioned or a drink garnished with Pop Rocks. The secrets continue: if you happen to stumble upon the hidden room in back, step through the threshold to live music, dancing, and imbibing… in secret.

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8. LittleFork 1600 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

From the non-Kogi-Truck-guy behind A-Frame, Littlefork's the kind of modern bistro you'd take a girl you want to impress (but not like "marry me!" impress, more like "let me see your boobs!" impress), thanks in part to a kitchen run by a Spago vet.

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9. The Emerson Theatre 7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Winner of Hospitality Design's 2013 "Best Nightclub, Bar, or Lounge Design" award, this dual-bar, 8000sqft club has a '20s-style feel with plenty of energy and burlesque dancers as well, in case all the dancing and bars didn't do it for you.

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10. Bootsy Bellows 9229 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Bootsy Bellows is a glittery Hollywood club complete with pre-requisite bottle service and David Arquette's (yes, that David Arquette) leadership. Every week there is an extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music (Thursday to be exact). Bootsy Bellows brings old Hollywood glamour back to life.

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11. Pour Vous 5574 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

Pour Vous is a swanky, velvet couch-laden cocktail bar reminiscent of old Hollywood.

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12. The Surly Goat 7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

The Surly Goat's a dark-lit two-tiered, rare-and-unusual-leaning beer bar decorated with all sorts of old brewhouse paraphernalia (everything from WWII-era ads in German to PBR one-sheets).

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13. Chi Spacca 6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (West Hollywood)

From the people behind Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca is the meat restaurant in the Mozza Group's Italian empire. Essentially an Italian steakhouse, the West Hollywood spot serves up top-notch charcuterie, juicy and tender steaks (the tomahawk is the best in town), and vegetable sides. The steaks are pricey but worth it.

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14. Rao's 1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

The New York bastion of Italian awesomeness gets imported to Hollywood, where Angelenos can nosh on tasty dishes like juicy meatballs and a veal chop w/ hot and sweet chili peppers.

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15. Pearl's Liquor Bar 8909 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Right down the street from The Roxy, Pearl's is a Sunset Strip fixture with three bars and three decks, each impeccably decorated to fit the 1920s theme. The indoor-outdoor rooftop is a safe haven high above the tourist-centric neighborhood featuring a fireplace, ivy-laden ceilings, and views of the Strip. Don't let the "liquor bar" name fool you -- Pearl's puts as much emphasis on its dinner and brunch service -- as it does on its cocktails.

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16. Trois Mec 716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

A unique Hollywood restaurant with a constantly changing menu from the guys behind Animal and LudoBites, Trois Mec does not accept reservations. Instead, you purchase tickets (just like you were going to the theatre or a sporting event), thereby ensuring that Chef Ludo Lefebvre's tasting menu is only enjoyed by those truly there for the total foodie experience.

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17. The Church Key 8730 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

The Church Key gets aggressively inventive with its Asian-influenced interpretations of modern American cuisine. Waiters push dim carts around the dining room featuring small plates that are familiar enough for you to recognize (sweet potato gnocchi, curried chicken pot pie) but exciting enough that some will only appeal to the most adventurous of eaters (pig ear cheetos). Signature cocktails continue to challenge expectations: Negronis come in a can and boozy popsicles are a common sighting.

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18. Warwick 6507 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Tableside cocktails are this joint's jam -- Warwick's got a swanky, old skool-LA vibe with unique libations and a noteworthy crowd on any weekend night.

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19. ink. 8360 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

From celebrity Chef Michael Voltaggio, ink. is set in a minimalist West Hollywood space with a menu flaunting his molecular innovation. Dining here is meant to be an experience, and the restaurant itself is set up like a stage with a glowing open kitchen that lights up the dark, gray dining room. Chef Voltaggio performs his art from his kitchen post, and though he's frequently changing the menu, you can always expect a show... and plenty of wine.

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20. Son Of A Gun 8730 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

The menu at this nautical Melrose spot from chef superstars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal and Jon & Vinny's) is seafood heaven with a fried chicken sandwich thrown in to remind you just how great turf can be, too. It's a hulking masterpiece with a spicy bread & butter pickle slaw and Sriracha aioli. If you're in the mood for surf, go for the trout or the octopus salad.

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21. Animal 435 N Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook's OG restaurant is a stone-cold classic in Los Angeles known for a constantly changing menu that's always creative and never stale. As the name suggests, Animal specializes in head-to-tail eating and meat-centric plates; past and present hits include a bacon crunch chocolate bar, a barbecue pork belly sandwich, and a short rib and bone marrow-blended burger.

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22. Mercado 7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Since opening its first location in Santa Monica, this upscale Mexican eatery has expanded across LA with a second location downtown (and another in Hollywood). Mercado delivers quintessential small and large plates alongside a lengthy cocktail menu in a casual space decked out with colorful artwork. Expect homestyle eats like enchiladas with mole sauce, slow-cooked carnitas, and solid guacamole. More than 70 tequila options will have you beelining for the open air bar.

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23. AOC 8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Mid-Wilshire's A.O.C. is an intimately styled wine bar, with one of the city’s greatest patios, serving world-class Mediterranean small plates and a solid wine list. With wines from all over the world and a cozy and romantic atmosphere, A.O.C. is a great place to bring a first date that you are really looking to impress.

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24. The Hart + The Hunter 7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

Housed inside Melrose's Palihotel, The Hart + the Hunter is a New American restaurant serving Southern-inspired fare (including to-die-for biscuits).

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25. Sycamore Kitchen 143 S La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

A reclaimed red brick house in La Brea, Sycamore Kitchen is a breezy, calm breakfast and lunch spot fitting for king- and queen-sized appetites. Upscale takes on standard brunch fare -- like honey- and sherry-glazed eggs benedict atop fluffy english muffins and their signature Double B-LTA, a balsamic, avocado-stuffed BLT flaunting crispy, fatty pork belly -- make the rounds between recently awoken diners in the barely-decorated inside and lazy Sunday brunch groups on the sun-drenched patio.

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26. Gusto 8432 W 3rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Gusto is a small restaurant serving three courses of gourmet Italian cuisine and a terrific list of regional wines from the homeland and domestically.

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27. Ray's & Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Located at LACMA, this swanky bar and restaurant takes museum dining to new levels with an upscale American menu, killer cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio. Expect wood-fired pizzas, plenty of veggie plates, and classic entrees like a burger with caramelized onions and grilled fish. The Stark Bar has an impressive spirit selection sourced from across the world, and the craft cocktails taste just right at happy hour.

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28. Bow & Truss 11122 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (East Valley)

Bow & Truss is a Spanish restaurant in North Hollywood under the Knitting Factory umbrella. Transformed into a creatively adventurous interior from an old garage, you can enjoy artisanal Latin cuisine and regional Spanish wine in a truly refreshing atmosphere.

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29. Black Market Liquor Bar 11915 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (East Valley)

Black Market's a mid-sized Studio City gastrobistro that's merged the talents of a Top Chef All-Star, the dude from Harvard & Stone, and the former GM at Bardot, with a moody interior that looks like a bar Van Helsing might pre-game at before taking on the Count, featuring intricately paneled windows, a multi-tiered mirrored bar, and a half-dome exposed brick ceiling.

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30. Umami Burbank 4300 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505 (East La)

The Burbank branch of the Umami empire also serves up some sweet Umami-style (read: weird and delicious) dogs.

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31. The Thirsty Crow 2939 W Sunset, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

The Thirsty Crow is the kind of place you'd think your grandfather used to frequent. It's a bourbon-centric bar located in the former truck stop-style drinkery called Stinkers', whose owner capitalized on the elevated tastes (read: above the PBR/Jack Daniels paygrade) of his guests. He gutted, renovated, and re-concepted Stinkers' into The Thirsty Crow, and decked it out with a brand new... vintage feel. The shelves are stocked with over 40 small-batch distills, the music comes from an all-wood, all-vinyl juke box, the bar is lit by antique fixtures, and the walls are lined with weathered photographs. New construction, old-school flavor... like I said, there's no way your grandfather used to come here.

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32. The Glendale Tap 4227 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204 (Glendale)

Sip from 52 taps at The Glendale Tap (everything from the mainstream to small, independent craft beers).

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33. Donut Friend 5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park)

A Donut Friend is the best kind of friend, because said friends lets you create your own donuts. Here, choose from a list of their favorite compilations, or express yourself with unique ingredients like candied lime or BACON.

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34. Sqirl 720 N Virgil Ave, #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

Sqirl single-handedly made Virgil Village a thing, evidenced by the well-deserved line that snakes out its glass doors and around the corner. Its cult following comes for globally inspired breakfast and lunch dishes at this small, minimalist-chic, vegan-friendly cafe, including a sorrel pesto rice bowl, seared polenta, and seasonal specials like a smoked whitefish tartine and buckwheat pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, you really should make Sqirl your brunch go-to, when it hits a sweet spot between healthy (“Kabbouleh” with crispy brown rice, kale, cauliflower, and sumac) and indulgent (Guittard chocolate and hazelnut butter on thick-cut brioche toast). Make sure you take some homemade, sustainable jam to go, too.

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35. Allumette 1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Located in Echo Park, Allumette is the brainchild of Chef Miles Thompson, with owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna expanding on the idea of "apartment dining". Ignore the lack of decor and focus on the food, which could single-handedly trump just about every Top Chef there ever was.

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36. 41Ocean 1541 Ocean Ave, #150-160, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

An exclusive Santa Monica member's club, 41 Ocean sports old Hollywood decor alongside modern amenities like an indoor lounge area that doubles as a rentable private screening room.

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37. Water Grill Santa Monica 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Santa Monica outpost of this classic seafoodery is slinging the same quality fishes and epic raw-bar bites.

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38. Superba Snack Bar 533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This Venice cafe sports a modern interior and a cozy front patio with complimentary poncho blankets (!). Expect to eat (fried duck eggs and chorizo or ricotta meatballs with pickled jalapeño salsa), drink (beer, sangria, and 30+ wines), and seriously brunch (sunny-side-up eggs paired with duck pastrami).

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39. South End 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)

This romantic pizzeria and wine bar slings gourmet pizza from a Mozza vet, in Venice.

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40. Fishing with Dynamite 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (South Bay)

Another LeFevre gem (MB Post, Arthur J), Fishing With Dynamite serves up some of the most succulent seafood in the South Bay. We’re talking still-kicking shellfish and tender octopus, as well as more inventive dishes like their creamy, flavor-packed Koshihikari rice and a must-try pretzel and chocolate bread pudding.

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41. Little Sister 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Combining Euro styles and Southeast Asian spices, this Manhattan Beach staple turns out some serious shanks -- all of which are caramelized, red vinegar glazed, and peanut-scallion topped with a persimmon side. There’s never a quiet moment at this upscale spot, meaning zero awkward silences for you and your date. Go here for the stellar food (like pork belly crepes and lemongrass beef noodles) as much as for the relaxed-yet-hip vibe.

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42. Public School 310 9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

An American gastropub, Public School 310 has a strong list of craft beers on tap to wash down hearty dishes like lamb bolognese.

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43. Daikokuya 327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

A mainstay in the ramen culture of LA (some may even argue that it started the trend), Daikokuya has been serving long lines of customers for years, satisfying them with its straightforward and scrumptious bowls of chewy noodles and rich broth, plus some stupid-good gyoza. Walk inside and you'll feel as though you've entered a bare-bones side-street shop in Tokyo. Slightly grungy and reverberating the sounds of loud Japanese orders and greetings, the space has red booths for you and your friends to squeeze into, and some counter seating, too.

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44. The Corner Door 12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Culver City)

Get ready for an eclectic range of ace cocktails -- shaken, stirred, and on-tap -- at this Culver City favorite. The lineup ranges from the smoky Taco Truck with mezcal, pineapple, and cinnamon-infused Campari to the Jesse Pink Gin with gin, bitters, coconut liqueur, and orgeat. Don't miss out on their seasonal hits either, like the Goonies menu with the whisky-hazelnut-cacao combo of the Truffle Shuffle and the rye-espresso-coconut of the Mama Fratelli. With a knockout food menu from Birch’s Brendan Collins, you'll want to stay put for a few rounds.

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45. Hinoki & The Bird 10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (Century City)

At Hinoki & The Bird, executive chef Brandon Kida spotlights travel-inspired cuisine at this modern, Californian restaurant. Cosmopolitan dishes -- such as Japanese curry arancini, Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Scottish salmon -- create a global menu with healthful sensibilities.

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46. Workshop Kitchen And Bar 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Workshop Kitchen and Bar is an American restaurant in Palm Springs. Local farm-sourced ingredients factor heavily into the food menu, and the same goes for their fresh, refreshing in-house made cocktails.

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47. Laurel Tavern 11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (Glendale)

This Studio City gastropub focuses on hearty comfort food and a mix of cocktails, craft beers, and fine wine. The pub-style burgers (aka thick and juicy) come in six varieties that range from BBQ to bacon blue cheese, so you'll have no trouble finding the ideal burger for your tastes. Oh, and there are three kinds of fries (regular, gravy, and chili-cheese). Craving a burger and fries? Done and done.

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