The 12 things you absolutely must do in LA this Spring

Published On 02/05/2014 Published On 02/05/2014
Andrew Zimmer
LA Beer Fest
LA Wine Fest
Tom Bergin's
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1. LA LIVE 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The unstoppable fun chimera of downtown, LA LIVE is the mega entertainment district combining night clubs, restaurants, music venues, movie theaters, museums, and even, yes, a bowling alley. See (and taste) the action for yourself at the All-Star Chef Classic, where 25 chefs will explode palates at the all new, never-before-seen Restaurant Stadium. What's a Restaurant Stadium? Find out March 21st-23rd.

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2. Vaucluse 8210 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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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3. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Some trends deserved to die out after the fifties (looking at you, sock hops), but drive-ins are forever. Hit up Electric Dusk and let the good times roll -- in the car with some snacks, of course. And if you roll on Shabbos, check out their screening of The Big Lebowski on March 29th.

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4. LA Center Studios 1201 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Lights? Check. Cameras? Check. Action? Double check. This fully functional studio pulls quadruple duty outfitted with a spa, fitness center, and screening rooms. Quintuple duty if you count the LA Beer Fest, coming to Center Studios on April 5th.

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5. Brokechella Downtown LA, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Taking over downtown and flipping the bird to the desert concert of a similar name, Brokechella takes all the fun of seeing live music and combines it with all the fun of not spending all of your money to see live music. In their fourth year, these guys know how to do a good time on a thin dime -- see it for yourself soon-to-be-announced venues in downtown LA on April 19th.

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6. Broadway Bar 830 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Broadway, located right next to the Orpheum, brings the deco charm with enough multi-tiered cocktail lounges and mezzanine bars to make a flapper blush. But stop doing the charleston and start doing the samba during Fiesta Broadway on April 27th, a celebration of Latin culture on a grande scale.

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7. Tom Bergin's 840 S Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tom Bergin's is one of the city's most beloved bars, and perhaps the most legit Irish Pub on the planet (outside of Ireland, of course) what with being the inventors of the Irish Coffee. Head here for a classy, relaxing, and authentic Irish experience.

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8. Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

You don't get more Tinseltown cred than Raleigh Studios: planted in the middle of Melrose Ave and directly across from Hollywood Forever Funeral Home, this institution's been in more movies and television shows than John Wayne. It's the largest independent studio operator in the country, offering sound stage, office and support space. It is also the longest continuously operating studio in the country.

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9. TCL Chinese Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Some Hollywood beauties lose their glow and fade into obscurity. The TCL Chinese Theater is not one of those. Recently renovated, this icon is ready for its close up. Be sure to drop/fly/web-sling by in May for Hero Complex, a celebration of sci-fi classics featuring Q&A's with the directors.

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10. LA Comedy Festival 916 A North Formosa Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90046

LA being the center of the entertainment universe, it makes sense that it would be home to one of the largest showcases of improv, sketch, standup and shorts that is the LA Comedy Fest at the Let Live Theater from April 24th to May 4th. Also, "laughter" has LA in it, so there's that, too.