La Descarga-Los Angeles

La Descarga-Los Angeles

What: La Descarga

Where: Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

La Descarga is an exclusive speakeasy in Los Angeles.  Ethan took me here last month, and I’ve heard so many great things about the club that I was super excited to go and check it out.  The club itself exceeded expectations, and it renewed my love for hidden bars and speakeasies in Los Angeles.

Getting In

Guests need reservations to enter the club, and they can be made either on the website or by calling directly.  I suggest that you call at least a week prior to ensure that the club is not at capacity.  There is a small neon sign advertising the lounge.  The entry door sits behind a taco stand and has a single security guard checking for ID and reservations.  After your reservation is confirmed, patrons are led up a stairway to a hostess.  She sits at a simple desk and will welcome you to the lounge.

After your welcome, the hostess opens a closet on the side of the room and pushes aside the coats and dresses on hangars.  This reveals a red velvet curtain.  When the curtain is pushed aside, it leads into the top part of the lounge.  A short hallway and staircase leads guests to the main floor of the bar.  The entire presentation of the entry into La Descarga was exciting and like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

The Club

The main bar has reserved seating areas and standing room only.  They are known for their specialty cocktails.  There is a smoking room in the back that has a bar that serves standard cocktails.  Bar seating in the back room is on a first-come first-served basis.  Tables are by reservation only, but guests can sit at the table until the party that reserved comes to claim them.  Cigars and cigarettes are allowed in the room since there is ventilation to the outdoors via the roof.

The shows are scheduled hourly and last about fifteen minutes.  When we were there, there was a burlesque show and live band.  The saxophone player came down the steps and played in the crowd, which was unique.  He also coordinated the show with the dancer.  This was one of the best burlesque shows that I’ve seen at a speakeasy.  We ended up spending about 3.5 hours here, and we could’ve spent the entire night here if we didn’t get hungry and decide to leave!  If you have a bigger party, I strongly suggest that you call as early as possible to reserve a table and ensure your party can stay together in the main bar area.

The Crowd

La Descarga is an upscale club with a dress code.  The entire dress code can be viewed online, and security reserves the right to turn guests away at the door if they do not comply with the rules.  Men wore jackets, and all women were in cocktail dresses and heels.  Around showtime, the main floor became shoulder-to-shoulder crowded.  I suggest that you make your way to the main room at least twenty minutes to half-an-hour in advance of showtimes to ensure you have standing room to enjoy the show.

Cost

We ended up spending about $15 per drink, which seemed very reasonable for Los Angeles.  I tried two different specialty cocktails, and both of them tasted amazing.

La Descarga Information

1159 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 466-1324

ladescargala.com

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The Lighthouse Cafe-South Bay

The Lighthouse Cafe-South Bay

What: The Lighthouse Cafe

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Where: South Bay

For: Ages 21+

The Lighthouse Café is Ethan and my go-to place if we want to eat and enjoy a live band.  Another plus is that it was one of the sets for the movie La La Land.  The vibe is always vibrant when you walk into the café.  The security, hostesses and servers are personable and nice.  It’s a great place to go when you want to have a casual night in the South Bay.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is open until 1:00am every night of the week, which makes this bar the place to go if you want a late-night meal.  The café is open for special events as well (please check the website).  Unfortunately, the aesthetics of the food that comes out is definitely lacking and makes the trays look very sad.  That being said, the food is actually pretty good, and it’s a great environment to eat some American food in.

La La Land

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone filmed many scenes over four days at The Lighthouse Café.   If you go outside, you can witness an iconic scene with the two characters standing next to each other in front of a neon sign advertising the Café.  I loved that the movie included jazz and the special lighthouse stained glass in the background.  An interesting thing is that the Lighthouse still has one of the clocks from the movie in the restaurant that (apparently) the director has been trying to get back. Another interesting tidbit is that the Hermosa Beach chamber teamed up with Hollywood two years ago to transform the Hermosa Beach Pier into a La La Land-themed pier.  They played jazz music and allowed guests to take Instagram-worty pictures on the pier.

The Bar

The Lighthouse Café is the best place to go if you’re interested in listening to Jazz in Hermosa Beach. Security checks ID after 9:30pm and gives you a stamp for in-and-out privileges.  There is sometimes a cover charge of $5 to $10 per guest depending on which live band is playing that night.  There is a small dance floor in the middle of the tables.  Tables and booths for dining line the outside area of the bar and there are many spaces to sit at the bar tables if you’re interested in getting up close and personal with the bartenders.

The Crowd

The age range for the guests varies.  Many times, groups meet here to celebrate birthdays.  A great thing is that the bands generally come into the crowd during breaks and dance with the patrons.

Cost

The Lighthouse Café is very affordable.  Drinks range from $6-$15 each.  Happy hour is available daily (please check the website for more information).  Dinner rang in at about $12 to $16 per plate, which is a steal in Hermosa Beach.  We will continually come back to The Lighthouse Café for dinner, drinks and dancing.

The Lighthouse Cafe Information

30 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 376-9833

thelighthousecafe.net

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Melisse-Santa Monica

Melisse-Santa Monica

What: Melisse

Where: Santa Monica

For: Ages 18+

For my birthday, Ethan surprised me by taking me to my first Michelin Starred Restaurant (two Michelin Stars).  Melisse is a French restaurant with a preset menu crafted by Chef Josiah Citrin.  Although it’s very expensive, it made for a night to remember.

The Restaurant

With Melisse situated in Santa Monica, parking is hard to come by.  I suggest you take an Uber or Lyft to the restaurant.  I did see a valet service parking patrons’ cars in the back of the restaurant.  When you walk in, you’re immediately treated like a VIP.  The tables have white tablecloths and there is a setting with many utensils (I wasn’t sure which fork to use first).  The restaurant exudes a chic ambiance of the French theme.  Ornate décor and chandeliers with soft lighting sets the mood for your dining experience.  The servers introduce themselves and every dish that you will be having that night.  You must make reservations online or by calling the restaurant.  I suggest making reservations as soon as possible, minimally three weeks in advance.

There are options of a four-course, seven-course and ten-course menu at Melisse.  If you opt for the ten-course menu, expect to spend at least two hours in the restaurant.  We had the seven-course menu and were in the restaurant for an hour and a half.  The menus are constantly rearranged and updated, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date dining options.

The Food

Although the serving size seems small, the dishes at Melisse really fill you up.  My favorite dish was the caviar egg that came out on an intricate platter.  My other favorite was the pasta with truffles (the truffles are a significant amount more cost-wise).  There were some plates that I generally would not order or try, but I ate everything that was put in front of me.  I felt like each part of the meal was better than the last.  I couldn’t even finish the dessert that was brought out.  This is definitely a restaurant to go to for the complete fine-dining experience.

The Crowd

Everyone was dressed to the nines here.  Men came in suits with ties and jackets.  I wore my Christian Louboutin heels and cocktail dress.  The age range is 18+ because of the atmosphere.  The servers were very knowledgeable about every dish and wine pairing.  They even bagged up our desserts to take home.  Since we went for my birthday, they brought out a special dessert dish and tied our menu up in a sweet reminder of our date.

Cost

Since Melisse is a fine-dining restaurant, you should expect to spend a pretty penny.  Each of us had the pre-fixed menu and two drinks (four total) with a receipt upwards of $600.  I did order truffles (extra $50) on one of my dishes that pushed the bill up (although it was so worth it).  I do know that the yearly DineLA menu includes Melisse for $99 per person (varies yearly).

Melisse Information

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310)395-0881

melisse.com

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Skyloft-Laguna Beach

Skyloft-Laguna Beach

What: Skyloft

Where: Laguna Beach

For: All Ages/21+ at Night

I’ve been going to Skyloft since I turned 21 (I grew up in Orange County).  The most recent time we stopped by was for my 10-year high school reunion in May of this year. It is not only a great American restaurant with rooftop seating, but it turns into a club at night with live bands, a dance floor and huge main bar.

The Restaurant

Skyloft is on the second floor of a building in Laguna Beach.  It includes the entire second floor of the building and the rooftop deck.  Half of the second floor is dedicated to restaurant seating.  Patrons can walk upstairs to the roof for outdoor restaurant seating that has heaters at night when it gets cooler by the beach.  Guests can go to Skyloft for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Happy Hour.  A kids’ menu is offered for the littlest diners.  Food is an eclectic mix of American food, and menus can be acceded on Skyloft’s website.

The Main Bar

The Main Bar is on the main level and has 12 TVs throughout the room.  Décor is modern and clean, and the bar is three hundred-sixty degrees accessible.  Barstools surround the bar with cocktail tables and small lounge areas lining the walls.  A large selection of craft beers on tap along with a full bar are offered.

Nightlife

A security guard starts checking identification at the entrance of the restaurant starting at 9:00pm.  In the room attached to the main bar on the main level is a stage area.  Every Tuesday night there is a comedy night.  Cocktail tables for standing room along with sit down seating are around the stage and dance floor area.  Small booths for parties are on two sides of the walls. Live music is offered on the main floor six nights per week.  The dance area gets busy later in the night on Fridays and Saturdays.  The upstairs outdoor area is open during the night, and guests can go up to get some fresh air before resuming dancing the night away.

The Crowd

The crowd is more dressed up in true Laguna Beach Style.  A mix of younger and older patrons come to Skyloft, and Skyloft shuttles give free transportation to guests within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant.  Beach attire is not allowed.

Cost

Lunch and dinner costs approximately $20 to $25 per person (excluding drinks).  Lunch combos are offered at specific times (please check the website).  Happy Hour is 3:00pm until close on Monday and 3:00pm to 6:00pm from Tuesday through Friday.  Late Night Happy Hour is offered Sunday through Wednesday from 10:00pm until close.  Tuesday Comedy Night Tickets are $20 for VIP seated tickets and $10 for standing room tickets.  Drinks cost $12 to $15 per drink depending on what is ordered.

Skyloft Information

422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 2651

(949) 715-1550

skyloftoc.com

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Tapas Flavors of Spain-Mission Viejo

Tapas Flavors of Spain-Mission Viejo

What: Tapas Flavors of Spain

Where: Mission Viejo

For: All Ages/21+ after 9:00pm

Last weekend, Ethan and I went with my parents to Tapas Flavors of Spain to celebrate their 32 year wedding anniversary.  Located in Kaleidoscope off of the 5 freeway, I was very excited to come here since I’ve grown up in the area my entire life.  Kaleidoscope has always been a quiet mall with a small amount of traffic, so the fact that there was a club that opened on the main floor made our visit very interesting.  Please remember that Ethan and I also went to a similar Spanish flamenco show in Long Beach called Sevilla…and I strongly believe that Tapas was a better value with the show and food.  Club wise, however, I would lean toward Sevilla.

My dad dancing with one of the flamenco dancers on stage.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is Spanish themed and includes tables around a dance floor.  A full service bar is on the left side of the restaurant, and the dance floor includes a raised stage where we watched the flamenco dancers and band.  We ordered four appetizers and two entrees, which filled up four people.  The restaurant accommodates around 300 people, and all of the tables were completely occupied when we came at 7:45pm for our reservation on a Saturday night.  Reservations can be made on Yelp or the restaurant website, and you will receive text messages notifications on your phone reminding you of your reservation a couple days prior. We ordered all dishes tapas style (compare to family-style where each guest eats a little bit of every dish) from the restaurant, and we were not disappointed in our food or service.   All of the food is authentic Spanish cuisine, and it definitely tasted better than the comparable Sevilla that we visited in Long Beach.  Happy Hour is also offered on the bar and patio at specific dates and times (refer to the website).

The Show

Tapas Flavors of Spain used to be located in Newport Beach and has recently (as of January 2018) relocated to Mission Viejo.  The show started promptly at 8:00pm and went until 9:00pm with no intermission.  The band and dancers really felt like they transported you to Spain.  Their talent was undeniable.  At the end of the show, one of the female dancers invited my dad on stage.  This was quite the pleasant surprise, and our entire party enjoyed the audience participation.  The dancers even changed their clothes after the show and danced with the patrons on the floor when the DJ was brought up, which made the experience feel very intimate.

The Club

The club started after the flamenco show ended at 9:00pm.  At this time there is also security at the door checking identification and requiring a cover charge.  If you want to leave and re-enter, make sure that you get a stamp on your wrist.  There is an outdoor patio area for smokers.  There is also a small taco window on the patio where you can order chicken tacos and top them with a variety of foods.  We ordered 4 chicken tacos and paid $7 before loading them up with toppings.  It was a great way to fix our hunger pangs later in the night, and we ate our tacos while watching people dance inside the club.  The club consisted of a DJ spinning Latin and top 40 music.  It wasn’t as crowded as we anticipated on a Saturday night, and we thought that the club was only filled a quarter to capacity.  Make sure to check the website to see any special events or DJs.  The club is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00pm to 1:30am.

The Crowd

The crowd varied in age.  Ethan, my parents and I all felt like we were blending in, as there was a distinct mix of people attending.  Some families attended dinner and the flamenco show before leaving when the club opened.  Multiple birthdays were being celebrated.  When the club started, the younger group cleared out leaving room for the adults.  My parents danced the night away on the dance floor and went home exhausted but happy.

Cost

Please refer to my post on Sevilla in Long Beach, where it cost $200 for two people to enjoy dinner and a show.  Tapas Flavors of Spain only cost $94 (excluding alcohol) for four people, which included dinner, a show and entry into the club.   This was the best value for our money spent, and we all left very happy with our experience at Tapas Flavors of Spain.

My dad still happily dancing on stage.

Tapas Flavors of Spain Information

27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 367-0373

tapasflavorsofspain.net

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The Comedy & Magic Club-Hermosa Beach

The Comedy & Magic Club-Hermosa Beach

What: The Comedy & Magic Club

Where: Hermosa Beach

For: Ages 18+

Ethan and I have been to the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach on numerous occasions.  At the Club, you can watch comedy headliners performing famous stand up, or you can watch a variety of comedians some and perform 10-minute sets each.  We have rarely seen a magician on stage.

The Club

To enter the club, we always buy tickets online.  There is a calendar where you can see which comedian or magician is performing.  There is also a will-call window where you can buy tickets if there is availability that night.  A security guard checks your reservation and identification at the door.  The club is open Tuesdays through Sundays (check the calendar for special events and show times).  All seats are on a first come, first served basis.  Sometimes we have been able to get great seats in the front of the stage.  Other times we have to share a table with another couple or party.  There are booths in the back for larger groups.  Limited rooftop parking is available, and with the plethora of restrictions on street signs I recommend that patrons take an Uber or Lyft over.  Keep in mind that the club is very dark, so make sure to look where you’re stepping and going.  The table seating on the floor can get packed, which makes it difficult to get up and walk around once you’re seated.

The Food

There is a two item per person minimum in the club.  The two items can be a combination of things (i.e. two drinks, a drink and dessert, two entrees, etc.).  The applewood smoked mac and cheese and hot spinach & artichoke dip are our favorites.  If you order one of these entrees to share, it can feed two people.  Servers come around before the show and during the show.  The check is brought out about 10 minutes prior to the end of the show.  Drinks, Appetizers, Salads, Pastas, Entrees and Desserts are all offered to guests.

The Performers

As the venue states, a variety of comedians and magicians come to this club to perform.  Jay Leno comes almost every Sunday (you can tell by the different classic car that parks in the front of the club on Sunday afternoons.  Ethan and I generally come on the weekend for the 10-comedian show.  Some of the comedians are hit and miss depending on the type of comedy.  Make sure to check the show schedule online to see who will be performing.  Every time we have gone to the Comedy & Magic Club, we have left satisfied with the show.

Posters of Famous Comedians Line the Walls.

The Crowd

The dress code is casual, although beach attire is not allowed.  A strict age limit of 18 and above is enforced, with security at the door checking IDs.  The crowd has always been a great audience for the performer(s).  There’s always one or two hecklers that the comedians have to overcome.  Most people are dressed very casually, as it is just a block away from Hermosa Beach.

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Cost

Salads run from $16.00 to $19.00,  Entrees range from $19.00 to $30.00, Pastas are from $14.00 to $19.00, with Desserts ranging from $5.50 to $9.50.  Appetizers are $13.50 to $16.00 and   Drinks are $10.50 to $12.00.  The cost for entry into the club ranges from $10 per person to $20 per person depending on the show for the night.  Famous headliners can drive the cost of admission up.

Jerry Seinfield’s Puffy  Shirt

The Comedy & Magic Club Information

1018 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 372-1193

comedyandmagicclub.com

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The Shade Hotel-Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Shade Hotel-Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

What: Shade Hotel

Skydeck

Where: Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

For: Ages 21+

Ethan and I came to the Shade Hotel twice, once for New Years and once for Valentine’s Day.  Both times we had a wonderful time and there were many things to do and see.  Unfortunately, we didn’t ever stay at the hotel, but we are planning on doing this for an upcoming staycation.  For New Years, they transformed all of the public spaces into a ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme with poker tables and an outdoor cigar lounge.

Ethan and Me at The Shade Hotel for New Years 2017.

The Hotel

The Hotel is very modern and upscale.  Each time we came here we dressed up very formally and didn’t feel out of place at all.  The hotel itself is only a few blocks from the bustling downtown Manhattan Beach nightlife and main street.  Valet parking is offered at the entrance. There is a rooftop Skydeck with bar and relaxation pool offered to guests.  With the location only 5 miles from LAX, this would be a perfect space for tourists to come and enjoy one of the nicest cities in the South Bay.

Zinc and Skydeck

During the summer there are pool parties on the Skydeck with a $20 cover per person.  The parties include hand-crafted cocktails on the rooftop, and bottle service is optional.   At night, the staff turns on the firepits at the Skydeck, and cocktails are served for guests to sip while lounging on the beautifully decorated deck.  Happy hours during the week are also offered, with drinks ranging from $4 to $8 each.  A DJ is hired on Friday and Saturday nights in the downstairs Zinc Lounge.

There is a main restaurant called Zinc that covers the Terrace and Lounge and offers small plates.  At the Lounge, I had appetizers on a Saturday night and sipped martinis at the bar while watching sports on one of the many TVs.  Cocktail tables and lounge chairs are in the Terrace and Lounge for guests as well.  A small dance floor sits in front of the DJ table.

The Crowd

Many parties seemed to be celebrating birthdays or special occasions.  As I said before, this is a place that you dress to the nines to experience.  The DJ’s music is a mix of Hip Hop, Top 40 and House.

Cost

The New Years party cost $100 per person and included appetizers, a champagne toast, gambling, tokens, etc.  I spent $15 on a small plate of food while sitting at the bar in the Lounge.  If you don’t go for Happy Hour, expect to spend $15 for one cocktail.

Shade Hotel Information

1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546-4995

mb.shadehotel.com

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The Edison-DTLA

The Edison-DTLA

What: The Edison

The Ember Parlor

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

This weekend, Ethan and I finished our June 2018 Staycation in Downtown Los Angeles, and The Edison was our first stop.  You enter this themed bar through an alleyway and are led down a stairway to a speakeasy in the basement of a business building filled with ornate décor, a burlesque show and silent movies playing on screens.

Antique Industrial Decor 

The Theme

The Edison is an eclectic mix of science, art and industry.  The 1920’s theme is apparent from the second you walk in.  A two-story chandelier made of naked hanging light bulbs leads you down two sets of stairs to the bottom floor of the speakeasy.  Women please note that the floor is very slippery, and I felt my heels sliding under me (it’s a wonder I didn’t fall!).  There are urban industrial machines around the restaurant.  Seating areas range from tables to lounge chairs with dim lighting.  Three movie screens line the walls of the dance floor area with silent movies playing.  A DJ booth sits to the right of the stage overlooking a dance floor for guests that stay later into the night.  Even the bathroom area has a working industrial gold sink where guests can wash their hands.  For smokers, there is an indoor smoking area on the first floor where you can bring your cocktails and smoke while sitting in a plush lounge area with shoe shine station.  Large fans pull the smoke out from the room to the outside.  The theme is very well put together, making for a great intimate setting in this hidden speakeasy.

Chest of Absinthe Shots

The Restaurant

You are able to make reservations online or by calling The Edison (information below).  Check the website for times that you can call for a reservation, as there are specific time slots that the restaurant is open to accept calls.  After 7:00pm, there is a food and beverage minimum of $25 per person on Wednesdays and Thursdays and minimum of $50 per person minimum on Fridays and Saturdays.  Please Note that if you get a drink at the bar, it can not be transferred over to your reservation or used as a contribution to your minimum.  We weren’t too pleased with finding this out since we were considering making a reservation for a table.  There is an 18% gratuity that is applied to parties with 6 or more guests.  If you do not have a reservation, there is a cover charge of $10 per person and you are only offered standing room areas.  Dining areas include The Generator Lounge (sit down area), The Music Room, The Ember Parlor, The Game Room, and The Tesla Lounge (all four are for reservation only for private parties).  The Well is a seated lounge area.

Real Generators in the Generator Lounge

Drinks are about $15 each, with specialized cocktails.  There are two bars: the Main Bar (wheelchair accessible) and the Lab Bar.  The food served is American themed, with appetizers starting at $9 and entrees going up to about $40 per person.  There are cost differences for other food offerings, and the entire menu is available on The Edison’s website.  There was a lady dressed as a fairy walking around with a cart that held a box filled with little vials of absinthe shots (not real absinthe, but she swore it was the strength of a high proof tequila).  Ethan and I decided to try it for $11.  It tasted like black liquorice and I ended up giving the small bottle to Ethan to finish since I didn’t like the aftertaste.  The bottle was so cute that I carried it around in my clutch the entire night and it’s now at our home.

Taking the Absinthe Shot

The Show

The show takes places on the stage in The Lab at 10:00pm. 11:00pm and 12:00pm.  Although shows vary  (see the events calendar on The Edison’s website), the bar is known for its burlesque performance.  We were pleased to find that we didn’t need to have a seated reservation to view the show.  We merely walked from where we were standing to the center of the dance floor to watch.  There were four girls dressed in burlesque outfits dancing to four nicely choreographed songs.  The performance was about 20 minutes, and Ethan and I agreed that it was a nice addition to the atmosphere.

Ethan Lounging in one of the Antique Chairs

The Crowd

We arrived here around 9:20pm and it was not crowded.  All of the seating areas were reserved for guests, so it was standing room only.  Although people gathered around the dance floor to watch the burlesque show on the stage, there was plenty of room for everyone.  Groups of people came together dressed in 1920’s garb, which was nice to see.  Most of the crowd was 20- and 30-year-olds.  Please check the website regarding dress code, as the door is able to turn away people who do not abide by the rules of The Edison.

The Shared Metal Sink in the Bathroom

Cost

We paid $20 for admission and $34 for two drinks plus the $11 for the “absinthe” shot.  Overall, we were happy with spending $65 out of pocket for drinks and a show in this speakeasy.  For those making reservations, you should expect to spend a minimum of $100 depending on what type of food and how many drinks you order.  This is a great place that I would love to come back to for a special occasion.

The Edison Information

108 W. 2nd Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 613-0000

edisondowntown.com

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Crane’s Downtown Bar-DTLA

Crane’s Bar Downtown-DTLA

What: Crane’s Bar Downtown

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

One of our stops on this weekends’ staycation was Crane’s Downtown Bar. If you are looking to get away from the overpriced drinks and flashy Los Angeles starlets, this is the place for you.

Walk through a bank vault to enter the bar.

The Bar

Crane’s Bar Downtown is in the basement of a high-rise business building.  There is a small neon sign outside that points you towards two flights of stairs towards a bank vault.  There is a bouncer that checks your ID prior to letting you into the dimly lit bar.  There are seating areas to your right when you walk in, and there are booths on your left.  Bar stools line the bar that has shelves of hard liquor back lit by neon lights.  A DJ and small dance floor are on the far side of the bar.  We could see a small private room in the back.  The music was great, and we would have probably stayed longer if we weren’t dressed up in fancy attire.  Since we like dive bars, we’ll keep this bar in the back of our mind for when we come to Los Angeles for a more casual night out.

The Drinks

If you want the best bang for your buck then this is the place for you.  For one Tito’s and Red Bull it was $11…and it was mostly Tito’s with just a splash of Red Bull.  For the value and strength of the drinks, we ended up staying for two rounds.  We also enjoyed the friendliness of the bartender and the great music that the DJ was playing.  Apparently this is the place to be for Happy Hour as well…check out the menu below!

The Crowd

Since we were dressed for a night out on the town, we felt too overdressed for Crane’s.  There were a few regulars on the bar stools and quite a few people came in and out during our stay.  The novelty of the bar being in an old bank vault was originally what drew us there, so we probably won’t be back unless we were planning to start our night here or have a casual night out.

Cost

As I said before, strong drinks were only $11.  Different beers were offered on tap for $6, and a menu was written in chalk on peg boards nailed to the wall that can be updated periodically.

Crane’s Downtown Bar Information

810 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(323) 787-7966

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The Penthouse-Santa Monica

The Penthouse-Santa Monica

What: The Penthouse

Where: Santa Monica

For: Ages 21+

Ethan and I came here last year for our two-year anniversary.  We love going to Santa Monica, and he had a special place picked out for us to spend our night as a surprise.  We stayed here for about four hours and had an amazing time in the upscale restaurant and cocktail lounge in the Huntley Hotel.

The Restaurant

The restaurant has ocean views and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to guests.  Make sure to check the website for availability.  To enter the Penthouse, you need to walk through the lobby of the Huntely Hotel.  When we went, we had to wait in a line for the bouncers to check our IDs and lead us up to the elevator.  When we arrived, there was a beautifully modern themed restaurant with gorgeous ocean views.  We thoroughly enjoyed watching the sunset.  We didn’t have a chance to experience the restaurant here, although we were able to sit at some of the tables to chat over a cocktail.  There was ample seating available on the left side of the restaurant when you walk out of the elevator.

The Lounge

This opulent lounge turns into a club atmosphere at night.  The restaurant tables are put away and a DJ starts playing modern music in front of a dance floor.  It was very easy to get drinks, as the bar spanned 360 degrees.  A free photo booth was offered for guests in the back of the bar, which is where we took our anniversary photo (don’t judge…we had a few drinks prior to this photo being taken!).  There was ample seating in the back-right area of the lounge when the dance floor became crowded later on during the night.

Our awesome photo booth anniversary picture.

The Crowd

The crowd was comprised of mostly 20- to 30- somethings.  Everyone was dressed nicely as if they were going to an upscale restaurant.  Women were in dresses and heels whereas men wore slacks with a jacket.  The workers and bartenders were also dressed to the nines.

Cost

You can expect to spend $15-$20 per person for breakfast, $20 to $25 for brunch, $20-$30 for lunch and $30 to $50 for dinner at the Penthouse.  Dessert is around $15 for a shared order, while lounge starters range from $15-$30.  All pricing excludes drinks, which would add approximately $15 per drink to your bill.

The Penthouse Information

111 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

(855) 998-5323

thehuntlyhotel.com/penthouse

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