Little Damage – DTLA

Little Damage – DTLA

Ethan enjoying his ice cream

What: Little Damage

Where: Downtown LA

For: All Ages

Little Damage is a family-owned ice cream shop right in the heart of Los Angeles.  Known for it’s black ice cram and black cones, its creations are an Instagram Lover’s dream.  After following the shop for a while on social media, Ethan and I decided to try it out for ourselves and were pleasantly surprised.

Black Ice Cream with Activated Black Charcoal Cone

The Ice Cream

When we came to Little Damage, it was around Halloween, so they had ice cream options/colors/toppings that fit with the holiday.  It wasn’t very busy when we walked in around 2:00pm on a Sunday, so we were able to chat with the staff while sampling different flavors of ice cream.  What I really enjoyed about our experience was that all of the ice cream is hand-made every day with organic ingredients.  There is always a vegan option available for patrons who are dairy free.  Also, those awesome-looking black cones are made with activated charcoal and created fresh in-store. 

My Ice Cream!

Ethan and I chose two different Halloween-themed ice creams and went into the photo booth (free!) to take pictures.  We loved how our ice cream looked so much that we had to take pictures of it around the store.  The only problem that we had was that the ice cream and cones were so rich and large that we were only able to eat about half of both before we were completely full.

Flavors Vary Seasonally

The Crowd

The crowd varies in Los Angeles.  During the work week, there are more adults and during the weekend there are more families and younger adults.  The great thing was that whenever I saw someone walking around with a black ice cream cone, I knew exactly where they came from!

Beautiful Cups of Ice Cream


Each ice cream with waffle cone cost us $7, so you can expect to spend less than $10 per person when you come here.  I definitely suggest everyone check out Little Damage if they are in Downtown Los Angeles…if not for the amazing tasting ice cream than for the photo opportunities!

Ice Cream Taco

Little Damage Information

700 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 628 – 3443

Little Sister-DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Little Sister-DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

What: Little Sister

Where: DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

For: All Ages

One of my favorite restaurants to go for Southeast Asian cuisine (more Vietnamese centric, but still Asian-Fusion).  I had a restaurant a few blocks away from my office in DTLA, and I loved it so much that I had to take Ethan to the one in Manhattan Beach.

The Restaurant

The vibe of Little Sister is intimate and modern.  The lights are always down low, and there is a small dining area with tables and chairs.  A communal table that sits about twelve people is offered in the restaurant for guests that don’t mind sharing their seating area.  A bar area is available for guests to dine and drink on bar stools.  A full range of drinks are offered.

All of the dishes are made to be shared family-style.  There is a large amount of food that comes out on the plates, so I had to take food home almost every time.  The shaky shaky beef is a must have.  It’s perfectly cooked, has almost zero fat and the sauce is melt-in-your mouth delicious.  I personally love any type of the noodles.  You can check online for the menu that changes seasonally.

The Crowd

Little sister is a very popular restaurant, so it’s always smart to make a reservation.  The wait time can be up to an hour.  Patrons need to make sure that their entire party is present prior to being seated.  Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant.  Seating is very close together, so it’s harder to get around if you need to get up and go to the restroom.


The food is a little more expensive for dishes.  Expect to spend a minimum of $20-$25 per person here for lunch and $30 for dinner, not including drinks.  Keep in mind that there’s a 3% surcharge added onto the final bill.

Little Sister Information

Manhattan Beach: 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 545-2096

DTLA: 523 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 628-3146

Redondo Beach: 247 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(424) 398-0237

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Little Sister, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar-Multiple Locations

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar-Multiple Locations

What: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Where: Multiple Locations

For: All Ages

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is a novelty sushi bar that has a conveyor belt that delivers sushi directly to your table.  It’s completely automated and offers all types of foods to patrons.  Wait times can be up to 90 minutes in the South Bay Kura since it’s a fairly new restaurant.

The Restaurant

When you get into the restaurant, you have a panel next to your table that allows you to order.  The waitress only served to get us drinks and take away plates.  Various appetizers, sushi and chicken were offered on a conveyer belt that goes around the entire restaurant.  There is a small sign before each type of food so you knew what was being served on the plates.  Don’t worry if you don’t grab the plate you want when it first comes around!  There are many opportunities to grab the food.

Kura’s Ninja Cartoon that gives you a prize after consuming 15 plates.

If you don’t find something you want on the conveyor belt, you can use the order panel to choose what type of food you want.  You’ll hear a dinging sound when your food is ready, and an order belt brings your food directly to your table on a conveyor belt above the revolving sushi conveyor belt.

After you finish the food on your plate, there is a disposal slot on the side of each table that allows you to put your empty plate into.  The order panel keeps track of the number of plates you eat. Every five plates inserted, there is a small cartoon that plays a story on the order panel.  Skylar enjoyed the cartoon and kept telling us to eat more so we can win the cartoon.  Once guests eat and insert fifteen plates, you ‘win’ a prize.  The prize is in a small ball that comes out of a ‘prize shoot’ on top of the conveyor belts.  They are very cheap prizes, but Skylar thought it was amazing that she won anything at a restaurant.  When parties are finished eating, you can check out right at your table on your order panel.  The waitress brings you the check and you are on your way!  It’s one of the most fun and interesting restaurant experiences we have had.

The Food

The restaurant serves nigiri, sushi rolls (regular and baked), hand rolls, gunkan maki (sushi served in small cups), ramen and various appetizers.  There is also a variety of plates to choose from.  The sushi tasted very good and fresh.  We kept having to ask for more wasabi and ginger, but that was more of a wait staff issue than a restaurant issue.

Skylar isn’t much of a sushi eater, so we ordered ramen on the top belt for her.  Although she likes California Rolls, the ones at Kura are actual crab (she’s used to imitation crab)…meaning I ended up eating her entire roll.  I tried as much as I could, but the menu contains so many dishes that there are twelve pages to scroll through on the order panel.  We definitely need to come back to try more of the food offered.

The Crowd

There is a mobile app that allows you to check in remotely.  It will give you the wait times for either a seat at the sushi bar or a table.  Because of the novelty of the restaurant, there is usually an our long wait time.  Since you can view the place you are at in line, you can leave your house in time for them to call you.  At the door of Kura there is also an iPad that allows walk-ups to check in and view where they stand in line.  I noticed that each group that went in took about 30 to 45 minutes to finish their meal.


We ended up paying $64 for three people at Kura.  Each plate ranges from $2.50 to $2.75, and other pricing is available on the order panel.  We ordered some drinks which added another $10 to our bill.  We paid $52 when we went as a couple.

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar Information

1840 W. 182nd Street, Torrance, CA 90504

(424) 221-5731

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

The Grove/The Original Farmers Market-Los Angeles

The Grove/The Original Farmers Market-Los Angeles

What: The Grove/The Original Farmers Market

Where: Los Angeles

For: All Ages

The Grove and Farmers Market is literally somewhere you can spend all day.  Not only may you catch a celebrity sighting or two, but there are always so many things to do.  I used to take Skylar all the time when she was younger.  We loved watching movies, going into the stores and trying out the amazing food at the market.

The Grove

During the summer, they have a concert series with some pretty famous singers.  There is a nice grassy area that families can set up with a blanket and picnic while they’re watching the concert.   Every so often there is a fashion show as well (check the website for special event information). There is also a double-decker trolley that’s on a track.  It allows you to jump on and off whenever you please while it makes its way from one end of The Grove to the other.  A movie theater plays all the new releases and sits right in the center of the venue.  A dancing fountain shows at regular intervals and is beautiful to watch.  If you’re a regular visitor to The Grove, make sure to sign up for the kids club so you can be first to find out about special family-friendly events.

The grove has a variety of stores, ranging from common chains that you would find in any mall to higher end luxury boutiques.  What’s interesting about the stores is that they’re truly glamorized to reach the Hollywood crowd.  For example, the Abercrombie and Fitch is three stories high and has fit shirtless male models that welcome shoppers.  There are also a variety of sit-down restaurants around The Grove.  Although I would suggest saving money and exploring the Farmers Market, some of the restaurants have outside seating that allow guests to people watch (and, as I said…maybe have a celebrity sighting!)  One of our favorite dessert places is Sprinkles (I’ll probably post about this later).  They have the most amazing cupcakes we’ve ever had…we even grab ‘pupcakes’ for the dog when we go there.  There is always something to do at the Grove by yourself, as a couple or with the family.

The Farmer’s Market

Although not affiliated with The Grove, the Farmers Market is attached to the huge outdoor mall.  There are two separate parking lots specifically for the Farmer’s Market.  The merchants include an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.  Seating is outside on a first-come first-served basis.  Generally if we go with a group, we make sure that we have a table to sit at first (these fill up easily) prior to getting our food.  Since there is such a large variety of food offered, many times people in our group all go to different places to eat.

At the shops, you will find a variety of odds and ends.  There is one place that more types of hot sauce than you can imagine.  Another only sells hats.  All in all, there are about 100 shops and restaurants to choose from in the Farmers Market.  Please check the website for days and hours of operation.

The Crowd

As I mentioned before, I’ve been to the Grove alone, as a couple and with my family.  Every time it has been amazing, and the crowd has been a joy to interact with.


Parking at the Grove has various options.  Self-parking is a maximum of $24 per day (make sure to get validation if you don’t want to pay so much).  Valet parking is offered, and there are specific drop-off areas for Uber and Lyft.  Please check the website for more information.  Parking at Farmers Market is $30 maximum per day for self-parking, but it offers validation as well.

The Grove/The Original Farmers Market Information

The Grove: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 900-8080

The Original Farmers Market: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 939-9211

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to The Grove/Farmers Market, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

Little Jewel of New Orleans-DTLA

Little Jewel of New Orleans-DTLA

What: Little Jewel of New Orleans

Popcorn Shrimp Po’ Boy

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Ethan and I first heard of Little Jewel of New Orleans after watching Buzzfeed’s Worth It!  There was an episode about trying different types of macaroni and cheese.  At Little Jewel of New Orleans, they ate the crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese and couldn’t stop raving about it.  So, naturally we had to go try for ourselves…

The Theme

The theme of the restaurant is obviously based on the food from New Orleans, Louisiana.  Little Jewel is both a Southern themed market and delicatessen.  When you walk in, you enter into a marketplace with everything you need for a Cajun-themed meal.  You order at the front counter and then round the corner to see a full deli counter with fresh food made that day.  All of the meats for the dishes are made in-house with the kitchen behind the counter.  In front of the deli counter there is ample seating for patrons with televisions around the dining area.

The Food

I ordered the crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese…and let me tell you…it really was the most amazing macaroni and cheese that I’ve ever had.  It was the right blend of spices and cheeses with a little crunch on the top.  The crawfish and andouille sausage was perfect.  I’m pretty sure that I could eat it every night.

Crawfish Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Ethan ordered a seafood combo.  Although he ended up eating a good amount of my macaroni (it was so hard for me to share!), he told me that the seafood and sauce was perfect.  He’s one of those people that likes spicy seasoning on everything, so it was the epitome of a perfect dish for him.  After dinner, he ate bread pudding, which he also loved.

The food was so amazingly good that Ethan decided he wanted to eat some for lunch so he ordered the Po’Boy sandwich.  He called me after he ate it the day after and told me that it was just as good reheated as it was fresh.  I kind of regret not getting a sandwich for me to take to work the next day.  We will definitely keep this restaurant on the list of places to go regularly.


The Crowd

We came to Little Jewel for dinner on a Sunday.  It wasn’t crowded at all, so there was no wait.  It took our food about 10 minutes to come out, and we inhaled everything.  The restaurant is located in China Town, which is the last place that someone would expect to encounter an authentic Cajun dining experience.



Everything was very affordable at Little Jewel.  With three entrees and dessert, we paid less than $40.  The marketplace is reasonably priced as well.

Little Jewel of New Orleans Information

207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 620-0461

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Little Jewel of New Orleans, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing


Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken-DTLA

Astro Doughnuts  & Fried Chicken-DTLA

What: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opened up by my old work place in Downtown Los Angeles a few months ago.  I went with a coworker one day for lunch and brought home some doughnuts for the family.  Although I still think that the local doughnut mom and pop shops by our house have better cake doughnuts, the novelty of the shop was fun to experience.

The Sandwiches

I ordered a spicy fried chicken sandwich with the bun as a glazed doughnut cut in half.  Although it took over 30 minutes for my sandwich to come out, it was not only good but it filled me up really quickly.  I paired it with the siracha buffalo sauce and ate it as my desk and was making yummy sounds while I consumed everything.  I even ordered tater tots on the side but was too full to eat all of them.

The Doughnuts

This place is famous for its unique take on doughnuts.  I ordered the maple bacon, pb&j, crème brulee, chocolate covered strawberry and other assorted doughnuts to bring home.  Although Ethan liked the doughnuts, he said that it wasn’t worth spending the large amount of cash that they charged me for.  The next day, the doughnuts were hard and not very good.  Despite this, the display that they had for the doughnuts was very aesthetically pleasing.  There was a wood board at the front that they put the specialty doughnuts on so that patrons could see exactly what they were ordering.

The Crowd

When we went during the work day, the crowd consisted of a lot of business men/women coming in to take out food.  I would suggest that guests call in or order online if there is a large order, as the sandwiches and doughnuts take a longer time to make.  We waited for a while since they forgot that we ordered sandwiches and we had to remind them twice.


A dozen doughnuts cost $38 here, which is very expensive for a doughnut shop.  For comparison, when we go to the place down the street and can get a dozen doughnuts for $10.  Sandwiches cost between $6 and $10, and each sandwich (that includes glazed doughnut!) can fill one person up pretty substantially.

Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken Information

516 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 622-7876

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

The Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

The Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

What: The Millennium Biltmore

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: All Ages/Nightlife for Adults

The Millennium Biltmore is a historic hotel built in 1923 that is a landmark of Downtown Los Angeles and home of Hollywood glamour.  It’s located in the center of the hustle and bustle of DTLA, and Ethan and I spent our most recent staycation at this opulent hotel.

The Hotel

When you walk into the lobby of the hotel, you’re greeted with white and gold carved floor-to-wall décor.  There was a wedding going on when we were checking in, and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen.  Despite the opulence of the entryway, the elevators and hallways to the rooms were outdated.  There was also a historic spiral stairway that led all the way down from the top floor.  When we looked down from the top of the staircase it gave is vertigo.  The ice machines and vending machines alternate floor-by-floor.  It was confusing at first, but signs led us in the right direction.

The Room

The room was decorated nicely, but it was not as nice as I imagined.  There was an old window that actually opened up (only part way because of liability).  The closet was the biggest walk-in closet I’ve ever seen in a hotel room.  It could have been another room!  A safe was in the closet along with a refrigerator and television in the room.  The shower was completely separate from the bathtub and had a drip that was very loud at night.  Since our room was in the corner of the hotel, we had to swipe our key card twice through two doors to get in.  This means that if someone gets locked out, there is no way someone in the room could hear any knocking to get in.  Additionally, maid service knocked on our door at 8:45am…which was way too early for a Sunday morning after spending all of Saturday night out and when check out is at noon.  Overall, for the price, it’s definitely a hotel that I would stay at again.

The Restaurants

Smeraldi’s Restaurant is a Medditerranean/Italian restaurant under the hotel.  With glamorous décor and elegant table settings, it is also family friendly and offers family style dining (think pizza and the like).  Bugis Street Brasserie is a Singaporean restaurant that I ate at with my coworkers during lunch.  We asked the waitress to suggest a dish to order and went with her recommendations, and the food was above par.  I tried to take Ethan here one night but it was closed.  It’s definitely a restaurant that I would come back to and try other Singaporean dishes. Gallery Bar and Cognac Room were equally as opulent as the hotel.  Although we didn’t go into this area, we walked past it when we were checking in, and the décor of gold and white definitely makes the bar a classy destination.  Afternoon Tea is also offered on a reservation-only basis.

The Crowd

Everyone at the hotel was dressed up.  At check-in, I wore leggings and a tank top and felt under dressed (this could be because the wedding was going on and I was standing among guests in black-tie attire).   It’s a family-friendly hotel with family-friendly restaurants.  The only area that required guests to be 21+ was at the bar.


Valet parking is offered at the hotel for $45 each night.  If you go directly across the street to Pershing Square, it allows you to self-park overnight for $16.  The hotel required a $100 deposit for incidentals and was $145 (including taxes) for one night.  I only booked the hotel two days before our actual stay.  Water in the vending machines were $3 each.

The Millennium Biltmore Information

506 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 624-1011

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to The Millennium Biltmore, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

What: Museum of Ice Cream

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Ethan and I went to this Instagram-worthy museum last year.  It’s a pop-up museum that makes its way around New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Last year, they extended their dates into Los Angeles so that more guests can come enjoy the experience.  I had to jump on the website the minute ticket sales were opened to the public, and even then there was limited space available.  Next time it’s in LA, I highly suggest that families check it out for the pure joy of unlimited ice cream themed rooms.

Sprinkle Pool

Getting In

The Museum of Ice Cream is by reservation only.  This means that if you walk up, you’ll unfortunately be turned away.  In Los Angeles, there was a waiting area next to the (bright pink!) Museum.  The waiting area contained benches and ice-cream themed yard games.  There was also Top 40 music playing.  It felt as if we were at a yard party.  When your reservation time comes up, there is a tour guide that leads you to the front of the museum to give you the rules about the museum and lets guests in groups of about 20.

The Museum

Without giving too much away about the museum, let’s just say it’s a photographer’s dream. Bright colors line the themed walls that have different types of ice cream.  Every room had attendants that gave out different flavors of ice cream (and candy!).

My favorite was the sprinkle pool!  Although the sprinkles were made out of plastic, it was so fun to jump into the pool.  Fair warning: we were finding sprinkles over a week after we visited the Museum of Ice Cream.  Although we went the first time as a couple, I am definitely taking the kids with us next time the Museum is in Los Angeles.

The Crowd

Surprisingly, everyone that came here dressed up.  I can only guess that it’s for the Instagram photos.  The girls looked like they came from an Instagram Model convention.  The kids were the cutest to watch.  They were overwhelmed with the amount of ice cream they were given (can anyone say sugar high?!) and ice-cream themed rooms that they walked through.


I didn’t look for any coupons for the Museum of Ice Cream because I knew how quickly it sold out.  We weren’t able to get in during the original dates, so I set a timer on my phone to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale.  Tickets for two people were $62.50.  Although it’s a little on the pricey side, I think the experience was worth it.  At the end of the museum there is a little gift shop.  Also, private tastings are available for a much higher fee.

Museum of Ice Cream Information

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to the Museum of Ice Cream, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

Exchange Los Angeles-DTLA

Exchange Los Angeles-DTLA

What: Exchange Los Angeles

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

Exchange LA is one of the nightclubs that we enjoy going to with our friends in a large group.  We generally come around 11:00pm to end our night dancing to great music.  We have come here to celebrate special occasions for bottle service and to dance to world-renown DJs.

The Club

Exchange has four floors, spans over 25,000 square feet and contains six full-service bars. Patrons can pay a premium for VIP rooms with bottles and table service.  The DJ booth sits in the front of the club and coordinates with fog and confetti machines that spray into the crowd at designated times.  Valet parking is available, and numerous self-park lots surround the venue.

When we decide to pay for bottle service, it is cheaper to split it among a large group.  The good thing about bottle service on the dance floor is that you have your own designated and roped-off area to dance in.  The bad thing is that it is literally in the middle of the dance floor…meaning that drunk people on the other side of the couches usually sit on the top of the couches or occasionally try to pour themselves a drink from your table.  There is a second-floor mezzanine level that has bottle service options available, however I find it best to be a main part of the action on the dance floor.  Bars can get very busy the later it gets into the night.  Expect to wait each time you want a refill on your drink.  I’ve never been able to walk straight up and back without at least a few people waiting in front of me.

View from the Mezzanine

VIP Rooms

The Sky Loft accommodates up to 35 guests and is an exclusive and posh private space.  It offers a bird’s-eye view of the main dance floor and comes with its own wait staff for guests and is available for private rental.

Sky Loft

The Rockefeller Room accommodates up to 50 guests and can be accessed by the main dance floor.  Some private parties bring their own DJs although you can experience the music from the main dance floor just as well.

Rockefeller Room

The Gallery is on the first floor of Exchange and is generally open when the club is open.  There is a separate DJ and the space accommodates up to 250 guests.  This is the first room that you pass after you pay your cover charge to get into the club.  Each time we have been here the Gallery has been fairly crowded.

The Gallery

The Crowd

Please check Exchange’s website for a dress code, as security has historically been turned away people who don’t abide by the code away at the door.  Most guests dress up in more formal cocktail attire.  Exchange LA also hosts different events where patrons can dress in costume depending on the theme.

Ethan and Me at Exchange LA.


Valet parking is $15 per car, not including tip.  Bottle Service has cost us $600 for a night which we split among a minimum of 8 people.  Drinks span from $13 to $16 depending on what is ordered.  Each time we have come here, the cover charge has spanned from $10 to $20 per person depending on the nightly events and time that we have entered the club.

Exchange Information

618 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 627-8070

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Exchange, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing



What: Mayan

Terrace Bar

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: Ages 21+

Ethan and I love going to Mayan to end our nights in Downtown Los Angeles.  After a night of cocktail sipping at different restaurants and bars, we dance the night away into the early hours of the morning at this three-story themed nightclub.

The Main Floor

When you walk into Mayan through the themed double doors, you’re greeted with a huge dance and bar area.  The Main Floor spans the length of the venue and is a few feet below the raised stage. There is a main bar that tends to get busy throughout the night, and cocktail tables line the area before a few stairs lead you to the floor.  The floor can also get crowded throughout the night.  Guests can hear all the music played from the Stage on the Main Floor.

The Main Bar

The main floor can also be viewed from a Terrace on the second floor of Mayan.  The Terrace is accessible through a double stairway on the back-left side of the club.  This is more of a viewing area that contains stage seating and a small bar at the top of the seating area.  We go to the Terrace to watch any of the live bands that come onto the stage from a bird’s eye view or to beat the crowds at the main bar (hardly anyone goes to the Terrace to buy drinks, which makes it a quick in and out when you need a refill).

The Terrace View of the Main Stage.

The Stage

On Fridays and Saturdays, The Stage is open for guests to dance on.  VIP Lounges line the sides of the stage, and a full bar to the left offers guests drinks while they dance the night away.  Periodically there are salsa or mariachi bands playing for the crowd in between sets of modern music and light shows.  It’s very entertaining to watch some of the guests dancing to the music, as it feels like we’re watching a private salsa show with professional dancers.  The stage can get hot at the end of the night from the sheer amount of people that want to dance by the DJ booth.

The Main Stage

The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine is a floor below the main stage down stairs in towards the entrance part of Mayan.  It is a long and skinny dance floor with a raised DJ booth on the right and small bar in the back corner.  It is fairly hard to get to the bar because of its small size.  Since the Mezzanine is so skinny, when we walked anywhere we ended up consistently running into people.  The music is all in Spanish and there is a packed-in club atmosphere in this area.

The Mezzanine

The Basement

The Basement is also a floor below the main stage on the opposite side of the Mezzanine.  This bar plays a mixture of Pop, Hip Hop and R&B music for guests.  A larger bar is on one wall of the Basement with a few tables opposite of the bar with bar stools for seating.  Screens play videos corresponding to the music.  The bar is very accessible, and this is the bathroom in the club that is easiest to use as it is hardly ever crowded.

The Basement

The Crowd

There is a strict dress code on Mayan’s website that guests must abide by or risk being turned away at the door.  Guests lists are available for Fridays and Saturdays with reservations made online or by phone Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  The Main Floor, Stage, Terrace and Mezzanine have guests that like to dance to a mixture of Pop, Top Hits, Latin and Salsa music.  The Basement contains patrons that like Pop, Hip Hop and R&B.

The Stage Bar


Depending on if there is an event and the time that you are going into Mayan, cover charges range from $10 to $20 per person.  There are weekend memberships available for six month spans that cost $100 for one person or $150 for two people.  If you go to Mayan a lot then it would help to cover for the $10 to $20 cover charge (depending on the event).  However, at this rate you would have to go at least four times to make up the cost of the membership.  Drinks are $12-$15 each and full bars are available.

Mayan Information

1038 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 746-4674

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to Mayan, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing