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Magician Steve Spill performing at Magicopolis in Santa Monica

Discover the Best Magic Shows in Los Angeles

11/03/2016

Jordan Gold

Home of The Academy of Magical Arts for more than 50 years, the Magic Castle in Hollywood is widely considered one of the most difficult places to get into. Here are some of the other best places to find live magic in Los Angeles.

Exterior of The Abbey in West Hollywood

The Abbey: The Story of an L.A. Icon

06/09/2016

Elina Shatkin

When David Cooley decided to open The Abbey in 1991, the bar scene in West Hollywood looked much different than it does now. Cooley, an Ohioan by way of Las Vegas, moved to the city in 1981, at the start of the AIDS crisis. "When I was coming to bars on Santa Monica Boulevard, it was not as open," he says. "There were no front patios where you could have a cigarette. It was all behind closed doors and through back alleys."

Redwood tree and atrium at Clifton's

Clifton's Cafeteria: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/21/2015

Elina Shatkin

How magical would it be to instantly trade the sidewalks and steel of an urban downtown for a woodland utopia? Clifton's spanned 16,000-square-feet of faux redwoods, frolicking forest creatures, scenic murals, a brook babbling with limeade and a 20-foot waterfall cascading over artificial rocks. To say that Clifton’s was unique is like saying LeBron James is a pretty decent basketball player. Imagine a larger-than-life diorama designed by Walt Disney on a Pine Sol-fueled bender. Simply put, it was unlike any other restaurant in Los Angeles.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Dieter Foerstner

05/08/2014

Daniel Djang

Dieter Foerstner, the Head Brewer at Angel City Brewing in Downtown Los Angeles, is carrying on the tradition of his great-grandfather, who brewed at some of L.A.'s historic breweries.

The Varnish

Repeal Day Events in Los Angeles

12/03/2012

Daniel Djang

Repeal Day is celebrated every Dec. 5 to honor the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which ended Prohibition in 1933. Bars across Los Angeles are featuring drink specials and events to commemorate the anniversary of Repeal.

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