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Exterior of The Abbey in West Hollywood

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


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 Cafeteria

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


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


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


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.

Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles


Discover Los Angeles

LA comedy clubs are among the best and most legendary in the country. With national headliners such as Ben Bailey, Loni Love and Ralphie May making regular appearances, fans are always in for a night of sidesplitting laughter.

Gay Los Angeles: Quirky Dive Bars


Frontiers LA

Los Angeles has a ton of quirky bars whose eclectic décor, imaginative cocktail menus and diverse clientele are perfect locales for rounding out an authentic LA experience.