Party girls in the pool at The Standard Downtown L.A.

DIY Coachella in Los Angeles

04/11/2017

Jonathan Palmer

Do not despair, ye haters and losers, we’ll make our own Coachella! There are plenty of options right here in L.A. It’ll be cheaper, tastier and about 30 degrees cooler. 

Downtown Burbank Car Classic

Discover the Hidden Gems of Burbank

03/08/2017

Leslee Komaiko

There’s a lot more to Burbank than Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Hollywood Burbank Airport and Porto’s Bakery. Discover 13 things that only Burbank insiders know about.

Bowling lanes at Highland Park Bowl

Hey Man, It's the Best Bowling Alleys in Los Angeles

03/03/2017

Leslee Komaiko

XLanes has been likened to a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. Though it should be noted that kids are welcome except Friday and Saturday evenings, which are adults only. The sprawling, modern facility, which feels like it would be at home in Vegas—you can, after all, order a ribeye lane side—has so many extras. Arcade with prize redemptions? Check. Restaurant? Check. Billiard tables? Check? Karaoke rooms? Check. Virtual dart machines that allow you to compete with players around the world? You already know the answer. As far as the bowling goes, they have 30 lanes. Three VIP rooms offer private party guests a more intimate environment. The smallest accommodates 30 guests with four lanes, the largest 50 people with six lanes. Note that XLanes has a dress code. But it’s pretty standard stuff - leave your chains at home.

333 Alameda St., Downtown L.A.
213.229.8910

Yamashiro front facade at night

Yamashiro: The Story of An L.A. Icon

02/12/2017

Discover Los Angeles

From its origins as a private estate to its modern incarnation as an Asian fusion restaurant, event venue and filming location, the fascinating history of Yamashiro is something out of a Hollywood script.

Capitol Records Building

Hidden Gems in Los Angeles: Music History Edition

02/09/2017

Gustavo Turner

Like many buildings and structures on the this list, the recording studio compound on 6000/6050 Sunset Blvd. has seen many changes of names, and owners. Currently refurbished as United Recording Studios, offering a vintage recording experience to new acts, this is the historic venue where Frank Sinatra made his 60's-era Reprise recordings back when it was known by its iconic name: United Western Recorders. The building is also a California pop shrine: Brian Wilson crafted a lot of Pet Sounds and Smile between these walls, as recently (and amazingly) recreated for the film Love and Mercy

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