Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge

It's An Endless Summer at Los Angeles Tiki Bars and Events

06/07/2017

Mo Herms

When the original Don's Beachcomber opened in 1933, Hollywood became the official birthplace of the Polynesian themed Tiki culture reflected in architecture, fashion and movies. Decorated with items that Donn Beach (aka Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt) scavenged from the ocean shores, the bar later known as Don the Beachcomber served “exotic” rum drinks with flair. The island escapism offered by his imaginative Tiki concept and its many imitators flourished for decades before nearly being killed off in the disco era.

Tiki's current resurgence owes a lot to the craft cocktail movement, which recognized the potential in the elaborate tropical concoctions made with house syrups and fresh juices. With a new generation of bartenders leading the way, the L.A. tiki scene is once again thriving, and nothing says summer more than a fancy fruit garnish and a little paper umbrella.

Tropicana Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

A New Golden Age for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

06/06/2017

Caroline Ryder

There’s something mysteriously seductive about the Roosevelt, which opened in May 1927 and is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. You can’t take your eyes off the coffered ceiling of the lobby, the three-tiered fountain under the hotel’s original chandelier, the beautifully-tiled terra-cotta stairs to the mezzanine, the pool painted by David Hockney—seriously, you could Instagram this place for hours.

The Golden Idol at The Punchbowl

The Best New Juice Bars in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles has long been a hotbed for juice, but at no time in history have Angelenos been able to find such creative combinations of market-driven, herbal and purposeful ingredients. Juice Served Here, Kreation Organic Juicery, and Pressed Juicery are practically ubiquitous, and brands like Clover, Moon Juice, and Naturewell have their fans. Read on for a guide to a new generation of juice bars.

Westfield Century City

The Guide to Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Karen Young

They live among us—those people we see on the silver screen and on our home screens—winning awards or landing in the gossip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same grocery stores, malls and boutiques, eat in the same restaurants, and even get their prescriptions filled at CVS—just like us. But they also spend time shopping at stores that may just be above our paychecks. So in tribute to the more glamorous side of things—here are some shopping districts where you may see some of them— the celebrities. And sometimes, they stop for frozen yogurt—just like us.

Dreamgirls Revue at Hamburger Mary's WEHO

Fabulous! Drag Queen Events in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Discover Los Angeles

The popularity of Emmy-winning Rupaul’s Drag Race has brought the art of drag to the masses. Lucky for us, Los Angeles boasts some of the most sensational, celebrated performers in the business, including Mama Ru herself. You can find weekly showcases with immaculate lip-syncing and dead-on celebrity impersonations, punk rock dance parties - even bingo, books and brunch, drag in L.A. does it all.

Ocean front activities

Ocean Front Group Activities in Los Angeles

06/01/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Soak in the soothing golden Southern California sunshine and treat yourself and your group to an outing by one of the world-famous beaches of Los Angeles. With up to 300 days of sunshine and blue skies and miles of stunning picture-perfect coastlines, L.A. is home to scores of waterfront activities from boating to surfing. Read on for our guide to L.A.’s most exciting group activities by the ocean.

Celebrate LGBT Heritage Month in Los Angeles

06/01/2017

Discover Los Angeles

As home to the second-largest LGBT population in the country, Los Angeles showcases the diversity, vibrancy, and creative spirit of the LGBT community. The first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage Month (LGBT HM) Celebration in L.A. took place in 2011. L.A.’s legacy of championing equality is more important than ever - the theme of this year’s LGBT Heritage Month Celebration is “The Art of the Resistance.” Read on for highlights of LGBT Heritage Month events taking place in June throughout Los Angeles.

LAX at night

LAX Layover: A Guide to Exploring Los Angeles in a Hurry

05/31/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is not only the third busiest in the United States but also the seventh busiest in the world, which means layovers at LAX are all too common. Travelers who want to maximize each hour during their layover might want to use this helpful guide below as a tool to exploring one of the greatest and most famous cities in the world.   

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