Our feathered and furry friends find the weather and geography of Los Angeles just as hospitable as we do, which makes it an ideal place for animal sanctuaries. While coyotes, deer, rabbits and cougars enjoy free reign of our rugged terrain, sometimes their domesticated cousins need a little help to thrive. Here are a few local organizations caring for creatures great and small while offering memorable interactive experiences, sure to leave an impression on the heart.
Wine tastings seem to be the new happy hour, with the addition of trivia and knowledge thrown in for good measure. Tastings can even be found at grocery stores, such as select Gelson’s, Whole Foods, and the Trader Joes on La Brea for free or nominal fees. Wine shops like the independent K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and The Wine House in West L.A., or corporate spots such as Total Wine also offer tastings. Some of the most interesting tastings are held at small, boutique wine shops, often located in strip malls or hidden in places you least expect, with eclectic food choices that often differ from the basic crackers and cheese.
To mix up your wine game with a new take on tastings, here are wine stores across Los Angeles with a wide range of vibes and personalities, from elegant French, to earthy Mediterranean, to boutique sustainable, organic, biodynamic, and natural wines.
Now that you've explored our guide to the NoHo Arts District, you're ready to discover the nearby nightlife options. These venues are all within walking distance of each other, but best to take a ride share, and then—crawl for music, drinks, and laughs until the wee hours of the morning.
Wine bars in Los Angeles run the gamut from intimate spots with a few tables to large rooms filled with shelves of wine to full-service restaurants. From novice to oenophile, there's wine for all tastes and budgets—with a penchant for European fine wines, vintage bottles, or those from biodynamic small producers. Menus cross styles as well, from simple cheese and charcuterie to more elaborate cuisine. While there are dozens of wine bars and restaurants from which to choose, check out this sampling of 12 wine bars and restaurants in Los Angeles.
New York restaurants and bars are in a Los Angeles state of mind these days, with numerous Michelin-starred and James Beard Award winning chefs from the Big Apple opening locations in the City of Angels. And there's more on the way, with Milk Bar opening soon on Melrose, Five Leaves in East Hollywood, and award-winning cocktail bar, Employees Only in West Hollywood. Read on for New York chefs that have recently headed west to cook in Zagat's "most exciting food city in America."
Romance is everywhere in the Los Angeles dining scene. Legendary stars of Hollywood's Golden Age wined and dined at landmark restaurants, and lovers of all ages continue to find inspiration in restaurants both classic and modern. From spectacular city and coastal views to luxury destinations and hidden gems, read on for the most romantic restaurants in L.A.
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