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Eighty Two in the Arts District of Downtown L.A.

Top 5 L.A. Arcades to Get Your Game On


James McCall

EightyTwo is a popular, full-menu bar in the lauded Downtown L.A. Arts District. One room has video games and the other has a large selection of pristinely kept vintage pinball games. Extra points for the 90s action side scrollers like the Simpsons, Ninja Turtles, and a very rare X-Men game. You can even get down with Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker game. However, the main attraction here is the Street Fighter 2 cabinet that brings loads of good players to the scroll as well as the aging hipster who remembers a few combos. The Street Fighter matches are projected above the dance floor where the amazing DJs spin.

707 E 4th St, Los Angeles 90013

Break Room 86

It's Your Birthday!


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You've finally turned 21 and it's time to celebrate! It’s pretty much impossible not to be in a festive spirit when you’re sipping a Hurricane or housemade Sarsaparilla and bourbon at Sassafras, the atmospheric Southern saloon located on Vine. There’s Southern comfort food too, including fried chicken sliders on sweet potato waffles. On any given night you might be treated to a burlesque performance, live band or even Drag Bingo. Call ahead if you want a table.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Get Ready for the Scariest Halloween Horror Nights Ever


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This year's Halloween Horror Nights features more mazes than ever, with eight terrifying experiences based on iconic films and acclaimed TV series, including "American Horror Story: Roanoke," Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," and "Ash vs Evil Dead."


Tiki-Ti: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Mo Herms

Covered in signed placards from friends and legends, draped in glowing pufferfish and tiki lamps, and filled with art from masters in the tiki scene, it’s always a party at the Tiki-Ti.

Outside the Frolic Room on Hollywood Boulevard

The Best Dive Bars in Los Angeles Neighborhoods


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A Mexican dive bar by day, La Cita transforms into a live music and DJ venue at night. Located on Hill Street just steps from Grand Central Market, La Cita hosts weekday Happy Hours out on the expansive patio from 4-9 p.m., featuring $3 Tecates and domestics, $4 imports and wells. Friday's "Angry Hour" adds punk rock and free pizza to the festivities. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (2-9 p.m.) features a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. Sports are a big part of La Cita - two flat screen TVs indoors, two flat screens outdoors, and a large projector screen show international soccer and domestic pro sports, along with major NCAA games. Music at La Cita ranges from old school hip-hop on Monday night to rockabilly (Thursdays 4-9 p.m.), cumbia (Thursdays, $7 cover after 10 p.m.), "Punky Reggae" every Friday night and Yacht Rock on Saturday afternoon.

M-F 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
336 S Hill St, Downtown Los Angeles

Magician Steve Spill performing at Magicopolis in Santa Monica

Discover the Best Magic Shows in Los Angeles


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


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."