Winter is Coming to Los Angeles

Create your own "Game of Thrones" experience in LA

Game of Thrones Night King mural by Jonas Never at Brennan's

Game of Thrones Night King mural by Jonas Never at Brennan's | Photo: @never1959, Instagram

We may have a climate of seemingly eternal summer in Los Angeles but for millions of Game of Thrones fans—who have been warned that winter is coming since 2011—winter finally arrived this spring.  And even though Los Angeles feels worlds away from King’s Landing and the Kingdom of the North, there are many ways to simulate your own Westeros experience here in SoCal.

In July 2019, Game of Thrones received 32 Emmy Award nominations, the most for any program in a single season. At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, GoT tied its own record of 12 wins for a single season - Outstanding Drama Series, Peter Dinklage for Supporting Actor (his fourth Emmy), and 10 Creative Arts Emmys.

Celebrate this record-breaking achievement with your own Game of Thrones experiences in Los Angeles.

Escape from Zombies at Universal Studios Hollywood

In the Emmy Award-winning Season 8 episode, "The Long Night," the Army of the Dead was destroyed when Arya Stark stabs the Night King with her Valyrian steel dagger.

Alas, the zombie hordes haven't been totally defeated - they're running rampant at Southern California’s scariest, most intense event – Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Enter the post-apocalyptic world of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and prepare to fight for survival in a fully immersive journey as you navigate through a world overrun by walkers with an insatiable appetite for the living.

Warg Your Way to the Hollywood Roosevelt for The Magic Show

Experience The Magic Show, an intimate dark arts event at the Hollywood Roosevelt that's sure to be safer than Daenerys’s first experience with witches and blood spells. The 90-minute interactive experience showcases the magic and mentalism of Franco Pascali - at 21, he’s a true phenom in the world of magic who frequently performs at The Magic Castle and high profile events around the world. Tickets are now on sale at The Magic Show website.

Mad Queen cocktail at Big Bar in Los Feliz

Mad Queen cocktail at Big Bar | Photo: Eugene Lee

Go North of the Wall at Big Bar

During the final season, Big Bar at Alcove Cafe featured Cocktails for the Watch, a menu of GoT inspired cocktails. Big Bar's current drink menu features two favorites from Cocktails for the Watch: the Mad Queen (Absolut Elyx Vodka, Peychauds Aperitivo, Eve's Rose Petals Tea, lemon, champagne) and the Tiki-inspired Welcome to the Jungle Bird (aka R+L=J minus the “wedding wrap” and feather garnish).

Game of Thrones Night King mural by Jonas Never at Brennan's

Game of Thrones Night King mural by Jonas Never at Brennan's | Photo: @never1959, Instagram

Take Selfies with the Night King and Sit On the Iron Throne at Brennan's

Home of the famous turtle races, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey is the site of a stunning Night King mural by Jonas Never. Brennan’s hosted a weekly watch party throughout the final season and keeps the GoT memories alive with a lifesize Iron Throne that is a must for fans.

Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown | Photo: Chains of Pace, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown | Photo: Chains of Pace, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Pay Homage to House Targaryen

They might not have wings, but L.A. does have a few resident dragons and even more immortalized in art. Visit the Komodo Dragons at the L.A. Zoo for an afternoon in the sun, then head over to Chinatown where you’ll be formally welcomed by the Twin Dragon Gateway. Be sure to take time to admire the “Chinese Celestial Dragon” mural originally painted in 1941 by Tyrus Wong. For bonus points, while you’re there you can explore Realm for a perfect little memento for your home. (Just saying, the carved vases look a lot like dragon eggs).

Experience the True Wonder of Wolves

If you can’t imagine GoT without Ghost, Shaggydog, Summer, Lady, Grey Wind and Nymeria serving House Stark, we’ve got good news. You can connect with rescued wolves during a guided hike at the Wolf Connection® in the Angeles National Forest. You’ll learn the stories of each of the 30+ wolves in the pack, and even have the opportunity to interact with the wolves who will join you on a nature walk. Plus, you’ll be giving back to others—much as the direwolves gave everything to the Starks— since proceeds from ticket sales benefit Wolf Connection, a youth education and empowerment program, which provides Wolf Therapy™ to at-risk groups.

View from the top of Echo Mountain | Photo: Daniel Pouliot, Flickr

View from the top of Echo Mountain | Photo: Daniel Pouliot, Flickr

Climb as High as House Arryn

Legend has it that Artys Arryn, the Winged Knight, staked his claim for House Arryn atop the highest mountain of the Vale. His strategic position is said to have played a role in the defeat of the First Men Mountain Kings. While we can’t claim that a hike to the top of Echo Mountain will lead to ruling Pasadena forevermore, we are relatively sure that you won’t experience a Targaryen invasion, while trudging along this difficult, nearly six-mile hike.

Fire Eater at Mama Lion in Koreatown

"The Unburnt" at Mama Lion in Koreatown | Photo: Mama Lion, Facebook

Feed Your Inner Lion

If, like House Lannister, your spirit animal is a lion, choose from several options for feeding the beast. In Silver Lake, at the Red Lion Tavern, German fare along with a huge variety of Pilsners, Bocks, and Lagers will keep hunger pangs at bay as you indulge in Monday night trivia, Wednesday night karaoke, or piano the remaining nights of the week.

In Koreatown, you can also get your fill at Mama Lion which— in just two years— has become a hotspot for celebrities, and has received acclaim for both its design and architecture, as well as its happy hour specials.

Once you’ve had your fill, depending upon the season, you could also head over to the STAPLES Center for the chill of the ice, the thrill of the sport, and to see Bailey the lion mascot of the L.A. Kings. 

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