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1. Posted by johnyc123 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello all, what an awesome site this is.

As part of travelling around the world with my mate, we are in L.A for 4 days in Jan. This isnt long and we want to make sure we make the most of it.

Could anyone advise on.

what is a must see?
What to avoid like the plague?
Good Bars?
Best way to travel around?
OR any other helpful stuff!!

Thanks a lot.

Live the dream

John x

2. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

A Los Angeles must do: http://http://www.getty.edu/visit/, and use a car hire (car rental) -- Dollar and Enterprise maybe the least expensive.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Well, I only lived in LA for 30 years, so I think I can handle this one.

The places to party are on the westside and beach areas--either west of town or south of town. Stay out of downtown--except for Chinatown and Olvera Street, it's a waste of time. LA has the most boring downtown of any city in the entire US. The action is in the following cities:

Westwood (right outside of the UCLA college campus)
Santa Monica
Venice Beach
Malibu
North Hollywood (near Universal Studios)
Hollywood
West Hollywood (mostly for homosexuals and lesbians)
Beverly Hills (but expensive)
Manhattan Beach
Irvine (citywalk)
Huntington Beach
Newport Beach

Getting around LA is a nightmare--it's over 50 miles (90 kilometres) from one end of town to the other and there is no subway. If you count the 120+ suburbs, it's over 70 miles (115 kilometres) across in a more or less circular pattern. There is also endless traffic jams even in the middle of the day, so forget about going too far from the airport since you have only a few days to spend there. Everyone goes everywhere by car for this reason. Buses go places but the service is slow and inefficient. Therefore book a rental car for the 4 days--book through budget, alamo, or rent-a-wreck for cheapest prices.

The thing to do is book a hotel/motel (for two nights) just south of Westwood around 10 miles (then go up to Westwood and Santa Monica area to party. Book ahead to visit the Getty Museum one of these two days during the daylight hours. You'll need to book now since there is a two month waiting list to get in.

Then book a motel (two days more) somewhere near Universal Studios to stay, then go to the Citywalk area of Universal Studios to party or to Hollywood. Visit the the amusement park during the day.

P.S. It might be raining in January, so bring a jacket and umbrella.
Enjoy

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Forgot to give you a list of pubs/bars/clubs to visit.

Here's a list of pubs/bars for the Westwood/Santa Monica area. The last two on the list are the best--and are located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Only one is in Westwood, but that's because the town keeps changing faster than I can keep up.

• The Arsenal, 12012 W. Pico Blvd., (310) 479-9782
• The Boathouse: Santa Monica Pier. (310) 393-6475
• Big Dean's: 1615 Ocean Front Walk. (310) 393-2666
• Brittiana: 318 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 458-5350
• Chez Jay: 1657 Ocean Ave. (310) 395-1741
• Don Antonio's, 11755 W. Pico (310) 312-2090
• Gotham Hall: 1431 3rd Street Promenade. (310) 394-8865
• Madison's: 1037 Broxton, Westwood. (310) 824-6250
• Liquid Kitty: 11780 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. (310) 473-3707
• O'Brien's Pub: 2941 Main Street. (310) 396 4725
• Shutters: One Pico Boulevard, (310) 458-0030
• Sonny McLain's: 26th & Wilshire, (310) 449-1811
• St. Nick's: 8450 West Third St. L.A.. (323) 655 6917
• Three of Clubs: 1123 Vine, Hollywood. (323) 262-6441.
• Yankee Doodles: 1410 3rd. St. Promenade. (310) 394-4632
• Ye Old King's Head: 116 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 451-1402

Now for Hollywood/North Hollywood: If it's Monday, check out Les Deuz Cafe, a French bistro which has a bit of a scene that night. It's also reputed to be a hideaway for Hollywood stars (Sharon Stone, Jerry Seinfield, Cameron Diaz, Lenny Kravitz...).
1638 N. Las Palmas Ave. (323) 465-0509.

1650. 1650 N. Schrader (West of Wilcox). (323) 465-7449.
Mood 6623 Hollywood Blvd,, 323- 464-6663
Geisha House 6633 Hollywood Blvd, 323-460-6300.
Garden of Eden (LaBrea and Hollywood) is one of the trendy dance clubs. Note: It has a very picky doorman; girls will usually get in within 15-20 minutes while it guys can wait more than hour. If they are admitted at all. Wear black and be patient! Once inside, it's a young crowd, mainly 21-25, each of whom paid $15-25 for entrance.
7080 Hollywood Blvd (at LaBrea). (323) 465-3336.
The Ivar 6356 Hollywood Blvd 1st Floor. (323)465-4827
The Highlands 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 461-9800.
White Lotus,1743 Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 654-1268.
LAX 1714 N Las Palmas, 323-464-017).
The Palace has re-opened as Avalon 1735 Vine. (323) 462-3000.
Xes (sex spelled backward and pronounced "excess") 1716 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 461-8191
TuTu Tango (818)769-2222
Rhumba Room (818) 622-1222
Deep: 1707 N. Vine (Hollywood and Vine). (323) 462-1144

Enjoy.

5. Posted by weeksy99 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Ive recently returned from travelling in America and found what I feel was a little gem in Los Angeles.

Its a beach town called HERMOSA BEACH and it was fantastic - certainly one of the highlights of my trip.

The resort itself is lovely, the beaches are fantastic and there are some great bars too (I dont know if this will interest you but a bar there called Sharkeez was voted the best singles bar in LA!).

I presume you guys will be on a budget so there is a great hostel called Surf City backpackers right above the action that has a great International / American crowd

here's more on it:

http://www.hostelz.com/display.php/7271+Surf+City+Hostel

What we did is then take one of those sightseeing tours which took us to all the main sights ie Los Angeles mission, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Hollywood sign, Famous houses, Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive etc.. which you can book at the hostel.

As one earlier post said, the traffic is a nightmare so at least you dont need to worry about getting around on the tour.

While LA wasn't really to our suiting, (downtown was genuinely appalling) we loved Hermosa and definitely itend to go back one day.

Hope this helps

Ryan