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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm going to be in Los Angeles this coming Thursday from 6:30P until 12:30P on Saturday. I have an interview at USC medical school Friday morning until one in the afternoon. What is there for one person to do with that amount of time in LA? I'll be staying at the Westin in downtown LA and taking cabs everywhere I go. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 25
I'd strongly recommend renting a car. LA's much too large to make it very far in a cab, and there really isn't much to do in downtown. Did you have anything in particular in mind? Off the top of my head... Shopping: Beverly Hills at Rodeo Drive or Robertson. Entertainment: See what's playing at the Disney concert hall. Evita is playing at the Pantages. Nightlife: Since you'll be in downtown, the rooftop bar at the downtown standard is an interesting experience. Not much else going on in downtown, try Silverlake or Hollywood. Easier to recommend something if you have a particular scene you're interested in. Lots of stuff to do if you're willing to drive. Food: I don't even know where to begin. Again, let me know what you're interested in...best food, celebrity sightings, tragically hip, best values, down&dirty, etc etc.
post #3 of 25
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About how far is Rodeo Drive from downtown L.A.? I'm trying to avoid renting a car because I'm too young for a lot of car rental places (21), and I don't know anything about getting around in L.A. since I've never been before. Also, I selected my hotel because it is only four miles from USC's medical school, so I figured cab transportation that far wouldn't be too bad. But, I suppose I could rent a car if I need to. Thanks.
post #4 of 25
Rodeo's about 35 minutes from downtown...up to an hour with traffic. Cab to and from USC shouldn't be any problem. The interview's your highest priority, so you picked your hotel well. The problem is that downtown is sort of dead, and it's far from anything. Luckily, it's very close to a couple of major freeways, so navigating shouldn't be too hard. If I were you.... Thurs night, you need a restuarant rec. Let me know what you're looking for, and what your budget is. I'll assume you want to sleep early and prepare for your interviews. Friday afternoon, head over to Beverly Hills. Lots to see and do there...Brioni, Carol & Co., Brooks, Polo, NM, Barneys, Saks, Zegna, Testoni, LV, YSL, Prada, Lacoste, Ascot Chang, Anto Distinctive shirtmakers, etc. As for eating, I highly recommend Enoteca Drago for good Italian food. There's also a jewish deli called Nate n' Al's that's pretty good as well. There's a cigar bar (I can't remember the name, it's next to Luce), if you're into that sort of thing. There's also a nightclub called Joya, but I have no idea what's it's like these days. Friday night, head over to the downtown standard. It's close to your hotel, and a chill place. Although it's not my scene, it's a good LA experience. Might also consider the brewery at the Bonneventure. The crowd is a little older than 21 in downtown...you really need to be on Sunset if you want to hang out with people your own age. In the alternative, in downtown there's also the Muesum of Modern Art, shows at the disney center or LA music center, probably some event at Staples, and J-town.
post #5 of 25
Search the forums. I think a few of us have written about this in length.
post #6 of 25
I would second Ren's rec of renting a car. LA is a big city, and there's not much to do downtown (except for the Standard of course...) Getting around isn't that difficult, if you get a map you should be able to navigate fairly easily. I don't think renting a car at 21 is a problem, get one from "Dollar" and you will just pay a $8/day surcharge (for being under 25) Personally, I would recommend going to the Sunset strip area on Friday after some shopping at Beverly Hills. I think that will probably be more a LA-style scene that is suitable for your age. Miyagis, Dublins, etc should be a cool place to hang out. Rodeo Drive would probably be the place to check out if you're looking for shopping in LA proper, of course there are better places (IMO) such as Orange County and the outlets at Cabazon but those are a bit out of the way. For a restaurant rec, Ren, myself, and others have posted quite a few good recs in the LA area.
post #7 of 25
the LA Weekly comes out on thursdays. pick one up. you're going to need to rent a car. it's always rush hour and taking a cab to beverly hills or hollywood will cost you an arm and both legs. there are lots of independently owned car rental agencies in town that will rent to 21 year olds. one way to get to know the city is to take either sunset blvd. or wilshire blvd. out of downtown and just keep heading west. eventually you'll hit the beach and you will have seen a lot of different neighborhoods; hollywood, west hollywood, beverly hills, century city, koreatown, santa monica, brentwood, and pacific palisades. i'd say take sunset on your way out and then take wilshire or santa monica blvd on your way back. almost everything touristy is between downtown and the beach. the eastside is a nice place to live, for some, but there's not much to see as a tourist. tell us what you're into and we can recommend specific bars, clubs, and restaurants. which reminds me, don't eat at pink's hot dogs unless you want to get sick. don't bother with chinatown or olvera street. don't walk around downtown at night. actually, tell us what places you're interested in going to and we'll tell you if it's a good idea or not.
post #8 of 25
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tell us what you're into and we can recommend specific bars, clubs, and restaurants. which reminds me, don't eat at pink's hot dogs unless you want to get sick. don't bother with chinatown or olvera street. don't walk around downtown at night.
M, Is Pink's really that bad? Whenever I've driven by it, I've always seen a line of people for their hotdogs and therefore assumed their food must be at least decent. I don't think people outside LA have heard of it, so I assumed all those people were angelenos.
post #9 of 25
Pinks is all hype. Stop by on a weekday at dinner-time, and there won't be a line at all...I feel that that's a good indicator of the food. I've never gotten sick from eating at Pinks and I don't feel that it's worth a wait, but I'd still recommend it to visitors...part of the LA experience.
post #10 of 25
HS try ugly duckling, when I was your age they would rent to me. they have branches in LA
post #11 of 25
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I've never gotten sick from eating at Pinks and I don't feel that it's worth a wait, but I'd still recommend it to visitors...part of the LA experience.
Agreed on all but the last--I don't send out-of-towners to Pink's. I send 'em to Tommys if they can hack a greasy chiliburger, Philippe's if they can't.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
OK, I've given in and decided to rent a car. There are only three things I absolutely must do: Interview at USC, eat at In-N-Out Burger, and go to the Brioni store on Rodeo Drive. On my own I am not the most sociable person, so I imagine the only way I'm going to make it to any clubs is if some of the other interviewees I meet are up for it. Supposing I can find some people up for going out, where should I go that is very little hassle, and what should I take to wear? Any recommendations for restaurants where one can eat alone without looking terribly pathetic? I believe there is no sight more sad than someone eating alone, so I'm looking for something low key. Thanks.
post #13 of 25
walk into guitar center in sherman oaks and tell them you're a member of the band the killers. you can have anything you want, then. johnny.
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Any other suggestions?
post #15 of 25
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OK, I've given in and decided to rent a car. There are only three things I absolutely must do: Interview at USC, eat at In-N-Out Burger, and go to the Brioni store on Rodeo Drive. On my own I am not the most sociable person, so I imagine the only way I'm going to make it to any clubs is if some of the other interviewees I meet are up for it. Supposing I can find some people up for going out, where should I go that is very little hassle, and what should I take to wear? Any recommendations for restaurants where one can eat alone without looking terribly pathetic? I believe there is no sight more sad than someone eating alone, so I'm looking for something low key. Thanks.
I would recommend going to the Sunset strip, they aren't clubs, but will be interesting places for you to visit, and very "LA Scene" Miyagi's is a nice Japanese restaurant/bar that is pretty big in the "celeb" scene, but I personally like it because the drinks are good and not too overpriced and the food is quite good. They have a nice sake selection there as well. You will see the occasional celebrity but LA area people are just used to it and it's not a big deal. On that same stretch (Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood) are a couple other nice local/celeb hangouts (Saddle Ranch, Dublin's Irish Pub, etc) and if you go a bit farther down Sunset, you'll reach Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the 405 freeway, and eventually the Ocean and Malibu. The Sunset strip is about 10-20 minutes north of downtown by car.
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