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Moving to Santa Monica next week, suggestions ?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by FlyingLotus, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    There are lots of gay bars in Santa Monica

    Any bear bars?
     
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    Any bear bars?
    Bars for Cal students?
     
  3. matadorpoeta

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    There are lots of gay bars in Santa Monica
    I can only think of one gay bar in Santa Monica. It's off PCH and it has a nautical theme. There are a ton of gay bars on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood, but not in Santa Monica.
     
  4. FlyingLotus

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    Any bear bars?

    You read my mind LabelKing...

    Thanks for all the suggestions people, sounds like lots of great places to check out...

    Someone mentioned the Spectrum gym, which is actually really close to were I''m going to be working - so I might check that out first...

    Does anyone know if there's much art stuff going on ?
    Like art supply stores, painting/drawing groups or anything ?

    I'm going alone, and don't know anyone there.. its going to be weird.
     
  5. CasinoRoyale

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    I'm a member of Spectrum too, so be warned, it is MUCH more expensive than other gyms. Much nicer, too, but still. This could be good or bad, since increased prices means fewer people and less of a wait for equipment during the busy hours.

    That said I haven't been to the Santa Monica location. All the locations I've been to are VERY nice and way better than any Bally's or 24 Hour Fitness I've been to.

    Spot on recommendations here. I don't know anything about art supply stuff. The only art thing I know is the Downtown Artwalk which is Downtown(obv) and not very close to Santa Monica.
     
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    Lots of galleries on abbott kinney.

    Also there you will find 3 square, primitivo, axe, gjelina, tasting kitchen, intelligentsia, urth cafe.

    Coras cafe by the viceroy is good as is huckleberry, so is chinois on main.
     
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    Any bear bars?

    Father office is a beer bar. Great spot on Montana. Named the best burger in LA but the chef will not make any changes to the burger no matter what you ask for. Really cool local, loud spot with lots of young people.
     
  8. mordecai

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    On Main Street, Circle Bar is probably the best bar in town.
    UGH. as far as art goes, there are still a lot of galleries but not very good ones. the santa monica museum of art still has a solid program though and you can check out the occasionally decent shows at bergamot. i'd skip them and just head to culver city for an art excursion. as far as bars go, my gay friends liked rooster fish but that was a few years ago. not sure what it's like now. probably the same. +1 on whoever said bay cities.
     
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    Tons of drawing groups. Look on Meetup.com or go to Otis College and check the board. Also...take a cab or even bus down to Abbott Kinney on the First Friday of the month (hard to park). Its very cool...50 gourmet food trucks lined up on the street, all the stores stay open late with DJs, art shows, sales and tons of people and people watching. http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/
     
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    I'm a member of Spectrum too, so be warned, it is MUCH more expensive than other gyms. Much nicer, too, but still. This could be good or bad, since increased prices means fewer people and less of a wait for equipment during the busy hours.

    That said I haven't been to the Santa Monica location. All the locations I've been to are VERY nice and way better than any Bally's or 24 Hour Fitness I've been to.


    The Santa Monica one is quite a bit smaller than all the others (I usually go to the South Bay location but if traffic on the 405 is bad I hop on the 10 and go to Santa Monica). Main draw is the lack of having to wait for equipment and the towel service. The membership there includes access to the Howard Hughes location too...which is larger and has a pool.

    They did just put new 24" HDTVs on many of the cardio equipment which is cool.

    If you're working in the water gardens or any of the nearby buildings, the convenience can't be beat really.
     
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    on Tuesdays I like to go to the Brig on Abbott Kinney (more venice but pretty close to you). They do this cool live band with a DJ scratching, it gets pretty crowded and is a good vibe.
     
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    Yeah I'm in Inglewood so the trip to South Bay isn't bad at all. I like that location because it has two basketballs courts, one has refs which is cool. And if I don't feel like playing but wanna work on my terrible jumper I usually can do so. If not balling I go to Howard Hughes which is also nice.
     
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    just heard about this:

    http://glowsantamonica.org/

    this looks cool i might check it out.


    i went to Glow in 08. it was really really pointless and bad.
     
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    ah. I'll already be at a birthday party on Main Street, so its not too inconvenient.
     
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    nothing really to recommend but you certainly picked the right city for the LA area.

    -Jeff

    Can anyone suggest places i should become familiar with ?

    Any info on shopping, haircuts, good groceries, gyms,
    or anything else you think a guy on styleforum would appretiate?

    Thanks!
     
  17. FlyingLotus

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    Anyone go to Floyd's barbershop ?
    Drove past it on my way in from the aiport.. looked like it might be ok ?
     
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    Anyone go to Floyd's barbershop ? Drove past it on my way in from the aiport.. looked like it might be ok ?
    I've been there a few times; pretty good, but I just have a short and simple cut... had it done by Rick Harrison. I'm not sure how they do with more complicated cuts. My female friends in the area like going to Studio DNA, but I've never seen a guy getting a cut there the times I've sat waiting there.
     
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    I go to Floyd's all the time. Its not a professional salon but for guys, its good and not too expensive. Pretty consistently good cuts everytime I've gone to various locations. 21 bucks for a cut.
     
  20. FlyingLotus

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    Ive been checking out a lot of your guys' recommendations - having a great time so far.. glad that its finally cooling off a bit! Went for burgers in brentwood market foodcourt.. some drinks at the roosterfish, abbot kinney festival, a bit of 3rd st, drove by Fred Seigel - I need to go back when i have some time...
    Was out on Montana today doing some poking around..

    Finding a decent apartment here isnt going very well so far.. hope to find something soon.

    Does anyone know where I could get a quality hair clipper set ?
    Like Oster clippers or something ? I checked out CVS and bestbuy but they just have shitty ones..
    Also, anyone know where to get Anthony skincare products around here?
    Maybe i need to just start ordering my stuff online.


    Thanks!
     

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