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What to do in Los Angeles?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by hopkins_student, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    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?
     
  2. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    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.
     
  3. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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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.
     
  4. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    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.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Search the forums. I think a few of us have written about this in length.
     
  6. drizzt3117

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    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.
     
  7. matadorpoeta

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    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.
     
  8. esquire.

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    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.
     
  9. Renault78law

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    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.
     
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    try ugly duckling, when I was your age they would rent to me. they have branches in LA
     
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    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.
     
  12. hopkins_student

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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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  16. Ambulance Chaser

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    I was in L.A. on business for two months a little over two years ago and knew almost no one there.  As a result, I dined in restaurants alone all the time (didn't want to do the takeout thing every night) and thought nothing of it.  Then again, I often see movies alone as well, so YMMV.  I loved The Newsroom (across the street from The Ivy) for breakfast.  You can dine in front of the sushi bar at Matsuhisa if you feel self-conscious about being by yourself.
     
  17. matadorpoeta

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    from usc, take vermont ave north. as soon as you pass hollywood blvd there's a place on the right called "fred 62." eat there. it's a cool place in a tragically hip sort of way, and the food is good and cheap.

    if you want to find some less than obvious places check out spaceland, the echo, or something downtown.

    if you want something more top 40, then turn around and head west on sunset blvd. you'll pass through hollywood. if you want a meet market hottest chicks that are probably out of your league l.a. experience go to "the sunset room." it's a half block south of sunset. i can't remember the street but pick up an l.a. weekly and you'll find it. it's east of the strip, close to the cineramadome.

    the actual strip has become way too commercial. you'll see lots of trendy hip-hop nonsense there. all the kids from the surrounding suburbs go there on the weekends. if that's your thing, go for it.
     
  18. esquire.

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    Its kind of tough to suggest something w/o knowing more about you, what you like, where you're from, etc... You've come off as a conservative guy, so we don't know if that means you would get morally offended by some of the wilder stuff in LA. And, when I travel, I hate to go and do something which I could have done at home.

    This is probably one of the dorkiest things you could do, but you could also buy one of those star maps and drive around searching for celebrities' homes. Don't expect to see any celebs, but you'll get a good idea of LA afterwards.

    Maybe, even go to Disneyland in Anaheim if you're willing to drive. If you go on weekday, the lines aren't too bad.

    Definitely, look for Tommy Burgers. I personally prefer it to In-N-Out, and they're both only located in SoCal. And, remember, don't talk about how you don't want to be a doctor unless you're compensated enough. It comes off as crass and unprofessional.
     
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    Anyone know any good clubs, bars, lounges in LA for a straight guy? I'm going to be there April 22-29th.
     
  20. Xericx

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    You don't have time to do much at all.

    On Thursday night I would suggest going to the Edison downtown if you want a drink. Nice crowd, you have to wear dress shoes and a collard shirt there. The Standard there is good too. Its close, and you shouldn't stay out too late anyways the night before your interview. LA Live is by the Staples Center...a few restaurants.

    After the interview, I would suggest going back downtown and taking the metro rail somewhere like hollywood. its the subway in LA....shouldn't take too long...you can walk around a bit. Its actually a bit hokey to be honest though....but you're not renting a car at least you can get out a bit and see something out here. Hollywood kind of sucks but you can take tours and shuttles to Rodeo, etc.

    Get some Dim Sum on Saturday AM in Chinatown...or eat at the Pantry next to Staples Center.


    edit: nm. this is from 2005. haha.
     

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