+ The Abbey
The Abbey's most recent 4,000 square-foot expansion (the fifth in 12 years), included the addition of a brand new bar and lounge, now dubbed the Effen Smooth Bar, bringing its total size to approximately 16,000 square feet. Both AOL CityGuide and Zagat Survey rank The Abbey as THE hot spot in L.A. Such popularity and critical acclaim are a testament to Cooley's drive and entrepreneurial spirit.
+ Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
+ New York City Meets Los Angeles: The Hudson
No, we aren’t in New York City. The Hudson has arrived to Los Angeles, and with reason.
Reason being that this bar is the perfect place for after work drinks, a Saturday night out or a quick way to say you’ve done something outdoorsy (as long as you sit at the table closest to the tree that literally makes its way into the bar and through the roof.
The Hudson is what you would call geek chic. It’s chic enough for a night out with your girls but geek enough to find a cute computer programmer in the corner to buy you a drink and then hop into the photo booth with later.
And if you happen to get a little hungry after those round of beers all those “geeks” bought you, a basket of fries from the Hudson always does the trick.
+ Taste The Forbidden Fruit: Eden Nightclub
+ Tavern on the Scene: Laurel Tavern
If you happen to be in the San Fernando Valley on a Saturday night looking for something to do, visit Laurel Tavern in Studio City where there are a fine selection of beers on tap as well as a fine selection of pretty faces everywhere.
Though the Valley isn’t particularly known for their happening nightlife, Laurel Tavern is an exception to the rule. This rustic “pub” is the perfect place to grab after-work drinks with friends or kick back with a beer and bucket of fries any day of the week. Though they have an outdoor patio in front, finding a table inside seems to be all the rage, making it exceptionally hard to find a place to sit after a certain hour.
The after-work crowd tends to pile in around 6pm or 7pm when the kitchen is still open and serving dishes such as Grilled Artichoke, Chorizo Sliders and Pork Belly Skewers.
The only downside to finding a table, chair and someone to share a beer with: you have to pay for everything at the bar.
Also, don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two at a table in the back.
+ Your New Favorite Spot: My Studio Nightclub
Though you probably remember it as Mood Nightclub, My Studio on Hollywood Boulevard has completed transformed their space to create a lounge environment with a wall filled with books, a piano in the corner and plush sofas for endless amounts of seating.
The popular nightclub is bringing all types of people in, from those looking to enjoy a night out to those looking to celebrate a birthday or special event. Since the popularity of the spot is continually growing, your name on the guest list is essential unless you are looking forward to a long wait on line. And the fact that celebrity visitors include Karissa Shannon, Seth MacFarlane and Lauren Conrad, the hopes of getting past the velvet rope continue to grow as the weekends approach.
Along with celebrity followers, My Studio has also become popular thanks to their special events that are constantly being thrown and are constantly changing. Events include special guest performances, DJ visits and other appropriately themed parties such as their Post Memorial Day Party and celebrity birthdays.
+ Drumsticks & Draft Beer: Dillion’s Irish Pub
+ Dinner, Drinks and Vodka Tastings: Nic’s Martini Lounge
+ Muy Bueno: Las Palmas
+ Surf’s Up at Duke’s
+ The Hill’s Stacie Hall: Getting Away From The Drama
Citybuzz Los Angeles blogger Jessica Ingber interviews Stacie Hall
How has the hills changed the way you view your city?
The Hills mainly focuses on Hollywood and the trendy places to go and hang out. Filming in different places really showed me there is a lot to do and see that's not just clubs and glamour.
Was some of your favorite hang outs filmed on the hills? If so which ones?
The best place we filmed on the Hills was obviously Malibu for the summer. We were so fortunate to spend our days on the sand and have beach parties at night.
What do you love about your city?
I love that Los Angeles has it all. We have the city with cool restaurants and shops and only 20 miles from that is beautiful beaches. There's not a lot of cities that have so many different things to do with very unique people.
What do you love about your city in the summer/fall?
Los Angeles has some of the most gorgeous weather. I love that everyone is very active riding bikes and going on hikes in the mountains.
What are some of your favorite neighborhoods? For eating? Museums? Nightspots?
I really like Hollywood and West Hollywood. I would highly recommend the Farmers Market for small restaurants that have a lot of character and have been around in Los Angeles the longest. The Griffith park observatory is also great and has great views of the city. My favorite Night spot is Teddy's located in the Roosevelt hotel that has been around longer than most cubs and always draws a big crowd and is never too trendy.
What is your favorite place to shop in the city?
I really enjoy the flea markets and farmers markets. You can spend your weekends browsing antiques and finding really original stuff. There's a great place to find fresh fruit and a lot of local business's at the farmers market near the grove.
What inspires you about your city?
I feel really lucky to be around so much history and old Hollywood glamour. Los Angeles is one of the places people can only dream about going and making there dreams come true.
Do you have an insider tip for tourists visiting your city for the first time?
If you're a first time visitor I recommend going to check out Hollywood and Highland were the man Chinese theater and the Hollywood stars are.
Are you a regular somewhere? Local hangout?
I like trying new places whenever I can but I cant seem to get away from Venice beach!!! There's always so much to do there including roller blading and riding bikes.
Do you have a secret spot in the city (to unwind, get away, people watch, read a book, escape) and why?
One of the most peaceful places is the top of Runyon canyon. It's a short hike up the mountain and has views all the way to the ocean.
+ Hot for Haute Nightclub
+ Colony Nightclub: Hamptons meets Los Angeles
+ Corkbar: Uncork & Unwind
+ Going in the Right Direction at East/West
+ Nothing Standard About This Rooftop
+ Crazy at Coco de Ville
+ Get Dolled Up and Party With Some Guys
+ MI6 is the New 007
+ 1200 Reasons to Visit Bar 1200
+ The Finest are Flocking to Birds
+ Leave Your Hipster At the Door at Bar Lubitsch
+ X-Rated Ventures at Voyeur
+ Going Mad for Wonderland
+ Hotel Cafe: The Only Two Things This Spot Doesn’t Have
+ Old Hollywood Meets New at Jane’s House
+ Culturally Clad at Club Mayan