Nestled inside the Bonaventure Hotel, experienced masseuses maintain 10,000 square feet of pure serenity spread across 11 treatment rooms. Cordoned off into sections for men and women, the facility flaunts amenities such as hydro-jet showers with seven pulsing showerheads and saunas fogged with soothing vapor instead of fog machines stolen from middle-school dances. Bonaventure Club plucks massage techniques from all over the globe, including Thailand where therapists stretch frames with their hands, knees, and feet to amplify the client's flexibility and energy. Pre- or post-treament, clients can unwind in a relaxation lounge stocked with Perrier water, jasmine-rose tea, and snacks, while flipping through magazines or watching a big-screen TV.
Since 1952, Melody Bar and Grill has gathered diners and bargoers in an unvarying array of midcentury comfort and luxury. Amber chandeliers dangle from ornate copper ceilings in the dining area where guests enjoy menu selections such as chicken parmesan and top sirloin culotte steak designed by chef and owner Christian Warren. In the bar area, light fixtures reminiscent of a Japanese dojo illuminate a bar upholstered with tufted brown leather. Matching intricate cocktails with special events throughout the week, Melody hosts Monday evening karaoke.
Zagat describes the Los Angeles Brewing Company as "a dramatic space, with a ceiling that seems to ripple, a mezzanine reached by marble and wrought iron stairs, a bar long enough to accommodate 100 beer taps––and many secrets." This is a nod to the restaurant’s enigmatic basement, riddled with Prohibition-era tunnels and old vaults pocked by machine-gun holes. Owner Ralph Verdugo, who gutted the historic Chapman Building himself to make way for his delicious venture, recalls pulling once-hot lead from the cellar walls. His labors are part of a citywide effort to bring back the Broadway corridor’s bygone splendor and restore it to the destination it was when it hosted the city’s first Spartan gladiatorial games in 1924.
Four humungous projection screens hang above the bar like billboards and cast more than 100 taps in a sports-fueled glow. Though the proprietors think of the restaurant as a beer-lovers’ oasis (it has a beer club and crafty offerings such as Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout), no expense is spared on the American comfort menu, which sources farmers' market produce for heirloom-tomato and fresh-fruit salads, as well as succulent medleys of fresh veggies. Hand-cut garlic fries can also be found wrapped like flower bouquets in conical tissue—ideal pairing for pairing with brewery burgers, bourbon barbecue with garlic aioli, and salty-sweet caper rémoulade.
For the sports-watching, beer-by-the-pitcher crowd that makes up a not insignificant portion of nearby Hollywood, The Happy Ending Bar is a perfect place to meet with friends. With a decidedly divey feel, despite the long run of windows and ample room inside, this wood-heavy bar offers everything from billiards to beer pong to help pass the time. That is, when not sitting over a plate of wings and watching the latest live sports game from one of the many televisions throughout the wide space. Other shareable options include the carne asada nachos and small pizzas to individually-portioned bowls of jambalaya and plates of spaghetti and meatballs. A calendar of events spans from weekly Country Nights to weekend deejay sessions, with karaoke on Mondays for those with a need to sing.
Tompkins Square Bar and Grill is a relaxing, comfortable sports bar on Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester. A huge, 80-inch flat screen TV sits above a fireplace inside, acting as a visual centerpiece to the wood-paneled room. Other, smaller televisions hang just above comfortable leather banquettes, while a long bar lines a far wall, offering more than a dozen beers on tap, plus a full bar. Classic pub fare is also on offer, meaning locals can chow down on fries, burgers and a beer while watching whatever sport happens to be on the massive screen. Located just north of LAX, the bar services two nearby colleges and the various neighborhoods nearby, acting as a conduit for local conversation and offering folks a casual place to catch a game.
With a menu of pub favorites, a glossy marble bar, and multiple high-def flat screens tiling the walls, The Man Cave is definitely a destination for fans of sports?and burgers. The modern, spacious bar, clad in shades of stone and beige to let game colors shine, boasts a cool, bright look that sets it apart from dim dives. Wings, sandwiches, steak, and other hearty American entrees make up the food menu, while craft and mainstream brews are poured all night. Whether Man Cave visitors are cheering on a team's win or covering up a loss by adhering pizzas to TV screens, the room remains a casual, friendly place to hang out.