Sedthee welcomes diners with a warm atmosphere and gracious hospitality. The menu is packed with traditional Thai cuisine, including stir-fried dishes, hearty curries, and delicately flavored desserts. Start a gustatory voyage with the prosperous baby––baby back ribs in Thai herbs and flash fried for a texture bonus ($8.95)––before delving deeper into the dark heart of flavor with the Jungle Feast, which bathes crispy duck (or vegan soy duck) in a tub of sweet pineapple, grapes, and a spicy coconut-milk forest curry made with freshly-ground spices ($13.95). Sedthee's specialty spicy lamb chops come grass-fed from New Zealand to get a marinated coat of Thai spices ($15.95), and Devil's fried rice, which comes with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or tofu ($7.95), and the creamy medium spice of the Panang curry, made with fresh, hand-juiced coconut milk (starting at $7.95), can please traditionalist palates. A dessert order of taro custard cake à la mode ($5.95) places the sweet end cap on top of the dinner pipe.
There’s always something different happening at MJ’s—their diverse social calendar includes everything from karaoke and DJs to drag shows and gay Middle Eastern nights. Inside, bartenders sling drinks as go-go dancers encourage everyone to move to the music, and out on the covered patio revelers mingle in the warm night air. Groups can also schedule parties here, whether for birthday boys, bachelorettes, or cake-appreciation societies. MJ’s recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, and during that time they have partnered with community organizations such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Out of the Closet thrift stores.
Encircled by the mature trees of Griffith Park, the Greek Theatre is a premier outdoor venue with a rich history in Los Angeles. Opened in 1931, the open-air theater cradles up to 5,900 spectators in a design originally inspired by an ancient Greek temple, which pleased the gods by stacking its amplifiers to face Mount Olympus.
Inspired by the 1968 cult film, Barbarella Bar is a rockin’ cool neighborhood spot in the heart of Silver Lake. Happy hour is especially popular here, as locals hang out at the long bar or nestle into sexy leather banquettes. The patio offers a livelier scene with an open al fresco lounging atmosphere. On tap there are two dozen local craft brews and imported beer, while large, festive martinis range from pomegranate mint to an elderflower gimlet, and specialty cocktails include a Moscow Mule, Jalapeño Twist and house-made sangria. Patrons can graze on the likes of burrata bruschetta, tuna tartare or short rib tacos. Heartier plates feature miso salmon, pesto penne with artichokes, grass fed Angus burgers, gourmet pizza, and selections of charcuterie and cheese.
This Los Feliz favorite for Chinese cuisine offers just enough fancy – white tablecloths, red lacquered walls, dim lighting and a hopping bar with signature mai tais – to make it romantic for a date, but it also remains family-friendly. The Palace is family owned, and features traditional Chinese harp music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, adding a lively artistic ambiance. Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines spin out traditional and authentic favorites like soup dumplings, lettuce wraps, crab rangoon and barbecue ribs to start; tangerine shrimp, sizzling scallops, Szechuan peppery chicken and Beijing duck are offered as mains. There’s a big vegetarian menu featuring dishes like mapo tofu and snow peas with fresh water chestnuts, and plentiful fried rice and pan-fried noodle dishes. The restaurant features a private upstairs banquet room that occasionally hosts live entertainment, and offers delivery to the neighborhood.
Immortalized in the 1996 movie ‰ÛÏSwingers,‰Û� The Dresden has earned a devoted following thanks to its campy-yet-cool lounge atmosphere and, of course, Marty and Elayne Roberts, the ageless jazz duo whose scene-stealing performance in the Jon Favreau-penned film has left countless viewers asking, ‰ÛÏWhere can I find them?‰Û� As it turns out, you can still see them at The Dresden every Tuesday through Saturday evening, where they have been playing for over 30 years, inviting up friends and guests to sing along on standards and quirky covers like the Bee Gees‰Ûª ‰ÛÏStayin‰Ûª Alive.‰Û� The seating in the always-crowded bar is first-come, first-served, but if you can, pull up a chair alongside the piano, order a stiff martini and a shrimp cocktail from the classic Continental menu, and sink into the Old Hollywood atmosphere as jazzy melodies dance across the dimly lit room. Note: correct name should be The Dresden Restaurant