Dreamed up by the masterminds of Vintage Bar Group, The Well pours gourmet cocktails alongside refined pub morsels in a sultry lounge atmosphere. Behind a center island bar that swirls around an aquarium of tumbling martini glasses, barkeepers shake signature cocktails—such as the Hot & Dirty martini with olive juice and hot sauce and the Rumba Punch—and pour beer and wine such as Delirium Tremens and Buena Vista pinot noir. A vast menu of appetizers and small plates elevate simple bar dishes of onion rings, taquitos, and flatbreads with gourmet additions such as sweet-corn batter, fire-roasted salsas, and goat cheese. Co-designed by premier bar stylist Fred Sutherland, the white maple and mahogany-flanked hideaway leads to a majestic keyhole-shaped doorway, revealing a semiprivate lounge perfectly suited for special events or visits from Lewis Carroll. Whether seated on the lounge's overstuffed ottomans or perched on a leather banquette on the main floor, guests can sing along with tunes on the house jukebox, which was lauded as one of the best in Los Angeles by CBS Los Angeles.
With its Día de los Muertos décor replete with purple neon lighting, flickering candles, and enough eye candy to fill the largest of plastic pumpkin pails, Velvet Margarita dips guests' chips in ambience as much as in salsa. To keep things simple, all dishes are $16.50 during dinner (4 p.m. to close), $11 during lunch (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and can be made spicier upon request. Nosh on the pollo ala parilla con piña (chicken topped with pineapple and pico de gallo) or the salmón de Martin flopped heavy with white-wine pico cream sauce on a pillowy bed of rice and sautéed greens. Hedge your hunger-related bets with a chile relleno burrito, slow baked and topped with red serrano cream salsa and guacamole.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
Created by 20-year hat designer and passionate head-coverer Matt Clark, Hollywood Hat Lounge shades bare domes with an eclectic and wide-ranging collection of hats, from fedoras ($19.95–$84.95) to cowboy hats ($29.95–$69.75) to sinamay garden-party hats ($29.95–$65). Wannabe newsies can don a Goorin Newsboy cap ($34.95) and chuck the daily edition through their neighbor's Citizen Kane-themed basketball hoop, and women can recall the era of the leaping lindy hop with a Jasmine cloche hat ($24.95).