Bars in Universal City

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One of California’s largest venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by welcoming sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage to grant easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system allows visitors to rock out to dynamic tunes, or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.

100 Universal City Plz
North Hollywood,
CA
US

As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.

Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.

1000 Universal Center Dr
Universal City,
CA
US

Within a chic, two-story beauty abode, R Style Lounge offers a full menu of haircare, skincare, nailcare, and waxing services. Polish your finger-helmets with a manicure, which includes a paraffin hand bath, French tips, and a hand-and-arm massage ($20–$25). Or, take a seat in one of the comfy red-and-white scoop chairs and have your noodle-nest cut, shampooed, and styled ($45–$75 for women, and $35–$55, men) or fully highlighted ($100–$150). R Style Lounge’s friendly, professional aestheticians are Constitutionally bound to bolster skin’s beauty with a signature facial ($125), or make muscles feel as wonderful as their skin coats during a Swedish massage ($65).

11610 Ventura Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US

After visually scrolling up, down, and all around the focused menu, get off to a noshing start with the classic Turkish döner, warm lavash bread wrapped around slices of lamb and beef with tzatziki, cucumber, tomatoes, and chili sauce ($9.49). Start a grassroots vegetarian movement with a falafelite complete with hummus, feta, and kalamata olives ($9). Like a Trapper Keeper, each meal can be customized to taste by covering it with pony stickers. Choose a bread (focaccia sandwich or lavash wrap), a style (original, spicy, Mediterranean for $1 more, and others), and a side (seasoned fries, pita strips with hummus, Greek side salad for $1 more, and others). Döner offerings can also be ordered à la carte or constructed as a plate ($10.49) or salad ($9).

3737 Cahuenga Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US

Clear Lake Audio is located in North Hollywood, California and has been serving your audio needs since 1987. Studio "A" is your classic high ceiling, large live room studio, with 3 isolation booths and a very roomy, control room designed by George Augspurger.

10520 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood,
CA
US

"I wanted to fill a void by creating a space with Beverly Hills elegance, decor, and cuisine in the Valley," says Duane Martin. The actor and entrepreneur?seen onscreen in such films as White Men Can't Jump and Scream 2?recently opened the upscale nightspot on Ventura Boulevard. Designed as a place where members of any lettered list can unwind, the chic space invites guests to enjoy upscale cocktails, gourmet appetizers, and freshly prepared ambiance. Massive leather booths cradle visitors as they sip unique beverages such as the Strand, made with peach Ciroc and Cointreau, or the Clover Leaf, combining gin, muddled raspberry, and egg whites. Outside, plush chairs and lush greenery are arranged around tables ready to hold small plates of mac 'n' cheese cupcakes, shrimp with parmesan grits, or sweet-potato fries with malted aioli.

In the Press

  • "The multi-tasking venue features a contemporary American menu and specialty cocktails in a chic interior..." ? Gayot
  • "There's a silver coated main lounge/bar, a VIP dining room with polka-dot walls (!), and two outdoor patios with fireplaces and cabanas for table service..."?? Eater LA
10628 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US