The Olive Kitchen + Bar harnesses the culinary styles of California and Italy to give diners a menu chock-full of hearty meats and flavorful vegetables amid a sun-drenched, casual fine-dining atmosphere. Conquer deliciousness deprivation with a rustic Italian white pizza, resplendently decorated with garlic, sliced potato, rosemary, oregano, and caramelized onion ($14), or the opulent lobster mac 'n' cheese ($19). Guests can winedrate parched gullets with a grape-derived beverage, such as a 2008 Tuscany chianti ($11) or a Poppy pinot noir from Monterey, California ($9). The Olive Kitchen + Bar also hosts a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Though he's used to hitting night clubs and touring, Adam Richmond's star is rising with appearances on Last Comic Standing, Last Call with Carson Daly, and a gig warming up the audience for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. The in-your-face comedian—blessed with a gravel-toned voice and pointed cadence—expounds on the big-picture and small-picture aspects of life, from religion and history to the ethics of killing ants and ideas for hypothetical horror movies about coconuts. He'll hit the Thai Palms Restaurant and Bar stage with a posse of comedians yet to be announced. Until then, customers can catch up on Richmond's lively online life, which abounds with a personal website, a video blog christened Suck My Shtick, and the occasional anonymous post on Gargoyles message boards.
In the award-winning Broadway musical Cabaret, leading lady Sally Bowles sings a racy number about working at the The Kit Kat Club in a pair of "lacy pants." The song is called “Don’t Tell Mama,” and its lyrics were the inspiration for this entertainment venue by the same name. An offshoot of the New York City original which has received praise from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair among others, Don’t Tell Mama in Los Angeles hosts nightly performances by singers, pianists, and comedians. Broadway actors and pop stars also put on surprise performances at the piano lounge after swiffering their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Don’t Tell Mama fuels patrons at its onsite restaurant and bar. Separate from the stage area, this intimate 50-person dining room serves up contemporary American cuisine including gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, and sides such as the signature lobster mac and cheese. A variety of creative cocktails rounds out the menu.
Those who've seen?The Social Network?or watched Heidi Klum host?Germany's Next Top Model?have already peeked inside Exchange LA. But behind the Hollywood connections, bright lights, and EDM bass thumps is plenty of history. Soaring 11 stories into the air (the city's limit at the time of construction) with 40-foot ceilings and art-deco details, the venue opened its limestone and granite doors as the Los Angeles Stock Exchange in 1931. A 90'x74' trading floor trimmed with balconies served as the anchor, while Eastern, American Indian, and Greek influences imparted a sense of timelessness. Although born into the tumult of the Great Depression, the structure continued its life as a financial hub until 2008. Then, as all buildings do when they reach maturity, it developed a massive cocoon and emerged as a nightclub.
The legend behind Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub is a tale taller than Paul Bunyan. Reilly, it's said, was born in Ireland during a bar fight, and took a man's life on that first day. His father lost him during a poker game at the age of two, and Reilly won himself back within six months. Then, at the age of three, he set out to cure America of what he saw as a disease: prohibition. The remedy, of course, was whiskey.?
The stories may be out there, but the pub itself couldn't be more tangible. Irish-inspired pub food, such as corned-beef sliders or a cheese steak made with Irish cheddar, help soak up the booze, while Reilly's Hooch, seven draft beers, and more than 50 whiskeys keep spirits raised.
Trunks Bar has been serving LA’s gay community for 25 years, and it might just feel like it’s the ‘80s as live DJs pump out oldies and pop hits from the halcyon days of dance music. This club and sports bar mixes drinks such as the Trunks Cooler, a tropical blend of Svedka vodka, Malibu, and juice, to get the crowd ready for the nightly DJ sets. On Mondays and Tuesdays, music from the ‘70s and ‘80s echoes throughout the bar. On Thursdays, DJ Draven takes requests and guests can “Spin the Wheel” to win hot shot specials. And weekends belong to DJ Bobby Spins and DJ Carlos, who understand that a fun night entails great tunes from the days before MacBooks learned to write music criticism.