Birds & Bees

The Best Underground Bars in Downtown L.A.

12/12/2017

Hope Ewing

There are so many fun bars in L.A. but there is something about descending below-ground that conjures feelings of mystery and adventure - just ask Alice. In few places is this more true than the underground bar. Secret entrances, darkened staircases, being in the know are all part of the appeal.

There's no better place to enjoy this feeling than Downtown Los Angeles. Early 20th-century architectural gems have been revived right and left since the start of the 21st - and with them the basement bars, dance clubs and jazz lounges that once served the booming city’s movers and shakers. Bank vaults, a power plant and historic speakeasies are being redesigned for the thriving Downtown L.A. nightlife scene. If you’re searching for the best underground bars Downtown read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.

The Best Beaches in Los Angeles

10/11/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. We rounded up eight of the best beaches in L.A., from Malibu to the South Bay.

Aqua Surf School

Shop Small Spotlight: Aqua Surf School

12/28/2016

Discover Los Angeles

Aqua Surf School began in Santa Monica with the goal to educate and inspire its students to live happier and healthier lives through surfing. “As a business, we take into consideration how can we help the most people and make the healthiest impact on this earth,” says King. “We partner with companies like Heal the Bay and the Police Activity League, offering free surf lessons for people to build positive lifestyles, promote ocean safety and environmental awareness.”

Cold War Bunker at RoomEscape Los Angeles

Break Out of the Best Escape Rooms in Los Angeles

10/18/2016

Esther Tseng

Formerly called Escape Key, the rooms at 60out in West L.A. (other locations in Hollywood, Melrose and Marina del Rey) feature a game master/magician that stays in play throughout your hour to keep you clued in and entertained. As such, the idea is to have as much fun as possible during your visit - there's even a half-hour of magic preceding your hour of escaping. The sets are fun and creative with unusual moving parts and not your usual lock-combo decoding tasks.

Surfer at Leo Carrillo State Beach

Discover the Top 10 Surfing Spots in Los Angeles

10/05/2016

Discover Los Angeles

El Porto is exactly what you picture when you think “Southern California beach” - white sands, volleyball courts, and lots of sun-loving types on hot days. It’s a great spot to surf, especially in the fall and winter when bigger and more consistent swells roll in from the northwest. Summer, meanwhile, is good for beginners. There is a large parking lot, but it tends to fill up quickly so arrive early to snag a spot and hit the waves. According to Wagner, “Because it is so close to the airport, it’s a great place to go to catch a quick wave if you have an overnight flight with an L.A. layover, since it’s close by.”

Vijay Gupta at Echo Park Lake

Vijay Gupta: Building Community With Music

09/28/2016

Daniel Djang

Vijay Gupta, First Violin at the LA Phil, shares his favorite things about L.A., including playing in two world-class music venues, dining out, and overseeing the nonprofit music organization that he co-founded, Street Symphony.

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