Bachelor Party Ideas: Los Angeles

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A WEEKEND GUIDE

For all of the bach­e­lor par­ty perks of Vegas (warm weath­er, out­door pools, enter­tain­ment, clubs, and food and drinks), but with­out the neon lights and casi­no-lined Strip, look no fur­ther than Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia. L.A. is real­ly your one-stop bach­e­lor par­ty des­ti­na­tion, as it fea­tures many things you don’t even get in a place like Vegas, such as miles of coast­line, numer­ous pro­fes­sion­al sports teams and acces­si­ble out­door activ­i­ties.

WHERE TO STAY

First things first, where you stay in Los Ange­les should be direct­ly influ­enced by where you plan on spend­ing most of your time. If plan­ning a bach­e­lor week­end filled with Hol­ly­wood attrac­tions, bars and clubs, then stay in Hol­ly­wood or West Hol­ly­wood, while if you’re plan­ning a beach week­end, stay in San­ta Mon­i­ca.

Many of the most famous, and best, hotels in Los Ange­les are in Hol­ly­wood, such as the W Hol­ly­wood, Loews Hol­ly­wood and the Hol­ly­wood Roo­sevelt, which was the loca­tion of the first Acad­e­my Awards in 1929. In San­ta Mon­i­ca, you have a num­ber of high­rise hotels that over­look the Pacif­ic Ocean includ­ing Shut­ters on the Beach, Hotel Casa del Mar, Loews San­ta Mon­i­ca, JW Mar­riot and the Viceroy.

For some­thing just off the water, but a lit­tle bit more bud­get-friend­ly, there’s the bou­tique Pal­i­house San­ta Mon­i­ca and the Hotel Erwin, locat­ed in near­by Venice, which is known for its rooftop lounge.

For a more sports-themed bach­e­lor par­ty week­end, there are great hotels in down­town Los Ange­les that are con­ve­nient to the Sta­ples Cen­ter (and eas­i­ly acces­si­ble to Dodger Sta­di­um), such as the JW Mar­riott at L.A. LIVE and  Ace Hotel. If you real­ly want to throw down, Bev­er­ly Hills fea­tures many of the best lux­u­ry hotels in Los Ange­les, such as the Four Sea­sons, Bev­er­ly Wilshire (home to the “Pret­ty Woman Suite”) and Mon­tage.

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WHERE TO EAT

Sim­i­lar­ly, where you eat in L.A. depends on where you’re stay­ing and spend­ing most of your time, since there are so many great options in every neigh­bor­hood. Many of the most pop­u­lar meals in Los Ange­les can be found in Bev­er­ly Hills, includ­ing Thomas Keller’s Bou­chon, Wolf­gang Puck’s Spa­go, Cur­tis Stone’s Maude and The Bazaar by José Andrés.

If you’re stay­ing in Hol­ly­wood, how­ev­er, most of your best food options will be in near­by West Hol­ly­wood, such as The Church Key (fea­tured on Bravo’s Best New Restau­rants), Luc­ques, BOA Steak­house, Nobu (which also has a great beach­front Mal­ibu loca­tion) and Oliver’s Prime Steak­house.

In San­ta Mon­i­ca, the restau­rants range from two-star Miche­lin-rat­ed Mélisse to con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can (and a great tequi­la selec­tion) at Mer­ca­do to the most renowned gourmet burg­er in L.A., Father’s Office.

Oth­er great L.A. restau­rants include Bes­tia in the Art’s Dis­trict, Faith & Flower in down­town Los Ange­les, and Prov­i­dence and Petit Trois in Hol­ly­wood.

WHERE TO DAY-DRINK

Day drink­ing in Los Ange­les first begins at any num­ber of the brew­eries scat­tered around the city, many of which have out­door patios, or at least are open-air, such as Angel City and Arts Dis­trict Brew­ing, both with­in a block of one anoth­er in the Art’s Dis­trict.

In Glen­dale, there’s long­time Los Ange­les brew­ery Gold­en Road, while the South Bay fea­tures many of L.A.’s best brew­eries, such as The Dudes, Strand Brew­ing and Monk­ish Brew­ing Com­pa­ny.

For wine lovers, worth the dri­ve is Mal­ibu Wines, which has a selec­tion of local wine, but is best known for its week­end ambiance, which includes a large out­door area and live music.

In West Hol­ly­wood, you have great out­door patios like AOC Wine Bar and EB’s and 326 Farm­ers Mar­ket Bars at The Grove, both of which are great peo­ple-watch­ing bars.

Mean­while, for good rooftop bars, head to the beach at sun­set, where you have spots like the Hotel Shangri-La and Hotel Erwin. While Los Ange­les can’t com­pete with Vegas’ day clubs, there are a num­ber of sum­mer pool par­ties, includ­ing The Stan­dard in down­town Los Ange­les and the W Hol­ly­wood.

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WHERE TO NIGHT-DRINK

Los Ange­les has every type of bar you can think of, such as San­ta Monica’s Harvelle’s blues club, Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy, Sil­ver Lake’s Tiki-Ti tiki bar, and Koreatown’s Blip­sy bar­cade. Los Ange­les has a great selec­tion of speakeasy bars, includ­ing Var­nish (con­sid­ered one of the top cock­tail pro­grams) and Jack­a­lope (Japan­ese whiskey bar) in down­town Los Ange­les, the Blind Bar­ber (part bar­ber­shop, part cock­tail lounge) in Cul­ver City and Good Times at Dav­ey Wayne’s in Hol­ly­wood.

Being L.A., you still won’t find any short­age of dive bars, includ­ing King Eddy (pro­hi­bi­tion-era bar) in down­town Los Ange­les, Hinano’s in Venice, Smog Cut­ter in Hol­ly­wood and the Roost near Los Feliz.

WHERE TO NIGHTCLUB

While you can find many great restau­rants, bars, and hotels in every Los Ange­les neigh­bor­hood, you’ll find the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of night­clubs in Down­town and Hol­ly­wood. In Hol­ly­wood you have every­thing from famous night­clubs like The Rox­bury (yes, that Rox­bury) to classy spots like Boulevard3, which also has an out­door bar.

In down­town Los Ange­les you have The Lash, which is less Hol­ly­wood night­club and more casu­al dance club with great dee­jays. Sim­i­lar­ly, many of the adult clubs are also con­cen­trat­ed in Hol­ly­wood, includ­ing Chee­tahs and Crazy Girls. An L.A. insti­tu­tion is Jumbo’s Clown Room, which is part bur­lesque and part biki­ni bar. For some­thing classier, there’s The Edi­son, which is a steam-punk night­club, where bur­lesque, speakeasy and night­club vibes all con­verge.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT DRINKING

Your options are real­ly end­less for things to do. Near­ly every week­end of the year fea­tures pro­fes­sion­al sports options, such as the Lak­ers, Clip­pers and Kings at the Sta­ples Cen­ter, Dodgers at Dodger Sta­di­um or for foot­ball, check out the Charg­ers or Rams. Sim­i­lar­ly, the cli­mate is con­ducive year-round for beach days, as well as half-day and day hikes, with places like Grif­fith Park and Run­y­on Canyon mere miles from Hol­ly­wood.

For a less tra­di­tion­al bach­e­lor par­ty week­end, Los Ange­les is con­ve­nient to a num­ber of theme parks, includ­ing Six Flags and Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, both locat­ed just north of Hol­ly­wood and Dis­ney­land, locat­ed an hour south in Ana­heim.

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