“Welcome to Downtown Los Angeles, a vibrant city center. Thanks to our commercial, creative, and cultural rebirth, many people live, work, and play here every day. Come experience world-class arts, entertainment, dining, nightlife, and more. You’ll discover your inner urban pioneer in Downtown LA, the Heart of Los Angeles!” – downtownla.com
LA Live – Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and a short cab ride from the Biltmore, LA Live is the hub of downtown nightlife. Much more than Staples center, LA live features movie theatres, a plethora of restaurants, clubs and bars, The Grammy Museum, and a host of events offered. Visit their website at www.lalive.com and don’t forget to check out their visitors section, which features a special offers section describing discounts to students and AMEX card holders.
LA Weekly Calendar – Not sure what to do while you’re in town? Try looking at the calendar section of Los Angeles’ most up to date and reliable online magazine for ideas on events, shows, festivals, museums, the arts, films, and the LA nightlife. www.laweekly.com/calendar
Restaurant Reviews – Why leave your dining experience up to chance? Why not use the food experts to guide your decision on which restaurant to choose. The Zaget guide has long been a trusted source of culinary expertise recommendations. www.zagat.com/losangeles For those who prefer to have their restaurant critiques come from their neighbors and the general public, Yelp can help. www.yelp.com/c/la/restaurants
Discover Los Angeles – This website leaves no stone unturned in the city of Angeles. Plan your trip and itinerary from the comfort of your own home with LA’s most thorough trip planner. LA’s modern art tour, Mural tour, architecture tour, cultural hotspots, LA historical filming locations, first-time visitor and budget itinerary. www.discoverlosangeles.com and explore under the “Guides” section for an array of possibilities. There is also a page dedicated for downtown Los Angeles under “Guides/Neighborhoods.”
TMZ tour – If one of your guilty pleasures is keeping up with celebrity gossip with the occasional case of star struck, the TMZ tour might be just what you’re looking for. Hit all the hot spots LA has to offer and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a few celebrities along the way. www.tmz.com/tour?adid=tmzbustour
Burlesque show and Jell-O wrestling – Friday April 19, 2012. Not your typical burlesque show, Dragonfly bar in Hollywood hosts the Devils Playground burlesque troupe, a band of women who make combine the erotic with the hip. Not your traditional burlesque show as these girls combine edgy with erotic. Past show themes include Star Wars, Comic Book characters, Halloween, and sexy Christmas. It’s easy to get there on the Metro, take the red line from Pershing square to Hollywood/Vine (16 minutes) and the venue is 6 blocks away. www.courtneycruz.com
Gay Nightlife (West Hollywood and Silver Lake)