Father’s Office Culver City
3229 Helms Ave., Culver City
Sit at the bar or on the patio, and order one of an encyclopedia’s worth of craft beers. (Skip the cocktails.) Order the Office Burger, complete with bacon, caramelized onions, gruyere, and blue cheese (no substitutions allowed), with just about any sides—everything’s good. There's another Father's Office location in Santa Monica; the menus are the same but the vibes are completely different.
Stanley’s Wet Goods
9620 Venice Blvd., Culver City
Stanley’s is half wine shop, half bar. It’s a chill spot to grab an afternoon glass of pinot, and the scene gets lively as the evening rolls on—mostly small groups gathered around tables, never too crowded. If you taste something you like, take a bottle home. And if you’re just stopping into the shop for a hostess gift, the staff is a huge help for picking out something great.
5009 Melrose Ave., Melrose Hill
The Ggiata founders are three twenty-something buddies from New Jersey who sought to bring the east coast deli sandwich to LA. The highlight of the menu is the chicken cutlet sub, which is dressed in pesto and spicy vodka sauce. And the vegetarian options—portobello mushroom and eggplant parm—are thoughtful and satisfying. Ggiata is best for delivery and pick-up, but there are a few counter spots if you’re sticking around to eat.
The Ruby Fruit
3510 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
LA's first new lesbian bar in a decade is a natural wine bar that spills into the parking lot when they hit capacity, which is most nights. By day, they serve a full lunch. It’s mostly diner food: loaded cheese fries, grilled chicken sandwiches, tuna melts. At night, you’ll see a lot of hot dogs and spritzes.
Wine and Eggs
3129 1/2 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village
Wine and Eggs is a favorite neighborhood shop for natural and organic wine, but within its lapis-tiled storefront you will find so much more. Pick out organic farmer’s market produce and fresh flowers and scope out their selection of pantry provisions, which tends to fall ahead of the curve. (This was one of the first places in LA to stock Fishwife’s famous tinned fish.)
Highland Park Brewery
1220 N. Spring St., Chinatown
This brewery is low-key and has some of the best craft beer in the city. It’s a relatively small operation—more tasting room than the sprawling warehouse vibe that’s become so common for LA breweries.
The Let’s Go! Disco & Cocktail Club
710 E. 4th Pl., Little Tokyo
This hot-pink Italian disco, situated just behind De La Nonna, is a great place to go out. If you come early in the evening, the groovy, mirrorballed space is a chill spot to have a drink and listen to music. The dancing really picks up at around 9 p.m.
1210 Mateo St., Arts District
Olive Ateliers curates vintage home goods sourced from around the world—patinated pots, stone sinks, elm consoles, and so much more. They release new items on a first-come, first-serve basis; if you’re a serious shopper, get on their email list to know when new inventory drops.
Conrad Los Angeles
100 S. Grand Ave., Downtown
In a Frank Gehry building just across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and steps from the Broad, the Conrad has: Sleek bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, some of them overlooking the hotel’s pretty pool and the Grand complex. Two José Andrés restaurants, which both have stupendous service and several standout dishes, like San Laurel’s black Mission fig stracciatella salad and Basque-style cheesecake. And an outstanding spa that features an infrared sauna, Augustinus Bader facials, Gavin McLeod-Valentine–trained aestheticians, and harmonic therapy using binaural beats. It’s easily the best place to stay on Bunker Hill.
208 E. 8th St., Downtown
Sonoratown is sensational. The meats here are charred over a mesquite grill instead of a flat-top. The carne asada is made with beef short rib instead of the traditional skirt steak. They have another location in Miracle Mile, if you happen to be coming from the Westside.