Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Food Scene

Only top 5 James Beard award winning restaurant in LA. Often run a special on weeknights after 9pm to close at the pizza bar for pizza, dessert and glass of beer or wine al for $20
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Pizzeria Mozza
641 North Highland Avenue
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Only top 5 James Beard award winning restaurant in LA. Often run a special on weeknights after 9pm to close at the pizza bar for pizza, dessert and glass of beer or wine al for $20
Chef Ludo Lefebvre's casual French brasserie, including the best omelette that I've had (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and some also say their Big Mec is the best burger. Often playing French covers of familiar American music.
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Petit Trois Le Valley
718 North Highland Avenue
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Chef Ludo Lefebvre's casual French brasserie, including the best omelette that I've had (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and some also say their Big Mec is the best burger. Often playing French covers of familiar American music.
Often listed as one of the most romantic in all of LA. Go for great LA style Italian meal and definitely try the cedar plank salmon of their Hollywood Bowl picnic baskets.
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Pace
2100 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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Often listed as one of the most romantic in all of LA. Go for great LA style Italian meal and definitely try the cedar plank salmon of their Hollywood Bowl picnic baskets.
You'll need a reservation to eat at one of the premier sushi spots in LA. Even more LA, it's in a strip mall. Last time I went, I sat next to E from Entourage.
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Sushi Park
8539 Sunset Boulevard
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You'll need a reservation to eat at one of the premier sushi spots in LA. Even more LA, it's in a strip mall. Last time I went, I sat next to E from Entourage.
Looking for a wellness shot, acai bowl or protein shake? They have it all inlcuding coffee, baked goods and sandwiches.
Qwench Juice Bar
6848 Sunset Blvd
Looking for a wellness shot, acai bowl or protein shake? They have it all inlcuding coffee, baked goods and sandwiches.
Come her for brunch or lunch and try top chef, Marcel's 10K burger. I think it's one of the best in LA. Plus the decor is amazing and menu is super LA.
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Wolf
7661 Melrose Ave
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Come her for brunch or lunch and try top chef, Marcel's 10K burger. I think it's one of the best in LA. Plus the decor is amazing and menu is super LA.
One of the premiere restaurant's in all of LA and know for it's seafood. Unless your $$$$, I recommend going their anniversary or better yet checking out their bar for excellent cocktails.
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Providence
5955 Melrose Ave
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One of the premiere restaurant's in all of LA and know for it's seafood. Unless your $$$$, I recommend going their anniversary or better yet checking out their bar for excellent cocktails.
Folks from our neighborhood walk over to the night market on Thursdays nights to get food, produce or enjoy the killer views.
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Yamashiro Night Market
1999 N Sycamore Ave
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Folks from our neighborhood walk over to the night market on Thursdays nights to get food, produce or enjoy the killer views.
One of the premiere restaurants in LA with TV chef Ludo. Really cool atmosphere and reservations are a must. The food is not my favorite but you should try it at least once.
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Trois Mec
716 North Highland Avenue
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One of the premiere restaurants in LA with TV chef Ludo. Really cool atmosphere and reservations are a must. The food is not my favorite but you should try it at least once.
TV chef, Curtis Stone's butcher themed restaurant. I love eating at the bar and getting bites from the bar menu. If you go for the full meal, except to pay $$$$.
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Gwen
6600 Sunset Blvd
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TV chef, Curtis Stone's butcher themed restaurant. I love eating at the bar and getting bites from the bar menu. If you go for the full meal, except to pay $$$$.
One of my favorites spots for pasta in all of LA and most people don't know about it. Plus, they do a great job with drinks too.
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Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Avenue
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One of my favorites spots for pasta in all of LA and most people don't know about it. Plus, they do a great job with drinks too.
The fancy sibling to Pizzaria Mozza. Go here for great pasta and cocktails. Check out the Mozzarella bar and expect to pay a premium.
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Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue
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The fancy sibling to Pizzaria Mozza. Go here for great pasta and cocktails. Check out the Mozzarella bar and expect to pay a premium.
Go here because you love the show and are a tourist. You pay a premium and get pretty good food.
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SUR Restaurant & Lounge
North Robertson Boulevard
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Go here because you love the show and are a tourist. You pay a premium and get pretty good food.
Come here for the ice cream and yes they even have vegan flavors. The crowd pleaser is their honeycomb ice cream.
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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
5915 Franklin Ave
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Come here for the ice cream and yes they even have vegan flavors. The crowd pleaser is their honeycomb ice cream.
I LOVE their burgers and fries. Plus, LIQUID cheese!!
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Shake Shack
6201 Hollywood Blvd
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I LOVE their burgers and fries. Plus, LIQUID cheese!!

Arts & Culture

One of the best outdoor Greek ampitheater's in the US that welcomes picnicking and byo wine for non leased events.
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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One of the best outdoor Greek ampitheater's in the US that welcomes picnicking and byo wine for non leased events.
Home of the Oscar's and a host of other events.
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Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
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Home of the Oscar's and a host of other events.
Some of the biggest and best theater in the nation ends up at the Pantages theater.
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Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
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Some of the biggest and best theater in the nation ends up at the Pantages theater.
Next to the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater is the second best outdoor concert venue in LA with a great line up.
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The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
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Next to the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater is the second best outdoor concert venue in LA with a great line up.
Live stand up comedy and unlike most other Improv's they have a ton of comedians and shorter sets which means more variety for you.
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Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Avenue
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Live stand up comedy and unlike most other Improv's they have a ton of comedians and shorter sets which means more variety for you.
Live sketch comedy and improv shows. Go to their prime time weekend show to see their best talent. The Groundlings was a feeder for SNL cast members for a number of years and has great shows but is now the #2 after Upright Citizens Brigade.
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The Groundlings Theatre & School
7307 Melrose Avenue
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Live sketch comedy and improv shows. Go to their prime time weekend show to see their best talent. The Groundlings was a feeder for SNL cast members for a number of years and has great shows but is now the #2 after Upright Citizens Brigade.
IF you want stand up comedy and big names, this is your spot.
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Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Boulevard
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IF you want stand up comedy and big names, this is your spot.
Another comedy spot that attracts a ton of big names for stand up comedy.
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The Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Boulevard
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Another comedy spot that attracts a ton of big names for stand up comedy.

Entertainment & Activities

Weekly red carpet premiere's are held here for Hollywood's biggest movies during the week. Worth going to see a movie in their IMAX theater or just getting a picture of for the gram.
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TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
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Weekly red carpet premiere's are held here for Hollywood's biggest movies during the week. Worth going to see a movie in their IMAX theater or just getting a picture of for the gram.
Locals and tourists alike love Harry Potter world.
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
100 Universal City Plaza
Locals and tourists alike love Harry Potter world.
Walt Disney's flagship movie house with old timey charm and always playing the latest Disney movie.
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El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard
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Walt Disney's flagship movie house with old timey charm and always playing the latest Disney movie.
SUPER affordable improv group comedy in the quirky but cool Franklin village. Asssscat is the hero show but they have many other popular ones.
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5919 Franklin Avenue
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SUPER affordable improv group comedy in the quirky but cool Franklin village. Asssscat is the hero show but they have many other popular ones.
Super exclusive magician's club with a ton of history, lots of bar, and very fancy dress code. You need to know a magician to get in and have your suit tie with you.
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The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave
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Super exclusive magician's club with a ton of history, lots of bar, and very fancy dress code. You need to know a magician to get in and have your suit tie with you.
If you're a Dodger fan or want to go to the occasional concert, this is the spot.
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Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
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If you're a Dodger fan or want to go to the occasional concert, this is the spot.
The best BARcade in LA. Great games, fun vibe and a surprisingly good selections of adult beverages.
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Button Mash
1391 Sunset Blvd
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The best BARcade in LA. Great games, fun vibe and a surprisingly good selections of adult beverages.
Check out the nearest zoo and see some elephants or monkeys. Also, keep your eyes peeled for their night time Roaring nights events where they have live bands and silent discos as well.
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LA Zoo
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Check out the nearest zoo and see some elephants or monkeys. Also, keep your eyes peeled for their night time Roaring nights events where they have live bands and silent discos as well.

Drinks & Nightlife

Hand's down the best Tiki bar you'll ever go to. Totally upscale tiki décor, great drinks and brought to you by the guys who run Melrose Umbrella Company
Lono
6611 Hollywood Blvd
Hand's down the best Tiki bar you'll ever go to. Totally upscale tiki décor, great drinks and brought to you by the guys who run Melrose Umbrella Company
You need a reservation to get into the Spare Room bar and game room tucked away in the Roosevelt Hotel. Expect great drinks form a luminary in the bar scene, Yael, as well as upscale wooden board games like jenga, backgammon, and my personal favorite, Connect 4.
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The Spare Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd
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You need a reservation to get into the Spare Room bar and game room tucked away in the Roosevelt Hotel. Expect great drinks form a luminary in the bar scene, Yael, as well as upscale wooden board games like jenga, backgammon, and my personal favorite, Connect 4.
Buy the tickets in advance and check out the magic show as well as get some of the best drinks in town at this Houston Brothers bar.
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Black Rabbit Rose Magic
1719 N Hudson Ave
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Buy the tickets in advance and check out the magic show as well as get some of the best drinks in town at this Houston Brothers bar.
Historic house and backyard hosting one of LA's best bar's with regular entertainment that has included Burlesque and cover bands. Also home to a number of Vanity Fair parties.
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No Vacancy
1727 North Hudson Avenue
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Historic house and backyard hosting one of LA's best bar's with regular entertainment that has included Burlesque and cover bands. Also home to a number of Vanity Fair parties.
Great venue for concerts with killer upstairs outdoor patio.
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The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd
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Great venue for concerts with killer upstairs outdoor patio.
If you're looking for cocktails with ingredients straight from the farmer's market, this is your spot and tucked away in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel which is filled with old hollywood charm and lore
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Library Bar
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
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If you're looking for cocktails with ingredients straight from the farmer's market, this is your spot and tucked away in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel which is filled with old hollywood charm and lore
Epic bar that hosts a band and burlesque show Thur-Sat pm. Also, great bartenders putting together imaginative drinks.
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Harvard and Stone
5221 Hollywood Blvd
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Epic bar that hosts a band and burlesque show Thur-Sat pm. Also, great bartenders putting together imaginative drinks.
This NYC transplant is tucked away in a new spot and the food is EXCELLENT. I recommend drinking off menu at the bar and trying to get your hands on the Lavender Mezcal drink.
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Employees Only
7953 Santa Monica Blvd
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This NYC transplant is tucked away in a new spot and the food is EXCELLENT. I recommend drinking off menu at the bar and trying to get your hands on the Lavender Mezcal drink.
This bar makes you feel like you've been transported to Boogie Nights. I love the music and the backyard. Enjoy boozy snow cones and find out in advance if the in house 70's cover band is playing or the roller skaters are performing.
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Good Times at Davey Wayne's
1611 North El Centro Avenue
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This bar makes you feel like you've been transported to Boogie Nights. I love the music and the backyard. Enjoy boozy snow cones and find out in advance if the in house 70's cover band is playing or the roller skaters are performing.
One of the best wine bars in the nation and a really good spot to get some light snacks as well.
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Covell
4628 Hollywood Boulevard
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One of the best wine bars in the nation and a really good spot to get some light snacks as well.
One of the nation's best bars and worth making a reservation for their omakase drinks. It's a tour de force of drinks that always has a story behind it.
The Walker Inn
3612 W 6th St
One of the nation's best bars and worth making a reservation for their omakase drinks. It's a tour de force of drinks that always has a story behind it.
This place serves food and isn't bad for brunch, but you come for the cocktails and hanging out on their gorgeous patio. I'm a huge fan of drinks that include unique fresh ingredients like watermelon, bell peppers, or banana. If you're adventurous ask for a buzz button.
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Laurel Hardware
7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
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This place serves food and isn't bad for brunch, but you come for the cocktails and hanging out on their gorgeous patio. I'm a huge fan of drinks that include unique fresh ingredients like watermelon, bell peppers, or banana. If you're adventurous ask for a buzz button.
Great intimate venue to see a show, but make sure you're interested in the band. Also, the bar is basic so I hope you like PBR as much as I do.
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Troubadour
9081 North Santa Monica Boulevard
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Great intimate venue to see a show, but make sure you're interested in the band. Also, the bar is basic so I hope you like PBR as much as I do.

Shopping

One of the best outdoor malls and permanent farmer's markets in LA.
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The Grove Drive
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One of the best outdoor malls and permanent farmer's markets in LA.
Recently renovated and lots of high end and luxury stores to take advantage of here.
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Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Boulevard
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Recently renovated and lots of high end and luxury stores to take advantage of here.
One of the best gourmet markets to make a picnic basket for the Hollywood Bowl.
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The Oaks Gourmet Market
1915 N Bronson Ave
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One of the best gourmet markets to make a picnic basket for the Hollywood Bowl.
Outdoor shopping mail and restaurants galore. Expect tourists, lots of them.
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Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
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Outdoor shopping mail and restaurants galore. Expect tourists, lots of them.
If you're fancy and are OK spending $75+ on a t-shirt, you'll love this store or at least like how trendy it is.
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Fred Segal
8100 Melrose Ave
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If you're fancy and are OK spending $75+ on a t-shirt, you'll love this store or at least like how trendy it is.
Check out the Nordstrom concept store where you make appointments in advance and have a stylist help you out. Even better they have beer, wine, juice and offer free tailoring and manis and pedis if you're into that.
Nordstrom Local Melrose
8401 Melrose Pl
Check out the Nordstrom concept store where you make appointments in advance and have a stylist help you out. Even better they have beer, wine, juice and offer free tailoring and manis and pedis if you're into that.
One of the quirkiest stores in LA and where I love to get odds and ends whenever I'm buying gifts.
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Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
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One of the quirkiest stores in LA and where I love to get odds and ends whenever I'm buying gifts.

Sightseeing

It may sound cheesy but it's a great tour often hosted by people from the TMZ show.
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TMZ Tour
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It may sound cheesy but it's a great tour often hosted by people from the TMZ show.
Iconic Hollywood sign.
Hollywood Sign Flag
Iconic Hollywood sign.
Great place for a hike, a picnic or maybe even to catch a talk
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Griffith Observatory
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Great place for a hike, a picnic or maybe even to catch a talk
Go see a taping of Jimmy Kimmel live or one of his summer concerts. Sign up well in advance on 1iota.com
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Jimmy Kimmel Live
6890-6898 Hollywood Blvd
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Go see a taping of Jimmy Kimmel live or one of his summer concerts. Sign up well in advance on 1iota.com

Getting Around

Nearest metro stop
Hollywood / Vine Station
Nearest metro stop
Major train station in Downtown LA
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Union Station
800 N Alameda St
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Major train station in Downtown LA