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My LA to Z: Matt Greene
Although Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene says he doesn’t have much time for fun, he has managed to discover a handful of bars from downtown to Hermosa Beach. The 28-year-old also lets us in on his favorite meal and show in L.A.
North End Bar and Grill
After a long practice or game, I love to go to North End Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. It is so close to home, has the best people, good food, and always a fun atmosphere. I have been going there since I moved to L.A. three years ago. It was the first bar I found.
Someone is always playing volleyball or having a party—there is just always something going on. The town goes from 1st Street to 31st Street, and I used to live on 26th Street, so I always used to go to the strand on 26th street. It is definitely one of my favorite spots!
Martha’s 22nd Street Grill
If I have a day off, I definitely start it off at Martha’s. The White Corn Scramble will be the best breakfast you ever have.
Church and State
It’s my favorite restaurant because it has a little bit of everything. They have cured meats that are really good. I have been there multiple times and since they have such big portions, we always end up ordering a bunch of different things to share.
The Greek Theatre
There is nothing better than an outdoor concert. I saw Phoenix at The Greek Theatre last year and loved the outdoor atmosphere. I also love seeing bands play at El Sid, Sunset Music Festival, and The Palladium.
Golden Gofer and Villains Tavern
Whenever I have friends or family in town, obviously we go to the Kings game at the Staples Center. But after, we always go to Golden Gofer and/or Villains Tavern, two bars in downtown L.A. They have good vibes and are very laid back spots. I am not a club guy at all and I love it there because I can actually have conversations with the people I come with. Plus, they both serve PBR in a can—that’s a big draw.
Suzy’s Bar and Grill
Whenever I want to relax, I go to Suzy’s, which is a small little pub in Hermosa Beach. It is outdoors and has great food. I always order Suzy’s Burger and they have rotating beers on tap so I switch it up and try what ever is new.
I have no clue how to pronounce it but it is a German sausage beer house in downtown L.A. They have great food, a fun atmosphere, and delicious beers that are always good.
It is a Mexican wrestling and burlesque show. One of my friends was working on it so we went to the show on Cinco de Mayo at the Mayan Theatre. Everyone becomes a part of the show and it is in a very intimate setting. I went with a group of about 25 people and none of us knew what to expect but everyone loved it.
The Thirsty Crow
The Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake is the best place that I discovered recently. It is a dark, small bar with great drinks and good music. Last time I was there they played Motown all night long. I am a huge fan of Motown.
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