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Adult Arts & Crafts Night

5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 937-4230

Take it back to summer camp— only better, because there’s wine

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Brewery Tour

5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA, 90039

(844) 452-2337

GOLDEN ROAD BREWING in Atwater Village has been a leader in L.A.’s craft beer movement since its debut in 2011, and you can explore the premises free of charge every Friday through Sunday (tours start at 1:30, 2:30, and 4). The guided 45-minute outing typically begins in a climate- controlled storeroom that holds barrels of […]

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Casino That Feels Like Vegas

1000 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA, 90247

(310) 719-9800

The Larry Flynt-backed card house balances kitsch (replicas of Gustav Klimt paintings, fool’s gold Buddha statues) with a satisfying Vegas vibe and offers blackjack, Texas Hold ’Em, and pai gow tables

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Concert Rehearsal You Can Crash

2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

(323) 850-2000

Don’t let an anemic bank account stop you from experiencing the L.A. Phil in its second most natural habitat

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Cross-Cultural Dance Night

2640 N. Figueroa St., Cypress Park, CA, 90065

(323) 221-6900

A monthly dance party dedicated to Turkish funk, Senegalese mbalax, Algerian raï,
and more

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Escape Room

120 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90014

(213) 689-3229

Clever designers have created four themed simulations; whether you’re exorcising a ghost from a haunted theater or navigating an underground cavern

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Garden Maze

3500 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90018

(323) 737-4055

Medieval kings would often walk garden mazes to untangle a cognitive knot

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Hipster Barbershop

4639 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

(323) 667-9690


If it’s a meta meditation on barbershop culture, owner Todd “Sween” Lahman isn’t copping to it

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Horseback Ride With A Surprising View

2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301

Trade panoramas of the Pacific for scenes along the Paramount Ranch trail with MALIBU RIDERS. The ranch is an active film set designed to look like a town from the Old West: Along its dusty streets sit saloons, churches, and inns (keep your eyes peeled for a shoot-out). Hollywood fades away as you enter the […]

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In-House Performers

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90038

(323) 871-8699

Strong drinks come with a little something extra: performances by aerialists, who descend from the ceiling on circus apparatus or in cages

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Infrared Sauna

1503 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028

(310) 956-2307

An hour-long session ($35) is the preferred WOD at SWEATHEORY in Hollywood. Rather than heating the air around you like a traditional sauna, each unit here uses infrared light to permeate your skin and heat your body directly (like sunlight, only without dangerous UV rays). The techy tweak is also said to relieve muscle pain […]

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Mixed-Use Space In DTLA

2028 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90021

A massive complex housing a handful of businesses seems 
to materialize downtown every other week, but the most enticing is PROJECT SPACE in the Arts District. Part art gallery, part retail hub, part bar, the 4,000-square-foot building has hosted everything from a book launch to artist Aaron Rose’s pop-up watering hole, La Rosa Social Club. […]

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Mom & Pop Bookstore

1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(213) 413-3733

The store offers sales and trades, meaning the stacks are consistently well stocked with community favorites

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Municipal Park

100 N Toluca St, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(213) 250-1100

At VISTA HERMOSA PARK overhanging oaks and a gurgling stream are enough to make you think you’ve ventured 
out of the city, until you come to a hilltop meadow with a view of the downtown skyline. The Mia Lehrer-designed green space is smallish (slightly more than ten acres), but its perks are unmatched. With areas […]

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Nude Drawing Class

Various venues, Los Angeles, CA

818-535-5761

Brush up on your anatomy with Gallery Girls, which hosts drawing workshops with some of the city’s most respected male and female art models. Sometimes the posers are in costume—the monthly “Drink & Draw” event ($15) has rotating themes like “Steampunk Cowgirl” and “Arabian Nights”—but the twice-monthly “Sunday Art Brunch” ($25-$30) features sitters who pose […]

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Overnight Adventure

900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

(213) 763-3466

The events are often themed and include an open beer-and-wine bar as well as a mini buffet

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Record Shop for Newbies

6408 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028

(323) 464-7757

The massive inventory has more than 30,000 records but knowledgeable clerks make digging through the stock less intimidating, and organized shelves aid in the discovery of buried tunes

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Road Trip You Can Do In A Day

Los Olivos, CA, 93441

A transformative wine-tasting daycation is worth a two-hour drive, especially when the idyllic town of LOS OLIVOS is your destination. More charming than Temecula and less sprawling than Santa Barbara, the 2.45 square miles of Los Olivos house more than 20 tasting rooms from top producers such as Stolpman Vineyards and Carhartt. Leave at ten […]

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