100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles

The city’s vintage charm is alive and well—if you know where to look
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64. La Cabaña

738 Rose Ave., Los Feliz. 

Your go-to for an old school platillo of refried beans, rice, and a couple of cheese enchiladas.

65. Watts Coffee House

1827 E.103rd St., Watts. 

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In the wake of the riots in 1965, Watts Happening Coffee House became a hub for cultural expression, and a community of creatives and activists formed around the space. Though the original cafe eventually closed, it was reopened as Watts Coffee House across the street—its walls plastered with photos from the ’60s and ’70s—and serves up some excellent soul food.

66. Circus Liquor

5600 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.

The terrifying neon clown still presides over this mid-century liquor store.

67. The Cellar Bar & Grill

1880 Century Park East #102, Century City.

This cozy pub has been serving up comfort food since 1969. The ashtrays in the bathroom will whip you back a few decades.

68. Tonga Hut

2808 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood.

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It’s the oldest remaining tiki bar in Los Angeles, and you can still go there for a solid Zombie.

69. Tiki-Ti

4427 Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz. 

Order the Ray’s Mistake. You won’t regret it. At least, not until tomorrow morning.

70. Pie ’n Burger

913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena.

Pasadena’s answer to the Apple Pan. Go for the butterscotch meringue pie.

71. The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills.

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Go for brunch. Listen to jazz. The days of being “paged” by a bellhop with a little chalkboard are long gone, but the places till exudes Old Hollywood glamor.

72. Whiskey a Go Go

8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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Catch a tribute to the Beatles at this legendary venue where the Doors got their start.

73. Astro Coffee Shop

2300 Fletcher Dr., Silverlake.

This Space Age Silver Lake coffee shop hasn’t changed much, if at all, since the ’60s.

74. The Museum of Neon Art

216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

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Some of the most iconic neon signs in Los Angeles now reside at this museum in Glendale.

75. Case Study House #22

1635 Woods Dr., Hollywood Hills West.

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It’s the most famous mid-century modern home in the world. Visiting at dusk to look out over the city through its floor-to-ceiling windows is a quintessential L.A. experience.

76. Atomic Records

3812 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

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A true throwback.

77. The Magic Castle

7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood Hills. 

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The semi-exclusive club for magicians retains its original ’60s funk.

78. Corky’s

5043 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

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A hopping hangout on on the Van Nuys Boulevard strip in the ’60s, this Googie coffee shop lives on. Billy Joel played piano here in the ’70s.

79. The Donut Hole

15300 Amar Rd., La Puente.

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Drive through a donut. Enough said.

80. Dear John’s

11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City.

Frank Sinatra purportedly talked his drinking buddy Johnny Harlow into opening this restaurant, where Sinatra would stop by to play piano.

81. Driftwood Dairy

10724 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte.

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Drive-thru dairy stores are a dying breed, and this is one of the last.

82. Five Points Car Wash

12604 Whittier Blvd., Whittier.

One of L.A.’s most dynamic Space Age car washes is still running in Whittier. It was built at a time when the automobile reigned supreme and eye-catching roadside architecture was designed to lure in motorists.

83. Tito’s Tacos

11222 Washington Pl., Culver City.

Only the finest of crunchy shells will do.

84. Casita del Campo 

1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. 

Strong margaritas, check. Incredibly kitschy decor, check.

85. Linoleum City

4849 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood. 

With a massive inventory of hard-to-find old stock, they can match the flooring of virtually any vintage home—and, as you’d expect, the shop is huge asset to the film industry.

86. Red Lion Tavern

2366 Glendale Blvd., Silverlake. 

Old-school German kitsch and so much Franziskaner Hefeweizen.

87. Graber Olive House

315 E 4th St., Ontario.

It’s the oldest olive packing house in the United States, and it offers tours through its warehouse full of lye-cured olives in concrete tubs.

88. Monster Park

South Ramona St. & Wells St., San Gabriel.

This Vincent Lugo Park sculpture garden is filled with climbable sea monsters for kids to play on.

89. La Dolce Vita

9785 California Route 2, Beverly Hills.

This classic Italian joint has Vegas flair, booths where the Sinatras and the Reagans sat, and an unexpected number of vegetarian options.

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90. El Pachuco

801 Harbor Blvd., Fullerton.

Your source for Zoot suits since 1978.

91. Funky Sole

1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park.

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Dance like you’re on Soul Train every Saturday night at the Echo’s funk and soul dance party.

92. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

1611 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood. 

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The ’70s are long gone, so there’s no way to experience a genuine ’70s house party. Except there is. At Davey Wayne’s.

93. Laserium

16525 Sherman Way Suite C3, Van Nuys.

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Experience Dark Side of the Moon as it should be experienced: with lasers.

94. Mother Plucker Feather Company

2511 W. 3rd St., Westlake.

They supplied buckets of feathers to all the great variety shows.

95. Moonlight Rollerway

5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale.


This place has accumulated the trappings of a swath of decades since it opened in the ’50s, but it’s the roller disco accents that stand out.

96. Family Affair Music

510 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia.

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This hybrid record/instrument shop has been peddling the finest of oldies since ’72.

97. Inn of the Seventh Ray

128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga.

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The restaurant still serves natural foods prepared with “ancient mystery school wisdom” in a garden setting.

98. Adele’s Costumes

5034 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. 

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Looking for something akin to a Nudie suit reminiscent of Vegas’s heyday? Here’s where you’ll find it. The overstuffed shop has been known to buy up the wardrobes of ’70s era entertainers.

99. Oki Dog

860 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax. 

The ultimate ’70s punk hangout. Though the chain’s grungy Santa Monica Boulevard outpost has shuttered, the Fairfax location lives on.

100. Air Hollywood’s Pan Am Experience

13240 Weidner St., Pacoima.

Relive the golden age of air travel, complete with champagne and a five-course meal.

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