My LA to Z: Ryan Rottman

The star of MTV’s new show <em>Happyland</em> (premiering September 30) on his own personal Cheers, bro-ing out at the Hollywood Bowl, and honing his golf skills

Rocco’s Tavern

I live in Studio City, and me and my boys, our bar is Rocco’s Tavern. That’s our Cheers. We go there all the time—so often that we have a table with a plaque! My favorite thing on their menu is the chicken wings. And it’s awesome for watching sports.

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The Getty Museum

It’s one of my favorite spots to go relax. I used to take scripts up there and just lie in the grass and read them, get food, and look out over the city. It’s a good place to zone out and do some meditation. The last time I went was to see the Ansel Adams exhibition. I’m a huge history dork—I love that kind of stuff.

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It’s underneath the Laurel Canyon Country Store. You have to know it’s there. They have locally grown stuff that’s organic and the best ambiance. It’s upscale, but at the same time you can draw on the tables with crayons. And they have all these crazy good drawings all over the walls. My best friend used to live near there, so we were going two or three times a week. They even sent us Christmas baskets! As for food, their salmon with creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus is amazing, and their pizzas and steaks are phenomenal.

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The Hollywood Bowl

The ambiance is so great, and everyone is always in a good mood. I saw Bruno Mars there and it was so fun. There was a 15-minute fireworks show and little tables with beer and wine. I didn’t think I liked [Bruno Mars] much, but then I got there and I knew every song. It’s one of those things where you hear a song on the radio so many times that you know every word. I actually went with my best friend—you’re going to think we hang out 24/7! We have a bromance.

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Pinz Bowling Center

I go every Tuesday night from 9 p.m.-midnight, and it’s $20 bucks for all-you-can-bowl bowling. And you either get a drink voucher or $10 bucks in gaming vouchers for the arcade. Ten of us will get together and we’ll get two lanes, although it’s starting to get crowded. I take pride in sports—my average score in bowling is 175 or 180, but I have my days where I’ll start at a strong 180 but end up at 120.

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The Well Lounge

It’s a dark, very eclectic bar. It’s kind of a dive bar—it’s a nice dive bar, but its still a dive. The same people who own The Well own The Fifth and The Woods and a few others that have cool seating and really interesting lighting.

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MountainGate Country Club

It’s a really good course. If you’re driving on the 405 and you look up right before the Getty, there’s a huge driveway. And if you look closely, you can see a couple of the holes. It’s members only, but my buddy is a member, which is great. Playing golf in L.A. is difficult because public courses are usually packed. There’s one par three at MountainGate that overlooks the whole city. There’s a cliff and you can see the 405. It’s beautiful. Although I guess you could hit a car.

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The Rose Bowl Flea Market

I have a bunch of cool stuff in my house from there. I have this really cool mirror made of Ray-Bans where each lens is a mirror. And it was only $35 bucks! I haven’t been in a minute, I’m planning to go back soon.

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Studio City

When I first moved here I lived at the Oakwood Apartments, which is how I met a lot of my friends. We all came up together. After that, though, I moved to Laurel Canyon and then Studio City, and I don’t know that I’ll ever move from this area. Everything I need is right here, and it’s really starting to boom: we just got a Lemonade, a Joan’s on Third, and all these cool shops like Brandi Melville—which I only know about because my girlfriend really likes it! There’s a really good crowd, too. A lot of people like Hollywood. I like it but I don’t like it—I like my little nugget over here.

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