In our April issue we feature eight items with sticker prices balanced out by extra incentives. Here are five more ways to “splurge” while satisfying your inner bargain hunter:
1. Bluewave Car Wash
Bluewave may be one of L.A.’s more expensive car washes (the Special Wash is $29.95 and takes about half an hour), but they try to make your stay as comfortable as possible; for a few extra quarters, you can wait for your ride in a plush leather massage chair. Oh, and if you get a little peckish, there’s a Tacos El Gallito truck in the same lot. Win-win.
2. Bardot Hollywood
Drinks at Bardot can cost upwards of $10, but if you drop in on a Monday for their “School Night!” event, you’ll avoid a cover charge and get an ear-full of live music—for free. Keep your eyes peeled; A-listers (Sara Bareilles, for example) occasionally make an appearance on stage.
3. Caffe Luxxe
Sure, you’ll end up shelling out $4.25 for an Americano, but you’ll get the ultimate gift in return: peace and quiet. None of Caffe Luxxe’s locations come equipped with Wi-Fi, meaning you won’t have to fight with hovering hipsters who tend to take up seats for hours at a time. Also, the coffee is incredible.
4. The Pacific Opera Project
A night at the opera can be a costly venture. Next time you find yourself craving classical music, consider catching a POP opera, which will only set you back $20. Take a friend and buy a $60 table for two, and the production will throw in a bottle of wine and light hors d’oeuvres.
For the price of dinner at this red-sauce Italian joint you get a show thrown in free of charge. Waiters and waitresses will serenade you with Italian Arias, show tunes, and classical standards between each of your courses. (And in a town where everyone is an aspiring musician, you can bet that they’ll sing the paint off the walls.)