Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles is home to a very special piece of the American dream: one where it’s always sunny, everything seems possible, and anyone can become a star. And while New York might have snagged the title of City That Never Sleeps, the City of Angels really has nothing to envy from its East Coast counterpart. Here are the top L.A. neighborhoods to explore after dark.

Four of L.A.’s most happening neighborhoods (Downtown L.A., Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood) are conveniently grouped at the center of the city. Home to some of the trendiest bars and clubs around, these are a great place to start.

In recent years, Downtown L.A. and its nightlife scene have seen a major revival. The area is now filled with cool boutique hotels and cocktail lounges, not to mention a multitude of trendy restaurants. What’s more, it is also well-connected by the L.A. Metro system, making it quite easy to get around without a car – a rare occurrence in this sprawling metropolis. Right next to it is hipster Silver Lake, where you’ll find a vibrant mix of street art, artisanal coffee shops, vegan eateries and indie music venues, as well as trendy bars and hip boutiques. One of the most desirable areas to live in L.A., neighboring Los Feliz is home to many established and up-and-coming creatives (read: celebrities) and offers a wide choice of fashionable stores, cafes and restaurants as well as classic old-school bars and some solid nightlife options. Finally, iconic Hollywood, with its famous nightclubs and high-end hotels, is an absolute must-visit for an evening to remember.

Then head straight to bustling West Hollywood (or WeHo). This famously LGBT-friendly area is the place to go, with something to please everyone. Go on a daytime shopping spree on the Sunset Strip before catching a crazy concert, followed by either a fancy craft cocktail or a wild night of bar-hopping. Go see and be seen at the Chateau Marmont, or head over to Micky’s for a drag show to remember. If you qualify as a fun-loving night owl, then WeHo is for you.

Next up, Koreatown. With its multitude of cocktail bars, clubs, speakeasies, karaoke joints and 24/7 dining options, this neighborhood near Downtown L.A. hosts a thriving late-night scene. It’s also home to an interesting mix of historic and contemporary buildings among which the famous art deco Wiltern Theatre, one of the largest and most beautiful show venues in the city.

Finally, we couldn’t conclude this tour of L.A. without a trip to the beach – Venice Beach, to be precise. This buzzing oceanside neighborhood is known for its eclectic style and bohemian personality, with open-air bars, scenic rooftops and breezy patios adding to its famously laid-back vibe. Check out the iconic boardwalk, feast your eyes on the picture-perfect Venice Canals and hop your way through the area’s excellent cocktail joints, speakeasies, wine bars and microbreweries. Most of all, make sure you check out Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the neighborhood’s hippest street and home to some of the best stores, art galleries, restaurants and cafes in L.A.

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