11829 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; thecabocantina.com
Check out the 2-for-1 Happy Hour every day (that’s right, seven!) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., which also has awesome drink specials. They offer a bottomless brunch from Friday through Sunday until 3 p.m. and an all-you-can-eat $5 taco night every Tuesday. Plus, there are plenty of locations (Venice, Santa Monica, Sunset Strip), so it’s very convenient to locate one near you.
525 S. Flower St., Downtown; thechaya.com
If you haven’t already taken advantage of this Happy Hour, now hear this: Every night from 5 p.m. until close you can get various apps for $3 (edamame), $4 (spicy tuna roll, California roll, hummus) and $5 (spicy shrimp roll, inside out albacore roll, scallop roll). It’s a steal, and the crowd is super hip to boot. Chaya also has Venice and Beverly Hills locations.
Getty Center Garden Tours
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles; getty.edu
What could be a better way to spend a Monday afternoon than taking a 45-minute tour of the beauteous gardens at the Getty Center? All of the garden’s materials were specifically chosen to accentuate the interplay of light, color and reflection. Meet the docent at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance of the museum. The tour takes place at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. FREE.
Monday Social @ Playhouse
6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; mondaysocial.com
Expect nothing but the best DJ talent here. This “institution” within the dance music community espouses the perfect ambience to ensure its visitors have a great time. Consider going to the Playhouse if you need an in-town weekday getaway! E-mail RSVP@budbrother.com.
Mustache Mondays @ La Cita
336 S. Hill St., Los Angeles; mustachemondays.com
If you are on a quest for a place where you can spend a chilled-out Monday night at a lounge, get to La Cita before 10 p.m. (It’s free!). Dance-offs and weekly surprises are to be expected.
Tuesday Dance @ Arena
6655 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; arenanightclub.com
Every Tuesday, Arena hosts a very glitzy dance party for the 18 and over crowd. Dress code is avant-garde and fashionable, so dress your best to look clean and chic. Everyone is free to enter with Dance VIP cards, and it’s only $5 before 10 p.m. with a flyer. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday Night Cafe Project
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles; tuesdaynightproject.org
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Tuesday Night Project hosts Night Café series, a place where people from all around the city can come and make connections with fellow residents and visitors to move throughout space and time. Talented artists like Alfie Numeric and Yumi Sakugawa play during the events while you get to know your new neighbors for the night. If you are a recent transplant in the city, visiting or simply want to bond with Angelenos, head over for a night filled with good food, amazing music and interesting people.
35 Cent Martinis @ The Edison
108 W. 2nd St., Downtown; edisondowntown.com
Every Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., you can get a signature cocktail (varies by day) for 35 cents at this upscale, flamboyant bar and lounge. Guests can also choose from a handful of $5 food items, including calamari and Kobe beef sliders.
Drag Queen Bingo @ Hamburger Mary’s
8288 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; hamburgermarys.com
You gotta love the pregame call and response – “What’s the name of the game?” Bingo! “How do we play it?” Loudly! – bucket-size adult beverages, scrumptious burgers and delightful diva hosts. Also Sundays.
811 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; elevatelounge.com
This stunningly decorated and spacious club has a line forming outside on the weekends. However, you can be pragmatic by skipping that chaos and elevate yourself on a Wednesday night. The ambience is chill (you’re on the 21st floor surrounded by 150 feet of sliding glass doors), music is eclectic and the crowd is hip. There’s always a great reason to celebrate in the middle of the week.
Martini & Jules @ Five Stars Bar
267 S. Main St., Los Angeles; martiniandjules.com
Join power comedy couple, Martini & Jules from Urban Comedy TV, as they offer sketch, stand up, music and magic every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m.
Duo Special @ Max Karaoke Studio
333 S. Alameda St., #216, Downtown; maxkaraokestudio.com
Situated in downtown Los Angeles, Max Karaoke Studio offers Duo Special every Sunday through Thursday night at the cost of $18 per hour. If you love to sing with a partner, then Max Karaoke Studio is a fantabulous place to be at, since it offers a wide range of song selection in a very comfortable setting. You can also bring your entire clique along – its spacious setting includes 12 rooms exclusively for karaoke.
Thursday Nite Takeover @ Bar Pico
2819 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; barpico.com
Every second and fourth Thursday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. there’s a blend of trumpet sounds, jazz treats and hip-hop beats going down (no cover). DJ Al Jackson (Soul Children) and trumpeter Josh Koslow (Umoja Quintet) entertain the over-21 crowd while they mix, mingle and imbibe.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
1253 N. Vine St., Hollywood; elfloridita.com
Voted No. 1 Best Cuban in Los Angeles, this petite restaurant/club has delicious eats and live entertainment. On Fridays at 8 p.m. Oscar Ramirez teaches salsa dance lessons and on Saturdays catch guest salsa bands.
HaHa All Star Comedy
5010 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Who says that you have to spend weekend nights partying or sitting at a lounge with friends? Skip the tradition and head to HaHa Cafe, a comedy theater located in North Hollywood. Funny peeps stand up on stage and toss out zingers. Watch for celeb comic drop-ins. 8:45 p.m. $15 with reservation, $10 at the door.
The Promenade Playhouse
1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica; promenadeplayhouse.com
Located on Santa Monica’s renowned and full-of-zest Third Street Promenade, the Promenade Playhouse is the home to 3rd Street Comedy. Since its inception in 1996, the Promenade Playhouse has been the creative hub for Los Angeles’ performing arts community. Every Friday and Saturday, the Playhouse Theatre features high quality stand-up comedy from professional performers. If you wish to get your bone tickled, the Promenade Playhouse is the place to be!
Seven Bar Lounge
555 West 7th St., Los Angeles; sevenrestaurantbar.com
Everything about the Seven Bar Lounge is appealing. Consider this on weekend nights: guest DJs spinning your favorite ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today’s funk, reggae, R&B, dance and hip-hop classics; no cover charge for 21+; two full bars serving food and drink specials. We all deserve to spoil ourselves at least once a week, and Seven Bar Lounge gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate life.
Sunday Brunch @ Panda Inn Restaurant
3488 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena; pandainn.com
This is the original Panda Inn, which spawned other locations and the Panda Express fast food chain. The Sunday buffet brunch has everything from orange chicken to beef and broccoli to samosas, sushi, an omelette and soup station and dessert. Divulge and devour!
Sunday Brunch @ Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles; squareonedining.com
Their eggs benedict and Americanos are the best in Los Angeles, and the quaint setting allows customers to do their work without the usual noise of the city.
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