The number 98: totally cool when it’s a test score, not so much when it’s an outdoor temperature.
When the weatherman predicts a “scorcher,” here are the best spots to chill out.
Everyone’s favorite Culver City burger joint just added grown-up riffs on popular summer treats: innovative ice cream sammies (oatmeal raisin cookie with hazelnut-foie gras ice cream), seasonal beer floats with house-made ice cream and sorbet (all priced $3-$5). 3229 Helms Avenue, between Venice and Washington Boulevards, Culver City (310-736-2224).
The Sayers Club
Nothing says summer like a chili dog for dinner, but nothing says cool like an exclusive speakeasy hidden inside Papaya King. Get past the yellow door for classic cocktails and fruity libations dreamed up by mixologist extraordinaire Ryan Magarian. Secret live shows and celeb sightings seal the venue’s fate as a bona fide see-and-be scene. 1645 Wilcox Avenue, at Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (323-871-8233).
Malibu Creek State Park
Skip the ’Bu’s crowded beaches and dip your toes into a rock pool instead. Work up a sweat before diving in by hiking the MASH trail to the site where the classic show was filmed. Only 25 miles from DTLA, the trek is perfect whether you’re in need of a day in the woods or a full-on camping staycation. 1925 Las Virgenes Road, at Lost Hills Road, Agoura (818-880-0367).
Pressed Juicery Truck
Parked right off the PCH at the Malibu Lumber Yard, the popular natural juicery’s new mobile incarnation serves fresh-pressed juices for fueling up (Greens 2) or cooling down (Watermelon Mint) after a day at the beach. Just don’t blame us when you get hooked — they deliver, after all. 3939 Cross Creek Road, at Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (310-477-7171). Follow @PressedJuicery on Twitter for updates.
Pasadena Ice Skating Center
When all else fails, lace up your skates and hit the ice. The chandeliers and window-lined walls of the former ballroom will help you channel Kristi Yamaguchi. Plus, you’ve been looking for an excuse to break out that sequin leotard. 310 East Green Street, between South Marengo and South Euclid Avenues, Pasadena (626-578-0800).
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