Our Editors Share Their Neighborhood Haunts

New spots in Silver Lake, Venice, West Hollywood, and more

dailycandy editors' favorite neighborhood haunts!

It’s the freakin’ weekend, and (thankfully) it’s a long one. Sit back and relax as our editors chart a course of R&R from the Pacific Ocean to the 5 Freeway.

See you at happy hour.

Mid-City/Beverly Hills
Evelyn C., L.A. editor
Warm up: Start the night off on a sweet note with a spiked milk shake at LACMA’s sleek and shiny new coffeehouse, C+M. Curb hunger pangs with a bacon and date Pop-Tart.
Main course: Splurge like a movie star at the newly reopened Spago. The veal filet mignon tartare followed by Wagyu short ribs is what carnivorous dreams are made of.
Next level: Kick it old school with a round of Pabst at Canter’s Deli’s Kibitz Room. Matzo balls and skater dudes not your scene? Head across the street to Rosewood Tavern for Scotch and twentysomething swingles.

Andrea A., contributor
Warm up: Fuel up with a flat white (Aussie-style cappuccino) at Deus ex Machina. Ogle the goods: custom-designed vintage motorcycles, hand-shaped surfboards, and the boys who ride them.
Main course: Head to Oscar’s Cerveteca for grilled salmon tacos and a glass of cava. Order extra Mama’s salsa for chips. Delicioso.
Next level: You can’t really go wrong at Axe. Start with spicy nuts and olives and the shaved radicchio and arugula (it’s all about the crispy onions) before moving on to a brown rice bowl with seasonal veggies and tofu. Ruin everything with a gooey, warm brownie and ice cream for dessert.

Silver Lake/Echo Park
Jaclyn B., writer
Warm up: Let the vino-savvy staff pick your poison to accompany a round of predinner bites at newly revamped City Sip LA.
Main course: Follow the Daily Dozen (bivalves, that is) with grilled mussels in a jar and sparkling pinot noir at L&E Oyster Bar. Bonus points for free deep-fried nuggets of heaven (a.k.a. hush puppies).
Next level: Find a dark corner to people-watch and sip French 77s and old-fashioneds at Bar Stella, then stop by the late-night happy hour at Mohawk Bend for cheap drinks and a booze-fueled photo booth session.

Jessica L., writer
Warm up:
Ease into the evening with a Sussudio (gin, ginger ale, lemon) and steak tartare at Kitchen Table. It’s not your customary pairing, but the rustic rooftop seating ties everything together.
Main course: Nosh on fried chicken rolls and vegan torta (washed down with malbec) at Blue Cow. Invite friends to justify ordering a stack of fresh fusion plates.
Next level: Polish off the night with Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA at Los Angeles Brewing Company or bartender’s choice cocktails at spicy speakeasy The Varnish.

West Hollywood/Hollywood
Genie F., intern
Warm up: Unwind with a pint and an order of Welsh rarebit at The Pikey.
Main course: The baby kale/tatsoi salad at Laurel Hardware does not disappoint, but the real specialties reside behind the bar (one Gangster, please).
Next level: Head to Pour Vous for decadent cocktails (the De Pêche Mode is a must) served amid a deliciously French ambiance.

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419 N Fairfax Ave
bt Rosewood & Oakwood Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90048
523 Rose Ave
@ Rennie Ave
Venice, CA 90291
410 S Main St
@ Winston St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
5905 Wilshire Blvd
@ S Spaulding Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
3932 W Sunset Blvd
@ Sanborn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
7984 Santa Monica Blvd
@ N Laurel Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
7617 W Sunset Blvd
bt N Stanley & N Curson Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90046
5574 Melrose Ave
@ N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
750 S Broadway
@ W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
1001 Venice Blvd
@ Pacific Coast Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90291
350 S Grand Ave
@ W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
bt Effie St & Berkeley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2141 W Sunset Blvd
@ Mohawk St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
448 N Fairfax Ave
bt Rosewood & Oakwood Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Varnish
118 E 6th St
@ S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
2150 W Sunset Blvd
@ Mohawk St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
bt Brooks Ave & Broadway St
Venice, CA 90291
176 N Canon Dr
bt Wilshire Blvd & Clifton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210