While Los Angeles isn’t far from a prime grape-growing region, you’ll find the city’s top wine bars are stocked with international selections that come from far beyond Napa and Sonoma. Whether you want to travel through tastes to France, Italy or more far-flung locales, you can get your fix at Southern California’s bevy of wine bars. Here are six—A.O.C., Zinque, Vintage Enoteca, The Must, Bar Covell, The Tasting Room at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village— we can’t stop pouring out the praises over.
Whether you’re power lunching or craving a refined way to dine during the day, leave fast-casual behind and pull up a chair at one of these six exquisite Los Angeles midday destinations like Freds at Barneys New York, Fig & Olive Melrose Place, The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Ray’s and Stark Bar, Culina, Modern Italian and the Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Tavern in Brentwood.
Historically, there may have never been a bad time to drink whiskey in Los Angeles. The popular spirit somehow even evaded strict Prohibition laws (heck, you could buy it at Walgreens with a prescription at one time). Today, it is aged to perfection, served tableside with aromatic accoutrements and woven into stellar cocktails. Here are five great places to appreciate the revered elixir around the city right now.
When you’re hashing out travel plans for 2014, put Beverly Hills at the top of your list. In addition to world-class shopping and dining, the city — incorporated in 1914 —is celebrating its centennial with all the style and glamour it has come to define over the last century.
Five of Forbes Travel Guide’s star-rated hotels are crowning the centennial celebrations with “Suite 100″— where luxury travelers on the hunt for an over-the-top experience can book a night in a suite specially designed to transport them to glamorous decades that defined the city’s history. From an environment emulating 1940s film noir at Montage Beverly Hills to another evoking Studio 54 at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, each suite is outfitted specifically so you can experience the luxury of an earlier era, whether it’s with bespoke Art Deco-inspired furniture or an iPad photo booth. Here’s the scoop on what you can expect at each of the properties. Read More On Forbes Travel Guide>>
When you think about Venice Beach in Southern California, many things come to mind: the storied boardwalk, beach bums knocking around a volleyball on endless stretches of white sand, and body building beefcakes pumping iron at Muscle Beach. While all those aspects remain, Venice’s narrative is changing.
Instead of the Ocean Front Walk serving as Venice’s main draw, visitors are now flocking to beach-adjacent Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Those seeking to trade in their funnel cakes for single origin cups of coffee, and ironic T-shirts for forward-thinking designer styles, can find what they’re looking for along this milelong stretch of bohemian bungalows converted into boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Christened originally for Venice’s founder, Abbot Kinney has hit its golden age. So park your beach cruiser and put on your sunglasses because here are five spots not to miss as you explore Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Read More On Forbes Travel Guide>>