Los Angeles Journals

The Sights, the Shops and (of course) the Bars

A September 2002 trip to Los Angeles by C_Wheel

Quote: LA is a flipping big city and very spread out. I spent a couple of weeks there and focused on a few things - the sights, cheesey but essential, the shops, beautiful and bloody expensive and the nightlife, if you're not cool, you just have to fake it.

The Sights, the Shops and (of course) the Bars

Overview

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Highlights for me has to be the cheesiest sight of them all - Hollywood. You know it's all hype, engineered to grab your money, but it's still fun. We've all seen Hollywood a million times in movies and photos, but to actaully be there is still a thrill. And the sleaze and general dodginess give it a bit more of an edge. For anyone who loves movies this is the place to come. Just brace yourself for the fakeness of it all - but hey, that's Hollywood.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Everyone tells you it's impossible to get around in LA without a car. Not true. It all depends where you want to go. LA is vastly spread out, but most of the touristy places are fairly easy to reach by ...Read More
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Literally just a couple of minutes away from Hollywood Boulevard and close to all the main sights. Dorm rooms have about 6 beds in them, ensuite bathroom and are kept pretty clean. There''s also free pancakes and tea and coffee - you do have to cook the pancakes yourself, and decent cooked meals most evenings for about $5. The hostel advertises itself as having a Bar, TV room, and Reading Room. The bar is great - cheap drinks, late nights and lots of activities. The TV room is actually a huge TV in the bar that gets turned on once a week for Movie night, and the Reading Room is a chair and a bookcase in the corridor. Apart from these things I would reccommend this hostel - it''s friendly,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

USA Hostels Hollywood
1624 Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 462-3777

Toi On Sunset Rockin Thai Food

Restaurant | "Toi "

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Toi is a Thai American restaurant on Sunset - La Brea. The food is cheap and decent but don't expect authentic Thai; it's a very Americanized version of it. It is a fun place to eat though - the decor is all 60s/70s rock memorabilia with accompanying music and video (the Yellow Submarine was playing when I went there). The restaurant has good service, with a mostly young crowd.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Toi On Sunset Rockin Thai Food
7505 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90046
+1-323-874-8062

Sunset Strip

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Attraction

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Sunset Boulevard is lined with bars and clubs; the decision is where to go. I went on a bar crawl organised by the hostel to get a bit of a taste of the Strip. Our first destination was The Saddle Ranch - a cowboy theme bar complete with a bucking bronco ride for the stupidly drunk. (If you're a girl and want a go you certainly get your money's worth as the (male) staff turn the machine way down low. Strange ....) Its a pretty big place and had no sense of atmosphere. I was looking forward to the Red Rock, allegedly a rock club. I didn't notice it being particularly red and, sadly, it played no rock music. The dance floor is upstairs and played mostly R n B. I have to recco...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Sunset Strip
Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90048
Not applicable

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The museum is in the lower level of the shopping mall and look out for discount vouchers in the tourist brochures. There are not actually many displays to look at by yourself. When I visited there was a 'Smoking in the Movies' exhibition and the 'Greta Garbo' display. The musuem is worth visiting for the guided tours. The main tour and the best one takes you behind the scenes, showing you familiar props, costumes, and designs from a number of famous movies. The highlights of the museum are the Star Trek and the Cheers set. Its cheesey but still a bit of a thrill to sit in the Captain's chair or around the bar at Cheers. And if you're in town on a Monday night, you can go catch a game and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Hollywood Entertainment Museum
7021 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
+1 323 465 7900

Universal Studios Hollywood

Attraction | "Universal Studio Tour"

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I wasn't actually expecting much of Universal Studios. I'd heard it was really stagey and more of a theme park than a real look behind the scenes. And it is. Buts it's also great fun. Be prepared to just enter into the fantasy world of movies and enjoy it. There are several different rides and shows, all based on various movies. The ones I particularly recommend are Jurassic Park (log flume ride), the Mummy (ghost house ride or rather walk), and Terminator 2 (a lovely combination of live action and 3D effects). The studio tour is also pretty cool. You get loaded into these little cars and taken to the backlots of the studio. The drive takes you through sets you've seen in a hundred differe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 864 837-725

Frederick's of Hollywood

Attraction | "Fredericks of Hollywood lingerie Museum"

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Along Hollywood Boulevard. It's actually a shop with the museum consisting of a few rooms at the back. You can see various bits of underwear as worn by Madonna and mostly old time movie stars - lots of long white cotton petticoats. If you happen to be in the shop take a look around at the musuem. Otherwise, unless you've got a serious lingerie fetish, it's probably not worth it.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Frederick's of Hollywood
6608 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90028
+1 323 466 8506

Shopping In LA!

Attraction | "Shopping in LA"

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LA is the place to come for the latest styles from high fashion to street bargains. And where you go depends on what you want. If you've got plenty of cash check out Macys, Downtown. Or alternatively venture on to the Fashion District to hunt for a bargain. The shopping mall on Hollywood has a range of shops, from mainstream clothes stores to cult horror souvenirs to alternative fashion. Along the main stretch of Hollywood Boulevard itself, there are few places worth checking out. If you've ever wanted an alternative persona try Hollywood Costumes and Wigs. There's also a specialist Movie poster store and a Film bookshop amongst all the souvenir shops. Closeby on Sunset Boulevard is A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Shopping In LA!
Hollywood, Downtown & Melrose
Los Angeles, California

Venice City Beach

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Attraction | "Venice Beach"

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Venice Beach is a great place to get a suntan, not mention a henna tattoo, get a workout, go shopping and generally watch the freaks go by. The boardwalk stretches all the way along to Santa Monica and is for the most part edged by alternative shops, tattoo parlours, artists and street performers. It's fun to just wander along and check out the sights - mostly human. And you can hire rollerblades, bikes or surfboards at either end if you fancy being a bit more active. The beach itself is great, miles of golden sand and crashing waves. Don't necessarily expect to be left in peace though. When I was there, we were entertained by this big black guy balancing little rocks on big rocks. He took except...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Venice City Beach
1531 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 399-2775

Viper Room

Attraction | "The Viper Room"

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I have to admit I expected good things of this club - famous Rock club, owned by Johnny Depp, and in the end it was a classic LA experience - lots of hype, and the reality of it not that great.

The club has two floors - live band on the top floor and downstairs is a small chill-out room with comfy sofas and laid back music. Usual black and red decor of a rock club.

To be fair I'd say it all depends on what band is playing there. On the night I went the band was just a poor imitation of Tool with some crappy mixes in between sets. So I'd recommend checking out who's playing at the Viper Room before going.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2002

Viper Room
8852 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90069
+1 310 358 1880

Downtown LA

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Downtown is a weird mixture of buildings and people. It ranges from skyscrapers and expensive department stores to the bargains of the Fashion District and the severely dodgy area of Skid Row. Downtown is easy to reach via the Metro. 7th Street Station is near Macy's for a bit of high fashion shopping. Or if you're looking for some cheap clothes, it's about a 15 minute walk from here to the Fashion District. It's mostly full of lots of little shops so be prepared to spend some time hunting for a bargain. Apparently the Cooper Building has several floors of clothes shops but when I visited only the mezzanine and first floor were open to the public. Pershing Square is the next stop a...Read More

Hollywood

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Where to start. Well the main attractions are grouped together along several blocks. The sights range from (Hollywood) historic to cheesey, with lots of souvenir stands and sleazy shops in between. There are 3 old time Movie Theaters on Hollywood - the Egyptian, El Capitan and the Chinese theater. All of them still show films and are worth going to visit, although the Chinese theater seemed to be the only one showing mainstream films. I really recommend wandering up and down Hollywood, looking like a tourist and putting yourself in the way of people with clipboards. If you're lucky you'll get offered free movie tickets to the above. I got to see several free films. There's also a ...Read More