Southern California

Hanging at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Click for the Hipster Travel Feature on Santa Cruz Notice anything outdated or missing?  Please email me at evan @ Los Angeles, CA For Music Listing, the west coaster Hipster Traveler is Mr. Hollywood.  The Local Alternative Weeklies for Los Angeles are the LA WEEKLY and The LA New Times.  The New Times is quite useless.  There is also the Campus Circle.  The Orange County Area has the OC Weekly.
Find out about free booze at
My open bar. Cool event listings at Flavorpill. As far as LA...
The quest for the ultimate taco can be found at THE GREAT TACO HUNT

When in town, check for performances by the sketch comedy troupe the Naked Apes.

Mod Parties-
Club Soulside, Mind Machine
Rockabilly promoters-Black Cat Entertainment, Brando Von Badsville, Spikes bar, Ronnie Macks Barn Dance, Dj Rockin Vic

a few time machine bars listed

Café-Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90016 323.931.4636 Home to soul, mod and ska parties
The No Name bar was in the movie Swingers.  The tiny joint that you have to walk down an alley and go in an unmarked door.  Fairly small, VERY dark and you can smoke. (editors note: Though they think of themselves as liberals, California is a FASCIST STATE and you may get a ticket if you get caught smoking in a bar or restaurant, even if everyone there says its okay)

The Formosa Cafe.  It was in the LA Confidential "Lana Turner" scene.  Two bars, old school Hollywood with lots of hot chicks.  Outside roof bar.  Good martinis.

Sunset Trocadero Lounge-Hot spot of the moment you can actually get into.-8280 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA on the Sunset Strip.  (323) 656-7161

Tiki-Ti-Tiki bar serving all kinds of tiki drinks.  Might want to check the website before you go to find out what you want.4427 Sunset Blvd.Hollywood (Los Angeles), California 90027
Phone (323) 669-9381, (recording during non-operating hours)
Call first as they go on long vacations

Apple Pan-Old fashioned Burger joint and fresh pies- 10801 W Pico Blvd ,Los Angeles, CA
Pinks Hot Dogs-709 N. LaBrea Blvd., Hollywood, CA 323-931-4223-In the land of health food, the chili dog is king.
Clifton's Cafeteria-648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, (213) 627-1673-old timey cafeteria with waterfalls inside and such.
Phillipes-1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, Home of the original french dip sandwich in roast pork, roast beef and roast lamb.  Mmm.
Clementine-1567 Barry Avenue off Santa Monica Blvd. 310-552-1080.  Soups, sandwiches, homemade baked goods like ginger snaps.  They even have hot chocolate made with HOMEMADE marshmallows. 
Bahooka, 501 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA, 818-285-1241.  Another Tiki Bar with a polynesian restaurant.
Mels Drive in-  Multiple locations of this 24 hour diner with classic food
Randys Donuts-the big giant famous donut-310.645.4707, 805 West Manchester Avenue , Inglewood CA 90301, near the airport
Stans Donuts-gourmet donut shop in westwood.  Seen on food network. original store in Westwood Village,  10948 Weyburn Avenue. (310) 208-8660
Pantry Cafe the Original-877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017-2507
(213) 972-9279 Diner open 24/7 always.  no locks on the doors
Langers Deli-Pastrami, Corned beef mega old timey deli restaurant.on the southwest corner of 7th and Alvarado Streets, diagonally across from MacArthur Park
Canter's Delicatessen and Restaurant, 24/7 -419 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036 (323) 651-2030 Canter's is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and on all holidays except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Kibbitz Room Lounge is open from 10:00am-1:40am daily.  They also have a location in Las Vegas
Brats Brothers Gourmet Grill-(818) 986-4020 Sherman Oaks , 13456 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91423  they make 23 at last count types of brats and crazy tater tots
Johnnies Pastrami-4017 South Sepulveda Blvd., (Between Washington Blvd. and Washington Place)Culver City, CA 90230 Tel: (310) 397.6654  Not to be confused with the Johnnys Pastrami of LA.  This is actually JOhnnies French Dip Pastrami. Also chili dogs and more.
"Johnny's Pastrami. on Adams”. also known as Johnny's Hot Dog Stand-4331 W Adams Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90018

Live Music-
Artsy/Indie/Punk rock shows are at the Smell.
Golden Voice for touring band info.  Also check this guys CLUB CALENDER.
Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, reservations: 323.852.1073
Spaceland-1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Silverlake CA.  In the Silverlake area of LA, this is where all the cool bands play.  Check out FONDA.
Cafe Fais Do-Do-5257 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles,   CA 90016    (323) 954-8080
Troubadour-9081 Santa Monica Blvd. @ Doheny • 310.276.6168
House Of Blues-Lots of cool shows come here.
Key Club-9039 Sunset Blvd.
Knitting Factory Hollywood-LA branch of this NYC Club. 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Mr. T's Bowl- 5621 1/2  Figueroa Highland Park 90042 323-256-7561
14 Below-1348 14th Street, corner of Santa Monica. 310-451-5040-recent acts here include Dave Wakeling and the Zen Tricksters.
The ECHO-Echo park club--1822 sunset blvd. 213 413 8200
The Garage-4519 Santa Monica Blvd at Virgil. 323-662-6802-Punk rock haven.
The Gig-2 venues around town with local acts.
Hully Gully-9559 imperial hwy.downey, ca (los angeles)714.396.6314
The Roxy-9009 Sunset blvd-all ages
Silverlake Lounge-2906 Sunset Blvd at the intersection of Sunset and Parkman Ave
Three Clubs-1123 n. Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 462-6441-was a classic martini bar that was in the movie swingers, now a multi-purpose space with bands, burlesque and more
Viper Room-yep, that viper room.-8852 Sunset Blvd.
Whiskey A go go-8901 Sunset Blvd.
The Ackerman Grand Ballroom of
UCLA host some touring acts.
Wiltern Theater and El Rey Theatres have larger acts.
Way out in the area known as Upland, The Wire-247 N 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
Anaheim Live Music-
Chain Reaction -1652 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA  (714) 635-6067 all ages
Santa Ana area-
Koo's Cafe-non profit arts center/all ages band venue/coffeeshop.  Lots of great shows here.

Record Stores
Fingerprints-4612 B. East. 2nd Street.  Lots of live instores too
Rhino Records, 1720 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Amoeba Records-the great SF indie store comes to LA.  6400 Sunset Blvd.-323-245-6400
LA Suburb Record Stores-
Benway Music-1600 N. Pacific Ave, Venice-310-396-8898
Bionic Records-9549 Valley View, Cypress-also 16101 Bolsa Chica Rd, Huntington Beach and 2466 East Chapman, Fullerton
Mad Platter-1223 University Ave, Riverside
Salzers Music-5777 Valentine Road-Ventura
Sounds Like now known as Pops Music-The newly relocated Sounds Like Music is now located at 9474 Magnolia Ave, in Riverside, CA  909-343-9333

The Unusual-
Keep your eyes peeled for the
Girls Guitar Club, kind of like a Tenacious D thing.

For Dance Clubs, check
Club Planet for guestlist info.

Dance Club Links-Double check dance clubs, they go out of style of business quickly
Club Cherry-Friday nights at Vinyl-1650 Schrader
ELECTRICK 2500 Riverside Dr. in Silverlake        323-993-6075     
Sinamatic-Saturdays at Club 7969-7969 Santa Monica Blvd.

The Unusual-
Los Angeles Cacophony Society puts on unusual events that are frequently open to the public. 
Cinespace is a bar and screening room with food.  323.817.FILM

Area Amusement Parks
Disneyland-1313 Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA (714) 999-4565-I know its obvious, but this park has a retro feel that its sister parks don't have.  There is the very trippy Alice in Wonderland ride as well as the great Matterhorn, which doesn't get the credit it deserves as the fantastic coaster that it is.  It's the first steel tracked coaster ever.  Located right next door is Disney's California Adventure, a park aimed at families with older children.
Knott's Berry Farm-8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA (714) 220-5200
Legoland-Carlsbad, California (760) 918-5346-If only it were like the Simpsons episode.
Pacific Park-380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA (310) 260-8744
Scandia Fun Center-1155 South Wanamaker Avenue, Ontario, CA (909) 390-3092-35 miles east of LA. Has one big and one small coaster.
Six Flags Magic Mountain-26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA (661) 255-4100-Depending on who you ask, this park may have the most rollercoasters ANYWHERE.

The old and newly discovered hotspot.  Sort of an East Village of LA.  (though Chung King Road in Chinatown is also coming up).  In addition to Spaceland and Garage music clubs you will find:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery- 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)663-0122-Hip gallery/store with one of the wildest show opening parties each month.
The Dresden-1760 N Vermont Ave  Los Angeles  (323) 665-4294-Martini lounge featured in Swingers.
Y-que Trading Post-1770 N Vermont Ave  Los Angeles  (323) 664-0021-one of those wierd gift shops.
The Derby-4500 Los Feliz Blvd  Los Angeles  (323) 663-8979-place to see swing and rockabilly acts. 
Good Luck Bar-1514 Hillhurst Ave  Los Angeles  (323) 666-3524-Dive bar designed to look like a bad chinese restaurant.
Tiki Ti-4427 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles  (323) 669-9381-The place to be.  Exactly what it sounds like. Tiny.
Jay's Jayburgers-4481 Santa Monica Blvd  Los Angeles  (323) 666-5204-literal hole in the wall burger joint.  Get the chiliburger.
Smog Cutter-864 N Virgil Ave  Los Angeles  (323) 660-4626-Loud Karaoke bar.
Millie's-3524 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles  (323) 664-0404-Messy and spicy homestyle food.
Netty's-1700 Silver Lake Blvd  Los Angeles  (323) 662-8655-more good eats in a former plant store.
Back Door -1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles (323)662-7927-homemade ding dongs.

Anaheim, CA

Mama Cozzas-2170 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804(714) 635-0063-45 year old red sauce italian joint near Disneyland.  Featured on triple d

Costa Mesa, CA (near Long Beach and LA)

Live Music
Detroit Bar-843 w. 19th street, Costa Mesa CA 92627 Recent bands that have played here are the hold steady and Persephones Bees

Northridge, CA
Brents Deli-19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA - (818) 886-5679 Authentic NY style deli.  Corned beef specialty

Venice, CA

Eats-Robin Rose Ice Cream and Traffic School-unique flavors: rose petal, rasberry truffle chocolate, bailey's cream- 215 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90293, (310) 399-1774
Baby Blues BBQ • 444 Lincoln Bl. Venice CA 90291, 310 396-7675

Gardenia, CA

Jay Bees BBQ- 15911 Avalon Blvd, Gardena Ca. Closed Sunday. 310-532-1064.  BBQ in CA from a relative of the Famous Neelys of Mempis' interstate bbq.

Santa Monica, CA

Fathers Office, 1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403  (310) 736-222-restaurant/bar featuring the office burger, voted best burger in ameria by the today show, on an oblong roll with two kinds of cheese, carmelized bacon and onions and fancy greens.
Long Beach, CA
Venue-Alex's Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St. (Next to the Auto Zone, entrance in the back) Long Beach, CA 90804 562-434-8292


The Artists Inn and Cottage-1038 Magnolia Street, South Pasadena, CA 626-799-5668.  In the 100-200 dollar a night range but they have suites decorated in the style of different artists like Van Gogh and Picasso

Yujean Kang-67 North Raymond Avenue near Colorado, Pasadena, 626-585-0855-Said to be one of the best chinese spots in all of LA.
Pie n' Burger-913 East California Blvd. 626-795-1123-Just what it sounds like, diner with pies and burgers.

San Diego
San Diego has a great saved from destruction rollercoaster called the Giant Dipper located in
Belmont Park by the beach.  There is also a rollercoaster themed dive bar nearby.
San Diego Punk

Find some old, one of a kind venues at LA Time Machines.
Special Events-

Tiki Oasis- Annual Tiki event held in August.

Insite-various art and performance pieces in the San Diego/Tiquana area-619-544-1482.

The local alt paper is the
Reader. Check the site for bar coupons.  Also check out Casenet for concert listings.  Hillcrest is the bohemian area of town.  You are also very close to Tijuana, Mexico and can take a streetcar there.  A hipster tipster recommends the Gaslamp Quarter.  For food they also recommend Ole Madrid at 751 5th Avenue.

Live Music-

The Tower Bar-4757 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105. (619) 284-0158-roadside architecture, cool music, rock, garage and rockabilly. 
Casbah-2501 Kettner Boulevard-San Diego, 619-232-4355-The best live music venue in SD.
Brick by Brick-1130 Buenos Avenue-San Diego,619-275-5483-bad location-okay booking.
4th and B-345 B Street-San Diego, CA (619) 231-4343
Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Star Bar-432 E Street parking,619-234-5575-said to be the best bar in SD.
Live Wire-2103 El Cajon Boulevard-San Diego-619-291-7450-Punk rock country hip hop bar.

Coaster Saloon-744 Ventura Place,San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 488-4438-Food, near the beach, and a rollercoaster right next door. Perfect. 

Waterfront Bar & Grill-2044 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-9656 San Diegos Oldest tavern

Tivoli Bar-505 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-6754 "the gaslamps oldest bar" dive bar which has a restaurant inside called Montreals serving crazy concoctions like hot dogs with cheese curds, deep fried pickles and stuff. 
Bali Hai Restaurant-2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 222-1181, a tiki restaurant that had been slowly detiki'd over the years, but is now being retiki'ed

The Kensington Club Bar, 4079 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116-2505  619-284-2848 Open since 1935, unremodeled.  They have live music.

Record Stores-
Lou's-434 North Highway 101, La Jolla
Off the Record, 3849 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103


Hob Nob Hill-2271 1st Avenue,  San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-8176-Decades old awesomeness.  Incredible diner fare.
Taste of Thai-527 University Ave.-SD-Hillcrest, CA (619) 291-7525
Crest Cafe-425 Robinson Avenue-SD-Hillcrest, CA (619) 295-2510-best burger in town.
Red Fox Steakhouse-2223 El Cajon Boulevard-619-297-1313-steak in a piano bar
Turf Supper Club-1116 25th Street-619-234-6363-grill your own steak.
El Indio-3695 India St. tel: (619) 299-0333 -Mexican food worthy of Eat your way across the USA.

Check the
visitors bureau site for San Diego discount hotels.

Sacramento, CA
Seems like most cool parties are hosted by the people who bring you the
Lipstick Tuesday and F**K fridays parties

Live Music-
Old Ironsides-1901 TENTH ST at S, SACRAMENTO,CA 95814 (916) 443-9751 (club)
(916) 442-8832 (upcoming shows)-Every tuesday hosts the
lipstick indie/britpop party
Retrofit Studios-1815 19th St., Sacramento, CA

Jimboys is a chain of tex mex restaurants that has great tacos.
You should also stop at a Merlinos and have an orange freeze.
The Squeeze Inn is a tiny 12 seat restaurant that makes 1/3 lb Burgers with probably the same amount of cheese.  The cheese oozes off the burger and gets fried on the grill, leaving you with essentially a burger covered with a fried cheese frisbee.  Gigantic!  7916 Fruitridge Road , Sacramento,CA

Solvang, CA

This place is a total tourist trap, a faux danish town that was supposedly started as a utopia.  But it is so strange and touristy, I highly recommended stopping here.  While here, visit the
Solvang Restaurant and try one of their Aebleskivers, which is basically a pancake, but in ball form.  There are tons of varieties


Visalia, CA (halfway bet LA and SF)

Cellar Door-101 West Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 636-9463


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