If New York is the city that never sleeps, then LA is the city that never stops dreaming. These outings range from the unexpected to the extraordinary, and they all add up to one unforgettable night out.
1. Night Swim
Rooftop pools at The Standard and The Ace provide unreal views of Downtown, and you can even float over a David Hockney mural in the pool at The Roosevelt Hotel (once home to a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe).
3. Movie Night
Films are the heart of LA, and whether you're in the mood for a summer blockbuster or a cult classic, you can make sure you're seated in style when the lights go down. Pass the popcorn to your friends at the Vineland Drive-in Theater in the City of Industry, the Echo Park Film Center, or the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo.
4. Dinner with a twist
These restaurants zig where others zag, and your taste-buds are sure to benefit from such innovation. Dine in total darkness at Opaque; explore the all-garlic menu at The Stinking Rose (garlic ice cream!); and munch on an old school Jell-O dessert in Ray Bradbury's booth at the newly re-opened Clifton's Cafeteria.
These retro bars are hidden in plain sight.
Daytime haircuts come with a free drink in the front room and then give way to nighttime shenanigans in the back room of the Blind Barber in Culver City; Ramen Burgers are a thing at Lock & Key in K-Town; and the ghosts of Hemingway and Fitzgerald still throw one back at The Writer's Room behind Musso & Frank Grill.
7. Night Hikes
Sneak away from the crowds and give yourself a chance to think, hold hands, or look up at the moon. This is LA - never stop dreaming.
Echo Mountain night hike in Altadena
Full moon hike at Stough Canyon in Burbank
Beaudry Loop Trail in Glendale