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Rad Restaurant Lounge/Club For Teen Birthday?

Hey guys, anyone have any recommendations for a rad restaurant Lounge/Club for an 18th birthday? I'm not native to LA, I'm from Riverside but yeah my 18th birthdays coming up and wanted to take a couple of my friends (not more than 8) to have a night out in LA and chill. Everyone in my group won't be 18 so don't want to go to a 18+ only place. Any type of food is good (love Italian though) and nothing too pricey... like not over $30, I know that cuts my options down but don't want my friends to spend too much. Also, it doesn't have to be an all-in-one club/lounge/restaurant, its cool if its a restaurant in a shopping center or if you have a restaurant suggestion and separate lounge/club suggestion too! Even just a really cool restaurant would suffice. & I'm open to anywhere from the OC to LA to the IE. Thanks so much you guys, I've been looking for a place for a long time!

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  1. the $30 is going to be tough, although, if you're open to a Sunday or starting a meal early there will be a few more choices.

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    1. re: cls

      Yeah Sundays and starting a meal early are fine with me...

      1. re: DChristianRobert

        Perhaps Takami sushi downtown. It's easy to get to from the IE, great views of LA, cool design, club like (there is a club next door but I think 21+.) Great seating outside for a party. They have a happy hour menu but you have to call to get details.
        www.takamisushi.com

      2. re: cls

        DOES ANYONE KNOW OF PLACES CLOSER TO IE THAT ARE LIKE THE HIP RESTAURANTS OF LA? I'M STILL OPEN TO PLACES ANYWHERE FROM THE OC TO LA, BUT WOULD BE AWESOME IF ANYONE KNEW OF ANYWHERE IN THE IE. THANKS!

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        1. ha i totaly thought the same thing - opened this post expecting it to be a mom looking for suggestions.

          there really arent under age clubs around - occasionally one used to run on the pier during summer nights, and one at lush on wilshire.

          i agree with lucky devils, or i think 25 degrees might be cool

          musha might be a fun option in santa monica, easier on the budget because you can't drink.

          if you wanted to go and just have mains and no apps, you could do somewhere like citizen smith or social or dolce, and almost make the budget work.

          1. re: Emme

            Citizen Smith has that deal where on Monday nights, all the food is half off. If you can do Monday nights, that would work.

            1. re: mollyomormon

              Wow, ok I'm def. going to Citizen Smith if this is true, can anyone confirm this? Is this like a limited time only thing or year round?

              1. re: DChristianRobert

                nope it's still on.

                apps under 1/2 off are like 3-10 bucks, and entrees at 8-15 or so.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    they do add an auto-gratuity to parties of 6 or more. just to beware - i think 18%

                  2. re: DChristianRobert

                    Yes this discount on Monday nights is still going. But as Emme mentions above, they do add auto tip for 6 or more people.

                  3. re: mollyomormon

                    In addition to the Citizen Smith discount, there is also:
                    * Dolce
                    8284 Melrose Ave.
                    Los Angeles, CA 90046
                    (323) 852-7174
                    Every Monday night, all food is half-price.

                    * Bella Cucina Italiana
                    1708 Las Palmas Ave.
                    Los Angeles, CA 90028
                    (323) 468-8815
                    Every Tuesday night, all food is half-price.

                    From: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?sec...

              2. You might check out the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Just east of the HOB is Carney's Train (also on the Strip) for chili cheese dogs and burgers and then to HOB for a show (they also have dining options if you want to do it all in one place) might be a good plan.

                http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/...

                1. Oh and I was thinking along the lines of like a real sit down restaurant with good food, and not just like a fast place to burgers and fries...

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                  1. re: DChristianRobert

                    Fair enough. If you like the Sunset Strip area then maybe dinner at Bossa Nova for Brazilian food: http://www.bossafood.com/b2.html

                    1. re: DChristianRobert

                      You could always do Sushi Dan on Sunset & Crescent Heights--they have a nice atmosphere and pretty good sushi that won't break the bank.
                      You can also do Chin Chin at the bottom of Sunset Plaza--also won't break the bank but will put you in the middle of "the action"
                      Also, took my younger cousin for her 17th birthday with some friends to Geisha House in Hollywood--while the food isn't spectacular, its pretty good and the atmosphere is very "clubby"

                    2. How about going ethnic? You could sit at a big round table with a lazy susan in the middle and eat yourselves silly at Yang Chow in Chinatown for about $20 per person including tax and tip and go crazy. (Start with the spicy hot wonton soup, then two orders of the slippery shrimp, some noodles, the green beans, the eggplant, a chicken dish, a beef or lamb dish, and maybe one more.) Or you could hit Palm Thai on Hollywood Blvd. in Thaitown (basically between Vermont and Western) for tons of food and the one and only singing Thai Elvis. (Maybe call first to make sure you don't need to be 21 to be there late for the show.) Or search this board -- a few months ago there was a review of a good all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ place for somewhere around $20 per person -- all of the little starters and the grill it yourself meats could be really fun and I know what appetites were at 18. Or if you and your friends are foodies and adventurous eaters, Jitlada in Thaitown has a regional menu along with the usual Thai offerings. Happy BD, and save "rad" for MySpace.

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                      1. re: nosh

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