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May 29, 2011 10:50 PM

21st Birthday in Los Angeles... HELP!!

Hi all!

So my 21st birthday is coming up and I'm looking for a fun restaurant/bar that my friends and I can go to. I want it to be a place where we can start with dinner and have a BLAST afterwards. Maybe close to some other bars so we can hop around? Since I'm not yet 21 I'm not very familiar with the LA bar scene so any suggestions would be awesome!! Also, almost all of my friends WON'T be 21... but they do have something that might say otherwise haha so please keep that in mind. I'm really not looking to celebrate with a house party (I go to plenty of those in college).

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Two ways that I would think you could go for this would be dinner at the Bazaar in WeHo and then over to Bar Marmont on Sunset (and from there to a roof top bars in that same area - like SkyBar - if you want). The other option would be having dinner someplace like Rivera downtown and then end up at the Edison.

    Bar Marmont
    8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    The Edison
    108 W 2nd St Apt 104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    The Bazaar by José Andrés
    465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

    8440 W Sunset Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

    Rivera Restaurant
    1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: Servorg

      These are the best places. I had my 21st at skybar and my
      Last bday at rivera. You can't go wrong with any of these four choices.

    2. please give us some idea of how much you want to spend on this.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        thanks so much for the feedback!!
        i want the place to be fun but it needs to be as affordable as possible

        1. re: kelseydpage

          imho, most of servorg's recommendations would not really be considered "affordable" by a 21 year old.
          sadly, though, because i'm such an old fuddy-duddy myself, i have no idea of where to get eats and alcoholic drinks that are both fun and affordable.
          also, the fact that some in your party will be using alternate id, complicates the matter. . .

          i'd look into some of the happy hour deals that are out there.

          1. re: kelseydpage

            >>i want the place to be fun but it needs to be as affordable as possible<<

            I think more specifics would be required to zero in on what would really work, e.g., price range with or without drinks, area, cuisine, etc. But with that said, the broad category of gastropubs has expanded over the past couple of years. Most will allow under-21s in as long as they understand that they are not allowed to sit at the bar. On average, the food is good to great, the prices are reasonable, many dishes are meant to be shared, and the mood is light and fun. You determine your budget limit by how many individual dishes that you order. And most gastropubs understand that patrons will come in groups where some drink alcohol and some don't, so many will offer very nice non-alcohol options. I would just mind you folks to be honest about who can drink and who can't. Here's a thread on gastropubs that I inquired about:


            A couple relatively new additions to this category are sausage-intensive places that also focus on beer (a natural pairing). Wurstcuche is the current king but Steingarten LA recently opened and has received positive reviews as well. The later is located on a Pico in West LA, which has a number of eateries and bars of various price ranges, cuisines and ambiance/settings. One of the most popular on this stretch is Westside Tavern. It's very nice inside, large, and the offerings are wide. I'd only warn that folks on a budget can run up a bill here that might tilt the wallets. The Six, another gastropub just up the street from Steingarten LA, plays the number six where each section/category of the menu has six choices. It may be kind of gimmicky but at the same time, if you have six in your party, why not all sample all six of something from a category(ies)? You folks are young, full of energy and willing to try anything...

            Westside Tavern
            10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            Steingarten LA
            10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        2. For "cost effective" dining why not do a brunch? On Saturdays and Sundays you can get unlimited small plates AND unlimited alcoholic drinks (limited to certain types) at Zengo in Santa Monica for $35 pp, plus tax and tip. It doesn't get anymore cost effective than that.

          395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          1. re: Servorg

            Brunch is a great suggestion. The only downside for many in the OP's demographic i.e., young, prone to let the light of day hamper enjoying food and drink :), is the bright of day. If that's the case, put on the Jackie-Os and have at it...

            1. re: Servorg

              to build on servorg's rec for brunch,
              i believe that the terrific three course brunch served at Cafe del Rey comes with unlimited mimosas or bubbly for about the same $35 price.

              1. Check out Casa Sanchez on the Westside. I often see 20-somethings having a good time.


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                1. re: Baron

                  the last time i had a margarita at casa sanchez, about a year ago, it cost $12 BEFORE tax and tip.