21st Birthday in Los Angeles... HELP!!
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!
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.
8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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
1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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.
>>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...
10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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