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Welcome to the the hippest neighborhood in the USA (according to Forbes Magazine).Go to some of our clubs and hear "the Silver Lake Sound", it is the home of Moby, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Beck. Drive around see the Masters of 20th Century Architecture (Frank LLoyd Wright, Neutra and Shindler). You can walk to the bus. The artsy, village center is an easy 10 minute stroll. Take a stroll around the Silver Lake ( there is a REAL lake) Meet the "creative community of Los Angeles!

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOLLYWOOD WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A TOURIST
By ESTHER TSENG
Published On 03/28/2017


Everyone knows Hollywood's the entertainment capital of the world, and as a result, it's easy to fall victim to tourist traps like Starline Tours, Universal CityWalk, or the Walk of Fame. Of course, there are plenty of things to do in Hollywood that don't have the word "walk" in them, and we've gathered the best of the best together into one checklist. Whether it's watching live music in an iconic venue, solving an interactive escape room, or visiting a straight-up death museum, these are the things you should be doing in Hollywood instead of hopping on a bus to see Kathy Griffin's house.
Escape Hotel
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Conquer an escape room
Escape Hotel is one of the best-rated live escape rooms in the city, with varying difficulty levels and riveting themes. There’s nothing like teamwork under pressure to get you focused and thinking on your feet while having braintastic fun. See if you and your group can work together to solve the series of puzzles within the hour -- or meet your untimely (rhetorical) death.

See a movie in a cemetery
While cemeteries are probably the last place you’d consider an attraction, the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery has plenty of reasons to visit throughout the year. During the warmer months, movies are screened on the vast lawn, where you can picnic with loved ones while enjoying a classic. Concerts and other cultural events like plays and book readings are scheduled throughout the year, whether on the outside stage or in the cozy Masonic Lodge, so be sure to check the schedule for the movie or show of your choice.

Hollywood Bowl
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Catch a concert at The Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl was first built in 1922, opening with a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Since then, it’s undergone massive architectural and acoustic improvements and seen performers as lauded and wide ranging as The Beatles to Itzhak Perlman. Catching a concert here is one of the most essential and accessible Hollywood acts thanks to its wide-ranging programming and affordable price points on tickets.

Go bowling & play vintage games at a haunted hotel
Inside the historic, haunted Roosevelt Hotel is a low lit, vintage gaming space complete with delicious craft cocktails. Book one or both bowling lanes for your group, and maybe even a punch bowl or two to imbibe on during your game. They’ve also got vintage board games such as Connect Four, Monopoly, chess, dominoes, backgammon, and checkers for all kinds of entertainment. Be sure to check the schedule for curated cocktail nights and special events.

Gawk at artwork and crime scenes by serial murderers
Lovers of kitsch and the morbid-minded will enjoy a self-guided, hour-long tour through Hollywood’s Museum of Death. See artwork by Gacy and Manson, recount historical famous deaths, watch cult recruiting videos, learn about the Black Dahlia as well as past and current execution methods -- y'know, lots of family-friendly stuff.

Frank Lloyd Wright's House
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Walk through an architectural masterpiece
Sitting atop Olive Hill, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock house is the centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Built between 1919 and 1921, the house was his first Los Angeles project and second work in California. This one-time residence of Aline Barnsdall (an oil heiress) incorporated her favorite flower into its name and design, and is now a designated National Historic Landmark. Tours are available for $7 for adults and $3 for children and seniors, and are held Thursday through Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm.

See emerging art at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Nearby the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park is the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, which opened in its current gallery space in 1970 and is the flagship exhibition space for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The gallery features emerging art by Los Angeles artists as well as retrospectives on those LA artists who have made a major impact on the art scene. Free group tours for adults are offered Thursday through Sunday, 12pm - 5pm.


Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE - LOS ANGELES
Belly laugh your way through a UCB show
Now with two spaces in Hollywood, Upright Citizens Brigade has plenty of opportunity to make you laugh your socks off. This training ground for current and future comics holds a range of shows to keep you entertained, including improv, stand-up, sketch, talk, and variety. Check the schedules at both locations (Franklin and Sunset) to see which show fits your schedule and fancy, with prepaid and cash-only reserved seating.

See a boozy movie at the Cinerama Dome
Built in only 16 weeks and opened in 1963, the Cinerama Dome is a first-run theater that also happens to be a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument, and is now a part of Arclight Cinemas. It seats over 800 guests, has a top-notch sound system with three restored Cinerama projectors, and since beer and wine are available as concessions at Arclight Cinemas, you can enjoy the latest blockbuster over a glass.

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Amoeba Records
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Shop for music at an actual record store
While most of us enjoy streaming music services these days, there’s just something about actually browsing a brick-and-mortar location to buy a physical copy of the latest album of your favorite band of the moment, or a limited edition vinyl of an old classic. No matter what you're after, you can probably find it at Amoeba Music's Hollywood location, which is the largest independent record store in the world -- there are also free live shows on-stage inside the store, often followed with signings by the artists.

Stroll through Space 15 Twenty
In lieu of the chintzy tourist shopping that tends to occur in Hollywood, you’ll want to take a spin through this mixed-use concept store. Sure, there are burgers, clothes, and skateboards to shop for here, but make sure to check the event calendar for the stuff that really keeps this space popping, like outdoor yoga classes, record fairs, wine tastings, book signings, and live music performances.

Pantages Theater
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See a show at Pantages Theatre
When popular musicals, plays, and concerts come through Los Angeles, they always play at The Pantages Theatre, a historic Art Deco venue dating back to 1930. Book tickets to whatever show catches your eye, but make sure arrive early to gaze up at the ornately decorated ceiling. You might also want to grab a pre-show drink at the adjacent Frolic Room, a dive bar with an excellent jukebox that hosts a mix of locals and tourists.

Take a token, leave a treasure at Lost Property
Hollywood and Vine may be the most famous intersection in the city, but you’d be remiss to overlook this fantastic cocktail bar. There’s a little corner full of books, party favors, articles of clothing, and other knick-knacks ("one man’s trash," etc.) that patrons can browse -- if you take something, make sure you leave something else behind for the next person! Of course, that’s after you sip through one (or a few) Vermont Shandys at one of the tables in the dimly lit lounge area.

Hollywood and Highland Center
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Enjoy jazz and wine at Hollywood & Highland Center
Hollywood & Highland is a behemoth of a shopping destination -- all inspired by the set of the D.W. Griffith film, Intolerance -- but there’s still good reason to venture inside the mall during the summer. Every Tuesday from 7-9pm, jazz concerts are held in the courtyard in partnership with local station KJAZZ-FM. Ten dollars will get you two glasses of wine and an appetizer, with proceeds benefitting Project Angel Food.

Take a tour of Paramount Pictures
Studios come and go in Hollywood, but Paramount Pictures remains one of the most storied lots in the city. There are three tour varieties available, each running anywhere from two to four hours, with over a century of feature and TV history to explore. Whether you want the basics (the Studio Tour), the upgrade complete with gourmet lunch and hors d'oeuvres (the VIP Tour), or the nighttime treatment with secret passageways (the After Dark Tour), Paramount’s the place to get your Silver Screen history fix
Welcome to the the hippest neighborhood in the USA (according to Forbes Magazine).Go to some of our clubs and hear "the Silver Lake Sound", it is the home of Moby, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Beck. Drive around see the Masters of 20th Century Architecture (Frank LLoyd Wright, Neutra and Shindler). You can walk to the bus. The artsy, village center is an easy 10 minute stroll. Take a stroll around the Silver Lake ( there is a REAL lake) Meet the "creative community of Los Angeles!

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOLLYWOOD WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A TOURIST
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The neighborhood

Silver Lake is an artist's enclave that has always enjoyed a secret cachet. Now the secret's out!

Our little neighborhood has 'come up' the past 20 years, and become a music Mecca as happening as Austin TX and as bohemian as Greenwich Village or the East Village in NYC.

We have groovy farmer's markets twice a week where you can buy organic veggies and fruit, and shop handmade artisans' wares.

The first movie studios in Los Angeles were in Silver Lake!
Many of the original structures have been converted for alternative use.
The Charlie Chaplin studio is around the corner, and now is a storage facility.
Walt Disney's first studio is a specialty grocery store!
The Laurel and Hardy movies were filmed on Silver Lake streets, and the 'Music Box Steps' where the duo famously repeatedly pushed a piano up a steep staircase is memorialized at Sunset Blvd and Micheltorena just past the Free Clinic.
Nearby 'Red Hill' in Echo Park has the highest concentration of restored Victorian homes in LA, and was the original home to writers working in the early studio-system, and became known as 'Red Hill' for the concentration of blacklisted writers who refused to name names during the McCarthy hearings.

The steepest streets in California: Fargo and Baxter, are a few blocks north, just off the 2 FWY terminus if you want to conquer a mountain, but have the time for a hill.

Lately, our neighborhood has undergone gentrification, which has made it a desirable destination for artists, actors, film professionals and music lovers worldwide.

World-class dining waits around every corner and along any main drag.
We love all the Mexican restaurants for their generous portions and authentic cuisine, but there's global cuisine of the highest caliber walking distance from us.

You can park on the neighboring streets near our house without fear of vandalism, tickets, or towing.

Silver Lake, as you probably are aware, has the best nightlife in all of LA.
All the best touring bands stop to gig here at one of the world-class dive-bar destinations, like The Echo, The Echo Plex (just downstairs, and recently host to The Rolling Stones kick-off of their west coast leg), Silver Lake Lounge, The Satellite (formerly Spaceland), El Cid, Los Globos, or any of the dozen or so nearby record stores and galleries that offer free in-store appearances. Silver Lake nightclubs are free on Monday nights, and they offer great local bands monthly residencies to build their fanbase and allow A&R reps a chance to catch the buzz. If you're visiting on a Monday, plan to do a pub crawl and dig some bands on Local's Appreciation Night.

Great shopping is around every corner, La Luz De Jesus gallery has mind-blowing happenings and art openings we can hippen you to, and it's also a kitch and collectable shopping must-see. Their openings are on the first Friday evening of the month, and are a fabulous fashion show. Don't miss the free beers and margaritas on offer out back in the patio
The neighborhood

Silver Lake is an artist's enclave that has always enjoyed a secret cachet. Now the secret's out!

Our little neighborhood has 'come up' the past 20 years, and become a mus…

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