I was lucky enough to have a lovely long weekend over President’s Day, and happily made the most of it with great friend hangouts and a trip to LACMA. We finally checked out the Stanley Kubrick exhibit, which was AWESOME. I was blown away by how much there was to take in, from original film props and costumes to notes on scripts (Lolita‘s were pink!) to production stories. It offers a really comprehensive peak into an amazing and diverse body of work, and Kubrick’s attention to detail is evident in everything. The exhibit runs through the end of June, and if you’re in LA during that time, I highly recommend going. Hands down, one of the best museum experiences I’ve ever had. And the rest of the museum is always wonderful, too. Even the grounds, which are connected to the La Brea Tar Pits, are lovely place to hang out, with great picnic-y spaces and a cool little bar. It’s a great date spot to break the everyday mold.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but my favorite neighborhood bar is The Fat Dog. The menu is awesome, the drinks are reasonable (especially beers and brunch cocktails), and it has a cozy, super friendly vibe perfect for settling in to watch an entire Lakers game. I discovered this place one weekend when I was searching out brunch, and was shocked to find a spot in West Hollywood where I didn’t have to wait 45 minutes on a Saturday morning. Now I manage to go here almost weekly for drinks or food any time. Stray recommendations: short rib hash, breakfast pizza (so messy!), buffalo wings, short rib french dip, swedish meatballs, and the burger. Not to mention the addictive rosemary roasted almonds they give you as soon as you come in. Really, I’ve never had anything disappointing here.
MID-CITY WEST / WEST HOLLYWOOD
Totally depends. Special exhibit entrance is $20. General admission is $15. Both are free with a LACMA membership (which includes a guest), and I lucked out because the boyfriend has one. :) Drinks at Fat Dog range from $5 beers & brunch cocktails to $12 frou-frou drinks. Snacks/starters are in the $5-$10 range, and full-blown meals are $10-$15. And Happy Hour looks pretty appealing.
6 HRS I’d say give yourself a lot of time at LACMA, because there is so much to see. You can work up a nice appetite while exploring.
1.6 miles* Fat Dog is just a little way north on Fairfax from LACMA. However, this stretch of road is to be taken seriously on weekends, when The Grove/Farmer’s Market traffic makes the 3rd Street area a minor nightmare.
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LACMA parking is a little pricey at $10, but if you get there early, there’s a chance you can find a meter spot on 6th Street. Fat Dog has plenty of meter parking on Fairfax, and even backs up into residential neighborhoods you could park in (just beware of permit-only streets).