Break Room 86

From Mark and Jonnie Houston, shameless 80’s homage includes room being plastered with boomboxes, old cassettes…and screens playing big haired early MTV classics. DJs, dancing, karaoke…and maybe that chick from Missing Persons will even show up.


Korean food in Koreatown…no big deal, right? But Choi does it with the sort of kitsch hip that keeps the Silverlakers filling the seats. POTS like Ganja Tang (braised pork neck) and Jiggae What Jiggae Who (kimchi) are meant to be shared with your fixie-riding friends. Plan to knock back several rounds of shōchū in the process.

Hotel Normandie

1926 classic from architects Walker & Eisen, updated but not ruined. Lobby all shambolic romanticism, dramatic, beamed ceilings, mismatched furnishings, rooms have hardwood floors and flouncy flourishes – great for weekend staycation with your current crush. Attached Caasell’s Hamburgers rather incongruent, draws hipsteriffic crowd.

The Line Hotel

Party with rooms attached. Distressed walls and sort of Navaho fabrics in sleeping chambers, massive windows for Hollywood Hills views. But you’re surely here for the scene. Anti-star chef Roy Choi amongst proprietors – two restos POT and Commissary are magnets for Silver Lake set, lobby bar always a scene…plus Break Room 86 for 80’s kitsch. Nice pool too.


Koreatown’s achingly hip Line Hotel gets (rooftop) restaurant it deserved. Roy Choi’s Commissary is veggie focused, rather literally. Meaning dishes built around asparagus, radishes, corn, et al. But steak, burgers and schnitzels for the unbending carnivores. Ethereal greenhouse setting means lots of hipster date nights. Expect an ironic t-shirted scene.

Cassell’s Hamburgers

Charmingly cool Koreatown sleep Hotel Normandie gets a buzzy burger spot to please newly hip clientele. Cassell’s has historic cred, serving LA’s beef-o-philes since 1948. Menu here plays up 1950’s kitsch (patty melts, hotcakes), but burgers are why you’re here. Full bar, groovy vibe makes it an instant party.

El Rey

Far from huge, and that’s the way they like it. Hippest musical up-and-comers make this a must-stop, and they’re playing to celeb-heavy crowd. Art Deco classic has been around since the 30s, but switched from movies to music in the 90s. El Rey is almost egalitarian, but look up and around: there’s VIP seating in them thar booths.