Los Angeles: Top 10 Bars to Pretend You Just Turned 21

901 Bar & Grill (South LA) – The bar of choice for USC coeds looking for happy-hour bargains, short skirts, and an alcohol-induced stumble back to campus at closing time. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making an appearance at a college watering hole as an outsider, as long as you’re willing to buy rounds of kamikaze shots for all of your new friends. ● Teddys(Hollywood) – The Hollywood Roosevelt’s celebrity sanctuary attracts the upper echelon of LA’s youngster socialites and scenesters who just wanna dance. The dark interior eventually turns into a game of bumper cars between over-served patrons, but it’s fine with us because they’re uniformly attractive. ● Q’s Billiards(Brentwood) – Always a wait for a pool table, allowing time for double-fisting Long Island’s and plenty of loitering conversation. Brimming with competitive dudes who can shoot sticks until all the kegs are tapped, and neglected girlfriends skimming the perimeter for “good listeners.”

Circle Bar (Santa Monica) – Dark, stuffy, crowded and housing all the smells that remind you of the best four years of your life. Next-day memories will include getting sardined between hot, sweaty bodies on your way to the bar, having at least two drinks spilled down your back, and rubbing appendages with inebriated cuties on the dance floor. Chug a beer for breakfast to relieve the pain. ● Golden Gopher (Downtown) – Engaging bartenders will make you feel deserving of the stiff cocktails. True friendships are formed around the old-school arcade games and solidified in the glass-enclosed smoking area. Document late-night behavior with your new besties in the photo booths and post on Facebook. Immediately. ● Westwood Brewing Company (Westwood) – If you’ve been searching for an opportunity to showcase your extensive knowledge of Beers of the World to impress the opposite sex, this is it. The fusion of microbrews and karaoke, mediocre bar food, and bro-tastic camaraderie will immediately place you in the winner’s circle. ● Roof Bar at the Standard (Downtown) – The pool stays open until 2am, lounge chairs are waterbeds, and the dancefloor gets downright funky. It was only a matter of time until the chic jetsetters abandoned ship and the youngbloods made their move on in. ● Winstons (West Hollywood) – Usually an equal mix of guys and girls in a dark wooded interior. Dim enough that age becomes ambiguous. Crowd-pleasing DJs attract 15-minutes-of-fame clingers (reality TV stars) and plenty of tartlets who claim to know the bouncer. No one with a day job has time to wait in line for entrance. ● Crown Bar (Hollywood) – Where model/actress/whatevers let their hair down. If they’re a day over 21, they’re not showin’ it. ● Roxy (West Hollywood) – Legendary music forum with bouncers who’ll break up a mosh pit before you get your first crowd surf in. Punks and kids getting through the ‘experimental’ phase congregate to experience the eardrum-shattering sound system. Not meant for the volume-sensitive or the over 30.

Industry Insiders: Mazdack Rassi, the Milk Man

Mazdack Rassi, founder and creative director of Milk Studios, talks about Milk’s big plans for expansion on the West Coast. The new studios will open on May 1, with soft openings between May and June. The facility will be fully operational in June.

When did you hit it big with Milk? We came up with it ten years ago. We started basically as a rental facility, and over the last five years, we expanded more into a proper media company where we do more creative things, create more content, and are more involved in the creative process. Our goal was never to sort of be a space that was for rent or a rental mentality, but more of like to create a creative space and a crossroads for film, fashion, television, and art. We’re about seven divisions now.

Why the need for another huge Milk Studios in Los Angeles? In the last three to four years, there’s been a big trend in our business in New York where we’re working more with celebrities than with models. The main reason is because they’ve sort of started taking over the magazines. Today, to think about a major magazine with a model on the cover is something that’s so outdated. In the last two years, what’s been happening with our campaigns is that more and more celebrities are encroaching on that business, and they’re all here in Hollywood. The greatest modeling agency in the world is now Hollywood. And it’s not a trend — its something that’s going to stay. Celebrities and their agents are much more open to doing high fashion, covers, and campaigns than they were five years ago.

How does the new space compare to the 80,000 square feet of Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District? We took over the Technicolor studios in Hollywood, which were originally built in 1947. It was part of Paramount Studios, and we’re completely retrofitting it and modernizing it. We took it down to its concrete shell, and now we’re rebuilding from scratch. There are some parts that are original — like the soundstage — and we’re restoring these things back to their original glory. We get very involved in the community and our surroundings. This area reminds us of the Meatpacking District ten years ago.

Who have been some of your favorite clients to work with in New York? So many people. From doing an exhibition with Mike Figgis, who is the award-winning director of Leaving Las Vegas, to having Terry Richardson doing a shoot in our studios. He is always incredible and unique. It’s also amazing working with young photographers like Alexi Lubomirski. Watching people grow into these wonderful positions is a great gift. When we started at Milk, we didn’t know who the big photographers were. We just knew all the assistants. They were the same age as us, and we had the same sort of ideas. Those kids now have come to a point where they’re in charge, and they choose Milk as their home and their hub. We feed of that energy.

What are some of your favorite places to go to in New York? My favorite bar in the city is Rose Bar. One of my favorite places to eat is Macelleria in the Meatpacking. And another bar would be the Brass Monkey.

What about LA? The best breakfast is at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the counter downstairs. I think that’s in the basement. Then there’s this amazing restaurant I went to last night, and I would definitely go there again, called Cecconi’s. The bar I like most here is Winston’s.