Is It Any Good?

A gathering of restaurants and hangout that you can pretty much skip if you’re an Angeleno.


First time at L.A. Live, and all I can say is…it’s basically Hollywood and Highland…with a fancy Hotel Attached.

Oh, wait a minute. Hollywood and Highland already comes with a fancy Hotel attached.

Never mind.  It’s basically Hollywood and Highland.

First problem I had was with the name. I had heard the name of L.A. Live for months, maybe even a year or two, before fully understanding that it wasn’t a TV or Radio Show.

Then, there’s the locale…all the way the hell Downtown. Good luck not opening up a home mortgage to pay for your parking.

Then, there’s…well…what’s there…which isn’t much if you think about it. You’ve seen all the restaurants before. You’re not going to be blown away. To tell you how…unimpressed you should be, the campus at the University of Southern California offers rides to L.A. Live all the time, given that it’s so close, and the students (not to a fault, I’m sure) aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to go.

Yeah, if you’re staying at the Hotel and need a good bite to eat, you’re covered. If you want something before that big Game and/or concert, you’re covered.

But coming here…specifically to come to L.A. Live? Yeah, you can live without it.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Other than boredom? Well, we are talking Downtown L.A. The big part of the big city. L.A. Live, as well as the Convention Center Area and Staples are all relatively safe. However, if you go a block or two past there, you’re in the real city. You’re life’s not in immediate danger or anything, but the odds of you getting mugged just jumped exponentially.

Here’s what’s available at L.A. Live:

Boca at the Congo Room
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Glance Wine Bar
Illy Espressamente
Ion Rooftop Pool Bar
Lawry’s Carvery
L.A. Markey by Kerry Simon
Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge
New Zealand Natural Ice Cream
Rock’N FIsh
Rosa Mexicano
Starbucks Coffee (like you’re surprised)
Farm of Beverly Hills
Mixing Room
Trader Vic’s
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Wp24 Restaurant & Lounge
Yard House
Regal Cinemas

Also, there’s the problem of…


PARKING: More plentiful than in days gone by, but still expensive. Be prepared to shell out anywhere from $5 to $15 bucks depending on where you wind up.

To be of further help, we are adding a L.A. Live/Downtown Parking Guide for you assistance.


L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015