Why go? Celebrities, models, and the rich and famous have been flocking to L.A. for decades. Why? It could be for the near perfect weather, the close access to the beach, the world-class dining, and the outstanding nightlife. You don’t have to be marrying a Kardashian to enjoy L.A., though — just get a few friends together and soak up the West Coast lifestyle!
Best ideas: If you want a classic L.A. experience with your friends, book a bungalow at Chateau Marmont. Relax poolside in the morning, then head to a VIP Universal Studios tour in the afternoon. Enjoy a night out with a steak dinner at the Penthouse at Mastro’s followed by drinks and dancing at Skybar.
Good to know: L.A. is one of the most visited cities in the U.S., and with a combo of city life and beachside surf town all rolled into one, you will have so many things to do and see in L.A. that you may need to go twice!
Weather: With highs in January around 68 degrees Fahrenheit and in August around 84 degrees, the weather in L.A. is fairly stable and nearly always warm. Most times of the year will be sunny, except for January and February, when you could run into a few rain showers.
The upside is L.A. is a big city with a lot of options: hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, and activities. If you don’t want to make decisions on what you enjoy and would prefer the all-inclusive resort-style holiday, it’s probably not the best spot for you. The downside is the upside: tons of choice and endless things to do! Plus, the weather is nearly always perfect.
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Travel & Essentials for a Los Angeles Bachelor Party
Located 18 miles southwest of downtown L.A., Los Angeles International Airport, more often referred to as “LAX,” is absolutely your best option for arriving into the area. (Unless of course you live nearby, in which case a car works just fine.) As the airport services 168 destinations with nonstop flights and hundreds more with connections, the area you are coming from is sure to have a flight available to LAX. Other Southern California options include John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, Long Beach Airport or Burbank Airport. All have significantly fewer flights than LAX, but these smaller airports are still worth checking out.
You have lots of options for getting into downtown L.A. from the airport. Assuming you come through LAX, taking a taxi is your fastest bet but also the most expensive. One-way fares are roughly $45 and the trip will be about 30 minutes, depending on the (ever fickle) L.A. traffic.
Another option is the FlyAway bus, which is far cheaper than a taxi (about $9 one way) but will take you from the airport to Union Station in Downtown L.A., Depending on where you stay, this could make sense or it could not.
Other options include taking the L.A. Metro or renting a car. Uber and other ridesharing apps are also available from LAX, but won’t pick up curbside, so you’ll need to walk a bit to meet your driver at a designated location.
Although most people associate L.A. with a car-centric culture and hours of traffic, we’re happy to report that’s not the whole story. L.A. has a robust public transit system that can get you just about anywhere. Metro buses, DASH buses, and Metro Rail trains entirely serve downtown areas and, with minimal transfers, can also get you out to the beaches and further afield. Of course, taxis and ridesharing are also good options, especially after a night out. If you’re staying downtown, many sites are walkable or you can rent a motorized scooter and be on your way. If a car is required, most hotels and restaurants offer valet parking for a fee.
Vegas, baby, Vegas! Sin City is a mere four-hour road trip from central L.A., so if you weren’t interested in a completely Vegas-style bachelor party but still have some curiosity, perhaps a single night in Vegas would be the answer. Arrive in the afternoon, head to the pool, catch a show, hit the casinos and clubs, and drive back the next day — easy to do from L.A.!
35 million tourists visit L.A. every year, so the city is generally incredibly safe for visitors. Using common-sense travel tips like not carrying loads of cash on you (save it for the hotel room safe), keeping valuables out of sight in your car, and making sure you have a sober driver to get you home at the end of the night are all going to serve you well. As far as scams go, L.A. is the home of Hollywood, so beware of pushy celebrity impersonators trying to make a buck for a picture or an autograph. Also be wary of Hollywood “agents” offering you movie or modeling deals for a fee. (Sounds crazy, but it does happen!)
Besides being a bustling city with near perfect weather, L.A. has a plethora of annual events and festivals to keep you coming back. From the L.A. Film Festival to AFI Fest, to the L.A. Festival of Books and so many more, there are plenty of reasons to visit L.A. any time of year.
The seasonal shifts: L.A. has famously good weather, but in the summer months the heat and smog can add up to an uncomfortable experience. March through May and September to November are your best bets for sunny days, lower tourist numbers and clean(er) air.
On the whole, L.A. is a fashion-conscious city with plenty of locals who not only follow the trends but set them. For a daytime outfit, jeans or shorts and casual tops are fine, but we do suggest dressing up at night. Bars and clubs are almost always on the “classy” side of dress, so leave the sneakers and shorts at home for the evening. Weather is generally warm, so heavy sweaters and such are not needed. Sunglasses? A must.
Pros and Cons of a Bachelor Party in Los Angeles
L.A. has a ton to offer any bachelor party crew: sunny weather, tons of choices for bars and clubs, and an overall young and vibrant city. But be advised there could be a bit of driving involved and, when on foot, dodging hordes of tourists!
- Sun. And lots of it. L.A.’s weather is nearly always ideal.
- You’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether it’s restaurants, hotels, bars or activities, you can truly find something to suit everyone here.
- It’s a young city, in a good way. If you’re looking to go out at night or want to spend your time around groups of other young people (defining that roughly as under 40) you’ll find it in L.A.
- It’s easy to get to. LAX is such a ginormous airport that you’re sure to find a flight — and probably get a good price on it, too.
- Driving, driving, driving.
- Attractions are fairly spread out, again, leading to more time between sites.
- Tourists abound! It’s a hugely popular destination, especially if you go in the summer, so suffice it to say you won’t be lonely!
- L.A. can be expensive if you don’t pay attention. Nightlife, restaurants, and taxis are probably the biggest money drains.
Best Attractions and Activities in Los Angeles
L.A. has so much to offer for every taste, day and night, but here are some of our top picks.
Blipsy Bar (Arcade Bar)369 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004, USA
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L.A. is actually flush with arcade bars, and they are a wonderful way to spend the day with friends! We suggest Blipsy Bar in Koreatown. Though not much to see from the outside, the inside is really worth it. An original L.A. arcade bar and one of the best — note that it is cash only.
Universal Studios Hollywood100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA
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Harry Potter, Jurassic World, The Fast and the Furious, all in ride form — what could make a soon-to-be married man feel more like a kid again? Universal Studios Hollywood also offers studio tours and VIP packages if you want a more exclusive experience. There’s a lot to see and do just at Universal alone — this is an all-day activity, so plan accordingly.
Dodger Stadium Tour1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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If you and your buds are baseball lovers, this is a must-do when in L.A. Stadium tours allow for behind-the-scenes access to areas you’d never see during a game. While you’re there, if the timing is right, you could catch a game following the tour. Play ball!
L.A. by Night Helicopter Tour10750 Sherman Way, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
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This is so cool you probably won’t even notice that it’s a bit pricey. Okay, maybe you will. But again, it’s cool. Board a helicopter from Burbank Airport with your friends for an evening tour of L.A. — you can even add a Champagne toast. Definitely a night you won’t forget.
L.A. Ghost Tour6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Tinseltown has a dark side, and it’s one worth exploring. Starting outside the El Capitan Theatre, a walking tour of some of Hollywood’s most haunted spots will regale you with wonderfully creepy stories you won’t soon forget. Private tours are available, so you and your buddies will have it all to yourselves.
The Laugh Factory8001 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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So many of our favorite comedians got their start in L.A. Comedy clubs are all over the place, so you can take your pick, but we suggest taking a look at The Laugh Factory. There are shows every night, and tickets range in price from around $20. Dave Chappelle, Maya Rudolph, Tim Allen … who knows who might walk in?
The Hollywood Walk of Fame6901 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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L.A. is often synonymous with Hollywood, but the Walk of Fame is just a bit basic at this point. Unless you know that the actual celebrity is going to be there, we’d suggest leaving this one off your must-do list for more exciting activities. Plus, it’s more often than not crammed with tourists, so if you don’t enjoy crowds, stay away or visit at very off-peak hours.
The Hollywood SignLos Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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When you think of L.A., chances are you think of the famous Hollywood sign. Not far from Universal Studios, no trip to L.A. is complete with an IG shot of this iconic landmark. Plus, it’s totally free! Be aware that if you want to get to the sign itself, you’ll likely have to go through residential areas full of homeowners who are sick to death of people traipsing to the Hollywood sign through private property, taking up parking spaces, and blocking traffic, so be respectful. People live here.
The Best Hotels & Airbnbs in Los Angeles
L.A. is a city flush with options for everything, and hotels are no exception. Here are a few of the best options for a bachelor’s trip.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly HillsBest Amenities 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
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Vibe: If you’re after luxury for you and your lads, look no further. The Waldorf Astoria offers classic Hollywood with a modern twist (the hotel opened in 2017). A rooftop lounge and private balconies are just some of the decedent amenities you’ll find here.
Price: But prices aren’t low, with starting rates around $815 per night.
Nobu Ryokan MalibuBest for Beach Lovers 22752 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
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Vibe: This place is exclusive, exclusive, exclusive. Located in Malibu, with only 16 rooms and an “adult oriented” atmosphere — read: no kids running around the hot tubs or screaming in the lobby! — ensuring you will have a fantastic experience oceanside.
Price: Architecturally exquisite and thoughtful to the last detail, this place will blow your mind but for a price: Rates start at $2,000 a night.
The Line HotelBest Value 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
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Vibe: This is a hotel that really shows off everything cool L.A. has to offer. Located in the 24-hour nonstop neighborhood of Koreatown, it fits right in with its neighbors, offering sushi-making and meditation workshops.
Price: A true urban L.A. experience, The Line Hotel is a stylish and reasonable option, with room rates starting around $120 per night.
Chateau MarmontMost Quintessential LA Experience 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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Vibe: It does not get more classic L.A. than Chateau Marmont. The iconic hotel offers hotel rooms but also has suites and private bungalows so you can choose what works best for your crew. Most have full kitchens, living rooms, and terraces. On top of that, the hotel offers a pool, world-class restaurant, and personal trainers.
Price: Rates start around $400 a night.
Ace HotelBest in Downtown LA 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
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Vibe: This four-star hotel is hipster central, and we mean that in the very best way. Opened in 2014 in the historic United Artists building downtown, the hotel pays homage to the history of L.A. in every corner. With rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the city, you won’t miss a thing L.A. has to offer.
Price: Rates start around $140 a night.
Airbnb: Luxury Living in Redondo BeachBest for Golfers & B-Ball Redondo Beach, CA, USA
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Vibe: This beautiful waterfront luxury villa in Redondo Beach was practically made for bachelor parties, with perks like an outdoor basketball court, pool table, foosball table, sauna, fireplaces, home theater, sauna and heated pool.
Price: From $3,900 a night, this seven-bedroom retreat is also 15 minutes from an award-winning golf course.
Airbnb: Post-Modernist Villa in the Bel Air HillsSwankiest Digs Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Vibe: This outrageously cool villa in the Bel Air hills features one of the sweetest amenities we’ve ever seen — a fire pit and lounge area built into the pool — as well as an indoor cinema, fully equipped kitchen, and a poolside putting green.
Price: At $6,000 a night, this swanky spot sleeps up to 16 and is just a 20-minute drive from Santa Monica.
Airbnb: Beverly Hills MansionBest for a Large Group Beverly Hills, CA, USA
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Vibe: This luxe 8,600-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa gives you seven bedrooms, an enormous backyard space complete with heated pool, spa, BBQ, sun loungers and a basketball/tennis court. Inside, you’ll find dozens of board games, a pool table and a chess table, as well as a Jacuzzi tub in the master suite.
Price: Rates from $1,200 a night.
Best Restaurants in Los Angeles
The Gallery Food HallFanciest Food Court 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Not traditional, but this 1990s food court was overhauled in 2015 to create The Gallery, a high-end food hall that will cater to your every culinary desire. With its mix of indoor and outdoor dining options, you’ll find pizza and wine coolers, Michelin-starred eateries, fish sandwiches, boardwalk fries, and everything in between. This L.A. hotspot is sure to please your whole crew — vegans and vegetarians, too. Price range: moderate.
PasjoliUpscale French Food 2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
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Pasjoli, from award-winning chef David Beran, is French bistro food taken to a whole new level. Located in Santa Monica, Pasjoli takes its cues from classic French cuisine but uses the freshest and most local California ingredients. We suggest the beef tartare or the duck served tableside. Prices lean toward expensive.
The Penthouse at Mastro’sBest Steakhouse 246 N Canon Dr Floor 3, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
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This is a steakhouse with Beverly Hills-style penthouse views overlooking the area, near perfect service, and a wine list for days. Oh, and the steaks! Mastro’s also offers a raw bar and often has live entertainment. Dressing up a bit for an evening here would be a good idea. Expect it to be expensive.
No JealousyBest Brunch Party 1638 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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It’d be hard to find a better brunch party in L.A. No Jealousy offers a classic Sunday brunch menu of waffles, avocado toast, and eggs in every style, among other options, but adds an insane collection of Champagne, punch bowls, a DJ, and a crowd that’s looking for fun. You may even need a nap before the evening begins. Reservations are required and the dress code is classy. Prices are moderate.
A.O.C.Best Hangover Cure 8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
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Spanish fried chicken on a cornmeal waffle, honey-braised duck leg, and Dungeness crab omelet. A.O.C is a Central L.A. spot offering these, plus many other delicious courses, for a late breakfast or lunch. And if you love it as much as we do, you’ll want to pick up a copy of “The A.O.C Cookbook” on your way out. Price range is moderate.
Sun Nong DanBest Home-Style Korean Fare 3470 W 6th St #7, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
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L.A. is a city with some of the most diverse and delicious late-night food you can find anywhere, and Sun Nong Dan delivers just that. This home-style Korean restaurant and favorite of celebrity chef David Chang, serves up a short-rib stew that is a must-try after any night on the town. Prices are moderate.
NormsBest All-Day Breakfast 470 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048, USA
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If you think of movies set in L.A., so many have a scene (or 12) at a diner. And if you want the most classic of a 24-hour diner experience, look no further than Norms. Breakfast is made all day (and night) long, but the Cajun chicken sandwich and garlic Parmesan fries are also sure to please. Meals here are cheap.
Best Bars and Clubs in Los Angeles
Formosa CafeBest Place to Live Like a Celebrity 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
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Serving drinks since 1939 to the likes of Elvis Presley, James Dean, and Humphrey Bogart, Formosa Cafe is more than a bar and truly a Hollywood experience that was recently restored in every detail. You’ll be able to enjoy a classic cocktail while exploring their vast collection of autographed celebrity photos and collection of Hollywood memorabilia.
Everson Royce BarTrendiest Cocktails 1936 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
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Located in the Downtown Arts District, this trendy spot can easily accommodate big groups. Offering indoor and outdoor space for drinks — specifically cocktails inspired by L.A. — it lets you enjoy the vibe as much as the booze.
Skybar at the Mondrian HotelBest Views 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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With Hollywood glamour, world-class DJs, and some of the very best views of L.A., Skybar is a hotspot both day and night, but we highly recommend it once the sun goes down and the DJ starts playing.
Jet StripBest Strip Club 10624 Hawthorne Blvd, Lennox, CA 90304, USA
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When you land at LAX, or if you have time before your flight home, Jet Strip is located close to the airport, offers a full bar menu of food, and is a fully nude club.
Plan B ClubBest Gentlemen's Club 11637 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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Located in West L.A., Plan B Club offers a cigar patio, food menu including plenty of steak, and valet parking. Oh, and gorgeous women. Enjoy a virtual tour on their website, if you are interested in more.
Not just for the rich and famous, Los Angeles is a city to be explored and enjoyed by all. With everything from fine dining to classic hotels and hip bars, plus activities to keep you busy all day in the SoCal sun, L.A. is sure to please any group of bachelors.