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Best Of :: Readers' Choice

Readers' Choice Los Angeles 2014

This year's Best of L.A. issue pays homage to all the places in the city we're just not ready to say goodbye to yet. But it's not just us telling you our favorites. We also asked you to nominate your favorite places in Los Angeles — and then vote on the finalists. Here are your picks.

Best 9-Hole Golf Course
Los Feliz Golf Course, 3207 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 663-7758, golf.lacity.org/cdp_los_feliz.htm

Best Airport
Burbank Bob Hope Airport, 627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. (818) 840-8840, bobhopeairport.com

Best All-Ages Club
The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 276-1158, troubadour.com

Best Antique Shop
Bearded Lady Vintage, 3005 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (323) 696-5219, facebook.com/beardedladyvintage

Best Arcade Bar
EightyTwo, 707 E. Fourth Place, dwntwn. (213) 626-8200, eightytwo.la

Best Art Collective
The L.A. Fort thelafort@gmail.com, thelafort.weebly.com

Best Bar for People Watching
The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 289-8410, sbe.com/nightlife/brands/theabbeyfoodandbar

Best Bar With Live Music
Harvard & Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 466-6063, harvardandstone.com

Best Barber Shop
Floyd's 99 Barber Shop, Multiple locations including 11700 Moorpark Ave., Studio City. (818) 980-9900, floydsbarbershop.com

Best Bartender
Jason Eisner, Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 978-2170, graciasmadreweho.com

Best Beach
El Matador, 32350 El Matador Beach Road, Malibu. (818) 880-0363, parks.ca.gov/?page_id=633

Best Beach Yoga
Beach Yoga With Brad, bradkeimach.com

Best Bike Shop
Helen's Cycles, Multiple locations, including 2501 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 829-1836, helenscycles.com

Best Bookstore, Eastside
The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-0599, lastbookstorela.com

Best Bookstore, Westside
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com

Best Boutique
Clockwork Couture, 707 S. Main St., Burbank. (818) 478-1515, clockworkcouture.com

Best Breakfast
The Griddle Cafe, 7916 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 874-0377, thegriddlecafe.com

Best Brownie
Milk, 7290 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax. (323) 939-6455, themilkshop.com

Best Brunch
Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn. (213) 802-1470, bottegalouie.com

Best Burger
Umami Burger, Multiple locations, including 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 469-3100, umami.com

Best Burrito
Chipotle, Multiple locations, including 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 773-9047, chipotle.com

Best Canyon Hike
Griffith Park. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park. (323) 913-4688, laparks.org

Best Chef
Roy Choi. Multiple restaurants, including POT, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown (213) 368-3030, eatatpot.com

Best Classic Cocktail Bar
Musso & Frank. 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 467-7788, mussoandfrank.com

Best Comic Book Store
Meltdown Comics and Collectibles. 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 851-7223, meltcomics.com

Best Cookie
Diddy Riese, 926 Broxton Ave., Wstwd. (310) 208-0448, diddyriese.com

Best Dance Club
The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. (213) 413-8200, theecho.com

Best Dance Lessons
Ballroom Blitz, 4878 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock. (323) 258-0029,ballroomblitz.org

Best Day Trip
Santa Barbara. santabarbaraca.gov

Best DJ
DJ Dan Mancini. danmancini.info/dj

Best Dog Park
Silver Lake Dog Park. 1850 W. Silver Lake Drive, Silver Lake. (323) 644-3946, silverlakedogpark.com

Best Drive-in Movie Theater
Vineland Drive-In. 443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry. (626) 961-9262, vinelanddriveintheater.com

Best Event for Cyclists
CicLAvia.ciclavia.org

Best Farmers Market
Hollywood Farmers Market. Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Street, Hlywd. seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/

Best Fast Casual Restaurant
Tender Greens. Multiple locations, including 621 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 405-1511, tendergreens.com

Best Gay Dance Party
The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 289-8410, sbe.com/nightlife/brands/theabbeyfoodandbar

Best Gift Shop
Wacko/Soap Plant. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 663-0122, soapplant.com

Best Gin Bar
No Vacancy, 1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hlywd. (323) 465-1902, novacancyla.com

Best Gym
Equinox. Multiple locations, including 444 S. Flower St., dwntwn. (213) 330-3999, equinox.com

Best Happy Hour
Harvard & Stone. 5221 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 466-6063, harvardandstone.com

Best Head Shop
The Black Derby Smoke Shop. 6334 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Hlywd. (818) 508-7473, facebook.com/blackderbysmoke

Best Ice Cream Shop
Scoops. Multiple locations, including 712 N. Heliotrope, E. Hlywd. @ScoopsBIC.

Best Ice Rink
Pasadena Ice Skating Center. 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. (626) 578-0800. skatepasadena.com

Best Independent Movie Theater
Cinefamily. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove. (323) 655-2610, cinefamily.org

Best Jeweler
Dream Collective. 1404 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake. (323) 660-2000, dreamcollective.com

Best Jogging Trail
Lake Hollywood Reservoir. Lake Hollywood and Wonder View drives, Hlywd. Hills

Best Karaoke
Brass Monkey. 3440 Wilshire Blvd. (rear), Koreatown. (213) 381-7047, cafebrassmonkey.com

Best Late-Night Dining
Canter's Deli, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax. (323) 651-2030, cantersdeli.com

Best Mall
The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Beverly Grove. (323) 900-8080, thegrovela.com

Best Martial Arts Instruction
Krav Maga Worldwide. Multiple locations including 11400 W. Olympic Blvd. Ste. 100, Sawtelle. (310) 966-1300, kmwtrainingcenters.com

Best Mechanic
Pinky's Automotive, 5900 Melrose Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 462-7606, pinkysautomotive.com

Best Modern Cocktail Bar
Harvard & Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 466-6063, harvardandstone.com

Best Multiplex
ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 464-1478,arclightcinemas.com

Best Music Lessons
McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497, mccabes.com

Best Music Venue
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com

Best Nail Salon
Gloss Nail Salon, 2911 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 669-3977, gloss-nailspa.com

Best New Comedy Club
The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., E. Hlywd. (323) 660-4540, thevirgil.com

Best New Restaurant
Scopa, 2905 W. Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1100, scopaitalianroots.com

Best Outdoor Dining
Cliff's Edge3626 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 666-6116, cliffsedgecafe.com

Best Oyster Bar
L&E Oyster Bar, 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 660-2255, leoysterbar.com

Best Park for a BBQ
Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park. (323) 913-4688, laparks.org

Best Pastry Chef
Zoe Nathan. Multiple restaurants, including Huckleberry, 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2311, huckleberrycafe.com

Best Pet Store
Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies. Multiple locations, including 3860 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. (310) 398-2134, centinelafeed.com

Best Piano Bar
The Dresden, 1760 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. (323) 665-4294, thedresden.com

Best Pizza
Pizzeria Mozza, 641 N. Highland Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 297-0101, pizzeriamozza.com

Best Place to Buy a Musical Instrument
McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497, mccabes.com

Best Place to Eat at LAX
Umami Burger, 400 World Way, LAX. (310) 258-9403, umami.com

Best Place to Get Dressed Up
The Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hlywd. (323) 851-3313, magiccastle.com

Best Place to Spot Celebrities
Runyon Canyon, 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Hlywd. (323) 666-5046, laparks.org

Best Podcast
The Tom Leykis Show, blowmeuptom.com

Best Public Swimming Pool
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904, beachhouse.smgov.net

Best Ramen
SilverLake Ramen, 2927 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 660-8100

Best Record Store
Amoeba Records, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 245-6400, amoeba.com

Best Restaurant
Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn. 213) 802-1470, bottegalouie.com

Best Restaurant Bar
Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 978-2170, graciasmadreweho.com

Best Restaurant Near the Beach
Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. (310) 317-9140, noburestaurants.com/malibu

Best Rugged Hike
Temescal Canyon Trail, 15900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades hikespeak.com/trails/temescal-canyon/

Best Running Race
L.A. Marathon, lamarathon.com

Best Salon
The Hive, 1402 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake. (323) 665-1028, www.thehive.la

Best Shoe Store
DSW, Multiple locations, including 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 981-2377, dsw.com

Best Spa
Burke Williams Day Spa, Multiple locations, including 8000 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 822-9007, burkewilliamsspa.com

Best Spin Class
SoulCycle, Multiple locations, including 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwd. (310) 559-7685, soul-cycle.com

Best Surf Lessons
Santa Monica Surf School, (310) 526-3346, santamonicasurfschool.com

Best Surf Shop
Val Surf, Multiple locations, including 22864 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 225-8177, valsurf.com

Best Sushi
Katsuya, Multiple locations, including 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 515-8782, katsuyarestaurant.com

Best Taco
Guisados, Multiple locations, including 2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights. (323) 264-7201, guisados.co

Best Taco Truck
Kogi BBQ, (323) 315-0253, @kogibbq, kogibbq.com

Best Tattoo Shop
Shamrock Social Club, 9026 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 271-9664, shamrocksocialclub.com

Best Tequila Bar
Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 978-2170, graciasmadreweho.com

Best Toast
La Brea Bakery, 468 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 939?6813, labreabakery.com

Best Toy Store

Wacko/Soap Plant, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 663-0122, soapplant.com

Best Tuna Sandwich
Joan's on Third, 8350 W. Third St., Beverly Grove. (323) 655-2285, joansonthird.com

Best Vape Shop
Vapegoat, 5054 York Blvd., Highland Park. (323) 963-8273, vapegoat.com

Best Vegan Restaurant
Cafe Gratitude, Multiple locations, including 639 N. Larchmont, Larchmont. (323) 580-6383, cafegratitude.com

Best Video Store
Vidiots, 302 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8508, vidiotsvideo.com

Best Vintage Store
Wasteland, Multiple locations, including 7428 Melrose Ave., Fairfax. (323) 653-3028, shopwasteland.com

Best Whiskey Bar
Seven Grand, 515 W. Seventh St., dwntwn. (213) 614-0737,sevengrandbars.com

Best Wine Bar
Bar Covell, 4628 Hollywood Blvd., E. Hlywd. (323) 660-4400, barcovell.com

Prettiest Restaurant
Cliff's Edge, 3626 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 666-6116, cliffsedgecafe.com

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