These huge white arches look like a spaceship has landed and the invasion's begun, but -- though most people think it's the airport's control tower -- the "cockpit" is a retro-futuristic hangout. Disney-designed in 1997, it's a mix of The Jetsons and Austin Powers, and you can choose one of the galactic cocktails like a Black Hole (Absolut vodka with a splash of Chambord), or beer from the silver alien head beer tap -- and then go up to the Observation Deck for some plane-spotting. 209 World Way, Los Angeles; 310-215-5151.
A very secure bar/lounge in the basement of the Spring Arts Tower -- a former bank -- the lounge features a massive 1960s-era stainless steel bank vault door. The booths are the place where customers used to examine the contents of their safe deposit boxes. There are chambers and rooms all over, and you can try a "ghostini" at the Ghost Bar, a bar-within-a-bar -- and a nod to the fact that this old building has strange stories to tell. 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles; 213-239-9099.3. The Basement Tavern
Located under The Victorian, a vintage building originally moved here back in 1973 from near the Fairmont Miramar to become part of the living museum-esque "Heritage Square," this glittery chandelier bar opened in 2010. You have to go round the back and past the dumpsters to find the red door with an angel knocker and a big, blue eye on it. Try the "Delia Elixir" (bourbon, agave, raspberries and lemon), a creation in honor of a ghostly regular. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica; 310-396-2469.