Celebrity chef Roy Choi is among those behind the new Line Hotel, Koreatown's answer to boutique, hipster spots such as the Standard and the Ace. The hotel's watering hole, Pot Lobby Bar, is basically a super club masquerading as a cocktail spot. The hip-hop is loud, and the semicircular bar is swamped with thirsty night people. (You could wait as much as a half hour for a drink.) But the people-watching is uniquely Angeleno — a mix of K-town locals, Korean beauties, Mid-City hipsters and folks dressed for the red carpet. Despite all this, the place has no cover or bouncers, and it has a casual feel. Unless you reserve a party room, seating is first come, first served. Our advice on how to enjoy L.A.'s best eye candy while avoiding a crush of people? Go early, on an off-night, and find a good perch. —Dennis Romero
3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 90010. (213) 381-7411, thelinehotel.com.