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ELECTION NIGHT AT PINKS

It's midnight in the rain-pelted garden of good and evil, otherwise known as Hollywood. I'm at the 86 Lift bar entertaining a gorgeous gaggle of Southern bridesmaids throwing back for their girl, who is getting hitched in a couple of days. "We're all from Atlanta," chirps the blondest one. "Except......

Best Place to Watch Other Species Live in Peace and Harmony

As mankind continues to do everything in his power to eradicate himself through unyielding campaigns of hatred, violence, war, greed and hypocrisy, the water creatures just swim on. And nowhere is the microcosm of aquatic enlightenment and tranquil co-existence more evident than the ethereal Aquarium of the Pacific. Home to......

Best Car Wash for Meeting Girls

It probably has something to do with Dennis, the tattooed Filipino with the ass-length braided hair who manages the joint. At any given time of the day, there is an abnormal amount of beautiful women pulling up to the vacuum hoses to have their chariots rubbed and scrubbed. The prices......

Best Westside Happy Hour

You could make an argument that every remaining hour on the eve of destruction is happy hour, but there’s also a place where that’s the case almost any day of the week. Kay ’n Dave’s is a nice little story of what can happen when you follow your bliss. “I......

Best Five Inches of Pure Beef

Okay, so you have time for one last meal before it all goes to hell. What you gonna do? The answer, of course, is the answer that’s always been the answer, apocalypse or no: hot dog! A San Fernando Valley urban legend holds that a local hippie named Steve who......

Best Westside Meditation Spot

A little Nirvana before you go? If Nirvana exists in Los Angeles, it’s here. In 1950, Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the seminal memoir Autobiography of a Yogi, dedicated 10 acres of prime L.A. real estate to the wacky agenda of raising human consciousness. Yogananda counseled presidents and heads of state......
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