Let’s be honest, part of the reason we go out is so we can brag about how great it was to our friends (we’re all suckers for Facebook photo-ops). But native Angelenos and savvy travelers have a dilemma: they already know the obvious hot spots in Los Angeles. As a remedy, we’ve created a list of 5 overlooked adventures, all of them are guaranteed to incite envy.
Downtown Art Walk
For those with an aversion to the outdoors, there is the uber-urban option, Downtown Art Walk. Held every second Thursday across a few blocks of downtown LA, the walk will take you through sundry vendors peddling homemade jewelry and trinkets, indie and pop art, open galleries and The Last Bookstore (a bookstore/art gallery), ending in a ring of food trucks with just about every type of snack your heart can desire.
Downtown Los Angeles
Imagine a swimming pool hidden in the middle of the desert that can only be found once you’ve spoken to the holder of the key, been granted passage, and given the coordinates. For Alfredo Barsuglia’s art installation, Social Pool, that really is how you have to get there. After visiting the MAK Center for Art to get the key and coordinates, it is a few hours’ drive into the desert and a short walk to your very own solar-powered swimming pool. It isn’t very big, but it’s secluded and it’s hidden. It has the added bonus of being a work of art, so you can literally say you’ve ‘swam in art’ after you’ve completed the treasure hunt.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles +1 323-651-1510
The Standard’s Rooftop Pool
The only thing that might be more awesome than a hidden swimming pool in the desert is one on the rooftop of a swanky hotel filled with beautiful people. The Standard seems to be the kind of place that a lot of people in LA know of, but for some reason not nearly as many have actually visited. It has a view of downtown LA, trendy music, a rooftop bar, lounge chairs and (did we mention) a swimming pool on the roof!
The Standard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213-892-8080
Point Break Live
This is an LA oldie (considering how fast things move in LA), but remains an enduring brag spot. Not only do you get to see ’90s cult classic action flick Point Break performed live on stage at edgy Hollywood nightclub The Dragonfly, you could be selected as the special guest performer to play none other than Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves’ breakout role in the film). Watching a play about surfing bank robbers and being asked to play its monosyllabic hero = super jealous friends.
The Dragonfly, Los Angeles +1 323-466-6111
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