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Fun Places in Hollywood to Hang With Friends

Griffith Park
Tracy Givens
Tracy Givens
August 4, 2023

There are dozens—if not hundreds—of fun places to go with friends in Hollywood. In fact, it's harder to narrow down the list than it is to find things to do in the first place. That's why we've done some of the hard work for you by putting together this guide. Let's get started.

The Spare Room

The Spare Room bowling alley

Come for the classic cocktails; stay for the gaming. Even if you're not an expert bowler, you're sure to be wowed by the antique two-lane alley that's tucked inside this gem of a watering hole.

The Spare Room is located on the second floor of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Given its location, you might not expect it to be as suave as it is. But the lively atmosphere is a fabulous conversation starter, and the mixology is on point. Split one of the expertly crafted punch bowls and knock down a few pins.

Griffith Park

The Griffith Observatory offers stunning views and shouldn't be missed. As long as you're here, though, why not take advantage of the park's other offerings? Indulge your inner Batman by exploring the Bronson Caves, or inspect the magnificent Merry-Go-Round. Golfers can hit the links at one of two beautifully landscaped courses—or try them both.

Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music Entrance

Even if you don't listen to music in analog format anymore, this record store—one of the largest independent examples in the US—is worth a visit. Spend an afternoon thumbing through the stacks of CDs, vinyl, and DVDS (both new and used). The impressive number of selections should give your group plenty to talk about.

Good Times at Davey Wayne's

When a bar has a name like this, you know you're in for a blast. The portal to this 1970s-themed dive is the door of an old refrigerator. Once you pass through, you find yourself at a groovy house party. Belly up to the tufted bar, where you can inspect various tchotchkes and vintage beer cans while sipping on your craft cocktail. Note that while attire is casual, athletic gear, shorts, and sandals are prohibited after dark.

Sycamore Avenue

Sightglass Cafe

Spend the afternoon and evening strolling along Sycamore Avenue and you'll have the opportunity to sample some of Hollywood's most enticing dining venues.

Start at Sightglass Marketplace and Roastery, where you can enjoy a latte made with fresh vanilla paste along with a freshly baked pastry. Check out the exhibitions at Jeffrey Deitch, an impressive art gallery located in a bright warehouse. When your appetite revs back up, pop into Gigi's. The cocktails and California-influenced French cuisine are first-rate, but the people-watching is even better. If you don't have reservations, try your luck at the bar. The menu isn't as extensive, but they're more receptive to walk-ins.

In Conclusion

As you can see, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun places to go with friends in Hollywood. Make a list of the most appealing options and designate one weekend a month—or perhaps more—to exploring them.

Have a great time in Hollywood!

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