The LASH Rum, sodomy & the lash featured

Clubbing in Los Angeles used to be so hard, unless you were willing to afford some table service, pay $500 for a bottle of vodka and glance around to make sure the right industry people were taking note of you. Well, thanks to the Irish, L.A. now boasts an honest and straightforward space dedicated to bringing together the city’s plural underground music and party scenes. Founded by musician Ross O’Carroll in the old heart of Downtown L.A., The LASH is decked out with interior elements not unfamiliar to New York or Berlin, such as raw concrete walls, subway tile and clever neon Cyrillic light sculptures. Yet the point of it all is simply to provide a space that allows L.A.’s most eccentric and devoted artists and DJs to let loose their particular brand of trap, disco, modulated pop, hi-NRG and all waves in between.

Peddler's Creamery Churn baby churn featured

Bikes are taking over. They’ve already allied themselves with third wave coffee and now they’re cosying up to ice-cream as well. The evidence? Peddler’s Creamery: The downtown, frozen scoop joint that bicycle churns all of its homemade batches.

Chances are, in fact, there’ll be someone churning away when you visit, sitting astride the two-wheeled contraption that’s hooked up to a multi-colored booth in the corner — inside of which all the pedal-powered magic happens. And they’re happy for customers to have a go too.

Once you’ve burned some calories you can set about replacing them. Flavors range from traditional (chocolate, strawberry and minty chip) to experimental (strawberry-basil, fig-ginger and kumquat), and fall into three categories: Dairy, non-dairy and sorbet. Can’t make it in to grab a scoop? Then be sure to keep your eyes peeled while on the move, because Peddler’s often bring their product to the streets too—on two wheels of course.

Palihotel Melrose Boutique bohème featured

In an age where boutique hotels have done minimalism to death and then some, the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue is a breath of fresh air with its robust, rustic styling. Tricked out with heavy dark-wooden cabinets, deep pastel-colored carpets, and a host of other vintage style furnishings, it’s a world away from the bleached-blonde, perma-tanned LA beyond its doors.

Comfortable touches come in abundance—from the intimate and enclosed plant-potted courtyards through the in-house, Southern-style restaurant and into the deep, two-hue blue colored rooms. If you’re here on business, though, be warned—those beds are some of the comfiest in the city limits, so you’d better make sure you’re packing a powerful alarm clock, sans snooze function.

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