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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
OK Go

Ok Go manage to make what could be fairly standard upbeat tunes into something you’ve never heard before with unorthodox arrangements and performances.  They are currently touring after their 2014 release Hungry Ghosts, and can be seen in Santa Cruz in March.

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Los Angeles, CA
bar
The Varnish
Cocktails crafted with precision by some of L.A.’s best bartenders and excellent hospitality to boot. In 2012, The Varnish was awarded Best American Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail® 2012 Spirited Awards® in New Orleans.
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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L&E Oyster Bar
Fresh oysters, shipped in daily, plus clam chowder & small plates, in a classy, cozy setting.
1637 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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landmark
Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Observatory sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and provides a wide array of space- and science-related displays and exhibitions entirely for free to the public. "We don’t know if it’s underrated but, we were just admiring Griffith Observatory last night. Truly a timeless structure and when lit up at night, a beacon of hope for humanity in the City of Angels."  —  BRÅVES
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Pacific Dining Car
The only 24-hour fine dining establishment in Los Angeles, Pacific Dining Car has been serving up the best since 1921. True to its name, the restaurant features an original, vintage railcar from the same era where patrons can dine in style.
1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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outdoors
Bronson Canyon
This section of Griffith Park has man-made caves to explore, as well as trails & scenic views of the Hollywood sign.
3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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food
Salt’s Cure
Serving creative California-sourced dishes and charcuterie made in house.
1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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lodging
The Charlie Hotel
This cluster of vintage English-style cottages and gardens, with apartments and whole homes for hire, once belonged to Charlie Chaplin. In a residential area, this complex is 2 blocks from Melrose Avenue's shops and restaurants.
819 N Sweetzer Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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Square One
American breakfast & lunch menu uses local & organic ingredients at this low-key spot with a patio.
4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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The Magic Castle
The Magic Castle, located in Hollywood, is a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.
7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Greenblatt’s Deli
Traditional deli and wine shop.
8017 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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venue
Bootleg Theater
Popular venue which pays host to indie bands, as well as theater, spoken-word, and poetry events.
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
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coffee
Intelligentsia

The coffeebar reflects the spirit of its neighborhood with its casual, uncluttered décor. A white Carrera marble bar stands center stage, featuring Intelligentsia’s internationally recognized baristas brewing up coffee made to order and crafting spectacular espresso drinks.

3922 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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shopping
Wasteland
High-end clothing boutique selling new, gently used & vintage women's apparel, shoes & accessories.
7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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food
Al Wazir Chicken
Shawarma, rotisserie chicken, falafel, and other Mediterranean fare. 
6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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bar
R Bar
A password is required for entry at this speakeasy-style bar (complete with karaoke and a jukebox).
3331 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
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