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This Is How You’ll Summer in LA

The Margaritas, Rooftop Pools and Tricky Reservations You Require

By Hadley Tomicki
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Los Angeles.

This is a place that knows how to summer.

It gets lots of year-round practice lying around pools, drinking margaritas in the sun and eating celebrity sushi by the beach.

And now, you just have to follow this small guide to live like this, too.

This is how you’ll summer in LA.

The city’s margaritas of the moment: Come straight from the taps at Salazar in Northeast LA’s Frogtown neighborhood.

This summer, everyone will spend afternoons: Over A5 Wagyu and a nice chunk of the Pacific Ocean at Nobu Malibu, and with deer burgers, post-gallery-hopping over at Manuela, a Southern-slanted restaurant raising its own chickens in Downtown’s still red-hot Arts District.

Speaking of Downtown: You can’t avoid the costumed hordes at the be-all, end-all of video game conventions, E3, from June 13 to 15... though you should make haste to hit FYF Fest from July 21 to 23, if watching Iggy Pop, Missy Elliott and Björk headline a major music fest that isn’t Coachella is appealing.

Oh, and speaking of the arts: You’ll want to make time to check out A Universal History of Infamy, a project taking place across various museums and arts sites detailing innovative work from 16 intrepid Latino and Latin-American artists.

Because you’ll need a bed at some point: Downtown, there’s the new 14-room Tuck Hotel, a serene, European-style hotel with a great Iberian-accented brunch. If serenity’s not on your agenda, the trendy Dream Hotel has its own Beauty & Essex, Tao, Avenue nightclub—and hopefully some aspirin in the morning.

Now, if you need a bird’s-eye view of the scene: Mama Shelter’s Rooftop in Hollywood has unmatched Hollywood views and good falafel. While Ace Hotel’s Upstairs bar is a perfect place to work along striving screenwriters by day and sip from punch bowls at night while scanning the city below.

Or if you need a pool: The Chateau Marmont is still the way to go for all the good LA poolside stereotypes. Can’t mess with a classic. Although the skyscraping rooftop pool at the W Hollywood just started letting a tight number of non-guests in each day as well.

But if you’re happy merely rubbing elbows with the most beautiful people on earth: It’s the new Mezcal Bar hidden within West Hollywood’s Laurel Hardware, an agave-fanatic cocktail bar that looks like a timeless Upper East Side Manhattan haunt.

If you like a good reveal: The Houston brothers’ Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood has a magic show. If you don’t like literal magic, there are smoking cocktails and Thai food.

And if you crave the challenge of a hard-to-acquire reservation: Look no further than Delilah, a gorgeous Hollywood dining room where Drake is known to pop in for lamb chops.

Or whatever Drake eats.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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