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Mahoney’s LA

Mark Mahoney is in love with Los Angeles, a city with old ­Hollywood glamour and mystery built on dreams. Here are some of his favorite spots.

 

Walker’s Café

This little biker bar, which overlooks the ocean in San Pedro, is special because it never seems to change and reminds me of the way LA used to be when I first arrived from Boston. It’s where Charles Bukowski was from, the famous writer. I threw him out of my tattoo shop when I worked in San Pedro. He was drunk and annoying.

Walker’s Café

700 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

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Greenspans

Founded in 1928, this clothing store has long been a secret spot for low rider fashion. It’s a family business and has provided costumes for many movies, including Straight Outta Compton from 2016. It’s cool.

Greenspans

3405 Tweedy Boulevard, South Gate

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Long Beach

I lived there for five years and it’s still one of my favorite parts of Los Angeles. It’s one of the most diverse parts of the city, everybody seems to get along.

Long Beach

York Boulevard in Highland Park

Everything happens on York Boulevard in the new hip Highland Park area. Go shopping for clothes in the vintage store Leader of the Pack, eat dinner at either Town Pizza or one of the many Mexican food places and then check out the vinyl shops. York Boulevard is lined with art galleries, attractive eateries and quirky shops. It’s just alive.

York Boulevard in Highland Park

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Petersen Auto Museum

The museum founder Robert E. Petersen was my first landlord in Los Angeles. In 1994, he opened the Petersen Automotive Museum – one of the finest car museums in the country with a large collection of historical and modern automobiles. He was gracious enough to let a tattoo shop come in here. He was such a great guy.

Petersen Auto Museum

6060 Wilshire Boulevard

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Musso & Frank Grill

The grill opened in 1919 and is Hollywood’s oldest restaurant. In the early days, silent film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks would race horses down Hollywood Boulevard and the losers picked up the tab at the restaurant. During the golden age of Hollywood, it attracted such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Musso & Frank has featured in many movies – such as Ed Wood, where the director played by Johnny Depp meets his idol, Orson Welles. It’s old and cool and unchanged.

Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Boulevard

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Rainbow Bar and Grill

Located just across the street from the Shamrock Social Club, this spot, which opened in 1973 with a party for Elton John, is a must to visit. Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses filmed multiple videos here and Lemmy from Motörhead was one of the regulars. Here, you can still party like a rock star and maybe you’ll get lucky and spot your favorite star in the process. People get their idols to sign their arm and they come over and get it tattooed.

Rainbow Bar and Grill

9015 Sunset Boulevard

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Rose Bowl flea market

Located in the Rose Bowl ­stadium, which seats 90,000 people, this huge flea market is held every second Sunday of the month. It’s one of Los Angeles’ most iconic flea markets and you can find almost everything for sale here.

Rose Bowl flea market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

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Last edited: December 11, 2018

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