How are people in L.A., that sun-kissed, sprawled-out, film-noir paradise, using the Internet to make human contact? Californian native Stephanie d’Arc Taylor explores modern hook-up culture, and the best spots to find it, in her revealing piece on dating here.
Renee’s Courtyard closed last year to make way for Brilliantshine, this new, slightly sterilized but still kitschy bar and restaurant. Sidle up to the bar, order a craft whisky cocktail and reflect on all the eyes that have been made at this storied Santa Monica classic. Tel. 310.451.0045
You’ll have to battle paparazzi for a parking spot at this celebrity hangout, but don’t hold that against Joan’s on Third. It’s easy to strike up a conversation over the cheese counter, especially when the drinks start flowing at happy hour. Tip: the Korean-style scallion are worth the bad breath. Just order them to share. Tel. 323.655.2285