Miss Royal/T

Royal/T is a playful collision of spaces - cafe/shop/art space- presented in stunning fusion. An eclectic mix of retail and contemporary art re-imagined in the surrounds of LA's first Japanese-style cosplay cafe...if they say so themselves. Influenced by the traditions of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, Royal/T servers dress in playful maid uniforms while serving a menu fusing Japanese comfort food with a fresh California twist. Alongside the cafĂ©, the inaugural exhibition 'Just Love Me' examines cuteness in contemporary art with works by Takashi Murakami among other internationally renowned artists. Loves it. Grown Men? Switch it up a bit, your lady-love will reward you. :) Eat, shop and be enlightened. After the visit, rent out the space. Located in the flourishing neighborhood of Culver City, Royal/T is a 10,000 square foot art space, cafe and retail store. With spectacular architecture and Susan Hancock's playful and sophisticated art collection as a backdrop, Royal/T is a celebration of space that offers a truly dramatic and unique setting for parties and events. Contact events@royal-t.org / (310) 559 6300, 8910 Washington Blvd. ~Candice

Ecco Ultra Lounge

Nightclub veterans Danny B and David Stratton's goal to create a green nightspot that minimizes its impact on the environment has found a natural home in the middle of L.A.'s coolest club stretch. Angelenos don't seem to mind that Tokio Lounge was gutted to build this eco-friendly space from the ground up, and Planet Green has already put in their stake by documenting the entire transformation for an Adrian Grenier-hosted episode of "Alter Eco." But why watch on TV what you can visit in real life? Proving that energy-efficient design doesn't mean style-deficient, the spacious lounge has everything from a multi-colored LED lighting system to recycled steel air pressure toilets and, um, waterless urinals.
Ecco Ultra Lounge is open Wed-Sun 7 pm-2 am and is located at 1640 N Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood. Call (323) 464-2065 or click the title link for more info.
♥ Kan

Salute To Vino

Just a stumble from the beach in Santa Monica, this wine bar and lounge is perfect for conversation, a good glass of vino and small plate appetizers. Cushy sectional sofas fill the room. But it's the candlelit back bar, with sherbert-colored stools, that's the best place to see all the action unfold. Order a drink at the bar or mix and mingle while inserting pre-paid cards into one of the state-of-the-art wine dispensers that line the wall. Each machine delivers the perfect two-ounce taste from a variety of premium red and white wines. Italian small plates, Kobe beef sliders, cheese and charcuterie samplers, thin crust pizzas, and tuna tartar, can be ordered for a quick bite. Salute Wine Bar is located at 2435 Main Street in Santa Monica. Hours are Tue-Thu 5:30pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-1am. Call (310) 450-3434 or click the title link for more info. ♥ Kan