OtherGround Forums Thinking of travelling to Vegas and LA In Feb

13 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 1582
Next Year I'll be in the US (from England) and will have about a week where I was thinking of heading to LA and/or LV.

I've not been before but have always had an interest in film making and wanted to visit both places.

It would be fun to do an acting class and an mma class when over there.


I was hoping some of you west coast guys could give me tips/advice on things to do there when in February... Or am I making a mistake and should head somewhere else instead?

Any advice is appreciated. Cheers. Rob.
13 days ago
12/24/10
Posts: 4197

LA is a cesspool located in a sewer called California- dont even bother. Vegas is a great place to visit 

13 days ago
3/12/07
Posts: 12363

Vegas is cold in February. 

Don't go to LA, go to San Diego.

13 days ago
7/13/09
Posts: 15893

Santa Monica has a large Brit and Irish population or at least used to. Beaches are good that time of year when it’s off season. Cruise up PCH to Malibu Seafood or Neptune’s net and see where they did Point Break. You can just hang out around Santa Monica  and do the Kings Head and the Dubliner for decent bars. Fabricio Werdums is right there or you could go to 10th Planet...or come over to the valley and get a private with JJ Machado. Acting you’d want to look up the groundlings probably if you’re looking for a one day class. 

13 days ago
1/13/11
Posts: 23645

San Diego is pretty awesome, only problem is we’re full. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47349
These threads tend to work best the more specific you are about what you're into & what you want to do. To that end, are you experienced in martial arts of any kind, or is your interest akin to a tandem skydive? Is your interest in film-making specific to production, or more of an "I like movies" thing?

The problem with LA is that it's so goddamned big (especially if we're being typically loose with our definition of "LA" - it's 90 miles from Malibu to San Bernardino without even considering traffic), so you have to be extremely organized with your planning; it's not the kind of place you just show up & wing it if you want to get shit done.

Basic bitch + Hollywood tourist stuff that I liked:

Santa Monica Pier & Promenade
Laguna Beach + dining in Laguna
Pacific Surfliner from downtown to San Diego & back
Bradbury building/Grand Central Market/2nd Street Tunnel
See a comedian you like at the Comedy Store or Largo or The Improv or wherever on a weeknight.
See a show you think you might like at the Skirball or the Geffen or the Hollywood Bowl.

Movie sites:

Mullholland Drive
Vasquez Rocks
Pink Motel
Griffith Observatory
Fox Plaza
Randy's Donuts
Watts Towers


Things I didn't care for:

Grauman's Chinese Theater/Walk of Fame/all that horseshit
Sunset Blvd
La Brea tar pits

12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47350
Las Vegas, similar but different problem: It's Disneyland for adults. So much to do but most people burn out after 2-3 days.

Stuff I recommend for everybody:

Mac King
either Opium or Absinthe
any churrascaria
Lotus of Siam

Stuff I recommend if you're into it:

Penn & Teller
Valley of Fire
Cirque: Ka for action, O for pretty, Mystere for original CdS vision.
Trashy people watching & busking on Fremont at night.

Avoid:

Criss Angel
jail
Wayne Newton
12 days ago
12/27/12
Posts: 1730


I was just in Vegas, cheap to go during the winter, what’s freezing to them isn’t so bad to us. Hiking in the mountains just outside of town was great. ? LA is full of history, definitely read up before you go. This book is great, about the weird history of LA, crazy shit. And go see Skid Row, it will blow your mind.
12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47354
Re: MMA:

LA & Vegas are the US BJJ & MMA capitols, respectively. If you're just wanting a one-off tourist experience, I would do Ryron & Rener in LA, & Couture, Wand or UFC in Vegas.

Cite your background if you're looking for something more specific than that.
12 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 1583

Thank you for the input guys and in particular to Barklikeadog, I appreciate you taking the time to message that info.

As far as my background goes and specifics-

 

I should have a clear 7 days around mid-late February to visit Vegas and LA/West coast.

MMA background- I'm in my mid thirties and have racked up a fair few injuries (both shoulders and a knee) and trained in BJJ and Thai boxing in early twenties. I'm looking for one-off experiences (say rolling at 10th planet/ going to UFC PI etc)

Film interest- few years of acting lessons/coaching. Acted in various things but nothing worth shouting about. Written a couple of short film scripts (close to being commissioned on one of them). 

As I'm only around for a short time thought it may be fun to see some of Hollywood (though heard negative things about it) and do an acting or writing class.

Sight seeing and coast lines would be nice. If there is sky-diving somewhere I'd be up for that too.

Vegas I figured I'd last only couple of days and cram in as much as I can. Just annoyed I'll be missing the AVN expo, haha. But not a big gambler or anything, the shows sound good.

Santa Monica and along PCH sounds nice and being English the cold doesn't bother me too much.

I agree that need to plan it properly so hopefully what I've said there helps with what I'm kind of looking to do. Thanks again for the ideas and please let me know if there is anything else.

Cheers, Rob.

12 days ago
7/13/09
Posts: 15903
BarkLikeADog - These threads tend to work best the more specific you are about what you're into & what you want to do. To that end, are you experienced in martial arts of any kind, or is your interest akin to a tandem skydive? Is your interest in film-making specific to production, or more of an "I like movies" thing?

The problem with LA is that it's so goddamned big (especially if we're being typically loose with our definition of "LA" - it's 90 miles from Malibu to San Bernardino without even considering traffic), so you have to be extremely organized with your planning; it's not the kind of place you just show up & wing it if you want to get shit done.

Basic bitch + Hollywood tourist stuff that I liked:

Santa Monica Pier & Promenade
Laguna Beach + dining in Laguna
Pacific Surfliner from downtown to San Diego & back
Bradbury building/Grand Central Market/2nd Street Tunnel
See a comedian you like at the Comedy Store or Largo or The Improv or wherever on a weeknight.
See a show you think you might like at the Skirball or the Geffen or the Hollywood Bowl.

Movie sites:

Mullholland Drive
Vasquez Rocks
Pink Motel
Griffith Observatory
Fox Plaza
Randy's Donuts
Watts Towers


Things I didn't care for:

Grauman's Chinese Theater/Walk of Fame/all that horseshit
Sunset Blvd
La Brea tar pits

You actually went to Labrea tar pits? Like not on a forced school field trip? I don’t know anyone who’s ever done that.

12 days ago
1/18/12
Posts: 7028

Vegas tip.

 

Stay in the middle of the strip near the cosmo/aria.

 

If you stay down near the wynn\ mirage or on the otherside by the mandalay bay, you will burn out walking. Especially trying to get through the ceasars/ bellaggio area.

If you stay in the middle you never get too far from your hotel, to where walking back will be a damn chore.

Infact id stay at the mandalay bay side over the mirage side due to better trams.

Most of the burnout is constant walking for people .

12 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 1584
Forgot to ask too for recommendations on where to stay? I heard the MGM is a nice place in Vegas.

Thanks Forrest, I thought it best to sticking in one spot and JJitsu- i will be looking into santa monica. Cheers
12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47359
Better yet, plan on not walking.
12 days ago
12/27/12
Posts: 1734
Hitman Rob - Forgot to ask too for recommendations on where to stay? I heard the MGM is a nice place in Vegas.

Thanks Forrest, I thought it best to sticking in one spot and JJitsu- i will be looking into santa monica. Cheers

When staying in Vegas beware of the resort fees. Hotels with Casinos tag on an extra $15-40 a day. If you stay at a hotel with no Casino you can avoid paying the extra $$$

12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47360
La Brea: I'm an old showbiz nerd. I Love Lucy episode "The Tour".
12 days ago
10/11/05
Posts: 47361
BJJ: If experienced, I would do Caique in Lomita, Sergio Penha on Spring Mountain, & the original 10th Planet on Grand. But I'm also out of date so maybe way wrong but probably not.
Edited: 12 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 35804
Raised in Santa Monica.

You probably won't believe the traffic and how it controls everything in Los Angeles. People who come here always plan too much stuff thinking they can just easily drive from Hollywood to Santa Monica to the Valley to Fairfax to Downtown. You can only do that for a few hours in the latter morning to early afternoon. Morning & evening rush hour each last several hours and control everything. Can't overstate that.

Keep your plans "local" go to an area and do a bunch of stuff there. Don't try to cram too much in in very different areas or you will spend all your time in traffic --which is actually the most "Los Angeles" thing you can do.

If you want to do MMA, there are some decent gyms pretty close by in Culver City (but obviously Las Vegas has the better options). If you want BJJ, there are about 20 quality schools closer to where you will be, than the Gracie Academy & Caique.
12 days ago
7/4/17
Posts: 312

Vegas is always fun , I go every couple years. Going again in April.

12 days ago
10/1/03
Posts: 68382

Find a target rich environment acting class. go twice. meet well-endowed latina.

next: mexican food.  guac.  fresh tortillas.  have her tell you where she wants to go.

take her on unplanned quick trip to bear for over-nighter and half day riding.  likely she never actually went snowboarding but rode a tube along the way before the resort.  yeah, wacist... whatever.

feed her alcohol.  bed warmer.

Go check out a show at Laugh Factory to finish off the trip and maybe take her if she passes the first few days.

go home with a t-shirt from whatever school you decided to visit.  i'd take a private if you're gonna fly all that way.

ps. don't waste a meal at in-and-out no matter what all the locals tell you about how it's the best burger ever.  there's a time and place for ino, but not on your first trip to california.

12 days ago
11/30/07
Posts: 64900

March is the better month to go. Hit me up for a beer when you’re in town. 

11 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 1585

Thanks Shen, Fctvt and benwah.

Its clear need a clear cut plan. Thinking would like to see UFC PI and for BJJ see if can get a private with someone. That would be great.

 

Any other recreational activities; like bars/clubs worth going to? 

Gun ranges? Any other fun type of recreational stuff? Sky diving would be great to do.

 

Thanks for all the replies, honestly helps someone who hasn't been to the US for nearly 20 years, let alone the west coast.

 

Rob.

Edited: 11 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 27776
La Brea Tar Pits are cool, but not sure it would be the top of my list of things to do in LA:

LA:

- Venice Beach
- Sunset Blvd at night (comedy and music clubs)
- Hollywood Blvd during day (walk of fame, museum of death, etc)
- Santa Monica Pier (ferris wheel, etc)
- Skid Row during the day - (Bradbury Building, Cecil Hotel, downtown stuff)

BLAD might even be able to get you a good deal on Penn and Teller tickets in Vegas :p
11 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 34969

OP if you stay somewhere like MGM Signature your parking is priced into your room if you stay a few nights.

You want a car in Vegas. Fuck just using the little shuttle and trying to walk and being stuck on the strip.

The car will let you get off the strip without paying uber 1k so you can go to places like Red Rock, Chinatown, Downtown, Lotus of Siam, etc..

10 days ago
7/13/09
Posts: 15926

Signature MGM is rad but no smoking so just smoke your weed on the balcony. 
 

I think JJ Machado In Reseda is the most OG guy you could get a private with out here. Not sure who else is doing them over the hill these days but Alberto Cranes and Romolu Barral are over here too. 
 

if you’re a rocker at all go to the Rainbow for a pizza and some drinks and to see the freaks and geeks. 
 

if you want a Comedy show do the Comedy Store. 

Good Times at Davey Wayne’s is a good time

Jumbos Clown room went corporate so not as cool anymore so no one legged or bullet riddled strippers anymore but still decent. 
 

The Daily Pint for a good local Brit bar in Santa Monica.