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20 Unique Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights

Our curated selection of L.A.'s most exclusive evening offerings will have even the most seasoned Angelenos experiencing sublime sensory overload.

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Dinner on the Academy Awards stage

Like a sexy scene from a James Bond film, Elite Adventure Tours makes hopping into a private helicopter and zooming over the Hollywood sign and the scenic L.A. coastline a tangible reality. Continue your adventure by touching down at Malibu Rocky Oak Estate—a 9,000-squarefoot hilltop mansion and vineyard—for the guided tour, a favorite among Hollywood heavyweights. As the sun kisses the horizon, enjoy a tasting of the estate’s wines paired with gourmet cheeses and delectable charcuterie. After relaxing by the infinity pool and basking in the rural oasis, jet back to the city for an oh-la-la fly-by through DTLA ’s skyscrapers and glittering lights. It’s a hot night, all right. $9,750, 818.216.0067


Make the iconic ArcLight Hollywood yours for the night with the private rental of one of their theaters, even the legendary Cinerama Dome. New releases, your favorite flicks and even 3-D screenings can be arranged, and an in-house catering team can create custom options and special concession combos. Packages include projection and surround sound, check-in setup, microphones, chairs, support staff and parking validation. Contact the theater for details and pricing. 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.855.8264


Living next to the ocean in one of the most healthconscious and discerning cities in the world, it’s no surprise that Angelenos are serious about sushi. Forget California rolls—exclusive omakase meals featuring exotic imported fish are a must when it comes to eating the Japanese cuisine, and luckily, our city has some fabulous options. Urasawa is the top ticket in town at $395 per person. Chef Hiroyuki slices prize Tokyo toro with precision in a tiny, minimalist space, integrating luxe ingredient toppers like caviar and gold flakes in his 30-course meals. With only eight seats, Nozawa Bar is the hidden dining room behind Sugarfish in Beverly Hills. For $150 per person, expect 22 courses that include delectable, East Coast halibut fin and Santa Barbara uni. Joining restaurant row on 7th Street downtown is Q, with only 25 seats. Chef Hiro serves fluke from South Korea, Spanish tuna and oysters from Washington for the mouth-watering 20-course menu ($185 per person). Urasawa, 218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.8939; Nozawa Bar, 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.216.6158; Q, 521 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.225.6285


Tap the minds of mixology geniuses Matthew Landes, Max Kestenbaum, Brandyn Tepper and Analisa Moskus— the quartet behind Cocktail Academy and its downtown Arts District boutique event space, Apartment A—for a completely customizable food- and spirit-focused evening. The night is yours to imagine in Apartment A’s industrial-meets-garden setting. Why not gather your friends for a demo in making your own vermouth, taste hard-to-find rums or whiskeys, or focus on a region like France for a lesson in aperitifs? They’ll tell, you’ll taste. Then move on to a specially prepared dinner— perhaps an Italian feast prepared by Scarpetta’s Freddy Vargas. Cheers to that! Starting at $2,500 for 12 people, 652 Mateo St. #107, L.A., 213.800.3026


Gather up a bevy of your best girlfriends for a luxurious evening of primping and cocktails (with a side of gossip, of course). Start the night at the Nars boutique on Melrose Avenue, where you and your party will gather in the VIP room for private makeup sessions and Champagne (from $85 per person). Browse through the shop’s gorgeous photography books for inspiration, then sit back and relax as a professional makeup artist works her magic while sharing tricks of the trade. After your inner glamazon has been unleashed, head over to legendary rock ‘n’ roll hotel Sunset Marquis to enjoy alfresco drinks and bites at the newly reimagined Cavatina Bar. As a warm evening breeze kisses your skin, partake in the bar’s new menu, which features cocktails, like The Bored Aries—Park Borderies cognac, fresh apricot, citrus, organic sugar and lavender bitters—and craft beers with suggested food pairings from Cavatina’s exceptional dining menu. Or make a night of it by staying in one of the hotel’s newly renovated suites (from $395) and soaking in the sounds of their Live@SunsetMarquis concerts, complimentary for hotel guests. Running select Friday evenings from May 30 to Oct. 3, the series will feature intimate performances by three talented emerging artists each night, held on the Villa Pool Deck. Nars, 8412 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.623.1730; Sunset Marquis, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.657.1333


A taste of Venice, Italy—with its dreamy boat rides through canals and authentic Italian eateries—is not as far away as you think, thanks to C. Kerrs Coastal Concierge. The Gondola Adventures Excursion starts with a limousine ride from L.A. to Newport Harbor, where a gondola awaits, stocked with a dozen roses, chocolate truffles and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot. Let swooning ensue as the gondolier serenades you with melodies in Italian or Latin. If you spy a bottle bobbing in the water, fish it out and discover a message on parchment paper tied with a red ribbon (perhaps even a proposal from your sweetie). Upon arriving on shore, you’ll be escorted onto the dock to The Winery, the area’s newest fine dining restaurant. End the evening with a return limo ride home or to a nearby hotel. Starts at $1,348 (not including dinner), 949.285.7474


Picture this: The entire Rose Bowl stadium is your own private arena, at which you’re serenaded by Pasadena’s 40-piece symphony orchestra. After the concert, a Bentley whisks you and your companion off to the Langham Huntington’s 3,200-square-foot Tournament of Roses suite, where more surprises await. The over-the-top hotel stay includes a bottle of Louis Roederer Rosé Champagne; a four-course wine-paired dinner at The Royce Steakhouse; monogrammed bathrobes; in-room breakfast; and 100 long-stemmed roses. As the Date of the Century—offered by the Langham in honor of their 100th anniversary— winds down, expect sparks (or more accurately, fireworks) to fly. $65,000, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6211


Although Uber easily takes you from point A to point B, Classic Limos— California’s largest vintage limousine company, with a fleet of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Packards—will chauffeur you around town in seriously enviable style. Start your evening by stepping into the only 1927 Packard for hire in the world ($935 for four hours), then cruise down Sunset to Katana for a custom-designed meal of sashimi, robata skewers, nigiri and sushi rolls and dessert, all paired with six to eight high-end sakes ($250 per person). Step back inside your ride to enjoy Champagne and chocolates (served on a silver tray, naturally) en route to 1OAK to partake in the Owners’ Package. A cool $500K will get you owners Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva’s personal table for the night (located in the center of the dance floor); a 30-liter limited-edition bottle of Ace of Spades Midas Champagne, painted by artist Mr. Brainwash; and two diamond-encrusted 1OAK shield necklaces, designed by XIV KA RAT S. What more could one want? Classic Limos, 800.550.3125; Katana, 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585; 1OAK, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., 310.274.2326


The Hollywood Bowl’s annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is always one of the summer’s top events, and this year’s show—featuring a rare performance by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers along with Edie Brickell—promises not to disappoint. For a truly special evening, purchase front-row Garden Box seats and a delicious three-course meal prepared by Patina Restaurant Group. Garden Box tickets from $78, dinner from $39, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000


After a $31 million renovation, Loews Hollywood Hotel has designed a fittingly glamorous experience for its hotel guests, Dinner on the Stage. Yes, that stage. Adjacent to Dolby Theater—home of the Academy Awards—the hotel has partnered with Dolby and Wolfgang Puck to produce a once-in-a-lifetime night for you and up to 600 friends. Dine where film stars have dazzled, as music and lighting transform the stage. Special performances can also be arranged. How will you exit? Via the famed Winners’ Walk hallway, of course. Looking for something more intimate? Ask about booking dinner on the helipad, 20 stories up and with 360-degree views. From $50,000, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.856.1200


At MOCA, it’s possible to luxuriously—and privately—gaze at artistic masterpieces without fighting busy weekend crowds. An hour after the doors close to regular visitors, the contemporary art museum will reopen its Grand Avenue or Geffen Contemporary locations for prebooked, private groups of up to 25. Passionate educators will be on hand to talk art and architecture while guiding you through the permanent and special exhibits. $575, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.626.6222


While L.A. vacation rentals have spiked in popularity, Elite Luxury Homes raises the bar on glam stays. Launched by a former property manager who previously placed visiting CAA clients (from actors to musicians) in short-term luxury housing, EL H offers a portfolio of hand-selected estates and villas, all of which include butler service, housekeeping and personal VIP connections to gain access past any velvet rope. Affluent clients are known to splurge on tony amenities, and EL H effortlessly arranges cushy extras for a fee, from private jets and personal chefs to rock stars performing in the privacy of your bedroom. A prominent 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, beachfront Malibu rental is no stranger to a rotating cast of A-listers, where guests can lounge on the spacious rooftop—fully equipped with fireplace and barbecue (a rarity in these stomping grounds)—or enjoy the sunset on a strip of private beach. From $2,500 per night, 323.823.0495


Created by Octavio and Shannon Olivas, Ceviche Project, the roving restaurant concept that stages monthly meals at citywide venues from L&E Oyster Bar to Soho House, is willing to host one of its infamous pop-up parties right in your home. The pair will create a dining experience perfect for summer: dinner or brunch for 15 to 50, featuring five premium seafood-based courses (think oysters, uni and lobster) paired with bespoke libations. To enhance the lively mood, they’ll even DJ a custom soundtrack of vintage cumbia and calypso tunes. From $250 per person, 347.907.2301


An experience orchestrated by Quintessentially, the London-based, members-only concierge service that’s just arrived in L.A., is even better than you can imagine. Start with a limo to the airport, where you’ll hop a brand-new private jet that will fly you and your friends to an exclusive tasting at Screaming Eagle in Napa, then fly back into town for a special chef’s dinner at Michelin star-awarded Asanebo. That’s just one of their recent bookings—to the tune of about $50,000—but anything is possible. From tickets to sold-out shows to firing a few shots before the Kings hit the ice, your wish is their command. 8730 Sunset Blvd., #290, West Hollywood, 323.838.5500


Pretty Woman set in motion a Rodeo Drive shopping standard that left many women dreaming of boutique associates catering to their every whim. Thankfully, a level of service that discerning can be your after-hours reality. When the sun goes down, Giorgio Armani (436 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.5555) will lend its store— along with its VIP staff—for closed-door shopping events. And Roberto Cavalli (362 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6006) will host an exclusive evening experience with a celebrity stylist, who will outfit you in a sparkling new wardrobe while you tuck into gourmet nibbles and sip Champagne, wine or vodka. Couples truly committed to the movie’s risqué theme can stop into Agent Provocateur (242 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.0050) together after the frisky lingerie boutique closes its doors for a whiskey tasting and intimate styling. Cue the theme song. Prices available upon request


Any fan of Bravo’s Top Chef will delight at the opportunity to experience—and learn from—the culinary talents of one of the show’s most memorable cheftestants, Fabio Viviani, right in their own kitchen. Spend a night learning the Italian tricks of the trade as the charming culinary personality, author and restaurateur (he’s behind Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood and Café Firenze in Moorpark) administers a personal cooking lesson. Learn to prepare authentic dishes like his signature gnocchi and orecchiette before you break out some wine and enjoy your homemade Florentine meal. From $10,000, for bookings, email


The annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival famously unites star culinary talent, and this year’s event on Aug. 21-24 presents even more opportunities for one-of-a-kind dining experiences with world-renowned chefs (past participants have included Thomas Keller, David Myers and Scott Conant). Downtown L.A. serves as the fair’s main hub, but Coastal Luxury Management organizes a roster of intimate tastings, demonstrations and upscale events throughout the city, pairing cutting-edge cuisine and cocktails in esteemed dining rooms. New this year is a VIP Tribute dinner, modeled after the prestigious guest chef dinners at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, which promises an unparalleled epicurean adventure. Tickets go on sale June 19, individual events from $50 and full weekend packages from $1,000


Dodger Stadium’s Lexus Dugout Club offers a game night you’ll never forget. Deemed Major League Baseball’s best premium seats by USA Today, the club box is nestled behind home plate and stretches between the team dugouts for an up-close experience. From your cushioned seats, you’ll celebrate home runs alongside the team and feel the breeze of each fastball, all between ordering a second (or third) round of beer via the in-seat waiter service. In between innings, line-free private bathrooms will leave plenty of time for a pit stop at the Levy Restaurant buffet, where your club ticket provides exclusive access. $450 to $1,000, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507


With so much happening on the mainland, it’s easy to forget that incredible ocean right beside us. With vessels that carry two to 500, Hornblower Cruises and Events will take advantage of the Pacific and design the ultimate private yachting experience—complete with Champagne and gourmet meals—all perfumed by the salty ocean air. While they can create any dream outing, we suggest climbing aboard the rare Zumbrota, an early 20th century teak yacht formerly owned by Hollywood legend Mae West. $2,500 to $25,000, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 310.301.6000


What better way to end the summer than with a concert personally curated by Jay Z? The rapper’s Made in America festival makes its West Coast debut this Labor Day weekend in DTLA . The lineup is filled with the same top-notch talent as its counterpart in Philadelphia, including headliners John Mayer and Imagine Dragons. VIP passes give you preferential entry and exclusive access to the show. VIP tickets from $600