When it’s time to gather the herd for a fun night out, Glendale is a great suburb to saddle up to. Your tribe is diverse, and that works well for this rapidly rising enclave, sandwiched between other developing Los Angeles neighborhoods like Burbank, Los Feliz, and Eagle Rock. Whether you’re looking for something chill, bustling, or soulful, you can find your sweet spot at these mainstays.
Americana at Brand
An evening in Glendale wouldn’t be complete without exploring this picturesque outdoor mall. The public park, fine-dining eateries, and retail outlets are the heartbeat of the neighborhood. After the huge success of The Grove at LA’s original Farmers Market, its developers headed east to create the perfect place to live, eat, and play. Along with its literally hundreds of apartments and condos (this is truly a city center), the mall features a beautiful musical fountain that puts on a show every hour. After shopping at one of its flagship stores like Barneys, J. Crew, or Anthropologie, you can relax, fill up, and enjoy a meal at one of the mall’s outstanding restaurants, like Katsuya.
When it’s time to move away from the crowds of the Americana and settle in for cocktails and conversation, just walk across the street to The Famous. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with lots of comfy seating for big groups. The craft beer menu would impress any brew aficionado, with choices like the earthy Pizza Port Six Pick pilsner (try saying that five times fast), but the real jaw dropper is the spirit list. There are so many amazing choices of rye whiskeys, blended malts, and tequilas, it will make your head spin. Pair snifters of your favorite drinks with top notch appetizers to share—like disco fries and mushroom tacos—and it’s plain to see why, in Glendale, this Famous is definitely well-known.
The Glendale Tap
Dive bar finds are a dime a dozen, but this one is Glendale’s crown jewel. While lots of pubs in other LA neighborhoods try hard to be fancy, the no-fuss Glendale Tap offers free peanuts, warm pretzels, and free billiards to complement the 52 delicious beers on tap. The interior is a refurbished old bowling alley, so it’s an easy place to hang out with friends and knock down a few.
Left Coast Wine Bar
Left Coast Wine Bar is the spot to sit outside, enjoy the sweet evening breeze, and sip wines with friends. Order lots of small plates to mingle with the vino, like French Chévrine goat cheese with prosciutto and salami, or margherita flatbread pizza with added burrata. Afterwards, head to the upstairs lounge for live music, surrounded by paintings from local artists. A night like this not only feeds your stomach, it also feeds your soul.