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LA Scores Big With Sports Fans

Sports devotees visiting Los Angeles can join in the action or sit back and watch a game at these locations suggested by Sarah Dandashy, concierge at The London West Hollywood.

 

Water Sports

“There are many exciting activities for sports fans in Los Angeles. A great way to start off the day is to begin in traditional Southern California style—surfing,” Dandashy says. “Head over to
Learn to Surf LA at Santa Monica … where you can rent a board and wetsuit, and take a surf lesson to perfect your form. After all, the best way to tap in to your inner athlete is by getting active.” (1750 Appian Way, Santa Monica; 310-663-2479; learntosurfla.com)

 

Get the Gear

Lululemon Athletica

Lululemon Athletica

“In Santa Monica, there are many shopping options for sports lovers,” Dandashy says. “Third Street Promenade and the nearby streets are home to REI, Lululemon Athletica … and even Road Runner Sports for the avid runner.” (REI: 402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-458-4370; rei.com) (Lululemon: 1457 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-319-9900; lululemon.com) (Road Runner Sports: 1338 Fourth St., Santa Monica; 424-214-3535; roadrunnersports.com)

 

Take a Break

“Refuel with some tasty grub and a round of beers, all while tuning in to the game of the day on one of the many televisions at Barney’s Beanery,” Dandashy recommends. “With a location in Santa Monica at the Third Street Promenade, you are just steps from the ocean. If your plans take you inland, their original location is in West Hollywood, and a pit stop at Barney’s Beanery is a classic treat for any sports fan. They even have a few pool tables where you can play a few rounds.” (Santa Monica: 1351 Third St. Promenade; 310-656-5777) (West Hollywood: 8447 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-654-2287; barneysbeanery.com)

 

Ride Around

(Photo by Nito/Shutterstock)

(Photo by Nito/Shutterstock)

“In the afternoon, head over to the Venice Beach Skate Park,” Dandashy advises. “Bring a board or just a friend and get ready to be impressed. … Join in or just watch local skateboard fanatics as they show off their skills and tricks.” (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; laparks.org)

 

Game Time

Courtesy of Staples Center/Bernstein Associates

Courtesy of Staples Center/Bernstein Associates

Dandashy recommends a stop at Staples Center, an iconic venue that is home to two men’s basketball teams (Lakers and Clippers) as well as the Kings hockey team. “[Then,] you can grab a beer or two at the Yard House … located just a few steps away in the L.A. Live complex,” Dandashy adds. (Staples Center: 1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; 213-742-7100; staplescenter.com) (Yard House: 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; 213-745-9273; yardhouse.com)

 

Final Stretch

“Head back over to West Hollywood and enjoy a nightcap at Rock and Reilly’s,” Dandashy says. “Part Irish pub, part rock ’n’ roll bar, Rock and Reilly’s has the best nachos, crowd and waitresses. [It’s] the perfect way to end the ideal day in LA for a sports fan.” (8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-360-1400; rnrpub.com)

 

—Written by Kirsti Correa