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3 Days in Hollywood!

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This is the itinerary I use for my own Family and Friends when they visit. Includes a variety of sights, locations and restaurants.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

16 Places

1 City Tip

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16 Places

Day 1

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hollywood & Highland

Gift & Speciality Shops

Pink's Famous Hot Dogs

Restaurants

Melrose Avenue

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Speciality Museums

Sunset Ranch Hollywood

Horseback Riding Tours, Sightseeing Tours

Miceli's

Restaurants

Day 2

Sunset Strip

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Santa Monica Pier

Historic Walking Areas, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

Restaurants

Venice Beach

Beaches

Rainbow Bar and Grill

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Mulholland Drive

Scenic Drives

Griffith Park

Parks

Griffith Observatory

Observatories & Planetariums

El Coyote

Restaurants

Bentheredunthat's City Tips

  • Hotels in nearby cities Glendale, Burbank or North Hollywood are convenient and often less expensive. Flying into & renting cars at Burbank Airport (BUR) is a LOT easier than LAX.
    Day 1
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Might as well get the "Walk of Fame" out of the way first depending on what day of the week it is and any other commitments you may have. It is worth experiencing with all the history and shops. Best to see by day but just recently Hollywood Blvd has started to look more like the Sunset Strip with "nightlife". And maybe time your visit to fit in one of the many FREE Tickets to see a taping of a TV Show? Check online or see a person wondering around the Blvd, handing them out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Like many "Tourist" location. Do be aware of aggressive costumed characters, CD selling scammers, and other hucksters. But it is not excessive or dangerous.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Go early in the morning! 20/10/2018
    • Stars and more stars in a crowed and not that clean of a street 20/10/2018
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Address:
    Hollywood Blvd at Vine St
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone:
    +1 323-469-8311
    Other:
  • Hollywood & Highland
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    The Walk of Fame is partially incorporated into the "Hollywood and Highland" complex. while touring the Walk, enjoy the shops and views from here. The new home of the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre is here too. (The very first show was held at the "Roosevelt Hotel", just 2 blocks East and across the street form here)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Good View of the Hollywood Sign from top floor.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 241 Shopping in Los Angeles
    • Entertaining Mall 19/10/2018
    • A bit disappointed 08/10/2018
    • Hollywood & Highland
    Address:
    6801 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-6136
    Phone:
    +1 323-467-6412
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Hit the Famous "Pink's" Hot Dog stand. East a few blocks on Hollywood Blvd. coming from the "Walk of Fame" then South (left) on La Brea to 709 N La Brea Ave. You will be almost on the Corner of Melrose Ave ready to cruise

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Chili Cheese Coleslaw Dog is the best!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #249 of 7,220 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Everything looks good and why do I feel a bit unsettled by the time I leave.......? 14/09/2018
    • Lunch 07/09/2018
    • Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
    Address:
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal CityWalk Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA 91608
    Phone:
    +1 800-864-8377
    Other:
  • Melrose Avenue
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Go West (turn Right) After eating a hotdog at "Pinks". Cruise Melrose Ave. to enjoy what I call the "Trashy Chic". Stop to shop or just enjoy the drive on your way to Fairfax Ave. Where you will turn Left (South) to get to Wilshire Blvd and the La Brea Tar Pits. Where you will need to make another Left on Wilshire or backtrack on Melrose so you can make the easier Right Turn on Wilshire Blvd.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • shopping and people watching 18/08/2018
    • Interesting Must do 16/07/2018
    • Melrose Avenue
    Address:
    Melrose Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone:
    +1 323-469-8311
    Other:
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    The "La Brea Tar Pits" (Across the street from "The Screen Actors Guild" main headquarters and down the street from LACMA "The Los Angeles County Museum of Art") is worth seeing. It is easy to get to. The grounds are good for strolling and picnicking. The Tar Lake (Pit) is for real. As is the tar creeping up in small sections all around the grounds

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk to enjoy the grounds (and giant rock) of LACMA while here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family holiday 18/10/2018
    • Fabulous 16/10/2018
    • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
    Address:
    5801 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
    Phone:
    +1 213-763-3499
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Sunset Ranch Hollywood
    Horseback Riding Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    The "Sunset Ranch" Horseback Riding, offers weekday specials and is an interesting way to see the Hollywood Sign. The trail itself is a bit short and underwhelming. Maybe time it with one of the many day-hikes one can do in the immediate area.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check Website for 2 for 1 specials.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 157 Outdoor Activities in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highlight of my LA vacation 01/10/2018
    • Very safe well guided trek. 29/09/2018
    • Sunset Ranch Hollywood
    Address:
    3400 N Beachwood Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90068-1946
    Phone:
    +1 323-469-5450
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Miceli's
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    "Miceli's" 1646 N. Las Palmas Ave. (since 1949) is Hollywood's Oldest Italian Restaurant. And if I'm not mistaken, is the second oldest over all. Only "Musso & Frank Grill" is older. Miceli's is just half a block off Hollywood Blvd. "Musso & Frank" is East right on the Blvd. But the food is expensive and not as good. Maybe opt for an old time Martini, just to say you did, then eat at Miceli's. They have a nice enough alternative location close by at in Universal City, but this is the original. I often go here for my Birthday Dinner and ask to sit in the booth used by Frank Sinatra. I'm Italian, so most often the food at Italian restaurants never match up to what I'm used to, or could prepare at home. So I usually just avoid the Pasta and go for something else on the menu. Lamentably, Miceli's is not an exception. BUT I always enjoy the Pizza and Anti Pasta Salad here. And the Waiters Sing!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pizza is good, Pasta is Average.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #305 of 7,220 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • HUGE disappointment 27/09/2018
    • Very nice meal in Hollywood 25/09/2018
    • Miceli's
    Address:
    1646 N Las Palmas Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-6112
    Phone:
    +1 323-466-3438
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Sunset Strip
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Ya gotta go to the Beach. So why not avoid the freeways and cruise the Sunset Strip all the way West to the Pacific Ocean? Stop to shop, drink or stroll on the way. NOTE: Parking can be insane, expensive, hard to find and street parking signs may need translating due to their complexity and confusion. But usually there is not any legal street parking anyway. Scope out the "Whiskey", "Viper Room", "Roxy" and "Rainbow" as you cruise West. So when it's dark on your return, you will know where you might want to stop on your way back. You will be going through Beverly Hills and past the Beverly Hills Hotel on your way to the Beach. Look for the Signs/Photo Op on your right if you want to stop and/or snap a photo

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Super Rich Drive Recklessly. A sense of Superiority, Entitlement and/or great Insurance? Just be aware in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in West Hollywood
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a drive down! 07/10/2018
    • Around 2.4 km road having restaurants and night clubs 30/09/2018
    • Sunset Strip
    Address:
    9040 W Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069-1851
    Phone:
    +1 310-659-7368
    Other:
  • Santa Monica Pier
    Historic Walking Areas, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    When Sunset Blvd. ends at PCH, Turn Left and enjoy the view on your way to the Santa Monica Pier. Park here. Kids might enjoy the "Pacific Park". (Check their website for really good coupons) The Pier looks great at Sunset and there is plenty to do. Shopping, Dining and People Watching. But just below the Pier, on your way to Venice Beach is "Deans" a good burger joint, a local spot, less expensive, good patio to make friends and people watch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free Parking for Disabled with valid Placards.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 73 things to do in Santa Monica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We went late at night 20/10/2018
    • Fun for all 20/10/2018
    • Santa Monica Pier
    Address:
    200 Santa Monica Pier
    Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation
    Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
    Phone:
    +1 310-458-8900
    Other:
  • Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    A local favorite. Good Burgers. Bottled Beers. Good Service. Nice open area to people watch. And right on the way as you make your way up the coast to Venice Beach.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go for the Burger or the Fish and Chips. Sit in the front patio if available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Casual 20/10/2018
    • Casual beach hangout 14/10/2018
    • Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
    Address:
    Santa Monica Pier
    1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone:
    +1 310-393-2666
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 22:00
    Mon
    12:00 - 21:00
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 - 21:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Venice Beach
    Beaches
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Venice is a "Must See". It is the #1 Tourist Destination for a reason. You can walk, bike or skate here from the Santa Monica Pier. Bike rentals are available as are bike taxis. You can, of course, also just skip the Pier and drive directly here. This is where the "Doors" formed, where artist hang, where Stoners get stoned, Surfers, Skaters, Street Performers, Art for sale, other shops and restaurants. Venice Beach still maintains it "Dangerous Vibe". But is as safe, or more so, than any other location. Especially in the daytime. Maybe go off the beach and see the homes along the Canals... It was named "Venice" on purpose!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you walked from the pier, pace yourself for your return. Especially if you plan to party and or dine on the Strip on your way back to your Hotel.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    • Venice Beach used to be fun, but now its a pit! 20/10/2018
    • Venice Beach always fun. 20/10/2018
    • Venice Beach
  • Rainbow Bar and Grill
    Bars & Clubs
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    You may be too burnt out from a full day at the Beach to "Do the Strip". But do try to get back here. Either way, I suggests the "Rainbow Bar and Grill". Drink and Dine where Led Zeppelin and so many other rockers did, and do. They offer parking and validation good towards your meal. I always get the Pizza but start with a large Warm Spinach Salad. The small upstairs room is open on weekends for dancing to rock n roll. So many good memories here. They "Heyday" is over, but on the upside, the small space is now "smoke free" by State Law. (It used to be absurdly smoke filled)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The small upstairs room is open on weekends for dancing to rock n roll.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 35 Nightlife in West Hollywood
    • Can’t Wait to Go Back 27/08/2018
    • Best Pizza on Sunset Strip! 27/08/2018
    • Rainbow Bar and Grill
    Address:
    9015 W Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069-1818
    Phone:
    +1 310-278-4232
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 02:00
    Sat - Sun
    17:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Mulholland Drive
    Scenic Drives
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Take Hollywood Blvd West and it will quickly end/meet at the world famous "Laurel Canyon" Turn Right, enjoy the short drive to - Mulholland Drive! and turn Right (East). This famous "Drive", is cool to cruise by day and night. By day, there is a designated spot to pull over and see/photograph the "Hollywood Sign". And views, depending on smog levels, of the Valley to the South. By Night the Valley lights are beautiful and one can take this rout to where it ends East turn Right back to Hollywood, reverentially passing the Hollywood Bowl. - Turn Left to head toward Universal City / City Walk and even a route to Griffith Park via Barham to Forest Lawn Drive. Mulholland West can take you all the way to Malibu. (But the 30 miles up the 101 to Las Virgenes - Left to the Beach, through the Canyon is the better way to get there. Camping Hiking here too)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Can be a nice short drive to end your evening.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Beverly Hills
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We were not in Texas anymore 16/10/2018
    • Great for voyeurs plus wonderful views 13/10/2018
    • Mulholland Drive
    Address:
    Mulholland Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Other:
  • Griffith Park
    Parks
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Griffith Park could be a 3 Day Destination in by itself. The LA Zoo, Hikes, Train Town, and home to arguably the single best outdoor concert venue in America "The Greek Theater" One can get here by heading East on Hollywood Blvd. Turn Left on Western. Western passes AFI, The American Film Insitute and curves right to become Los Feliz blvd. Quickly on the Left is one of the main entrance to the Park. Further at Vermont is the entrance to the "Greek" (on the left) and further still is Riverside Drive another entrance to the park and closest one to the zoo. This is also close to to the LA River (hence the name "Riverside Dr.) and at the Cities of Glendale near Silver Lake and other trendy hipsters locations. You may want this to be your "hub" for your visit? As you may see, it's all pretty close to the center of Hollywood

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check if there's a concert at the "Greek" that fits into your visit. We have many Venues and get all the tours. At all the usually “Monopoly” ticket prices. So budget accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful park, right in the middle of town! 20/10/2018
    • One word.. AMAZING!! 16/10/2018
    • Griffith Park
    Address:
    4730 Crystal Springs Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90027-1401
    Phone:
    +1 323-913-4688
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Griffith Observatory
    Observatories & Planetariums
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    Griffith Park is home to the "Griffith Observatory". More great Hikes, views of the Hollywood Sign, History, Culture, Telescopes, Tesla Coil, Laser Light Shows, Worlds Largest Photograph, Meteorites, cool space shop and much more. See where James Dean filmed and step up to one of the most famous telescopes on Earth; the "Zeiss Telescope". Many gracious enthusiast bring their own serious telescopes to the lawn and let people have a look. Anyone who could not find something appealing here, would probably not be fun hanging out with on vacation.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check their schedule ahead of time to plan your visit with one of their many events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good View! 20/10/2018
    • Nice view of L.A. and the Hollywood Sign 19/10/2018
    • Griffith Observatory
    Address:
    2800 E. Observatory Rd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
    Phone:
    +1 213-473-0800
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • El Coyote
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
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    Bentheredunthat Says:

    More History, good food and strong Margaretta's are to be found at "El Coyote" ( "The El" as locals call it) This is one of only two place I make a point to go to on my birthday. Theirs is the day before mine. But it's the vibe that I enjoy. The days of $5 combination plates and $2 double Margaretta's are gone. Today they charge as much as any other place. But the food is still authentic and the Margaretta's are wicked! Try the Double Margaretta on the Rocks - order "From Scratch". The Server will usually ask if you want "from Scratch" but just in case remember that you do. this is most definitely a place you want to have a "designated driver" agreed upon ahead of time. Combination plates and Shrimp Fajitas are solid. The "Ostrich Tacos" are interesting and worth trying. The "El Coyote Pizza" is a plate of chips covered in Beans, Cheese and Salsa. Good for sharing or as a meal. For Combinations plates including the Green Corn Tamale is a really good choice as is the Chile Relleno. the Tacos are traditional and the Cheese Enchiladas are a good but greasy traditional. 7312 Beverly blvd. Cross street is Fairfax. The same street that is near the LA Brea Tar Pits. Next door to CBS Television City. Beverly runs parallel and just south of Melrose which is just South of Santa Monica Blvd, which is just South of Hollywood/Sunset Blvds. So this fits well with ones Hollywood tour. Maybe get tickets to see Bill Maher or another show at CBS while there.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Free parking before 4pm - No Side Street Parking. Limited Meters on Beverly. Try the Double Margaretta on the Rocks - "From Scratch" For something different- the "Ostrich Tacos"
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #199 of 7,220 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the food and decor for halloween 09/10/2018
    • Tex-Mex 27/09/2018
    • El Coyote
    Address:
    7312 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90036-2535
    Phone:
    +1 323-939-2255
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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