Where to unwind and dine in downtown L.A.
Take a queue from the Spirit Awards and leave the Westside behind when looking for non-awards recreation on Oscar weekend.W Hollywood
Since its opening in January, the W Hollywood has brought glamour and relevance back to the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine. Bank on Drai's Hollywood, the hotel's indoor/outdoor venue, to be the next spot with its view of the Hollywood sign, rooftop pool bar and private entryway. 6250 Hollywood Blvd.
The Grammy Museum
Film Independent's Spirit Awards decided this was the weekend to head downtown to L.A. Live, and so should you. Amid the mammoth entertainment center sits the Grammy Museum -- nothing short of an interactive wonder and love letter to all things music. Stop in, play the virtual electric guitar or do your best Mick Jagger strut at the microphone. 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Sure, there are those sushi aficionados who only head to the Valley or outskirts of the city for their sushi fix -- but there are reasons the Katsuya restaurants are so popular: The sizzling Kobe plate, crab roll and the attractive crowd. And for the Katsuya outpost at L.A. Live, a village of entertainment is all around you. 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
The Edison still has the retro wow-factor with its cavernous, turn-of-the century boiler room interior and street-cred for its lead in bringing back artisan cocktails, Absinthe and a dress code. Stop into this historic downtown location for a drink and transport to bygone era. 108 W. Second St., Suite 101
The rooms at the Ritz at L.A. Live may not be available this weekend, but take a peak and prep yourself because it's finally opening March 15. The pool will be reserved for hotel guests -- but the lobby lounge and the restaurant on the 24th floor (aptly named 24) are where to go. 1100 S. Flower St.