Things To Do

The Sportsmen’s Lodge is located within walking distance of a number of shops and restaurants. However, if you’d like to take a ride, here are some of Jill and Mike’s favorite spots:

Food and Drink

Entertainment

Activities


Food and Drink

  • El Prado

    El Prado
    The site of Mike and Jill’s first date, a wine bar in the kooky Echo Park neighborhood. Aside from being a facilitator for endless romance, El Prado is the perfect meetup spot before dinner at the high-end pizza restaurant Masa, or a show at the nearby Echoplex.

  • Fred 62

    Fred 62
    Open 24/7, this diner in Los Feliz was where Jill and Mike reconnected after their first, and — including the future — only relationship hiatus. (See our Story for details!) The menu shifts hour-by-hour to accommodate the inebriation levels of the late night crowd, but Mike goes for breakfast anytime (his picks: The New Amsterdam and The Berkeley, as well as a sampler called The Dime Bag.)

  • Jumbo's

    Jumbo’s Clown Room
    Not for the faint of heart, this historic Hollywood dive bar is home to some of the best alternative burlesque/pole dancers around. No nudity but still sleazy, get there by 9PM to avoid the long lines at what’s become a trendy hangout for the wild and wild at heart.

  • Pyramido

    Pyramido
    Just a block away from Jill and Mike’s apartment, this massive Mediterranean restaurant is almost always empty for reasons unknown; come support Mido (that is the owner’s real name) by ordering any of the delicious appetizers and a flavored hookah. Relax and enjoy.

  • EAT

    EAT
    This borderline un-Googleable restaurant is located between Republic of Pie and The Fat Dog on Magnolia Blvd in North Hollywood. Breakfast is a must. Every entree is delicious, their fruit bowls are exotic, and their signature side, “shreds” — fried zucchini string hash — is addictive.

  • Ernie's

    Ernie’s
    Looking to start your day with chips and salsa with your eggs and coffee? Ernie’s is the Mexican restaurant with the authentic Mexican restaurant atmosphere and food that also happens to serve $6.50 breakfast specials between 10-12 on weekends. Jill and Mike come here so often that the waiter simply asks, “Flour or corn tortillas?” before bringing out their entrees.

  • Bob's Big Boy

    Bob’s Big Boy
    The 24-hour diner of the stars, or at least the employees at nearby Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank. No visit to the Valley would be complete without the Original Bob’s. Bonus: directly across the street is The Falcon Theatre, Jill’s former employer and home base for the late,
    great Garry Marshall.

  • McConnells

    McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
    The best homemade-style ice cream in the region, a Santa Barbara staple located just a mile from The Sportsmen’s Lodge. When Jill and Mike crave something sweet, this is the only place they go.

  • Nic's

    Nic’s Beverly Hills
    Finally, Nic’s, the site of Jill and Mike’s post-engagement bash. This won’t be everyone’s experience, but because Mike proposed the night of a planned girls’ night out, Jill and Mike arrived to find some of her closest friends sitting at a table covered with rose petals, a giant bottle of champagne, endless appetizers, and a live band. Even if you haven’t just gotten engaged, Nic’s is family-owned-and-operated luxury that treats you right.

Entertainment

  • ComedySportz

    ComedySportz
    You may think Jill was born bright and bubbly, but she was also a seasoned ComedySportz performer before she met Mike. The family-friendly show does short-form improv games — think Whose Line Is It Anyway? — as competition, and their new location is right up the street in NoHo. (You may even see Jill’s sister Joy there, a longtime performer and current instructor.)

  • UCB

    Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre
    Mike is also an entertainer, and his multi-year odyssey into improvisation started at the original UCB Theatre on Franklin. For cheap fun, you can’t beat their $5-10 shows, and if you’re arriving early for the long weekend or staying late, Mike recommends the “Last Day of School / Convoy” show on Thursday nights or “Sh*tty Jobs” on Sundays. Book a month out and arrive 45 minutes before showtime for a good seat. These shows are hot.

  • Groundlings

    The Groundlings
    Comedy fans: today’s SNL stars come from two main places: UCB Theatre (Upright Citizen’s Brigade, for you insiders) and The Groundings. This is professional-level sketch comedy in the SNL style, with costumes, sets, and a live band between skits. Some of Mike’s comedy collaborators are regulars on Sundays, but you can’t go wrong any night of the week.

  • Activities

    • PureBarre

      PureBarre NoHo
      If you’re looking for Jill most mornings, you can find her at PureBarre North Hollywood. She’ll be at class daily leading up to the wedding, and beyond, and you’ll understand her addiction after just one class. Come on out, sweat it out, and burn off those extra calories from the food tour.

    • Getty

      Getty Center
      One of the world’s finest museums, this sprawling estate features a spectacular view of the entire city, manicured gardens, and permanent collections of art from every era of human history. Just a 10 mile drive, a parking fee (admission is free!), and a tram-ride-up-a-steep-hill away!

    • Griffith Park

      Griffith Park
      Speaking of spectacular views, park on Fern Dale Drive off Los Feliz Blvd and hike up the hill to The Observatory for a great view of LA and the famous Hollywood Sign. For the truly adventurous, there’s a longer trail behind the Observatory that takes you to some of the highest peaks in the vicinity. Do this one early or late in the day, however; it gets hot and dusty on this trail.

    • Universal Studios

      Universal Studios
      This LA theme park is a tribute to the movies with high-tech rides inspired by everything from Jurassic Park to The Simpsons and an interactive tour of the studio lot. (Joy Mamey, Jill’s sister, makes a second appearance on our “Things To Do” page as a VIP Studio Tour Guide.) Attached to the park is the Universal CityWalk, free but for parking, with fun restaurants and shops in a bright, silly outdoor setting.

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      Santa Monica Pier/ Venice Beach
      Finally, if you do get to the beach, Jill and Mike (mostly Mike, as he didn’t grow up in LA and appreciates a good tourist trap) recommend The Santa Monica Pier, The Promenade, and Venice beach. Venice Beach is a 30-minute walk South from Santa Monica and boasts the most street performers, tattoos, piercings, tacky t-shirt shops, and “alternative medicine” boutiques per half-mile boardwalk anywhere. Santa Monica pier is a year-round carnival, and The Promenade is a more wholesome set of shops and street performers than Venice, good for an after dinner stroll. You can’t go wrong, unless, like Jill, you’re an East-Sider through and through.