Looking to discover the weird side of L.A.? You might want to check out the Magic Castle in Hollywood. While sounding like a Disneyland ride, this castle is nothing of the sort! It was built in 1909, but in 1962, things took a strange turn; and today, visitors can enjoy fake bookshelf doors, card tricks performed by cowboys, and many other weird shenanigans.
Also, you gotta love the strictly formal dress code. Angelenos are suckers for dress codes. It’s just one of their favorite ways to show that they know something you don’t.
Drink Like Bukowski
Hey, if it was good enough for one of Los Angeles's most famous authors, it's good enough for you: L.A.'s local dive bar scene. These are the two of the most prominent bars in this scene.
Roger's Exciting Tattle Tale, where you can see drunk Angelenos singing off-key on Karaoke night; and The Frolic Room, which was a Bukowski favorite back in the day, making it possible for locals to maintain the appearance of people who know something about poetry.
They're Filming Something. Again
Look, if you live in Los Angeles, having movies and TV shows filmed all around you kind of goes with the territory. It's not uncommon to step out of your house, trying to find your way to your car (which you somehow managed to find a parking spot for) only to discover the road is, once again, blocked.
This can only happen in L.A. because somebody's filming something. That's just part of life in there and if you wanna move here, you better get used to it.
Constantly Going to Disneyland
Hey, just because California's arguably best amusement park isn't literally in L.A., it doesn't mean that Angelenos don't go there, like, all the time. Because they do, just to be clear.
Well, it's got awesome rides and life-size Disney characters strolling about all day long – what's not like? If you had Disneyland 30 minutes away from you, we bet you would have visited there every month, too.
Sorry, Can't Make It!
One of the notoriously charming (but mostly just notorious) habits of L.A. locals is canceling. Canceling what, you ask? Pretty much everything, from business meetings to coffee with a friend and a romantic date.
Why? Because it’s raining, because there's filming and/or a car chase is blocking the entire street, because they don't want to lose their parking spot, or because traffic is just really bad. Sorry, they just can't make it!