Summer is Los Angeles is my favorite time to go out and explore all the glorious concerts spaces that our mild weather affords us! While my favorite is hands down the Hollywood Bowl, I got a chance to “get to the Greek” last week and found myself with an extreme lack of information for a first timer! If you want to avoid overpaying for what you don’t have to, read on.
A Guide to the Greek Theatre
My favorite thing about the Hollywood Bowl happens to be my least favorite thing about the Greek Theater…no outdoor food allowed. Since I enjoy a snack while I rock out, I began my search for food offered at the theater and was led to a page on their website of overpriced picnic baskets. I couldn’t find any a-la-carte offerings so I went with the cheapest basket–$45 dollars!! One positive is that you can tag on a bottle of wine for $22.50, but turns out you can also purchase those same bottles sans basket all over the venue. So for the future:
A. Skip the Picnic Basket because Patina this is not. $45 dollars for something that was put together from a selection at the Ralph’s Deli AND forces you to get to the theater an hour before the show so they don’t give away your basket…no good.
B. Skip the early bird parking rate. You might feel the need to pre-pay $30 dollars for a Click and Park experience to avoid the horrors of stacked parking, but it turns out you can park for $20 dollars at a non-stacked lot that just requires just a few more steps.
C. See the concessions stand, for reasonably priced bottles of wine and kettle corn. You can always eat when you leave!
A Guide to the Hollywood Bowl
You already know this is my favorite outdoor concert venue in LA, and the reason is because you can make the cheap seats the best seats! Here’s how:
A. Skip the mad box office rush and wait to get your tickets same day on Craigslist or same week from “The Zoo” (aka Travelzoo.com) because The Hollywood Bowl offers only good seats! I actually prefer to sit further away from the stage to get a better overall view. I also make sure I’m always seated on the aisles, so I can take over the area while I’m there, and make a mad dash when I’m ready to leave! Avoid the middles at all costs, because in a venue with bench seating, there’s a good chance you’ll run into someone who thinks they deserve 3 seats instead of 1 (like this lady :))
B. Skip the concessions stand, unless it’s a lease event. Otherwise you’re free to bring in all the food and drinks-alcohol included-that you want and eat in your seats!
C. Skip the stacked parking, and walk down the hill to the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Cahuenga and Franklin. Yes the parking is $15-$20, but all the money goes to charity.
A Guide to the LA Forum
Ok so I’m not that familiar with the Forum, but for the remainder of the 2014 season, Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills will offer a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any pizza or large plate to guests who present their concert ticket stub for that evening’s show. Located only 4 miles from the venue, Post & Beam makes for a great place to grab a bite before or after the show. My recommendation is a P&B Sweet Potato Pie, with pecan praline, whipped cream, and a touch of soul…