2. Instead of The Grove: Fairfax District
Braving the holiday crowds to grab dinner at the Grove is enough to make any mid-city dweller consider moving to the Valley. Especially when there are better experiences to be had down the street. Turn your friends into gourmet carnivores with veal brain with apricot puree from Animal. Afterward, walk across the street to The Dime, a dive with great DJs that remains a Fairfax staple.
Animal, 435 N Fairfax Ave., Mid-City West (323-782-9225); The Dime, 442 N Fairfax Ave., Mid-City West (323-651-4421)