Best Entertaining in Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks is a city in the San Fernando Valley, located just off the 405 and 101 freeways. It has been slowly declining until quite recently when new shopping centers, restaurants, and bars started reviving this beautiful city. Ventura Blvd and many other streets offer great opportunities to shop, eat, bar hop, and more.

So let's take a look at Sherman Oaks and what it has to offer:

Shopping

Sherman Oaks Galleria

This place has it all – dining, entertainment, health and beauty. You can enjoy a movie at the Arclight, where sounds and sights will stun you thanks to modern technology and reserved reclining seats. Once you are done watching that most popular movie, you can satisfy your hunger at The Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang, or Buffalo Wild Wings. The Galleria also has 24 Hour Fitness, spa, wax centers, and nail salons.

American Vintage

All vintage lovers know what a good place this is. The Sherman Oaks store offers some of the best and most affordable vintage clothing. Whatever your needs, from 70's dresses and 50's gowns, from vintage t-shirts to boots, you will definitely find something to love. You will have to spend some time looking for treasures, but it's definitely worth it. In addition to clothes, you will find shoes, handbags, belts, costumes, coats, masks, and jewelry.

Fun Activities

Sherman Oaks Castle Park

The park is great not just for kids, but for fun-loving adults too. There is miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, and much more. Miniature golf has three different unique obstacle courses for all ages. Arcade games include air hockey, skee ball, various driving and shooting games. Baseball cages are equipped with low arc, high arc, and a 60 mph fast-pitch softball cage.

Ultrazone Laser Tag

This is one of the best such places in Los Angeles. This magical place offers serious fun for all interested. Just put on the vest and step into the darkness to enjoy beautiful neon colors while attacking others and protecting yourself. The game is 12 minutes long, but it's not the end – you can continue to play team rounds or have fun at the arcade games.

House of Billiards

This vintage place has been open since 1979 and has never lost its popularity. Billiards lovers of San Fernando Valley come here for 20 pool tables, a huge selection of heavenly craft beers, 13 TVs and plenty of other games. You can bring your friends here every day and enjoy weekly specials.

Food

Anajak Thai

The restaurant opened in 1981 and has remained popular ever since. Lunch time is crazy busy here with guests crammed all over the small restaurant. The atmosphere is warm and inviting while the menu is Bangkok-style invigorating. Chef Ricky created the staple specialties, like Panang curry, Thai BBQ chicken, ribs, and coconut chicken soup. More than 30 years later people still come here just for that.

Mistral

The small elegant bistro has been popular since late 80's. Despite its small size, the restaurant definitely delivers tasty European and French flair. Chefs, staff, owners Henri Abergel, Maitre D', and Raul Arroyo personally oversee each meal and have clients coming back in troves. The menu is changing daily with various fresh specials that go along with New York Steak “Au Poivre”. Curated wine list includes many by-the-glass choices.

Boneyard Bistro

Chef and owner Aaron Robins and Chef de Cuisine Erica Abell have transformed a classic BBQ joint with added modern twist. The place is famous for BBQ ribs, but also includes House Cured & Double Hickory Smoked Bacon Building Blocks and Kobe Beef Chili Filled Donuts. Rory Snipes is responsible for spectacular beverage program, which includes 42 taps, over 125 specialty kinds of craft and bottle beer, huge list of bourbon, whiskey, scotch, and over 70 kinds of Zinfandel.

Bars

Augustine Wine Bar

David Gibbs created this bar based on his 30-year music and wine tastes. The décor here is vintage, but the wine list is exclusive. You are welcome here if you want to sit with a glass and reminiscent good old times with radio tunes taking you back. The original building housed radio repair shop in 1941. You are invited to enjoy 60 wines by the glass and many vintage and rare wines also from the glass. The oldest wine poured here is from 1860.

Blue Dog Beer Tavern

The list of local and international craft beers is pretty long here. For 7 years this neighborhood favorite joint has been serving in-house ground burgers to go with the beer. There are 8 taps and a constantly rotating selection of bottled beers. The restaurant's patio is especially dog-friendly and pictures of our best friends hang on the walls. Sports fans have 6 huge screens dedicated to their favorite games, which go so well with beer.

The Sherman

This restaurant is upscale, serving eclectic American cuisine with fresh and sustainable ingredients. Full service bar is enticing with great wine list and specialty cocktails. The décor is modern barn-like, rustic, featuring high ceilings. Hand-crafted cocktails include modern twists on classic recipes, creating new unique flavors. The Sherman also has a great variety of craft beers from local brewers. Weekly specials include drinks and menu options.

Sherman Oaks Newsstand

This newsstand is one of the oldest standing in the greater Los Angeles area. It is located on the corner of Beverly Glen and Venture Blvd. It is open for 24 hours and sells various magazines, newspapers, DVDs, and much more. You can pay with credit or cash.