If you missed Entourage the Movie in theaters this June, fear not, catch the boys on DVD (the movie is set to release in September and we all know that it’s likely better on the small screen anyway). The film picks up where the hit HBO series left off back in 2011. Vince, Drama, E, Turtle and Ari may have gotten a little older — and some, a bit thinner — but the basic plot points haven’t changed. The gang still struggles with fame, fortune and friendship in the cutthroat world of the Hollywood film biz.
Shot almost exclusively in Los Angeles, this fictionalized account of life in the Hollywood fast lane is set against real-life locations frequented by everyday Angelinos. From the retro smoked meat joints to the quirky coffee shops, “Entourage” taps into the pulse of LA and showcases iconic institutions that make up the soul of the city. Here’s how to explore Los Angeles through the eyes of your favorite HBO characters.
Start your self-guided “Entourage” sightseeing experience with a drive along the infamous Sunset Strip. Re-enact the series’ opening credits by driving around town blasting the song “Superhero” by Jane’s Addiction in your very own 1965 Lincoln Continental (rent one at Regency Rentals; 4363 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey regencycarrentals.com).
Cruise down the Sunset Strip, past rock music institutions like The Viper Room (8852 West Sunset Blvd), Whisky A Go-Go (8901 Sunset Blvd) and The Roxy (9009 Sunset Blvd) – all featured in the TV show’s opening credits. Stop in and stroll through the lobby of The Standard (where Drama is dangled upside-down over the hotel’s pool deck), and the Mondrian Hotel (where Vince moves to after selling his house to buy the rights to the movie “Medellin”).
Head into the Hollywood Hills, just south of the hiking hot spot Runyon Canyon, to see where your favorite characters lived. Creep past the estate used for Ari’s House (822 Camino Palmero St.) until you hit the former C.E. Toberman Estate, a mansion that served as the backdrop for Vince Chase’s house in several seasons (1845 Camino Palmero St.)
If all this driving works up an appetite, hit up Urth Café (www.urthcaffe.com) in West Hollywood — the boys’ most frequented hangout — for an organic coffee and vegan quiche. The outdoor patio is great for people-watching and real celebrity-spotting.
Post latte, head to Canter’s Deli (www.cantersdeli.com), a Jewish delicatessen dating back to 1931. This landmark restaurant, which is open 24/7, is best known for its hearty pastrami and corned beef reuben sandwiches. It’s also the spot where, in the Season 6 episode titled “Berried Alive,” we watched as Turtle contemplates cheating on his girlfriend Jamie (played by actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and Drama worries that his character from the Five Town TV series is in jeopardy.
Continue your tour with a visit to two West Hollywood restaurant locations used in the upcoming movie: Carney’s Sunset Blvd (www.carneytrain.com), a classic American diner set in a vintage railcar and Little Next Door (www.littlenextdoor.com), a romantic French brasserie serving up elegant European fare with a California twist.
If you’re a big fan of Jerry Ferrara (the actor who plays Turtle) support his real life business with a visit to Fat Sal’s (www.fatsalsdeli.com), a restaurant chain with a location in Westwood, for an order of loaded buffalo chicken cheese fries and a “Fat Jerry” cheese steak hero.
Now that you’re sufficiently stuffed, waddle over to the trendy Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel (www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com) to grab a drink and mingle poolside. This historic hotel has been used as a backdrop for many Entourage episodes, including the one in Season 7, where Vince crashed Eminem’s party, and a wild coke-fuelled brawl ensued.
Post party, seek refuge and relaxation at the Montage Beverly Hills (www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills/). This luxury hotel near the high-end shops of Rodeo Drive, was used as a prime location for the upcoming “Entourage” flick. The Mediterranean-style hotel (with room rates from $800 a night) serves as a backdrop for one of the movie’s most salacious scenes, earning it an NC-17 rating in an early cut of the film.
Remember that any authentic “Entourage” tour requires you act like a self-entitled movie star, dress to impress and gratuitously use character quotes likes “I am Queens Boulevard” and “Let’s Hug It Out Bitch!”
This article was originally published on the NY Post. For the complete original article, visit: http://nypost.com/2015/06/01/hug-it-out-beach-the-entourage-guide-to-doing-los-angeles/
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