Are you a screenwriter looking for the best places to hang out in Los Angeles? From the Los Angeles Central Library to coffee shops, Soho Houses and shared workspaces, there are plenty of great spots for writers to get inspired and work on their projects. The Los Angeles Central Library is a great place for writers to hang out. It offers full access to The Hollywood Reporter and 26 workstations with free tea, coffee, Bose headphones and Wi-Fi. Plus, it's cheaper than a single office.
Michael Oates Palmer (The West Wing, Crossbones) also likes the proximity to Brentwood Country Mart's Farmshop for breakfast. For night owls, there's a Starbucks in Brentwood that's open until 11 p.m. Jordan Cerf, a WME agent, says that for people who work on cable or streaming programs, this is a great spot since they don't have to show up in front of the room for a good part of the year. Adam Nussdorf, creator of the hit Freeform Beyond, credits the Americans at this cafe on the grounds of the LACMA museum for helping him write his pilot.
It's a nice oasis and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Danny Strong (Empire) also heads straight here when he's in town. It's big, open and comfortable, and they sell water in a box. Chris Bergoch (Tangerine) likes to write at Market House on Main Street USA in Disneyland.
He has a season pass so it's not too expensive. Plus, he gets to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and sometimes Rapunzel! For those who identify themselves as writers (especially during the holidays), Insomnia is the best-functioning space in the city. The furniture is comfortable but not too comfortable and there is a surge protector with eight outlets every few meters. There's also lots of natural light and classical music playing softly in the back.
Bourgeois Pig is another great spot for writers. It has a small menu and some coffee drinks you'll buy to receive the Wi-Fi password but none of that matters. What matters is the small back room that looks like a mythical forest full of people just trying to get through the staff season. There's a (fake) tree canopy, an ivy-covered cabin and a strange campfire where we suspect that the spirits of former executives are judging your proposals! Finally, there's Din Tai Fung in Arcadia which Michelle Huneven first took me to many years ago.
I've been there with other writer friends over the years such as Alex Espinoza, Susan Straight, Victoria Patterson and Carribean Fragoza. It's also inspiring to explore Los Angeles' urban geography and businesses. So if you're looking for places to hang out in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, you now have plenty of options! From coffee shops to shared workspaces and even Disneyland - there are plenty of great spots for writers to get inspired and work on their projects.