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Time Out Los Angeles' best of 2016

We recap the year in Los Angeles restaurants and bars, film, festivals and more in our best of 2016 recap

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

So maybe 2016 didn't pan out quite how we were all expecting. We don't need any reminders of the year's lousy qualities, though; instead we're focusing on the best of 2016.

Check out of favorite restuarants, films, art exhibits and more in our round-up of the best of 2016—and if you're curious, check out our original 2016 predictions at the bottom of the page.

First, here's a quick recap of some of the (mostly) high points in L.A. Vin Scully and Kobe Bryant retired, but the Rams returned and broke ground on a new stadium (which will host Super Bowl LV). Foodie exports Smorgasburg, the Halal Guys, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and Shake Shack found their way to L.A. El Niño was kind of a bust and there was an avocado shortage, but a wildflower super bloom hit Death Valley.

The Expo Line arrived in Santa Monica, as did a bike share program Downtown. Disneyland announced the closure of the Tower of Terror, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood while Skyslide was tacked onto the U.S. Bank Tower.

Point Break Live and the Meltdown ended their runs for good, Runyon Canyon and Urban Light closed temporarily and the Main Museum, the Museum of Broken Relationships and Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel opened their doors. The Sixth Street Bridge was demolished, but Uber arrived at LAX and boozy Dole Whip at Disneyland. 

Best of 2016

The 100 best dishes and drinks in L.A. 2016
Restaurants

The 100 best dishes and drinks in L.A. 2016

The best restaurant and bar openings of 2016
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The best restaurant and bar openings of 2016

The best art exhibits in L.A. during 2016
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The best art exhibits in L.A. during 2016

The best Los Angeles theater of 2016
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The best Los Angeles theater of 2016

The 20 best movies of 2016
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The 20 best movies of 2016

The best albums of 2016
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The best albums of 2016

The best songs of 2016
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The best songs of 2016

The 15 best books of 2016
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The 15 best books of 2016

The 25 best music videos of 2016
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The 25 best music videos of 2016

The best TV shows of 2016
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The best TV shows of 2016

2016 in photos

Surprise! The L.A.zy River inner tube race actually happened, and we've got photos
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Surprise! The L.A.zy River inner tube race actually happened, and we've got photos

WonderCon 2016 cosplay took over Downtown LA this weekend
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WonderCon 2016 cosplay took over Downtown LA this weekend

Wizarding World of Harry Potter walkthrough and photo tour
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter walkthrough and photo tour

Hundreds of corgis made a splash at So Cal Corgi Beach Day
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Hundreds of corgis made a splash at So Cal Corgi Beach Day

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Our 2016 predictions

Los Angeles events to look forward to in 2016
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Los Angeles events to look forward to in 2016

LA comedians to watch in 2016
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LA comedians to watch in 2016

25 films we’re excited about in 2016
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25 films we’re excited about in 2016

The LA neighborhoods where you’ll spend more time in 2016
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The LA neighborhoods where you’ll spend more time in 2016

The most anticipated restaurant and bar openings of 2016
Restaurants

The most anticipated restaurant and bar openings of 2016

Top fitness trends to try in the new year
Things to do

Top fitness trends to try in the new year

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