My wife and I are coming to LA June 9-13 and we are trying to decide on a place to stay. We are leaning towards staying at one of the beach areas (Santa Monica, Manhattan, Hermosa) and just driving into LA to see the sights (Hollywood, Universal Studios, etc.). Is this feasible or are we going to be stuck in too much traffic?? We would like to stay at a place where we can walk to restaurants and bars. We are in our early 40's so not interested in club music type places, we would prefer bars that play live music that everyone kind of knows and can sing along (80's rock, country, we are from Texas what do you expect!) We also would like to play in the water a bit. Which area should we stay in that would be best for these types of restaurants and bars, plus accessing the sights in LA? Which bars would you recommend? Which restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (nothing super fancy, but we do like nice dinners). Thanks.