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Birds & Bees

Notes From the Underground: the Best Subterranean Bars in Downtown L.A.

10/04/2017

Hope Ewing

There is something about descending below-ground that conjures feelings of mystery and adventure - just ask Alice. In few places is this more true than the underground bar. Secret entrances, darkened staircases, being in the know are all part of the appeal.

There's no better place to enjoy this feeling than Downtown Los Angeles. Early 20th-century architectural gems have been revived right and left since the start of the 21st - and with them the basement bars, dance clubs and jazz lounges that once served the booming city’s movers and shakers. Bank vaults, a power plant and historic speakeasies are being redesigned for the thriving Downtown L.A. nightlife scene. Read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.

Cocktails au Everson Royce Bar à Downtown L.A.

The 20 Best Happy Hours in Downtown Los Angeles

07/17/2017

Hope Ewing

In the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has transformed into a hotbed of eating and drinking establishments catering to the area’s prolific workforce and visitors popping in on the Metro - many looking for those elusive time-sensitive deals. Read on for 20 Downtown L.A. hotspots, new and old, that promise great food and drink experiences that won't break the bank.

Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge

It's An Endless Summer at Los Angeles Tiki Bars and Events

06/07/2017

Mo Herms

When the original Don's Beachcomber opened in 1933, Hollywood became the official birthplace of the Polynesian themed Tiki culture reflected in architecture, fashion and movies. Decorated with items that Donn Beach (aka Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt) scavenged from the ocean shores, the bar later known as Don the Beachcomber served “exotic” rum drinks with flair. The island escapism offered by his imaginative Tiki concept and its many imitators flourished for decades before nearly being killed off in the disco era.

Tiki's current resurgence owes a lot to the craft cocktail movement, which recognized the potential in the elaborate tropical concoctions made with house syrups and fresh juices. With a new generation of bartenders leading the way, the L.A. tiki scene is once again thriving, and nothing says summer more than a fancy fruit garnish and a little paper umbrella.

Dreamgirls Revue at Hamburger Mary's WEHO

Fabulous! Drag Queen Events in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Discover Los Angeles

The popularity of Emmy-winning Rupaul’s Drag Race has brought the art of drag to the masses. Lucky for us, Los Angeles boasts some of the most sensational, celebrated performers in the business, including Mama Ru herself. You can find weekly showcases with immaculate lip-syncing and dead-on celebrity impersonations, punk rock dance parties - even bingo, books and brunch, drag in L.A. does it all.

Bar at Cafe Birdie

The Dining & Drinking Guide to Highland Park

05/11/2017

Esther Tseng

Highland Park is the Los Angeles neighborhood of the moment thanks to a recent renaissance that has bolstered its community of small, local businesses. Long standing, family-run shops have been joined by new-to-the-neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Enjoying superb accessibility from other parts of L.A. thanks to the Metro Gold Line, Highland Park has become a dining and libational destination with a diverse set of choices thanks to longtime resident families, as well as artists, musicians and designers.

With so many choices, it might be hard know which food and drink stops are the highlights. Read on for a cross-section of Highland Park restaurants and bars that reflects the richness of the area’s diversity.

Margaritas au Border Grill Downtown L.A.

The Best Margaritas in Los Angeles

05/02/2017

Karen Young

There are many tales about the origin of the Margarita, but what is known are the basic ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and salt on the glass rim. These days, the Margarita can be found in many creative variations using tequila, mezcal, and other agave spirits, along with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices—shaken, stirred, or blended and served in a variety of glassware.

No matter what ingredients are used and how it’s prepared, what can be agreed upon is that the Margarita is a most celebratory drink—in a "party" kind of way. So, cheers to good times and to the best places to find Margaritas in Los Angeles.

Randy's Donuts

Los Angeles All Day and All Night

04/25/2017

Esther Tseng

Los Angeles is a place filled with opportunity. No matter what you may want to eat or want to have done, there’s always somewhere in this city that you can get it. The melding of different cultures represented by all the various neighborhoods means that every community is bringing something to the table, making the city more than the sum of its parts.

In the wee hours of the night, however, our choices become quite a bit more scarce outside of normal business hours. So it proves helpful to know just which businesses are open 24 hours during one of your odd hour cravings. Whether you’re in the mood for Korean food, donuts, the spa, a chili burger, or even bowling, we’ve got a list of places where you can get just that no matter what time of day it is.

Patio at Everson Royce Bar

The Best Places in Los Angeles to Drink Outdoors

06/01/2016

Gabrielle Olya

With L.A.'s beautiful year-round weather, there’s always an occasion to grab a drink outside. Savor the sunshine and warm nights at these Los Angeles bars that feature indoor and outdoor spaces, patios and rooftops.

The Public House at Angel City Brewery

The Guide to Craft Beer in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles

02/11/2016

Discover Los Angeles

The revitalized Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in L.A., with new lofts, galleries, restaurants and shops opening at an incredible pace. Joining this renaissance are new breweries and gastropubs, making the Arts District another craft beer hub along with Torrance and Redondo Beach in the South Bay. The Downtown L.A. craft beer boom isn’t limited to the Arts District - the adjacent Little Tokyo neighborhood is home to Boomtown Brewery and Mumford Brewery, while Dry River Brewing and Indie Brewing Company are crafting beer in nearby Boyle Heights on the other side of the L.A. River. Read on for our guide to craft beer in the Arts District.

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