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.
In the past three years, countless local breweries with tasting rooms have popped up all over Los Angeles. The equation works again and again: an industrial space, visible fermentation tanks behind a friendly staffed bar, picnic tables, giant Jenga games, and food trucks parked outside. Throw in L.A.’s climate and you have a recipe for year-round, relaxed enjoyment of quality craft beer right from the source.
Pioneers such as Angel City, Smog City and Eagle Rock Brewery continue to serve up great beers in a fun atmosphere - they're still well worth a visit. The following breweries are continuing the tradition, bringing the neighborhood beer garden to Angelenos from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay.
Dining in the Arts District isn't quite like any other neighborhood in Los Angeles. There isn't much in the way of fast food here. Instead, it's a hub for gastropubs and small chains with hip takes on classic grub. If you're up for trying something unusual - rattlesnake and rabbit sausage or avocado and strawberry sherbet - this is the place to go. Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted to find that there are multiple meal options here too.
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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.
Now that you’ve finished tapping into Part One, read on for Part Two of our guide to 28 bars, breweries and restaurants to drink craft beer in L.A. County.
Bars and restaurants that weren't necessarily designed for watching sports can still be great places to catch a game. Sure, the sound might not always be on, but wait times for craft beer and cocktails are generally short, the food is more flavorful and creative than typical sports bars, and you can easily find a seat within sight of multiple flat-screens. Learn about the best places to enjoy a game in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles, long the land of bottle service and green apple martinis, finally started catching up to speed on craft beer in the past several years. The higher quality wave started with bars, continued with a new crop of breweries, and is now washing over restaurants. Learn about 14 of our favorite places to drink craft beer in L.A. County.