Atwater Village is small, but it's packed with hidden gems. The neighborhood is located right by the L.A. River and that alone will give outdoorsy types lots to explore. It's a neighborhood with a music history memorialized in the mural portrait of late Beastie Boy MCA and a future that's being forged inside nearby Swing House Studios. For being such a small neighborhood, Atwater Village's bar game is strong and includes spots where you can check out up-and-coming local talent too. Whether you're looking for an afternoon adventure or a dose of L.A. nightlife, Atwater Village has you covered.
Since 1999, Bigfoot Lodge has been showing folks how to do a theme bar right. Decked out to look like a cabin, the Los Feliz Boulevard watering hole is filled with all sorts of kitschy wilderness decor, including animatronic animals. It's the kind of place where you could stare at the walls endlessly because there's always something cool to see. But, the action goes beyond visuals. Bigfoot Lodge is home to (vinyl) DJ nights, trivia nights and more. Follow the bar on Instagram to keep up on events.