Birds & Bees

The Best Underground Bars in Downtown L.A.

12/12/2017

Hope Ewing

There are so many fun bars in L.A. but 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. If you’re searching for the best underground bars Downtown read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.

The Whale & Ale bar

Set Sail for San Pedro's Best Bars & Breweries

08/30/2016

Brad Japhe

To call San Pedro overlooked is putting it mildly. Many recent transplants to Los Angeles don’t even know what to call it all (it’s pronounced 'Pee-dro’), let alone how to get there. That’s unfortunate, because this town is an unmined gem, gleaming humbly along the Pacific. The busiest port in the U.S. - by a significant margin - has seen its fair share of sailors and midshipmen for nearly a century now. That they have a hallowed history with hooch should surprise no one. Here you’ll find some of the city’s oldest dive bars, countless waterfront watering holes, multiple breweries, and a faithfully-recreated English-style pub. They even have a respectable wine bar.

When LA Fleet Week sets sail in September, San Pedro assumes center stage, welcoming sightseers from across the globe. But it’s also the perfect time for locals to check out what they’re missing, right in their own backyard. Drink your way through San Pedro at these outposts, representing the wide berth of options available in L.A.’s bustling port city.

Exterior of The Abbey in West Hollywood

The Abbey: The Story of an L.A. Icon

06/09/2016

Elina Shatkin

When David Cooley decided to open The Abbey in 1991, the bar scene in West Hollywood looked much different than it does now. Cooley, an Ohioan by way of Las Vegas, moved to the city in 1981, at the start of the AIDS crisis. "When I was coming to bars on Santa Monica Boulevard, it was not as open," he says. "There were no front patios where you could have a cigarette. It was all behind closed doors and through back alleys."

Patio at Everson Royce Bar

The Best Places in Los Angeles to Drink Outdoors

06/01/2016

Discover Los Angeles

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.

"The Vortex" at Exchange LA

The Best New Year's Eve Parties at Los Angeles Bars & Clubs

12/09/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Raise a glass to 2019 and dance the night away to world-class DJs! Read on for our guide to New Year’s Eve events taking place at L.A.’s top bars, lounges and dance clubs. All events are 21 and over unless otherwise noted.

Go Metro: all Metro Rail lines, plus Orange and Silver Lines, will run 24 hours on New Year's Eve with free fares from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1.

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