Downtown Bars & Nightlife
118 E. 6th St., Downtown
Located in the back room of Cole’s French Dip (LA’s oldest restaurant, birthplace of the French Dip sandwich and an undisputed institution), this place makes serious, thoughtfully prepared cocktails in a relaxed, attractive atmosphere.
630 W. 6th St., Downtown
Delicious literary-themed libations (think 'Tequila Mockingbird') are served alongside a tasty gastropub menu (try the decandent three cheese fries) in this aptly-named bar. The theme doesn't end there, either, as the library area is outfitted with leather-bound books and a fireplace. They do a great happy hour here when it tends to get crowded.
The Golden Gopher
417 W. 8th St., Downtown
It's a little bit off the beaten path, but that's part of the charm of this old-school, urban bar with a great craft beer selection, reasonably priced cocktails, a photo booth, pacman, jukebox, and more. There's also a great happy hour and a takeaway liquor license, which is pretty clutch in this town. P.S. Check out the ladies bathroom. Here's a hint: It smells oddly of bubblegum.
Angel City Brewery
216 S. Alameda St., Downtown
There are now a number of quality craft beer spots and breweries in LA, but Angel City Brewery remains a favorite. Located in the historic John A. Roebling Building in the Arts District, Angel City is a great casual spot to gather with friends for day-into-night beers. The brewery hosts a number of regular events, like Tacos & Trivia Tuesday, and is a popular host to a range of fun food trucks, although you can bring your own food with you, too. You can go on a public tour of the brewery Thursday through Sunday, and there are also a few different options for private events, including a large beer hall (capacity: 200) that is perpendicular to the brew house. The brewery always has several Angel City styles on tap, some of which you can find in other bars and shops around California and Nevada.
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