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5 Hot Spots in DTLA & Arts District to Hit Up

5 Hot Spots in DTLA & Arts District to Hit Up

Serving everything from designer cocktails to authentic Italian food, here are five places to hit up before the crowds do... and they're all in DTLA.

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Everson Royce Bar
ARTS DISTRICT
1936 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Everson Royce is the perfect place to take your date or some out-of-town friends before a big night Downtown. Located within walking distance of everything you need in the Arts District (including Tony’s Saloon, and probably your underground warehouse party), it’s the best place to grab a light snack and a cocktail to get you in the mood. Inside you’ll witness Everson Royce’s amazing selection of top-shelf bourbons and whiskeys—it’s worth asking the bartender to make you a specialty cocktail—and the patio is the perfect place to enjoy the LA weather. The food is small but delicious, with a contemporary mix of burgers, Mexican, southern, and tapas.

 

 

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Officine Brera
ARTS DISTRICT
1331 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Opened early in 2016 by Angelo Auriana and Matteo Ferdinandi, the team behind Factory Kitchen (located nearby), Officine Brera brings authentic rural Northern Italian cuisine to Downtown LA. After dining on delicious Northern variations of oxtail ragu, cannelloni and beef tongue, you’ll want to finish up with the castagnole—Italian doughnuts with a bourbon-caramel sauce—and an espresso.

 

 

Westbound
ARTS DISTRICT
300 South Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Occupying the grounds of the old Le Grande Station on 2nd and Santa Fe, Westbound is a charming cocktail bar with a retro interior that resembles a first class rail car in an old Hitchcock film. The food is light, contemporary, and designed for sharing—the oysters, beef tartar, and New Zealand snapper are all recommended, as are the (strong) cocktails. Choose a classic Sazerac, Bamboo, or French 75, or ask the bartender to make you something special.

 

 

Miro
FINANCIAL DISTRICT
888 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Downstairs, Miro is a dimly-lit specialist whiskey bar with an amazing selection of top-shelf liquors and rare whiskeys and scotches from around the world (with hand-cut ice for the aficionados). Upstairs they serve modern Italian (with some Greek and Spanish influence). We all know whiskey pairs well with steak, so you may be tempted to go all out and get the 38oz ribeye. Otherwise, they have a selection of seafood, pastas and wood fired pizzas.

 

 

Chica’s Tacos
DTLA
728 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

There’s always room for another taco joint in LA, especially when it’s this good. The menu is simple, spicy and delicious—choose from steak, chicken or pork, or there’s the tasty veggie option of ‘cauliflower chorizo’. To top it all off, everything is organic—and you can grab a watermelon cinnamon or cantaloupe lavender agua fresca to wash it all down. This might just be your new favorite taco stand.

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