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You know that any club featuring bands called Vomit Bomb and The Pukers on the same night probably isn't a place to take the parents. The Smell is a small, bare-bones warehouse showcasing the best of underground art and music. The club name possibly derives from the musty aroma that hangs in the air as a result of many sweaty people jammed into such limited space, or perhaps it's a reference to the less-than-glamorous location. Leave your delicate sensibilities at home and enjoy fresh talent. Shows are for all ages, so alcohol isn't on the menu but vegan snacks and tea are!
In an underground location on South San Pedro Street, Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar is a treat for the foodies with a tapas menu consisting of Japanese fusion dishes. It is great for relishing some good varieties of sake and beer while gorging on Kushi Katsu, Seaweed Salad, Yakitori, Sauteed Shishito Peppers and Unagi and Chirimen Jyako Fried Rice. There is a separate happy hour menu that helps to quell the raging appetites. The Bento Boxes offer delightful combinations of salad, tempura, stew and oysters that can be packed and relished at leisure. The venue is dimly lit and perfect for a romantic dinner date. The staff and service are also appealing.
Redwood is leading the league of downtown Los Angeles' innovative renaissance. And there is no better way to reap the benefits of this cultural transformation than hitting up Redwood's cocktail menu. Specialty drinks like Lava Lamp, Schooner Float and Cloud 9 make patrons forget about how irksome it is to find a decent parking spot in the vicinity of Redwood. And for all of those nautical lovers out there, Redwood's has a pirate theme. Unlike traditional bar cuisine, Redwood provides food that is actually edible, try the delicious fish and chips or the vegetarian Rueben sandwich.
An old-school sports bar with a huge selection of drinks and bar food, Nirvana Sports Bar & Grill is a good place to be. Designed with simplicity, this place is perfect for a drink with your friends and to catch the game live. There are happy hours here which allow the patrons to have a fun and pocket-friendly night and there is a food menu as well which serves entrees and appetizers which are just delicious.
The Five Star Bar is a rock music lover's escape from LA's bustling core. With its dark interior that's strewn with album art and lit with neon lights, the divey rock bar cuts back on frills but creates a perfect mood for an evening of headbanging. Five Star hosts a number of punk bands thus getting fans acquainted with talented musicians while cheap beers keep flowing. When the stage is empty, pool tournaments keep the crowd at their euphoric best. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.