Seven Grand is a local favorite Irish Whiskey Bar, set in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is the perfect place for some after work social interaction. The bar's familiar atmosphere is created by pool tables and dim lights. Enjoy sampling one of the many available whiskey brands while listening to live music with friends.
The Los Angeles Stock Exchange building was re-modeled and now holds rocking nightclubs and upscale bars. This nightclub gets its name from the building where it's housed. It is hard to find foot space here if you decide to haunt this place later in the evening, as it's always crowded. Top of the line sound systems and glaring lights make for a cool nightclub atmosphere. Live music and the young, hip crowd are just energetic enough to set you tapping your feet.
Avalon Hollywood began its life as a theater in 1927, and ever since has undergone numerous name changes, and staged several theatrical events and musical concerts, such as: 'Caesar & Cleopatra', and 'The Vagabond King'. This venue is also home to the first ever American Music Awards, and has held concerts for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys. It is a club. venue, a host to special events, restaurant and more.
Still commonly known as the "Rainbow Room," this fabled Sunset Strip institution continues to deliver a good time with live rock shows, fun finger food and late-night dining. The roomy interiors consist of a dining room, several bars, upstairs dance floor and patio decorated with kitschy rock 'n' roll memorabilia, Christmas lights, burgundy leather booths and even a vintage arcade game. The food offered is an Italian-American fusion of popular munchies such as pizza, sandwiches, steaks and a diverse vegetarian selection. Keep in mind that it is possible to reserve special seating above the stage.
Flickering candles, mysterious pink curtains and subdued lighting welcome you into the Abbey in West Hollywood. This popular bar, lounge and restaurant offers you not only a mixed range of appetizers and entrees, but also yummy drinks like chocolate and watermelon martinis. Enjoy the cool vibe of the lounge on the terrace or the kitschy atmosphere indoors. At night, the Abbey is a well known gay bar and welcomes everyone regardless of whether they are gay or straight. So come and visit and dance the night away!
The Bruery operates from the heart of Placentia, offering locally made craft beer that plays with the conventions of Belgian brewing. Started by brothers Patrick and Michael Rue, Bruery is the end result of a passion for home brewing and a love of experimentation. Several exotic ingredients form the basis for these innovative brews, fresh picked lavender and Thai basil making appearances in otherwise conventional ales. To further this quality, Bruery ensures that its brews are never filtered or pasteurize, retaining every ounce of their original character. The Bruery's unique flavors and passionate ethos make it a worthwhile stop during tasting hours.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
With innovative offerings like crispy tamarind glazed pork belly and chicken tikka poutine, this downtown gastropub will change the way you look at Indian food. Soaring ceilings and a wall covered in colorful horizontal stripes greets patrons in the dining room. Contemporary light fixtures punctuate the entire space. Kitschy Bollywood posters adorning the walls complete the decor; a refreshing change from the done-to-death exotic themes prevalent in most Indian restaurants. The menu offers a mix of traditional and quirky creations. Street food favorites like papri chaat and samosas start off the proceedings. Traditional favorites include the butter chicken, smoked eggplant mash and chicken tikka masala. The spiced lamb burger has received accolades and should not me missed. The drinks list offers a choice of wines, beers as well as Indian cola imports like ThumsUp and Limca.
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.
Unless you are on the lookout for it, you are likely to walk right by the narrow passage between two brick buildings leading to this urban gem in the heart of Little Tokyo. It is well worth a momentary claustrophobic squeeze to get to. Budding out from the area's old, trusty Chop Suey restaurant, the Far Bar is an eatery-bar-patio all unto itself. The elegant simplicity of the place, clasped between two tall brick walls stitched across with strings of lights, invites one to lounge and linger, whether over a couple of sakes or something more substantial—the menu features a great selection of reasonably priced finger food. Small jazz acts and chanteuses frequent the far corner, providing a lush musical backdrop to a lazy evening. - Kate Sobol
Indulge in some delicious seafood specialties at The Oyster Gourmet when you visit The Grand Central Market. You are in for treating your taste buds with the scrumptious oyster delicacies offered here. The Oyster Gourmet offers a menu that changes daily and uses fresh seafood and finest quality ingredients. Apart from their delicious menu, it offers an extensive wine and beer list. You can plan a party here as the venue offers catering services. The friendly staff and unique oyster-like kiosk will make you want to come back for more.
The atmosphere at Wolf & Crane is always vibrant with stylish people listening to groovy DJ music and enjoying the specialty Japanese whiskeys and bar snacks. Taking its name from a story in Aesop's Fables, the logo of this bar consists of a paper wolf and crane crafted using origami, both animals being symbolic in the mythology of Japan. The menu consists of Eagle Rock Manifesto Beer, Highball composed of soda, ginger ale and Scotch whiskey, Angel City White Nite American Stour and Craftsman American Pale Lager. Head here during the Happy Hours for the best deals on drinks.