Tis the Season! DTLA’s Best Shopping, Ice Skating, Holiday Lights and More!

Tis the season to sparkle and shine – and DTLA offers a Santa’s sleigh full of festivities to make your spirits bright! Get ready to shop til you drop at craft and maker faires, immerse yourself in brilliant holiday light displays, and ice skate under the glittering LA skyline  – you can even learn to curl (that crazy sport that has enthralled Olympic audiences)! Tis the season for DTLA’s best shopping, ice skating, holiday lights and more!

Winter Wonderland Pershing Square

532 S Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Lace up your skates and glide into the holidays with ice skating in Pershing Square! The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity, and the impressive city skyline, you can enjoy enjoy holiday concerts and other festive events under the sun and stars. Complete schedule HERE

Fig at 7th Holiday Soiree

735 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dec 7 SIMPLY and FIGat7th invite you to their Holiday Style Soiree! Crush your holiday to-do list with gift-giving tips from some of our favorite LA influencers at this festive trend talk. Learn about the biggest trends of the season, meet the influencers, enjoy tasty bites and sips, create holiday bouquets, and get a customized ornament—all in the heart of DTLA!

DTLA Maker Faire

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Dec 7 The DTLA Mini Maker Faire is taking over Los Angeles Central Library, Maguire Gardens and part of Fifth Street from Grand Avenue to Flower Street in the heart of downtown, making it the largest Maker Faire to-date in the City of Los Angeles. This event is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees, and include more than 110 exhibitors from all over California and beyond. The fourth-annual gizmodic gathering will showcase some of LA’s best tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, tinkerers, inventors, educators, and artists of all ages. Stroll through a wide variety of displays and hands-on exhibits featuring robotics and artificial intelligence/machine learning, AR/VR, sustainable making, engineering, kinetic art, microelectronics, 3D printing and imagery, space exploration, health, drones, handmade arts and crafts, music and more.

West Coast Craft Faire

Skylight ROW DTLA

777 Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Dec 7 & 8 The first West Coast Craft Faire Los Angeles takes place in the South Lot at Skylight ROW DTLA in the heart of LA’s historic downtown. This festive outdoor market will feature over 300 of the best artist and designer craftspeople just in time for the holiday season! The West Coast Craft (WCC) Scholarship Program awards four half booths to emerging designers and artists who have never shown at a major craft and design show. As part of their ongoing efforts to make WCC increasingly diverse and inclusive, two of those four spots are reserved for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Free and open to the public.

Shopify LA Holiday Marketplace

Row DTLA

777 Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Shopify LA is hosting hosts a “Shopify LA Holiday Gift Shop” featuring 11 Shopify merchants and a selection of their most giftable merchandise. Merchants include Paper Chase Press, Blind Barber, HipDot, Modernica, The Hundreds, Ember, Theragun, Donni, Belief, Equal Parts, Fleur Marche. The gift shop is free and open to the public.

Mesmerica 360 Live

Los Angeles Center Studios

450 S Bixel St.

Los Angeles, CA

Dec 14 James Hood and Vortex Immersion Media present Mesmerica 360 Live Los Angeles. Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and also stimulate your mind and senses.

Sparkle DTLA

The Bloc

700 W 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Experience the world’s largest illuminated interactive holiday display at The Bloc in DTLA. Sparkle DTLA takes you through a magical nighttime journey of 16 million beautiful hues of lights that illuminate the city skyline and synchronize to your favorite holiday songs at the top of each hour. The display features a 16-foot larger-than-life ornament that you can walk through, and a 32-foot tree that you can enter to capture your perfect photo-op moments. The dazzling light display and interactive experience is the ideal holiday backdrop to creating special memories with your friends and family.

LA Kings Holiday Ice

L.A. LIVE

800 W Olympic Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Skate like a King as the LA Kings bring the Ice Skating Rink back to L.A. Live. Skate around a huge Christmas tree, surrounded by the signature vibrant LED screens of LA Live. Go early or stay late after a concert or sports game to skate the night away.

Holidays at Union Station

800 N Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Explore one of L.A.’s most iconic gems – Union Station – during the most festive time of the year. Learn the history of this extraordinary Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco monument as you enjoy the sounds, and sights of the season. You’ll cover the majority of Union Station from the famous Waiting Room—seen in countless movies—to the Fred Harvey Restaurant, much of which has been beautifully decorated for the season. Stay after the tour on December tour dates for Union Station’s free Cocoa Concerts. Enjoy a concert, cocoa bar, holiday light display, and more from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on the South Patio.

Grand Park Winter Glow DTLA

Grand Park Performance Lawn and The Music Center Plaza

200 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Expanded across Grand Avenue to include the newly renovated Music Center Plaza, Grand Park’s Winter Glow returns for its second annual nighttime public art display, offering an immersive experience that spans two county locations this holiday season. As the days shorten and darken, the park celebrates light as a giver of warmth, a source of beauty, and the key component to bringing people together during the fall and winter months. In this interconnectivity, guests and families can share thoughts, identity, and space, making new holiday memories as they stroll through an illuminated and interactive art installation. Familiar pathways and historic fountains will lead to exciting new discoveries as the latest in light and projection technology transform spaces on The Music Center Plaza and in Grand Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving in DTLA!

Making Thanksgiving plans? This year, why not ditch the kitchen and dine out. Popular DTLA restaurants are dishing up some fabulous fare to share with family and friends. If you’re on pie patrol for Thanksgiving dinner, you can order a pie to go and save yourself the fuss and muss. Want to give back? Trot before you gobble at the DTLA Turkey Trot, which benefits the Midnight Mission. The long weekend is also a great time to get a head start on your holiday shopping or check out a new ride at the LA Auto Show. One thing’s for sure, you’ll always have a reason to be grateful when you celebrate Thanksgiving in DTLA!

Thanksgiving Pre-Fixe at Patina

141 South Grand Avenue

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gather around the table and enjoy a feast for the senses by Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Choose from three- and six-courses for $75 and $110 per person. Children’s menu available $35. Complete your Patina experience with a custom wine, water or specialty non-alcoholic beverage pairing. Located in the spectacular Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group expresses the highest culinary ideals of Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal, with cuisine by Executive Chef Andreas Roller.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

330 S Hope St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings including Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, JBS potato puree, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote, and turkey gravy. Not craving turkey? Nick + Stef’s signature dry-aged steaks and the full a la carte menu will be available as well. Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse offers contemporary high-design showcasing a menu combining steakhouse tradition and culinary flair. Indulge in the expanded dry-aged prime steak options and fresh-catch seafood selections, paired with a curated world-class wine list of over 500 labels and craft cocktails.

Thanksgiving in Paris

Le Petit Paris

418 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles 90015

Spend Thanksgiving in Paris! Le Petit Paris, the authentic Parisian brasserie in the heart of Downtown LA, will be offering a French-inspired three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner. After an amuse-bouche of sweet & salty s’mores, starters feature a choice of scallop, “perfect egg,” crab cake, or vegan hummus. Main courses include stuffed turkey medallion, smoked pork ham, cod fish, and vegan spaghetti. For dessert, choose from pecan pie, pumpkin choux, or vegan pie.

Gelateria ULI

The Spring Arcade Building

541 S. Spring St. #104

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Are you on pie duty for Thanksgiving? Gelateria ULI’s got you covered. Their gelato holiday pies are delicious and different, but still reminiscent of the best traditional pies you’ve ever had. Choose from Pumpkin (pumpkin gelato with freshly ground spices and a layer of dark chocolate gelato, with a hint of sea salt, topped with torched meringue and toasted, candied pumpkin seeds); Caramel Apple (VEGAN using the best Murray Family Farms apples, laced with house-made totally vegan caramel); and Maple Pecan (n-house made pecan butter spun into creamy maple gelato, topped with torched meringue and pecan crumble). All pies are 8 inches.

7th Annual Turkey Trot 2019: Downtown Los Angeles

200 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 28 Trot before you gobble! Join thousands of runners and walkers for the seventh annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this event benefits the Midnight Mission – an amazing organization that offers a path to self sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness. This year all 5k and 10k participants will receive a Turkey Trot LA race t-shirt and Unique Finishers Medals for all participants!

Jackalope Art Fair

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nov 30 & Dec 1 Shop small on Small Business Saturday weekend and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair at Grand Central Market’s newly renovated downstairs “underground” event space. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more.

Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Nov 22 – Dec 1 One of the world’s largest auto shows with 1,000 vehicles on display, the Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the public from November 22 – December 1. The show is a great one-stop-shop for comparison shopping cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more, without any sales pressure. Whether you’re new vehicle shopping or a lifelong auto enthusiast, there’s something for everyone, including 65+ debuts; free test drives of 100 of the latest models; stunning custom builds, VR experiences, the life-size LEGO Bugatti Chiron, and a real-life version of Guinevere, the van from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film, Onward.

Los Angeles Mission

303 E 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Los Angeles Mission’s annual Thanksgiving celebration serves over 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes, 800 pounds of green beans and 600 pies to their neighbors experiencing homelessness. They also give out over 1,400 blankets and over 1,200 tarps in preparation for the colder winter months. Now that we’ve seen a 16% increase in homelessness across Los Angeles, the Mission is expecting more people to attend their Thanksgiving event than ever before. If you can’t volunteer this Thanksgiving, you can still help by making a donation.

 

 

 

Explore DTLA’s Chinatown: Bars, Bobas, Bakeries and More!

As early as 1852, a Chinese settlement was recorded near the site of today’s Union Station. The community resettled some 86 years later a few streets over, and in 1938, with the dedication of Central Plaza, became the first modern American Chinatown, owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese. This colorful urban setting, only a stone’s throw from the city’s civic and cultural center, explodes in a fantasy of sights, sounds and colors during Chinese New Year, Chinatown Summer Nights, the Moon Festival and CicLAvia. On any given day of the year, Chinatown is a veritable movable feast for the senses – and your destination to explore bars, bobas, bakeries, and more!

Chinatown Self Guided Walking Tours

The official Chinatown website has a great self-guided walking tour to guide your exploration of this historic neighborhood. Start your visit at Central Plaza (947 N. Broadway) where you will be enchanted by the quaint walkways and tiny shops. The sound of clicking mahjong tiles can be heard from upstairs windows where many of Chinatown’s family associations hold their social meetings. A popular place for filming, Central Plaza with its distinctive “Gate of Filial Piety” also boasts a statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Republic of China, a wishing well dating to 1939, and a five-tiered pagoda. Get your map HERE

Phoenix Bakery

969 N Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A real Chinatown icon, Phoenix Bakery has been creating delectable cakes and pastries since 1938. Founded by, and still operated by the Chan Family, the bakery serves families and celebrities alike for all occasions. Famous for their fresh strawberry whipped cream cake, Phoenix Bakery cakes have become a tradition across generations as families and friends celebrate special occasions from kids birthday parties to quincineras, retirement parties and more. If you’re just stopping by, try their yummy sugar butterflies and almond cookies – the perfect sweet bite for any day!

Steep LA

970 N. Broadway Ste. 112

Los Angeles, CA

Steep LA is a modern tea room located in the heart of DTLA’s Chinatown! Founders Samuel Wang and Lydia Lin come from different backgrounds, but share the same gratification through similar tea drinking experience with their families. After they both took a long hiatus from traditional Chinese tea drinking, the passion for tea slowly returned as they started to mature, and found the serenity of the tea ceremony to be exceptionally balancing for the fast-paced life in Los Angeles. Steep LA offers a simple menu focusing on the premium teas the founders handpicked from China and Taiwan that covers four tea categories: Black, Green, Oolong, and Pu-er.

Bubble U LA

843 N Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The original pearl milk tea – bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base, and flavors of milk and sugar. Toppings, known as “pearls,” such as chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, sago and puddings are often added. Bubble U offers a sweet menu of fresh teas, smoothies, and specialties such as Iced Sea Salt with organic cream, Rose Matcha, Honey Ginger Tea, Iced Cucumber Green Tea, and Tiger Milk Tea, along with scrumptious desserts laced with little bubble balls.

SPLA Coffee

714 N Figueroa St,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

SPLA brings specialty coffee and urban culture from São Paulo, Brazil, to Los Angeles. In 2015, the founders were part of the team that opened the first retail shop for roaster/producer Isso é Café in the heart of Downtown São Paulo. With direct farm relationships and a brand unique to the city, they realized they had something special and cutting edge, and became obsessed about bringing this spirit to Los Angeles. Featuring a curated program of farm-direct microlot coffees and beverages you can only find in Brazil, SPLA Coffee is doing things with a Brazilian accent!

Majordomo

1725 Naud St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A majordomo is a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. In that spirit, the restaurant aims to go above and beyond for guests. Located on the northern outskirts of Chinatown, was founded by noted chef and restauranteur David Chang, with Jude Parra-Sickels serving as executive chef. With an ever-changing and evolving seasonal menu, Majordomo offers California cuisine inspired by the different food cultures present in Los Angeles and the bounty of Southern California products.

General Lee’s Cocktail House

475 Gin Ling Way

Los Angeles, CA 90012

General Lee’s Cocktail Bar has served LA Chinatown since 1890. Hidden in a dark corner of Old Chinatown in Chinatown Central Plaza, this historic space once entertained the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gary Cooper. Now a two-story “Modern Tiki” mashup, General Lee’s serves a creative menu of Asian-inflected cocktails with a twist, like wasabi-infused vermouth and black sesame syrup. The venue also features DJs and live entertainment.

Apotheke

1746 North Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Backed up against the LA River and the underpass that leads into Lincoln Heights, Apotheke exudes an air of mystery where speakeasy meets Absinthe bar. Once you’ve found the unmarked entrance on Doyer Street, make your way to the back bar, which holds rows of tinted pharmacist’s vials with hand-lettered Latin labels. In keeping with the apothecary theme, the cocktail menu is described as a “prescription list,” and offers categories based on healing properties rather than alcohol selection. For those who take their cure seriously, the establishment offers Apotheke Academy, featuring interactive hands-on mixology and cocktail classes on-site. Upon completion, each guest may purchase Apotheke’s full service mixology kit to recreate cocktails at home. Courses are also available for off-site private events. For more information Reservations@ApothekeLA.com

Highland Park Brewery

1220 N Spring St

LA, CA 90012

From their original space in Highland Park as a production-only facility, Highland Park Brewery has expanded into Chinatown, housing their first tasting room and second Brewery. HPB, as the brewery is affectionately known, was founded with the goal of making excellent beer in LA, focusing on fresh hoppy beers, lagers, and mixed culture fermentation, accompanied by unique processes, wacky microbes, and local ingredients. HPB offers a robust, beer-friendly food menu including Queso and Chips, Fried Cheese Curds, and a Sausage Plate with Chorizo, Salsa Verde and Focaccia. The Chinatown tasting room is kid friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio (no pups inside). Guests are also asked to not bring in any food not prepared in their kitchen.

 

 

 

 

LA’s Spookiest Halloween Celebrations!

We loved to be scared on Halloween! And there’s some history to this. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), an ancient Mexican tradition dating back to Aztec and Mayan cultures, is a celebration of life – marked by altars bedecked with skeletons, skulls, and brilliant orange marigolds; colorful processions; and plenty of music, dancing, costumes, and food.  Thanks to our Spanish heritage, you’ll find muchas opportunities to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in LA.

Ready for more scary stuff? From haunting productions by LA Opera and LA Phil, to costume parties, masquerades and immersive events, here’s our guide to LA’s spookiest Halloween celebrations!

Dia de los Muertos

Olvera Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

For over 30 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Dia de los Muertos. The celebration has evolved to incorporate the pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan and Catholic rituals surrounding death. Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street is the only celebration of its kind in Los Angeles – a nine day festival with altars on display, food, face painting, and entertainment throughout. Each night, a vibrant and colorful procession sets the stage for the ceremony. Dia de los Muertos is, in fact, a celebration of life – it is not a time to mourn our loved ones, rather it is a time to remember the lives they lead and the many things they enjoyed during that life.

Día de los Muertos Altars + Art Installations

Grand Park Performance Lawn and Olive Court

200 N. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Día de los Muertos with an immersive display of compelling installations and artwork.! Guests can experience, discuss and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos and stroll through 40+ altars, curated by Self Help Graphics located throughout Grand Park, as well as the newly renovated Music Center Plaza. At the Music Center Plaza, view colorful swags of papel picado designed by artist Maricela Sosa as they adorn the Grand Avenue stairs and welcome visitors to the Plaza. The newly-renovated Plaza fountain will be lit in orange and yellow for the week as a nod to marigold flowers, ubiquitous on altars and throughout Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

A New Día: Día de Muertos reimagined

Wisdome.LA

1147 Palmetto St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Estrella Jalisco presents A New Día. Día de Muertos reimagined at Wisdome.LA, the world’s first immersive art park. As you make your way from dome to dome and travel through this immersive art experience, you’ll be surrounded by stunningly vivid, colorful recreations of Día de Muertos. Learn about this respected holiday and share an experience with those around you, and put a new spin on Día de Muertos. When you’re done exploring, head around the corner to Zinc Cafe & Market, and show your A New día ticket for access to exclusive cocktails and discounted appetizers!

LA Opera Psycho Live

Ace Hotel

929 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Experience Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho, featuring the LA Opera Orchestra, on the big screen with live violins taking the shower scene to a whole new level of creep! You know the story: a secretary on the run, an isolated motel, and an awkward guy with some serious mother issues. Shown in the cavernous Spanish-Gothic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA, LA Opera’s got the spooky vibes fit for your perfect Halloween. Norman invites you to a killer after-party on October 25th and October 31st, included with your ticket. Are you brave enough to enter our costume contest on October 31st? The top three winners will receive a prize (if you make it out alive).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Organist Clark Wilson sets a haunting scene as he accompanies the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a legendary performance from Lon Chaney. Get a guided tour of the evening’s music before your concert at Upbeat Live! Key thinkers and guest musicians – including members of the LA Phil – share their expertise and offer historical and cultural context for your program’s pieces, giving you a deeper understanding of the music. This free event is held in BP Hall, accessible after your ticket is scanned.

House of Spirits

2218 S Harvard Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018

Step inside the House of Spirits — a haunted cocktail soiree that is unlike any other party in town! Freely roam a mysterious mansion and experience a night of themed cocktails, macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games, giant Ouija boards and so much more! Within the walls of a decrepit and decaying house, a mad man nearing the end of his life painted six disturbing portraits depicting peculiar figures. Those paintings have become known as the Spirit Paintings, and that mad man was famed artist Francisco Vega. According to fragmented notes scribbled in his journals, Vega believed these paintings were the key to opening a doorway to another world. Perhaps he was right, for when he completed the sixth Spirit Painting, Vega disappeared somewhere inside the house and his remains have never been discovered.

Creep LA

ROW DTLA

777 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Creep LA is back! Presented by Just Fix It Productions, you are invited into the dark-heart of downtown with their fifth installment: HAUS OF CREEP. The roughly 60-minute multi-sensory exhibit brings you  into the world of Creep L.A., a darkly satirical and terrifying send-up of social media-driven culture. With the growing popularity of “grammable museums,” businesses and consumers are devouring art as a commodity. HAUS OF CREEP sets out to remind us that art is alive, and it can’t be restricted to a little square photo without dangerous consequences. HAUS guests will spend the hour roaming an avant-garde and nightmarish playground of over a dozen installations, witnessing grand shocking scenes as well as intimate scares. HAUS OF CREEP tells its story with a cast of 20 provocative characters and features a sultry lounge, small dark spaces, shadow plays, deranged puppet shows, and innovative analog installations by MEDIA POLLUTION.

Hallows Masquerade

Redbird

114 East Second St.

Los Angeles, CA

Redbird is presenting a Halloween Masquerade featuring food & drink, dancing & reverie, and music & theatrics for an unforgettable Halloween night!  Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana. Set in the upper chambers of Redbird, the Hallows Masquerade promises to be elegant evening of mystery and delight. Each ticket includes hors d’oeuvres by Redbird/Vibiana chef/owner Neal Fraser and cocktails by bar director Tobin Shea (cash bar). Music by Adam Freeland (The Acid), Jessica Tonder, Jonny Cota, Little Dinosaur, Metal Mother, Sorne and more. Costumes and masks are highly encouraged!

 

 

 

 

Prosit! Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in LA

Hoist your beer steins and hop to it! LA has some of the most gemütlich Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich! And with all the great craft beer this city has to offer, Oktoberfest gives you a great excuse to say prosit! Whether you’re looking for a traditional Bavarian-style experience, a curated beer extravaganza, or even a rock n’ roll Oom Pah Pah party, it’s all on tap when you celebrate Oktoberfest in LA!

CraftoberFest

Rose Bowl Stadium

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

Pasadena, CA 91103

CraftoberFest Los Angeles is the premier Oktoberfest celebration of the season! With over 20 carefully curated craft breweries from the Southern California area, this food and drink festival will provide each guest with a delicious experience influenced by the world’s largest “Volksfest” (beer festival) in Germany. First-class restaurants will serve traditional and fan favorite foods influenced by this internationally loved holiday. Don’t miss out on your chance to spend the day on The Greens at the Rose Bowl Stadium, while delighting in some of the best beer and food Los Angeles has to offer.

Wirtshaus

345 N La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Okterfest is in full swing at Wirtshaus, a traditional German restaurant and biergarten specializing in authentic German food, freshly tapped beer, over 35 imported German beers, and a schmecken selection of German and Austrian wines. Every Friday and Saturday night until the end of October, get your “gemütlich” on with music; Dirndl and Lederhosen, Steinholding contests; and free giveaways. The menu boasts various versions of Schnitzel, Sausages, and of course, Pretzels. The atmosphere at the Wirtshaus is fun and laid back. Hang out at the bar or enjoy yourself on one of the long wooden tables inside or the lush outdoors Biergarten.

Wurstküche DTLA

800 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Enjoy the Oktoberfest zeitgeist all year around at Wurstküche! Known as a purveyor of rare and exotic grilled sausages–from rabbit to rattlesnake – this popular joint also offers more mainstream meats such as Bratwurst, Bockwurst, Hot Italian sausage, Polish Kielbasa, and Louisiana Hot Links. Other indulgences include Belgian Fries (topped with White Truffle Glaze, if you dare to go there), Double Dipped Fries with your choice of sauce, and a very naughty Toasted Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwich on oatmeal raisin cookies. Expect an extensive selection of draft and bottle beers from Belgium Germany, US and UK, along with a nice wine list. For s special treat, try a palate-cleansing, digestion-promoting Eaux de Vie, such as the German favorite Underberg, or some fruitier fixes such as Blume Marillen Apricot, Kirschwasser (dry cherry brandy) or Pear Williams Purkhart.

LA Oktoberfest

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Don your dirndls, lace your lederhosen, and hightail it to LA Oktoberfest. This fun festival features traditional food, an assortment of craft beers served by dirndl-donning beer maidens. lively tunes, and sing-alongs of old time drinking songs. LA Oktoberfest offers a variety of ticket choices, so you can participate however you want. You can choose a 2 or 4 hour pass that includes a Glass Stein and unlimited refills for the whole event. If you like to do it in style, then grab either a 2 or 4 hour pass, get your souvenir glass stein and unlimited refills!  Valet Parking is available and Overnight Accommodations are offered at a special rate. Overnight accommodations include 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the LA Oktoberfest

Uberfest! Oktoberfest at Brouwerij West

110 East 22nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90731

The most entertaining Oktoberfest in America comes to San Pedro! Oompah meets rock n’ roll as you fill up on mouth-watering sausages, pretzels, desserts and of course, beer. Festmeister Hans & Die Sauerkrauts Oompah will take the stage with Heino & Gretel, along with amazing song and dance leaders. Brouwerij West is brewing up a special Überfest beer for the occasion – BOOM BRAU – which will only be available for this one time. Brouwerij West will also be pouring a limited selection of some of their favorite beers during the fest!

Octubrefest

Smorgasburg LA

777 South Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90021

Move over Oktoberfest, Smorgasburg LA is bringing you Octubrefest on Sunday, October 14. Celebrate LA’s diverse craft beer scene, with a Mexican twist. Ditch the lederhosen and the brats because Octubrefest will feature a selection of Mexican inspired craft beer, Mexican food specials, a selection of different michelada flavors, live DJs, and popup shopping vendors. Popup food vendors will be serving chorizo, Oaxacan sausage and Mexican food specials from the weekly Smorgasburg LA vendors. DJs Metralleta De Oro and friends will be spinning cumbia, latin, funk, 90’s hip hop, r&b & more – perfect pairing for the craft beer selection.

Alpine Village

833 W Torrance Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90502

A little slice of Bavaria in sunny Southern California, Alpine Village was established in 1968 as a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, and has been the home of the oldest and biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California for over 50 years. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your appetite will sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst quenched by frothy German beers brewed by Paulaner. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Alpine Village Imports Market, featuring a huge array of German foods and interesting alcoholic beverages like Goldschläger, a Swiss cinnamon schnapps with real gold flakes floating inside.

DTLA Breweries United Fest

101 Cider House

1700 Naud St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Now here’s a great deal for a good cause! On October 13th, DTLA Breweries United Fest brings together some of DTLA’s fave breweries including Mumford, Arts District, Boomtown, Indie, Dry River, Angel City, Karl Strauss, 101 Cider House, and Imperial Western. Your $45 ticket includes unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Food is provided by A’s BBQ. For their safety, no pets or children are allowed.

 

Pet Story! Parks, Perks and Pet Adoptions in DTLA

At Watermarke Tower, we love pets!  Your little family member deserves the best, so we’ve come up with some great resources for you to exercise your options – and your furry friend. No pet, no problem! Why not adopt an animal companion of your own! LA Animal Services will match you with the perfect pet. Have you considered a cat? LA is currently experiencing a kitten boom – thousands of kitties are inundating LA shelters and officials are offering free cat adoptions through the rest of the year. You can even rent a rescue dog for a hike in Runyon Canyon! LA is packed with opportunities to keep those tails a waggin’ all year long! That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!

Sticks and Pinecone

600 W 9th St. Ste.135

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sticks and Pinecone is a community-driven small business offering pet products and small dog daycare services. They carry only the highest quality dog and cat food and uniquely curated toys, treats, clothing, leashes, beds, bowls, accessories and more. Their goal is to promote healthy and happy lifestyles with pet owners and their pets by creating authentic relationships and providing a one-of-a-kind retail and small dog day care experience.

The Original Rescue Dog Hike

Did you know you can rent a rescue dog for a romp in Runyon Canyon? The Original Rescue Dog Hike was created by Free Animal Doctor cofounder Ryan Boyd to raise money for his animal welfare nonprofi. Angelenos have a great opportunity to meet some adorable, adoptable pets, and dogs get a chance to exercise and socialize. The hikes are done in a group of up to 12 hikers, plus the dogs. Upon arrival, everyone gets a few minutes to sniff each other out, then grab a leash for the three-mile trek. If you bring your own dog along, they’re allowed to join the pack as long as they’re friendly to the other dogs.

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar

564 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

You lead a stylish, progressive life and your pet companion should, too. That’s the thinking behind Pussy & Pooch, an adventurous destination where convenience meets community in a design-forward, social experience for pets and people. With a focus on nutrition and green living, the store is dedicated to providing a playful and edgy twist to the traditional pet store experience. Services include pet grooming, pet dental, and pet parties, along with an insane array of boutique pet toys, furniture and accessories. Pussy & Pooch offers convenient local delivery, and in-store and curbside pick-up for online orders.

Pet Project LA

548 S. Spring St. Ste. 107

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Pet Project LA wants to show your fur babies the love! And to keep your pet piqued, their vast inventory is constantly curated to support the DTLA community with creative products for dogs, cats and small animals. Offerings include seasonal pet apparel, pet party supplies, grooming products, bowls, carriers, e-collars, and food & treats from all your favorite brands. Pet Project LA offers same-day delivery with local courier PDQ. Find out more info about them here.

Petco

850 S Hope St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Got a new puppy? Petco makes puppyhood easy with the PupBox toy, treat and training kit, customized for your pooch. Each month you’ll receive a box of all the products and training information you need to be the best puppy parent paw-sible. Toys, treats, chews, and accessories are all handpicked based on your pup’s age and physical characteristics. Your box will change based on your pup’s growth and development, introducing you to new products and themes along the way. From the potty training blues, to chewing on shoes and the terrible twos, Petco will be there for it all.

L.A. Live Dog Park

L.A. Live Way

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located On L.A. Live Way, just west of the parking garage behind Regal Cinemas, L.A. Live Off-Leash Dog Park is a fenced-in landscaped park fitted with benches and water fountains. There are designated areas for both small and large dogs to exercise with similar sized friends, and both sections are stocked with waste bags. The park is patrolled by L.A. Live security officers, with surveillance cameras and an emergency call box for extra safety.

Arts District Dog Park

1004 E 4th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

In 2009, Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) launched the Arts District Dog Park Park project. True to its creative surroundings, the park is punctuated with colorful murals from LA artist Septerhed. The park includes a dog water fountain, separate small dog area, shade trees, benches for humans, a community bulletin board, pooper-scoopers, and trash bins. Not run or supported by the City of Los Angeles, this volunteer-run park is a true example of community spirit. While the land is being generously loaned to the community, there are yearly operational costs to cover. You can help keep the Arts District Dog Park open to the public with a donation to cover operational costs.

Spring Street Park

428 S Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Spring Street Park brings a substantial and much-needed green space to DTLA’s Historic Core. A former parking lot has been transformed to a lawn, playground, and seating area nestled in the shadow of luxury lofts. This small park allows dogs to fun free, and humans a chance to relax and linger in this fascinating neighborhood. The park also has a children’s play area and concentric walkways circling the lawn. The park provides security and is cleaned every morning. Make sure you observe the poo poo rules-they can be quite strict!

LA Animal Services

Looking to adopt a furry friend? LA Animal Services is a wealth of information for prospective pet parents, including adopting a pet, finding a lost pet, licensing, animal vaccinations, spay/neuter information, microchipping, and what to do if you find a stray animal. Search for your perfect animal companion on the website’s Adoptable Pet Search. All cat, dogs and rabbits adopted from an L.A. Animal Services will have a microchip. The cost of microchipping is included in the adoption fee.

 

 

Let’s Get Cheesy! Where to Find the Best Pizza in DTLA

Let’s face it! Sometimes nothing does the trick quite like a scrumptious pizza, oozing with cheese and loaded with tantalizing toppings! Lucky for Watermarke residents, your choices abound. From pizza-by-the-slice to elegant Italian trattorias, and even a pizzeria within a music venue, DTLA has some of the best pizza around!

Pizzanista!

2019 E. 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Pizzanista! brings seditiously delicious pizza to Southern California, made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Founded in 2011 by legendary professional skateboarder Salman Agah, art consultant Price Latimer and her brother—investor Roby Latimer—Pizzanista! blends the historic flavor and thin-crust style of New York pizza with California’s abundance of fresh produce and small-batch ingredients. Family-owned and operated, Pizzanista! features traditional hand-tossed pizza dough made fresh daily using 200-year old sourdough cultures from Naples, hand-milled marinara sauce made from California tomatoes, innovative pizza toppings and farm-fresh salads. Dine in, take out, delivery, catering and pizza by the slice are available.

Prufrock Pizzeria

446 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Only in LA! Prufrock is a pizzeria within a music venue, offering savory slices between sets with a historic ambiance. Located adjacent to the beautiful two-story historic Regent Theatre and The Love Song Bar, Prufrock Pizzeria is an absolute mainstay before, during and after the rock shows. Menu items include a vast array of  pizzas, along with salads and small bites such as Buffalo wings, truffle fries, and crispy brussels sprouts.

Joe’s Pizza

613 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Giuseppe (Joe) Vitale is the Sicilian-born owner of Joe’s Pizza. After moving to New York from Italy in 1978, Joe jumped straight into the kitchen and started working as a baker in a local Brooklyn bakery. His talent and love for Italian food soon led him into a pizzeria as a pizza maker in the early 80s, where he developed his skills in the kitchen until 2003. After conquering New York, Joe moved out to Los Angeles to bring “A Taste of New York” to the West Coast. At the end of 2007, Joe’s Pizza opened up the first Los Angeles outpost in Santa Monica, followed by locations in Hollywood and DTLA, where he has earned the reputation as a gem hiding in plain sight!

Terroni

802 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

From their home in Toronto where Terroni was founded, to yours in Los Angeles, you’ll find a variety of creative Italian dishes anchoring this trendy, dramatically appointed eatery and bar, located in a bank built in 1924 in DTLA’s Historic Core. The menu is filled with regional Italian dishes that have been prepared the same way for generations. So out of respect for Italian gastronomy—and their grandparents—Terroni does not modify the menu, which includes a superb selection of antipasti, salads, pasta, and pizza, Enjoy!

Firenza Pizza

300 South Grand Ave Ste LP 160

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Firenza Pizza was created by two pizza aficionados, Dave Wood and Dave Baer, with the goal to develop a restaurant where pizza lovers could get a high quality, artisanal pizza that baked in only three minutes – a product they would be proud to call their own. They realized to do that, they needed to start from the foundation and build from there. In pizza, that foundation is the crust. Their recipe uses the finest double zero flour imported from Italy, which enables the crust to get that perfect bake resulting in a crispy outside with the soft airy finish on the inside. The result – pizza perfection.

Superfine Pizza

1101 San Pedro St. Unit F

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located in DTLA’s Fashion District inside City Market South, Superfine is an homage to the old world’s and new world’s finest pizza-making traditions. According to Chef Steve Samson, they picked their favorite elements from each, and bolstered them with the freshness of LA’s local produce to create a blended trifecta of deliciousness. The City Market South site was chosen because of its history as LA’s original produce market, which aligns with Superfine’s passion for using the highest quality ingredients. The dream was to make delicious pizza: starting with raw material, fine-tuning the process, sweating the details, perfecting the craft. When it all comes together in a simple pie, it’s obvious that Superfine was created for the love of pizza!

Fun Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day weekend is coming up! This three-day holiday is your well-deserved reward for all the hard work you do – and marks the transition from summer to the busy fall days ahead. Take a break and celebrate! From patriotic ceremonies to pulsating dance parties, immersive art exhibitions, music under the stars, and festive foodie events, LA offers a profusion of fun things to do this Labor Day Weekend!

The Music Center Plaza Grand Opening

135 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Music Center Plaza with free events, featuring art-making, musical performances, food and festivities throughout Labor Day weekend! All are welcome as The Music Center Plaza becomes a fun, casual hangout on a long holiday weekend. The newly renovated space will be transformed into a giant backyard party filled with games and activities, splashing in The Music Center fountain, great food and more. Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers live on giant LED screens and Abernethy’s first five emerging chefs will be on hand, preparing and selling their individual versions of backyard bites and treats.

Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg

ROW DTLA

777 S. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Keep your cool this Labor Day weekend at Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg LA, hosted by ROW DTLA. This chill event features all of LA’s best ice cream and sweet treat purveyors, including a rotating crew of special popup vendors like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Sweet Rose Creamery, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Blast Ice Cream, Afters Ice Cream, and Madame Shugah (all vegan).

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

The Broad

221 S. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists made over two decades, beginning in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement. Soul of a Nation explores how social justice movements, as well as stylistic evolutions in visual art (such as Minimalism and abstraction), were powerfully expressed in the work of artists. Featuring the work of more than 60 influential artists and including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography, murals, and more, this landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.

CALIFORNIA SOL Rooftop Party

Ace Hotel DTLA

929 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Motown On Mondays LA crew celebrates Labor Day in style with a special daytime rooftop soirée. Soak in the California sunshine, beautiful view of Los Angeles, and some feel good soulful vibes provided by the MOM LA Players (and special guests), to keep you dancing all day to sunset. The “Upstairs” bar will be serving up a fine selection of craft cocktails, draft beers, and gourmet bites to keep your thirst and hunger satisfied! For those looking to sunbathe and/or take a dip, the rooftop pool deck will be available for your pleasure as well.

LA Fleet Week

Los Angeles World Cruise Center

600 N. Harbor Blvd

San Pedro, CA 90731

LA Fleet Week® is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, STEM Expo for kids of all ages, and the annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

Labor Day Weekend @The Reserve

650 South Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Reserve is kicking off your Labor Day with a banger! Once filled with the riches of the wealthiest Angelenos of the 1920s, the modern day Reserve continues the tradition of excellence and sophistication by giving old school elegance a new school flair. From the unique location, to handcrafted cocktails, and alluring ambiance, The Reserve offers a wide range of luxuries in an intimate setting. Free before 11pm. For Bottle Service Reservations: Call/Text 213.716.9400 or Email at hospitality@thelareserve.com

Mimosa Mondays L.A. – Labor Day Edition

District 7 Bar & Lounge

555 West 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Mimosa Mondays may be the most effective cure for your chronic case of post-holiday Manic Mondays. Every three day holiday weekend, The Alumni Group presents Mimosa Mondays — a brunch day party and happy hour that is the perfect end to your 3-day weekend! Have one last hurrah before you head back to that grind on Tuesday. For just $25, you can add bottomless brunch cocktails, including an array of mimosas, to your brunch entree.

88/11 Labor Day Party

Exchange LA

618 S. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, Exchange LA pays homage to its rich and opulent Art Deco past. After nearly two years of delicate renovations and retrofitting, Exchange LA opened as a vibrant venue that not only functions as a nightclub, but also as an event space for award shows, premiere parties, corporate events, fashion shows, film shoots and charity galas. Featuring multiple rooms, seven full service bars, state of the art lighting, sound, and a colossal LED screen display, this ornate venue sits in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ booming art and entertainment scene.

LA Times The Taste

Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot

783 N. Van Ness St.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Aug 30 – Sept 1 This Labor Day weekend, join the Los Angeles Times for 3 evenings of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. Dozens of hand-picked local restaurants each evening will showcase our city’s rich and diverse culinary scene by serving you their best. Sip, savor, and celebrate Southern California’s most inspired food and drink. 21 and over only. Your ticket is all-inclusive and is good for unlimited food, beer, wine & spirits tastings, plus all stage activities.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Aug 30 – Sept 1 John Williams’ history with the Hollywood Bowl is legendary. This year, our beloved master of cinematic scores introduces a memorable evening of his movie music to be conducted by his colleague and friend, maestro David Newman, including some selections performed with film clips. An unforgettable concert you won’t want to miss!

 

 

 

 

Beat the Heat! DTLA’s Best Ice Cream, Soft Serve, and Matcha

What’s better than cooling down on a hot summer day with a refreshing ice cream cone or an indulgent bowl of soft serve? Meet your match with matcha!

Matcha is a high-grade green tea ground into powdered form which originated in China before there were teapots to steep tea leaves. While “beaten tea” was later abandoned by the Chinese in favor of steeped tea leaves, the Japanese went on to popularize the method, and incorporated matcha in their ceremonial tea service, whisking the green tea powder into hot water to form a frothy drink. Today, matcha is widely popular around the world in beverages like tea lattes or boba tea, and as a cooking ingredient in everything from ice cream to salad dressing!

According to WebMD, matcha’s health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better dental health, help with inflammation, and may even defend against cancer.

Midori Matcha Cafe

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #101-C,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

This sleek modern Little Tokyo cafe specializes in drinks and desserts made with organic matcha green tea. Midori Matcha uses the highest grade premium Matcha available, grown in specific regions of Japan and only harvested in the month of May. This freshly harvested Matcha is also called “Ceremonial Grade,” which comes from its original use in Japanese tea ceremonies. For over 900 years in Japan, Matcha Green tea was enjoyed in its traditional hot form by monks and warriors to promote concentration and stable energy. Today, Midori Matcha cold brews the Matcha and transforms it into a modern and convenient bottle form to fuel an active lifestyle, along with delicious desserts that nourish the mind and body.

Cafe Dulce

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cafe Dulce opened its first location in 2011 in DTLA’s Little Tokyo, with the understanding that the best moments of any day are the positive interactions with friends, community and sometimes even strangers. Their Matcha Bar features an array of refreshing beverages made with organic premium matcha green tea, including iced cha cha matcha, blueberry matcha latte, and even a matcha lemonade. Cafe Dulce offers an extensive bakery and food menu to accompany your drinks.

Tea Master Matcha Cafe & Green Tea Shop

Honda Plaza

450 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tea Master is a Japanese matcha cafe and green tea shop located in Little Tokyo, serving Japanese-style soft-serve matcha ice cream, green teas and smoothies. After selling Japanese tea out of the store for over a decade, the cafe portion opened in 2014. In 2016, Daigoro-san, a Tokyo native and student of the Japanese tea ceremony’s Edosenke school, took over the shop, rebranding it as Tea Master. Tea Master aims to have an integral role in global tea culture, where traditional and modern views meet. The name Tea Master is meant to be open ended – while the company seeks mastery in preparing tea for maximum enjoyment, they also invites their customers to be the Tea Master.

Uji Time Dessert

333 Alameda St. Ste 103

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Uji Time is comprised of a team of four young professionals who are passionate about Japanese fusion style desserts. They love to combine and meld elements from multiple traditional desserts to create affordable treats for everyone. Their goal is simple – think of Uji Time when you crave Japanese fusion style desserts and enjoy the moment eating Matcha soft cream and other treats from the past through the present to the future! ​​

McConnell’s

Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

For 70 years, McConnell’s has been making dense and pure-flavored ice creams, with smooth, consistent texture and a rich, velvety mouth feel – all made from scratch with a few, simple ingredients. McConnell’s mission is to produce the finest ice creams in the world, in the most responsible and sustainable way possible. In the process, they aim to enrich and enliven the communities in which they operate, and leave the world just a little bit “sweeter” than they found it.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

300 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started in the Spring of 2008 out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. The founders set out to revive the classic American ice cream truck and the art of traditional ice cream making, using ingredients perfected by nature, not science. Van Leeuwen Classic and Vegan ice creams are made with just a handful of fresh ingredients. Each flavor is a celebration of some of the world’s best artisan producers and farmers, both local and from around the world. In case you want to try this at home, you can pick up a copy of the “The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook,” sharing over 100 vegan and classic recipes along with stories from the past decade.

Little Damage

700 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Billing itself “LA’s finest soft serve ice cream,” Little Damage is a small family owned business that draws its inspiration from the rich cultural fabric that makes Los Angeles special. Rather than offering a conventional selection, Little Damage offers a rotating menu of unique recipes that allow you step outside of your comfort zone and get a little adventurous, such as their famous charcoal cone. At least one vegan option is always be included in the rotation to accommodate those who are dairy free. Guests are invited to capture their best moments in the free photo booth.

Salt & Straw

829 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The bright, spacious Arts District Salt & Straw scoop shop is an outpost of the popular ice cream concept from Oregon, known for inventive flavors and farm-sourced ingredients. The founders chose the name Salt & Straw because the ice cream is handmade, in small batches, the way ice cream was made traditionally. Back in the day, ice cream makers used rock salt to make it freeze, then it was packed in straw to keep it cold. Dairy-free options are available.

Divine Dips Ice Crème

601 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Say goodbye to icy, bland, dairy-free ice cream concoctions and say hello to Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème! After years of hands-on research, Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème embodies the creamy richness, flavor and texture of traditional ice cream, without the drawbacks of dairy. Divine Dips is skillfully crafted from a blend of organic coconut milk, cashews, nut milks, and other all-natural ingredients, containing no dairy and gluten-free. The product is sweetened with agave nectar, a low glycemic sweetener, providing just the right amount of sweetness without spiking blood sugar. Not just for vegans — anyone who enjoys richly indulgent frozen desserts will crave “a Dip of the Divine.”

Thrifty Ice Cream at RiteAid

Various locations around DTLA

If you’re looking for a quick pick me up on a hot afternoon, slip into the closest RiteAid and grab a tub of their legendary Thrifty Ice Cream. Since 1940, Californians have cherished Thrifty Ice Cream’s quality ingredients, award-winning recipes, and incredible value. Now for the first time ever, eight signature flavors are offered at a location near you.

 

 

Discover DTLA’s Coolest Hotel Bars

Hotels are more than just a place to hit the pillow! Some of the best bars are located in downtown’s top hotels, where you’ll find great entertainment, VIP parties & events, chef-driven menus, and creative craft cocktails. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, want to enjoy an incredible view, or check out a trendy new hotspot, DTLA’s hotel bars are some of the coolest in town!

Veranda

Hotel Figueroa

939 S Figueroa St #500

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients, such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!

Broken Shaker

Freehand Hotel

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

An oasis in the heart of Downtown LA, Broken Shaker, located on the Freehand Hotel rooftop pool deck, offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites. A James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar award, Broken Shaker serves up delicious cocktails, infused with homemade elixirs and exotic ingredients, bringing the flavors of the beach to the center of the city.

Giannini Bar

NoMad Hotel LA

649 S Olive St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, The NoMad Hotel resides in the historic building, Giannini Place. Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy, the building’s gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling has been fully restored and serves as inspiration throughout. Situated just off the main lobby, The Giannini Bar is named for Amadeo Giannini, founder of The Bank of Italy, who originally commissioned the building for his corporate headquarters. Handsome and well-appointed, the bar features a wide selection of classic and proprietary cocktails crafted by the NoMad’s award-winning Bar Director, Leo Robitschek, who along with his team, won “America’s Best Bar Team” at the 2017 Spirited Awards.

Arts District Firehouse Hotel

710 S. Santa Fe Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90021

One of DTLA’s newest additions, Arts District Firehouse Hotel is an independent boutique hotel, restaurant, event space, and coffee bar housed in a historic 1927 firehouse. An extensive covered patio running the length of the building contains the bulk of the bar and restaurant seating. A destination to drink, dine and dwell, The Firehouse Hotel promises a fresh take on the urban adventure.

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

The Freehand

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Try a new take on tea!  Located in the Freehand Hotel lobby, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea offers an intriguing bar menu built around tea-infused cocktails, alongside full tea service and light bites. The bar is a nod to Rudolph Rosenberg, once the owner and operator of the Commercial Exchange Building that now houses Freehand LA. Stop by for Happy Hour every day from 4-6pm, offering tasty tidbits such as hummus & tahini, marinated olives, crab croquettes, and their signature Exchange Burger.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel

929 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Upstairs is perfect for reclining by the rooftop pool, or perching on a stool after sunset, with the city’s bright lights stretched out in all directions. The eclectic drink menu is carefully cultivated to complement the vibrant atmosphere, including frozen drink specials and small plates served poolside. Open to the public every day from 11am–2am. If you can’t bear to detach from your device, there’s free WiFi.

The Rooftop at The Standard

550 S Flower St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Rooftop at The Standard DTLA offers stunning, panoramic views of downtown and the mountains beyond, a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, and sculptured topiary. Celebrate summer with a rooftop series! Join Ramona and The Standard for a pool party at the new rooftop Garden Bar, featuring Ramona drink specials and games. Saturdays 12PM – 5PM. No RSVP required.

BonaVista Lounge

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

404 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Treat yourself to a dazzling new perspective in the “City of Angels.” Located on the 34th floor, BonaVista Lounge boasts soaring views of downtown Los Angeles. Indulge in classic cocktails made with an innovative twist and nibble on light restaurant entrees and small plates. It’s the perfect location for a romantic date or high-powered business meeting.

Spire 73

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Blvd Fl 73

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Elevate your evening high atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown‘s 73rd floor!  Spire 73 is the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy creative craft cocktails accompanied by an interesting array of bar bites and sweets. Reservations are recommended.

Glance Lobby Bar

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

900 West Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located on the lobby level of JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Glance Lobby Bar offers an international selection of wine, innovative cocktails and domestic and international beers, among other refreshments. Seasonal small plates meant for sharing makes Glance and ideal place to meet friends or colleagues or relax before a show or game.

Gallery Bar and Cognac Room

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Take a trip back in time and discover Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, one of DTLA’s favorite historic watering holes, where carved angels elegantly grace the granite bar. Enjoy wine, beer and unforgettable specialty mixes, such as French Kiss and Cucumber Mango Cosmopolitan. Sample light fare, like the classic prawn cocktail in the nostalgic Gallery Bar, or retire to the Cognac Room, with its comfortable couches and memorabilia-filled cabinets, where you can enjoy tapas, fresh and baked oysters, salads, or appetizers.