Feed Your Head: LA’s New Food Museums

Are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? According to research on the topic, about 60% of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% are successful in achieving them. Maybe part of the problem is that our top resolutions are diet and health-related!

What if you could satisfy your foodie cravings and still stick to your good intentions–and even learn something in the process (mastering a new skill is also a top resolution!). Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! LA is home to a smorgasbord of food museums, offering delicious, Instagrammable experiences without the guilt!

Cheat Day Land

2018 E 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The only pop-up museum dedicated to your favorite cheat meals, Cheat Day Land is a celebration of the foods we all dream about and deserve after a hard week’s workout. This immersive museum lends its energy to the idea of treating yourself with a cheat day-because you deserve it. Cheat Day Land hosts 17 fully immersive, imaginative environments in themes of all your “forbidden” foods-a journey through space and time with the vehicle being your favorite cheat day meals. Your guided tour will be lead by a Cheat Day specialist, who will walk you through all of the exhibits and installations. The museum also offers ideas for balancing a healthy lifestyle which still allows for snacking and occasional guilt-free cheating. Buy tickets here.

The Foodie Space

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 Union Street

Pasadena, CA 91101

Wait, let me take a pic first! If you’ve ever heard those words or said them yourself before being allowed to dig into your meal, then you’re probably a foodie.The Foodie Space pop up is the serial foodie photo-taker’s wildest dream come true. Imagine colossal glitter fries that you can marry, playing with a giant overflowing noodle bowl of phở, an over-sized tea set mad enough to make Alice jealous, and many more to interact with! Playfully poking fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn, visitors will have a chance to take tons of glorious food pics to their heart’s content. Each interactive exhibit was made by hand by local artists. Buy tickets here.

Pacific Food & Beverage Museum

731 S. Pacific Ave.

San Pedro CA 90731

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB) showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrates the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond. Led by Director Tracey Mitchell, PacFAB takes an expansive and inquisitive approach to its programs, examining the past, present, and future of food and drink, featuring gallery exhibitions, curated dinners, mixology seminars, film, television, and radio development, and other programs.

PacFAB is also home to The Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Los Angeles Collection, which showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrate the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

Disgusting Food Museum

A+D Architecture and Design

900 E. 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Okay, we saved the best for last! The Disgusting Food Museum is not just an exhibit, but a celebration of food from around the world, highlighting how different cultures may or may not view certain things as disgusting. First displayed in Sweden, the collection of 100 plus foods was conceived and curated by psychologist and innovation researcher, Dr. Samuel West, well-known as “Dr. Failure” after the runaway success of his Museum of Failure. Foodies, travelers, and the just plain curious can explore unfamiliar food creations, smell new and face-cringing aromas and take selfies at the far from usual grand finale tasting bar with select creations to sample! Amazing and bizarre Instagrammable moments are endless at the internationally known museum. Buy tickets now.

LA Plaza Cocina…coming soon

La Plaza Cocina, the country’s first museum/teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican cuisine, will make its debut in early 2019 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Los Angeles residents will be able to visit the 2,500-square-foot space to be located in LA Plaza Village, the first major new development in the El Pueblo Historical Monument area of downtown. La Plaza Cocina will mark an expansion of LA Plaza’s role in celebrating and showcasing the rich and diverse Mexican history, art and culture of L.A. The museum will explore and project the Mexican culture for visitors through a myriad of events, multidisciplinary programming, exhibitions and a state-of-the-art test kitchen for hands-on classes with professional chefs held at the location.

 

 

 

 

 

Best New Year’s Eve Bashes in DTLA

Can you believe 2019 is right around the corner! Time to order the bubbly, round up your crew, and get ready to Ring in the New Year! Whether you’re ready for an epic bash, a curated experience, or prefer to keep things more low-key, DTLA has endless NYE options to suit every budget, mood, and style!

New Year’s Eve at the Varnish

The Varnish

118 E. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Get your groove on for 2019 and ring in the New Year at The Varnish! The theme is Disco, with special guest DJ Max Maxey spinning your favorite vinyls all night. Pre-paid ticket includes Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Select Sipping Spirits, Midnight Champagne Service, Snacks, French Dip, and Late Night Snack. Walk-ins for standing room welcome on a first come, first served basis. All tax and gratuity are included with the table price. $350-$1050. Tickets here.

Part Time Punks Annual New Year’s Eve Party

Moroccan Lounge

901 E. 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA

Part Time Punks moves its Annual New Year’s Eve Party to The Moroccan in DTLA this year–once again with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado from Sweet and Tender Hooligans!. Spend NYE dancing to a sing-along mix of indie 80s, 90s, Britpop, Bowie, Glam, Morrissey, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, The Cure and Iggy, the Velvets and Blur and Pulp and Suede and The Clash, 90s Post-Punk, and Retro Rock Jams. At least one David Bowie sing-along will occur. $20. Tickets here.

The Streamliner NYE

The Streamliner Bar

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ring in 2019 at The Streamliner’s first New Years Eve celebration! Located at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, The Streamliner offers the classic cocktails you love in the updated original lounge from the 1940’s. Reserving a table (seats up to four) includes a bottle of champagne and seafood platter compliments of Imperial Western Beer Company. $250. Tickets here.

Minimal Effort New Year’s Eve

Belasco Theater

1050 S Hill St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Minimal Effort is transforming the Belasco Theater into an underground haven with multiple stages, each with their own unique aesthetic. Ring in the new year with Sasha, Skream, Justin Jay, Will Clarke, YokoO, Layton Giordani, option4, Human Resources, Hats&Klaps, Jonnie King, VNSSA + more. $59-$2000. Upgraded VIP tickets include an open bar and festivities carry on until 4 a.m. Tickets here.

Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show

Orpheum Theatre

842 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

The queen of burlesque herself, Dita Von Teese, brings her sparkly New Year’s Gala back to LA at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Shimmy into 2019 with Dita, her trunk full of sparkling costumes, and a troupe of burlesque all-stars. $49-$225. Tickets here.

Edison New Year’s Eve Ball

The Edison

108 West 2nd Street #101

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Usher in the New Year at DTLA’s legendary Cathedral of Industry and Imagination. Celebrate Living History as you eperience the past on your journey into the future. Dance to the electric sounds of an amazing band, while aerialists take to the air with their death-defying acts of wonder. Feel the excitement walking with giants while they stilt their way through the crowd. $100. Tickets here.

Arts District Brewing Company

828 Traction Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Ditch the packed dance floor and high prices and toast the New Year at Arts District Brewing Company’s fun-but-minimal celebration. The 17,000 square-foot space features a full bar with a sprawling main room which can house as many as 500 guests, an outdoor patio with a capacity of 120, and a private room with it’s own private bar, patio, and A/V. The brewpub also includes an expansive entertainment area with a photobooth and multiple classic bar games available, including pinball and 15 restored vintage Skeeball machines. No cover. Complimentary toast of locally brewed beer at midnight. More info here.

 

Holiday Gift Giving: Where to Shop in DTLA

Looking for something special this holiday season? Finding the perfect present can be an adventure all by itself! DTLA abounds in holiday gift giving opportunities just waiting to be discovered–from unexpected shopping streets, to holiday markets, pop-ups, and exciting new retail experiences.

Shop Sneaker Row

Game on!  “Sneaker Row,” the stretch of South Broadway between 4th and 9th streets, is your new go-to for athletic shoes and street wear. Options run the gamut from the super-snazzy Jumpman L.A., which opened in October, to a budget-friendly WSS outlet and brand-conscious Sheikh Shoes.

Jumpman LA

620 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Jumpman LA is a three-story 25,000 square-foot experiential retail space from Nike’s Jordan Brand–Michael Jordan’s shoe and athletic wear label, in partnership with footwear retailer Footaction. Serving as a hub for athletes, creatives and passionate Jordan fans, Jumpman LA encourage customers to test drive their products in a sports-science-equipped Flight Lab weight training room and full regulation-size rooftop basketball court. After all that exertion, patrons can relax in the recovery lounge.

Explore Row DTLA

777 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Row DTLA is presenting a festive Calendar of Events this December, including holiday markets, pop-ups, trunk shows, tasty food trucks, and more! Curated with the community in mind, Row DTLA’s events offer opportunities to connect with other creatives and get first looks at new culture shifting concepts.

Poketo x Join Holiday Market

Poketo Project Space

Row DTLA

777 S. Alameda St. #174

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Shop design-driven goods by creative collective Join’s roster of independent creators from the Pacific Northwest and beyond at Poketo Project Space at Row DTLA. Expect to find something for everyone on your list with artfully crafted housewares, accessories, stationery, apparel, and more from 19 American studios. Poketo is a lifestyle brand founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung born out of the desire to infuse the everyday with aesthetic intentionality. Their new flagship, Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA, is a concept space with rotating pop-ups by different brands, artists, designers, and makers.

Galerie.LA Gift Shop

Row DTLA

767 S Alameda St #192

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Held every Saturday and Sunday until December 23, Galerie.LA Gift Shop is a rotating holiday pop-up marketplace at Galerie.LA featuring all ethical and local designers. With a mission of supporting local, the Gift Shop has hand-selected some of their favorite designers to make buying a thoughtful gift effortless.

Dover Street Market

606-608 Imperial St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

One of the most exclusive and highly regarded retail trendsetters in the global fashion scene, Dover Street Market recently opened its Los Angeles flagship store in DTLA’s Arts District. Housed in a graphic, white,15,000 square-foot renovated warehouse, DSMLA is the latest art-meets-retail concept from the Commes des Garçons label. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a life-size hippo sculpture and there the fun begins! The interior is laced with a warren of arresting visual displays, art installations, chain link fencing, and galvanized metal, creating distinct sections for coveted brands like Gucci, Palace, noir kei ninomiya, Chanel Fine Jewelry, Marc Jacobs, and Comme des Garçons Women’s and Men’s.

UNIQLO THE BLOC – Opening 12/13/18

The BLOC

700 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

A Tokyo fashion and clothing company with locations in 12 countries, UNIQLO is one of the five biggest specialty fashion retailers in the world. Owned by Fast Retailing, a Hiroshima based company, UNIGLO is known for accesible, affordable T-shirts, jeans, outerwear, and casual wear for women and men. One of UNIQLO’s main products is HEATTECH–a thin, anti-static, stretch fabric that keeps in heat and dries quickly–perfect for wearing layers of clothing. UNIQLO parent company Fast Retailing is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, that fosters responsible action among companies and organizations and aims to materialize sustainable growth for the international community.

 

 

Best Chinatown Bars to Wet Your Whistle

Did you know the original LA Chinatown developed in the late 19th century, but was gradually demolished to make room for Union Station? During its heyday from 1890 to 1910, Old Chinatown boasted some two hundred buildings including a Chinese Opera theater, three temples, a newspaper, and a telephone exchange. In 1938, a separate commercial center, known as “New Chinatown,” opened for business, and evolved to become the Chinatown we’re familiar with today-an international destination for dining, shopping, art, and entertainment-and of course, bars!

LA Wine Chinatown

900 No. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located inside Chinatown’s Blossom Plaza, LA Wine takes you on a tasting tour of California’s coast with hand-picked wines from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. This cozy spot is the brainchild of David DeLuca, owner of DTLA’s Ham & Eggs, who was introduced to many of the Golden State’s farmers and vintages during his own stint working in Sonoma wine country. In addition to their house label and many craft beers, LA Wine features multiple wines from their favorite producers including Hitching Post, Stolpman, Bonny Doon, Navarro, and Peterson. They also present a rotating reserve list of seasonal California wines, regions and vintages. All of their offerings can be enjoyed at the bar, on the patio, or to-go.

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 Doyers 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

Oriel Chinatown

1135 N. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

For lovers of authentic French wine and food, Oriel is a chic, comfortable wine bar styled to please even the most homesick Parisian. Located just far enough away from Chinatown’s main drag, Oriel might be a little hard to spot hidden beneath the Chinatown Gold LIne Metro stop. But once inside, you’ll be charmed by the sleek black and rose interior, lush hanging plants, and soft pink neon lighting. Oriel offers a curated selection of French bottles and some 20 wines by the glass, along with a classic bistro menu featuring French onion soup, steak tartare, chicken liver mousse, steak frites. escargots, and gnocchi.

Highland Park Brewery Chinatown

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, focuing 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. Guests are also asked to not bring in any food not prepared in their kitchen.

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 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, with upcoming performances by 80s faves Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, Lords of the New Church, and Billy Idol. For reservations and table inquiries: jay@generallees.com

Galleries Galore: Exhibitions to See Now!

Are you looking for the perfect art piece to complement your living space? Is art one of your favorite spectator sports? Do you love discovering the hidden treasures that make DTLA so exciting? Residents of Watermarke Tower rejoice: the city is bursting with galleries, artist collectives, performance spaces, arts walks and tours to fuel your creative energy.

 

Calder: Nonspace 

Hauser & Wirth

901 East 3rd Street

Los Angeles CA 90013

Located in the former Globe Mills complex, a collection of historic buildings in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, Hauser & Wirth is a vibrant communal space that links art and architecture with a dynamic events program. The gallery is presenting its first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to renowned artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, ‘Calder: Nonspace’ presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create volumes out of voids. One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture with his invention of the mobile, introducing the fourth dimension of time and the actuality of real-time experience into the realm of sculpture. His prolific artistic output extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewelry, furniture, and domestic objects, and grew to encompass monumental public commissions across the globe. Calder: Nonspace’ also features five large-scale outdoor sculptures, transforming the industrial landscape of the Arts District into an oasis for contemplation of Calder’s monumental vision.

While you’re there, be sure to visit Manuela, the onsite restaurant offering seasonal, locally-sourced produce, a chicken coop and an urban garden, an open-air courtyard with a native Southern California oak tree and other indigenous plants, and murals celebrating the Arts District’s history. Additionally, the site is home to the first ARTBOOK store in Los Angeles, the Gallery Shop, which offers a curated selection of hand-crafted products, and Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ Book Lab.

 

Master Blasters of Sculpture

The Hive Gallery & Studios

729 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Founded in 2005, The Hive Gallery and Studios is a truly unique and vibrant gallery/studio experience. Billing itself as a virtual think-tank, the gallery is buzzing with five featured artists a month, two full galleries, 25 working artists, and an artist-made item store. One of the longest standing galleries on the Downtown Art Walk, the Hive is on the forefront of establishing the Los Angeles Metro area as a world-wide art mecca. In addition, the gallery serves as an arts community hub, holding various fundraising events, and gallery programs such as yoga, figure drawing, private movie screenings, and more. The art featured in the gallery leans toward neo-pop illustration in nearly all mediums that are highly crafted and affordable. Artists that show at The Hive have proven their dedication to the community by consistently producing high quality work on a month to month basis. Frequent monthly shows encourage the participating artists to fine tune their craft, develop new communication forms, and experiment with particular styles, imagery, and techniques.

 

The Mojave Project

LACE

6522 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary and curatorial project led by Kim Stringfellow, exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert: Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention. The Mojave Project materializes over time through deep research and direct field inquiry involving interviews, reportage and personal journaling supported with still photography, audio and video documentation. Field Dispatches are shared throughout the production period at this site and through publishing partner KCET Artbound. Partnering with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) through support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship program, The Mojave Project will be exhibited at LACE from September 12 – November 18, 2018. The Mojave Project will culminate as large-scale installation incorporating the published research journals, photographs, videos, documents, maps and other ephemera and objects gathered over the four-year production period.

 

In the Making

DAC Gallery

431 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Established in 2008, the Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core. Exhibitions focus on mid-career local artists, while bringing attention to a community of individuals whose works are rarely presented to mainstream audiences. ​Marking DAC Gallery’s tenth anniversary, In the Making In the Making is an exhibition of textile and mixed media sculpture works by artists from the ECF Art Center Program. Curated by Nat George Media, the exhibition focuses on recent 2 and 3D artworks produced by artists employing unusual or untraditional materials and techniques. From furniture, to cushions, and wall-hung woven sculptures mixing fabric, beading, needlepoint, and ceramic elements, In the Making celebrates intuitive, “in-the-moment” creative processes that defy the accepted norms of art making. Nat George Media is a tiny agency specializing in curation, cultural production, creative strategy & communications, with a focus on contemporary art & design.

 

Downtown Art Walk

The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, DTLA celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine. Downtown Art Walk activities take place inside the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions located along Spring and Main streets, between 3rd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art-related events, pop-ups, openings, activities, and special programming taking place all over Downtown. For the true art collectors and fans, arriving early offers a more relaxing stroll through galleries and art exhibitions. As the evening progresses, more visitors descend on the area to meet up with friends and savor the local experience. The Art Walk Lounge is hosted by the Spring Arts Collective, inside The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring. Attendees can pick up maps, and obtain information on what to see and do each Art Walk evening. Maps are also available in our participating galleries. Tickets here.

 

Historic Core Mural Tour

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk also presents the Historic Core Mural Tour, a walking tour celebrating Downtown LA’s murals! This tour is designed to take you through Downtown’s Historic Core neighborhood to explore and learn about some of the original art pieces that live on our city walls! The Historic Core Mural Tour exposes art enthusiasts to the rapidly expanding street art of the Historic Core. The walking tour explores the unexpected nooks of where incredible murals are exhibited on our city walls, providing the often unknown backstories to these unique works of art as explained by the local artists and gallery owners.  The tour features special presentations by local artists and gallery owners. The Historic Core Mural Tour is a collaboration between Downtown Art Walk and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, to educate the public on the exciting art history of Los Angeles. This tour meets near G&B at the Grand Central Market. Attendees should arrive early, as the tour leaves at 12-noon sharp. Meeting locations, tour times and dates are subject to change with notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. General Admission tickets for $25. Attendance is limited to 30 people per tour, so book early!

Discover DTLA’s Secret Spas

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to rev up your energy, calm your senses, and revitalize your ch’i for the hectic days ahead. Pampering yourself at the spa is the perfect prescription for wellbeing, whether it’s unwinding after a long stressful day at work, relieving post-workout aches and pains, or looking your best for a special occasion.

Downtown hotel spas, such as the ultra-luxurious The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton and the Omni Spa at the Omni Hotel are popular choices. But tucked away where you’d least expect them are DTLA’s secret spas, just waiting to be discovered by savvy residents of Watermarke Tower.

 

Overmorrow Salon & Spa

315 W. Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles CA 90015

Overmorrow is energetic luxury level AVEDA Salon and Spa in the heart of Los Angeles, that combines an industrial city vibe with organic roots. Housed in a sleek, modern facility, Overmorrow’s philosophy is to enhance and refine your natural beauty, while helping you attain your aesthetic and wellness goals. The Salon offers Hair and Make Up services including Scalp and Remedy Hair Treatments, cuts, styling, color, hair extensions, and AVEDA’s natural beauty make up applications. Step into the immersive Spa and relax with a Full Body Massage or indulge in the Signature Facial Therapy, which incorporates Korean-style face lifting and decollate massage. Rejuvenate your Qi with Body Contour Therapy, the technique of stimulating all pressure points for a healthier flow of energy. All body contour therapy sessions begin with a complimentary consultation to better understand your physical condition and needs. Book your appointment here.

 

Desuar Spa

220 W 5th St Basement

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, there is an oasis of calm exclusivity to balance the body and mind. Desuar Spa’s expansive state-of-the-art facility has been designed to deliver a fully immersive holistic health experience and unique atmosphere of well-being and relaxation. Guests have full access to the relaxation room and locker facility, and the spa provides bathrobes and slippers for use in between services. Desuar serves their special blend of herbal teas, and other refreshments, including complimentary wine. Beyond the usual massage and skin care treatments, Desuar offers the only Himalayan Salt Bed in Downtown LA, and exotic treatments such as the Cleopatra Soak (milk bath soak), Cannabis Soak, and Wine Soak. All soaks are done in a copper tub–the copper metal is bacteria and mold resistant, making it easy to maintain a clean and sanitary environment. Book appointment here.

 

Frais Spa at The O Hotel

819 S. Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Calling itself the first “connected spa,” Frais Spa’s mission is to educate its clients and help them progress to improve their quality of life. Mixing an authentic spa-care experience with therapeutic expertise, Frais aims to redefine the relationship between spa, health professionals, clients and patients to provide a complete health benefit. Services include an array of massages, such as Tech Neck and Couples, along with Hot Stone Service, Organic Salt Foot Soak, and a variety of Scrubs, Wraps, and Facials. Frais also offers a Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments, performed by licensed professionals.

Book with the Frais app

 

Hotbox Infrared Sauna Studio

835 S. Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Some like it hot! Developed in the 1970’s by Japanese health practitioners, Infrared saunas offer the same health benefits as the traditional Finnish variety, but provide a cooler, more gentle and soothing experience. Unlike Finnish convection saunas, which heat the body from the outside-in, infrared saunas heat the body from the inside-out, leaving the air more breathable and allowing for a longer sweat. According to the Mayo Clinic, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas, and the lower temperature can make them accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. Infrared heat can also kill bacteria, creating a more sterile environment. During any Hotbox session, you can add Chromotherapy, the healing power of color. Choose a color based on your mood, such as Calm, Balance, Clarity, Inspired, and Optimism, and your private sauna will be glowing with the electromagnetic colored light.

 

Get Your Gemütlich Game On – Oktoberfest is Here!

 

Here at Watermarke Tower, we’re all hopped up for Oktoberfest! Trending wildly these days with all the emphasis on hoppy IPAs, hops are considered to be one of four essential ingredients in making beer–along with barley, yeast, and water. For almost two thousand years, this pretty cone-shaped flower has been used primarily as a bittering, flavouring and stability agent in beer, imparting floral, fruity or citrusy flavours and aroma.

Getting thirsty? Hop to it and let the games begin!

 

Dying for a dirndl? Longing for lederhosen? Or are you planning to host your own Oktoberfest party? German Import Haus has everything you need for the Perfect Prosit, including traditional German clothing & accessories, Bavarian flags, aprons, cookbooks, CDs and more.

 

Los Angeles Oktoberfest

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA, 90071

October 27, 2018

Hoist your steins 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. For example, the two or four hour pass includes a Glass Stein and unlimited refills for the whole event. The location offers food for sale, including hot dogs, and pretzels. Valet Parking is available and overnight accommodations are offered at a special rate which includes two complimentary VIP tickets to the LA Oktoberfest. General admission tickets are on sale now for LA Oktoberfest.

ALERT: No refunds / no exchanges.

 

Wurstküche DTLA

800 E. 3rd st @ Traction

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 a 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. Group Reservations here.

 

Oktoberfest DTLA

Pershing Square

532 South Olive Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

October 20 – 21, 2018

The 3rd Annual Oktoberfest is coming to Pershing Square in Downtown LA! Spend the weekend living it up during this fun, cultural event. Local beers from LA, California brews, and authentic German ales from Paulaner, the #1 Oktoberfest Beer in the World, will be available to taste or buy by the pint in the Beer Garden, along with sausages, pretzels, and of course live music and dancing! The event is 21 and over and no pets are allowed due to health department regulations. Event hours: 2pm-8pm, both Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21, 2018. For tickets and more information here.

 

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Alpine Village

833 W Torrance Blvd

Torrance, CA 90502

September 7 – October 27, 2018

We would be seriously remiss if we didn’t include Alpine Village in our Oktoberfest round-up. Don’t let the Torrance address deter you–from DTLA, Alpine Village is a straight shot down the 110 Freeway, and if you’ve never been, this local icon is worth a visit. A little slice of Bavaria in sunny Southern California, Alpine Village was established in 1968 as a theme destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, and has been the home of the oldest and biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California for 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.

Fun & Games: Wacky Things to do in DTLA

 

We know how residents of Watermarke Tower just wanna have fun! Of course there’s the usual round of destination restaurant openings and hot new brewpubs––and who’s complaining! But DTLA is so much more than that! So we scrounged up some wacky, off-the-beaten-track diversions guaranteed to amuse you and your crew.

 

Two Bit Circus

634 Mateo Street

Los Angeles 90021

 

Billing itself as he world’s first Micro-Amusement Park™, Two Bit Circus is an experiential entertainment destination where fun-seekers of all ages can gather and play. The park promises an ever-changing landscape of immersive entertainment, including multi-person virtual reality, narrative-based escape/story rooms, indie arcades, molecular mixology, and liberal use of lasers and robots. As a brand new type of social playspace (Two Bit Circus just opened in September 2018), the venues are also a launchpad for new technologies and aim to bring ideas from designers, inventors, makers, engineers, storytellers and more from concept to reality. Sounds like a blast? You can make reservations here.

ALERT: Check for blackout dates.

 

Escape Room L.A.

120 E. 8th Street

Los Angeles 90014

 

Imagine yourself in a real-life adventure game filled with mysterious puzzles and brain-teasing clues! Escape Room LA. immerses you in a choice of five extraordinary environments, from a 1940’s detective office to a mystifying underground cavern, an ancient Mayan pyramid, an old haunted theatre, or a medieval alchemist’s secret laboratory. Gamers have to solve a series of challenging clues and puzzles and escape before their time runs out! Before the game, friendly Escape Room staffers will review the rules and answer any questions before your countdown to escape begins. Never fear, if you don’t make your way out before time’s up, the door will be unlocked. At the end of your game, the staff will recap your accomplishments and explain how to solve the remaining puzzles inside the room. Plan on spending a total of about 90 minutes from start to finish. Buy tickets here.

ALERT: Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes before your game’s starting time. If you arrive after the door to the room has been locked, you will not be allowed to participate, and there are no refunds or exchanges.

 

Underground LA

Cartwheel Art Tours

Addresses vary, depending on the tour.

 

Ready for more wacky stuff to do? Cartwheel Art Tours pulls back the curtain on LA’s “underground” past, from notorious Prohibition-era murders to infamous speakeasy haunts frequented by the Old Hollywood elite. Tours include a few stops under the busy streets of DTLA to discover a century-old tunnel and speakeasies, alongside more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes. Based in the DTLA Arts District, Cartwheel Art creates and produces immersive, neighborhood explorations and experiences designed by founder Cindy Schwarzstein, a hands-on active member of the Los Angeles arts community. The tours are offered as an opportunity to engage individuals and groups in art, food and historical adventure, with a focus on supporting local artists and artisan businesses. Buy tickets here.

Budget Fashionista: Where to Buy Samples in DTLA

Bargain hunting residents of Watermarke Tower rejoice! Hidden away in the wholesale buildings of the LA Fashion District reside showrooms of some of the world’s most high-end, contemporary clothing, as seen in the pages of fashion magazines and on the backs of your fav celebs. These showrooms and buildings are normally for the trade only (buyers and retailers), and are off limits to the general public. But on the last Friday of the month (if it does not conflict with a market week), many showrooms fling open their doors and sell their end-of-season samples to eager consumers like us, often at rock bottom prices. History Buff Alert: These are historic buildings with great backsstories. Definitely worth a visit!

Please note that not all showrooms participate. You can contact the buildings directly to confirm participation. Apparel samples are generally size 2 or 4 and most showrooms accept cash only.

 

California Market Center

110 E 9th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90079

 

California Market Center (CMC) was established in the early 1960s by the Morse family as the first wholesale fashion showroom “mart” on the West Coast. CMC continues to serve as the industry’s primary center for fashion business in Los Angeles, housing hundreds of showrooms that represent the LA Fashion District’s largest selection of brands for Women, Men and Kids. Located in the heart of Downtown’s LA Fashion District on 9th & Main, the 1.8-million square foot complex is home to fashion industry showrooms, creative office spaces, special event venues, and businesses catering to the downtown community, including eateries, fitness studios, and more.

 

The New Mart

127 E. Ninth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

The New Mart Building began its incarnation as the Harris Newmark Building, designed by famed architects Curlett & Beelman. Completed in 1926, at 12 stories tall and 160 feet high, it was the first high rise to be built in downtown Los Angeles. Today, the building’s glass-fronted showrooms are unique architectural wonders, utilizing the building’s natural cement floors and original Beaux Arts columns. Almost 100 established and well known brands and designers call The New Mart home, including ALC, Current Elliott, Diane von Furstenberg, Equipment, Haute Hippie, Vince, Steven by Steve Madden, Havaianas, French Connection, Hudson Jeans, James Jeans, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Miss Me, Nanette Lepore, Paige Denim, J Brand, Yosi Samra, Joe’s Jeans, and more.

 

Cooper Design Space

860 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

This historic building was born in 1927 to house LA’s fashion designers and manufacturers. During the 40s and 50s, the Cooper refashioned itself to shine as one of LA’s premier addresses for fashion industry showrooms––long before there was a California Mart or New Mart. The Cooper Building pioneered again during the 80s as one of America’s first discount retail centers, a model for today’s outlet malls and in the 90s, the Cooper Building anted up for the Fashion District, working to persuade the LA City Council to establish the city’s first business improvement district. Now renovated as Cooper Design Space, the building is home base for LA creatives, hosting a space that embraces cross-pollination among L.A.’s lifestyle businesses in Fashion, Media Arts, and publishing. When you visit, be sure to grab a coffee or meal at Pressed Juicery in the lobby.

 

Gerry Building

910 S. Los Angeles St.

Los Angeles CA 90015

 

Built in 1946, the Gerry Building is one of the most distinctive Art Deco structures in the LA Fashion District. Rounded corners, seductive curves and block lines define the nine-story exterior, set against a palette of era colors that pay homage to an elegant bygone era. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, this historic building has been completely renovated and updated with new materials, technology and finishes to create a collection of contemporary showroom and design suites that blend the new and the old. The Gerry Building is home to high-end fashion lines such as Vertigo USA, Roberto Cavalli, as well as popular contemporary lines like Naven. The 5th floor houses various swimwear lines ranging from L-Space to Wildfox Swim.

 

The Lady Liberty Showroom Building

843 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

If you’ve ever wandered around the Fashion District, no doubt you’ve seen the eyeball-grabbing 50-foot tall tile mosaic of Lady Liberty and wondered what the heck that’s all about! Originally constructed in 1914 for a billiard manufacturer, The Lady Liberty Buiding was just another old brick edifice until 1987, when poet/investment manager Victor di Suvero came up with the idea of a tile mosaic of Lady Liberty. The building’s owners, who were immigrants from Iran, loved the idea of honoring America and commissioned Barbara Beall Studio to create the muiral to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Although small compared to other showroom buildings, the The Lady Liberty Showroom Building is well curated and includes a little bit of everything from Citizens of Humanity to various local favorites. Note to gents: This building has a great selection of men’s clothing, especially The Park Showroom.

 

Watermarke Tower, a walker’s wonderland!

Imagine being able to walk across the street to buy your groceries or walking 2 blocks down to meet up with friends for cocktails. This is Watermarke Tower, the home you have been looking for! Centrally located where all the fun is, Watermarke Tower is only a few (walking) minutes away from some of the best eateries, bars, shops and entertainment DTLA has to offer!

 

Faith and Flower

Faith & Flower, situated right on the first floor of our community is a must try! Inspired by a global influence of flavors and techniques, complemented by the use of a wood-fired oven and pristine raw bar, the menu redefines Californian rustic cuisine. The cocktail program celebrates the drinking culture spanning the Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties in Downtown Los Angeles and features cocktails with long-forgotten ingredients as well as modern signature drinks.

Dinner:
Sunday – Thursday, 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday, 5:30pm – 12:00am

Lunch:
Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Bar:
Sunday – Thursday, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday, 5:00pm – 12:00am

Happy Hour:
Monday – Sunday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

 

Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery

Conveniently located on Figueroa St, a short 3 minute walk, Mrs. Winston’s offers a healthy Plant Based Cuisine. Focusing on the healthiest and freshest ingredients, Mrs. Winston’s specializes in bringing handcrafted salads, sandwiches, smoothies, juices, and delicious soups to our health-conscious community.

Monday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

Prank Bar

Just a couple of quick blocks away, Prank seamlessly blends the indoors with sidewalk & sky in the Ricki Kline designed space. Pink restrooms, a secret karaoke booth, and the addition of an unconventional walk up bar add to the quirky and playful nature of Prank. From Hot Wings to local IPA’s, Prank Bar is worth paying a visit after a hard day of work!

Monday 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thursday 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Friday 1:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 am