Downtown Los Angeles After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

Downtown Los Angeles After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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For some of the best drinks in LA, head to these Downtown Los Angeles bars, where you'll find outstanding beer, wine and cocktails.

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    Six varieties of slush-delivered daiquiris have all the makings of disaster, especially the Moonshine version. Tack on a 30-bottle wine list, a Southern-themed cocktail program and a fine assortment of beers that includes a number of Abita favorites and you’ve got a unique evening… and possibly a shell-shocked morning followed by an afternoon of regret.
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     The previously unadorned second-story window curving along the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Broadway now flutters with a small but mighty rainbow flag. This marks Precinct. Once inside, the sparsely adorned walls with thick rays of black light shining on black paint and exposed brick offer up a divey experience custom-tooled for the adventurous. 
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    Unlike some beer aficionados, the Mumford Brewing crew’s love for suds doesn’t involve swilling to excess at the local taproom before loudly making you feel like a chump for having never tried that sour they only read about on Beer Advocate. No, these guys have channeled their passion into a Skidrokyo microbrewery. 
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    The former Silo Vodka Bar between Broadway and Spring on Seventh Street has undergone some changes. Now known as Mattachine, it is one of three gay bars that opened Downtown this year (along with Redline and Precinct). The name honors its LGBT clientele with a reference to a mid-20th century society dedicated to establishing the fight for legitimacy and equal rights in the gay community. 
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    Too many people foolishly misidentify Main Street’s Love Song as a “venue bar.” Despite the fact that it’s attached to the rock club The Regent, the quaint neighborhood spot is not exclusive to concertgoers. In fact, we recommend you check it out on a quiet, non-show night. A crew of generous and accommodating bartenders will help you navigate the tap list and recommend a cocktail or two while submitting your food order to next door’s Prufrock Pizza. 
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    The narrow Fifth Street entrance to the Little Easy invites the thirsty to embark on a journey of wonder and majesty. The Historic Core spot is a painstakingly re-created simulacrum of New Orleans’ French Quarter carved from the former Gorbals space in the Alexandria Hotel. There’s a full food menu, as well as two cocktail-rich bars. 
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    Past the burnt orange door of the Everson Royce Bar is a neon installation that spells out “My That’s Better.” Whether the words are a tip of the cap to perfectionism in the service industry or a knowing nod to Camper’s Corner just down the street is uncertain. What we do know is that the beautiful bar with the sprawling bocce ball patio in back is one of those establishments that make you wonder if you are actually on Seventh Street east of the Greyhound Station. 
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    Downtown drinkers have come to associate Seventh Street with Seven Grand and its retinue of skilled bartenders who carefully craft Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs at great expense to both time and wallet. Down the block, the new Barrel Down offers a 40-tap alternative. A variety of beers encompassing the length and breadth of this nation’s craft breweries invites you to saddle up, have a burger and enjoy yourself without worrying about the simple syrups, muddled herbs and historic recipes. 
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    Sleek and luxurious, the Evo condominium building has commanded the corner of 12th Street and Olympic Boulevard since 2008. Once anchored by the now-defunct Corkbar, the nightlife at that intersection has long suffered. Enter Barcito, a Argentinian-themed small plates bar/restaurant with a short but quality list of cocktails, wine and beer.  
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