Whether it’s an upscale cocktail lounge, a casual alehouse, or the neighborhood’s favorite hangout, Downtown Los Angeles bars have something for every scene.
Here are some of our favorites:
One of the most unique bars in Downtown Los Angeles, The Edison is a full-fledged throwback into the 1920s with jazz, cabaret and smooth cocktails. . Housed inside what is popularly known as L.A.’s first private power plant, The Edison prides itself on old-fashioned service and a classic ambiance. Some of The Edison’s must-try libations include the Happy Herbie, a tribute to legendary Disney Imagineer Herbert Ryman made of Templeton “Rye” Whisky and baked apple bitters. The house specialty is The Edison, a delectable concoction of bourbon, pear brandy, clover honey syrup and fresh lemon juice.
The Redwood Bar is a traditional American pub in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles that bills itself as the “pirate” bar that America’s original founder Amerigo Vespucci would have opened had he been in the hospitality business. Redwood Bar offers economically priced snacks, appetizers and entrees billed as (what else?) “pirate fare”. Popular seafood dishes include fish and chips and clam chowder, and drinks are always flowing at low prices. Aternative and punk rock bands that keep the venue packed after 11 pm on an almost nightly basis.
Popularly known as “the thinking drinker’s bar,” Library Bar takes the concept of the discerning connoisseur and adds a bit of fun and rum to the mix. An intimate establishment with books lining the walls, Library Bar is the only downtown Los Angeles bar that resembles a private study. Depending upon the time of day, patrons can take advantage of Library Bar’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere to enjoy their favorite cocktail while pouring over the latest bestseller. Specialty drinks are cheekily named in honor of famous books and writers, such as the Tequila Mockingbird, Tennessee Williams and Scarlett Letter. Library Bar gets very crowded at night but is the perfect place to go with friends for extended conversations or one of its delicious starters or sandwiches.
The name may be a bit misleading because this is no hole in the wall joint: the Golden Gopher is one of Downtown Los Angeles’s most frequented bars for the chill 21 to 30 year old crowd where young adults party, network, and commiserate in an atmosphere that is part rustic and part avant-garde. An excellent place for a casual meeting or a first date, the Golden Gopher is a luxurious lounge that features unpretentious entertainment, such as a classic jukebox and old school video games like Pacman and Centipede. The Golden Gopher also sells specialty wine and beers to discerning connoisseurs that want to take a bit of the experience back to their hotel room. Featuring only beers from local and small breweries, the Golden Gopher prides itself on bringing its patrons tastes and experiences they’ve never been privy to in any other Downtown Los Angeles bar.