OMG! ABSINTHE AT L.A. LIVE WAS SO MUCH FUN… I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN… AND AGAIN!

If you are offended by harsh language and scantily clad performers, then you need to run as far away from the Absinthe tent at L.A. Live as possible.  But if the thought of attending one of the most outrageous parties ever sounds like a good time, then Absinthe is the show for you. OMG!  We went to the show show last night… and it was a crazy good time.   Continue reading

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MIKKELLER BAR IS A BEER HALL AND RESTAURANT IN THE CENTER OF DTLA’S FASTEST GROWING NEIGHBORHOOD

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DTLAexplorer first told you about Mikkeller Bar back in January 2016.  Well, after a long wait, what’s touted as “the best beer bar in Los Angeles” is now open.  Mikkeller Bar is located at the corner of Olympic and Hill, an intersection that has seen a complete transformation the last year.  The bar now lives inside a beautifully remodeled building that was once the abandoned Discount Tire Company.  The place is huge, covering more Continue reading

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MIXT RESTAURANT SHOULD BE “MIXED” INTO YOUR DTLA LUNCH LOCATION ROTATION

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When it comes to lunch in DTLA, I have a routine.  I don’t have a lot of time so I end up going to the same few restaurants over and over.  I have always walked past a restaurant called Mixt in the California Plaza, and for some reason I never stopped for lunch.  Today I decided to be adventurous and give it a try.  Continue reading

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CORNER BAKERY CAFE IN DTLA’S CALIFORNIA PLAZA SERVES UP GOOD FOOD, GREAT OUTDOOR SEATING, BUT SKIMPS ON THE AVOCADO

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Corner Bakery Café is a national restaurant franchise with locations across the country. Two of those locations are in DTLA.  The newest has been open in the California Plaza on Grand Avenue for almost a year now, and I finally decided to give it a try for lunch.  What’s nice about this location is that it has a lot of outdoor seating.  California Plaza is a great Continue reading

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JOYMODE HAS EVERYTHING YOU WANT BUT DON’T HAVE SPACE FOR IN YOUR DTLA CLOSETS

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We love everything about living in DTLA, but if we have one complaint, it would be that we don’t have enough storage space.  Well, the people at Joymode have come up with an awesome solution.  The Joymode motto is “Do more while owning less.”  Joymode rents out everything you want, but don’t have the space to store, like camping equipment, popcorn machines, karaoke machines and even scooters. You no longer have an excuse for Continue reading

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WREN APARTMENTS NOW LEASING IN DTLA’S SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD

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South Park is an incredibly special corner of Downtown Los Angeles. We’ve watched this neighborhood grow and change, slowly transforming the vibe of the larger Downtown area. Inspired by the energetic feel of this neighborhood, the WREN apartment complex has created a different kind of community with a new take on apartment life in DTLA.  It’s located north of Pico Boulevard, between Olive and Hill Streets. Continue reading

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HOTEL FIGUEROA IS LOOKING FOR DTLA ARTISTS… PLUS HIRING FOR ALL POSITIONS

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The people behind the reincarnation of the Hotel Figueroa have just launched an awesome campaign in search of Los Angeles artists!  In keeping with their dedication to the arts and continuing a time-honored tradition, Hotel Figueroa is seeking Los Angeles artists to hand-paint their elevator doors.  Interested artists can submit original and innovative designs taking inspiration from the style and symmetry of Spanish Colonial tiles. Go Continue reading

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GET YOUR BARBECUE FIX AT BELLE BELLE’S CUE… BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

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DTLA lost one restaurant, but gained another.  A few months ago Lobsta Shack restaurant at Cesar Chavez and Grand closed up shop, but the new Belle Belle’s Cue opened up in it’s place.  Belle Belle’s Cue specializes in wood fired barbecue.  We stopped in this past Sunday… with seconds to spare.  You see, the restaurant is open Wednesday through Continue reading

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NICKEL DINER IS A CLASSIC AMERICAN DINER SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF DTLA

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I’ve lived in DTLA for years, and for some reason I have never walked on the sidewalk in front of Nickel Diner on Main Street.  I’ve walked past it while on the other side of the street, but never past the front door.  For some reason, I have always avoided it.  I really don’t know why.  Well, the other night we finally checked out the Nickel Diner for dinner. Continue reading

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BACO MERCAT STILL ONE OF DTLA’S BEST RESTAURANTS

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Baco Mercat opened back in 2011, and six years later it is still one of the best restaurants in DTLA.  While many restaurants have come and gone, Chef Josef Centeno has grown his DTLA restaurant portfolio.  His dining empire now includes Bar Ama, Ledlow, Orsa & Winston and P.Y.T.  Each of his restaurants has a very different personality with Baco Continue reading

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