The Walker Inn at the Normandie Club

We’ve got the dish on the hottest new speakeasy in Koreatown: The Walker Inn. The geniuses behind Downtown’s Varnish and Honeycut have teamed up to bring an exclusive, high-end cocktail experience in the newly renovated Hotel Normandie. Tucked behind the Normandie Club, the reservation-only bar will feature a constantly changing menu of mixologist-created specialty cocktails…

The Backhouse Restaurant

Braised pork belly. Miso-marinated beef tongue. Chicken skin. Bacon-wrapped vegetables. At around $3 a skewer, why not try them all? Robata is a Japanese cooking style where food is skewered and slow grilled over hot charcoals, resulting in tender, flavorful pieces of meat and vegetables that practically fall off the stick. The Backhouse Restaurant (3500…

Super Sneak Peek: Proper

Look out, Ace Hotel. There’s a trendy new rooftop hotel spot coming to town. An old, 13-story red brick building along the Broadway corridor will soon be transformed into Proper, a 148-room boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop pool and bar, basement bar and ground-floor restaurant with sidewalk dining. (Consider this your super sneak peek:…

Spicy Soup Sensation: KYODONG JJAMPPONG

The spicy soup sensation that has taken over Korea has just touched down in Los Angeles—right here in Koreatown. Lee Mangu’s jjamppong is a spicy heaven for seafood lovers. Our prediction? The main dish—shrimp, clams, squid and mussels piled on top of fat noodles soaked in a chili oil-based broth—will have a cult following in…

Osso: A New Restaurant With a Saucy Past

Craving salt and vinegar chips, white cheddar popcorn, or a house-made slim jim? Skip the convenience store and get the real stuff at Osso, a new restaurant offering flavors from the American South. Located in an industrial-inspired space that once served as a brothel, Osso’s new Arts District diggs make it the perfect stop for…

Old School Cool at Break Room 86

Break Room 86—the latest endeavor by LA’s famous Houston Brothers—is an 80s-themed bar with a twist. Enter through a super-cool secret entrance in the Line Hotel’s kitchen loading dock, and you’ll be instantly transported back to your childhood with details like a vintage cassette wall, video arcade games and four karaoke rooms. Satisfy your sweet…

MUST SEE: Yayoi Kusama’s Galaxy Exhibit at The Broad

When the ticketing website for Downtown’s hottest new art museum—the Broad—opened in August, it was so overwhelmed with visitors that it crashed within minutes. It’s no wonder; the Broad’s opening has been the buzz of the art world for months. With an incredible collection of contemporary art and installations including Yayoi Kusama’s super-cool LED light…

Craft Cocktails at Bar Mattachine

WeHo is no longer the only place in town with a thriving LGBT social scene. Downtown LA is steadily adding exciting
new gay bars to its nightlife lineup. Bar Mattachine (named after one of the earliest gay rights organizations in the
U.S.) is the place to go for expert craft cocktails and an upscale ambiance.