‘Maximum minimalist‘ architect Jacek Ostoya collaborated with friends to develop Resident, a music venue that evokes East Austin’s beer garden vibes. With legendary band booker Duncan Smith bringing in talented acts, like Sarah Neufeld (the violinist from Arcade Fire) and recently, the California theatrical lo-fi rock band Nobunny, moody muses are in top form. Drink craft beer, listen to unique music and enjoy a little bit of Texas hospitality.
Resident, 428 S. Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 316 5311
If you’re looking for a family-friendly place with Jenga, pizza deliveries and take-home craft brew growlers, look no further than Mumford Brewing Co., situated between Little Tokyo and the Arts District. More intimate in size than neighboring breweries, this place is also the perfect date night spot. Or skip the going out altogether and call the bar to have some of your favorite craft beers delivered outside to your car.
Mumford Brewing Co. 416 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 346 9970
Arts District Brewing Company has it all: a growing list of craft brews on draft (12 rotating beers from local breweries and the brewery’s own six styles), fantastic culinary options from Fritzi (try the Forbidden Rice dish – winter squash, smoked blue cheese and hazelnuts over a bed of black rice and quinoa) and a large outdoor seating area (pups welcome!). Originally a beloved electronics store called Crazy Gideon’s, this building is massive, minimalist and also features multiple dart boards, a huge collection of Skee Ball games and a large projector for local sports games. Hop by next door for Fritzi’s full menu, which features, among other things, wood-fired rotisserie-style chicken.
Pizzanista!’s commitment to quality is obvious. They use an expansive variety of fresh vegetables you won’t find at most pizza places. Although LA has a fantastic vegan pizza scene, there’s not a lot of places where you can also bring along your Meat Jesus-lovin’ friends for $2 slices. And, if you order take-out, you’ll receive one of their custom-designed delivery boxes, featuring The Clash puns and original Mike Gonzales designs.
Pizzanista!, 2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 627 1430
Blue Bottle Coffee is like the aesthetic-driven East Bay coffee phenomenon, focused on freshness. This minimalist Arts District outpost is no different. Come in for a high-powered pour over and stay for the brewing classes and some of the ‘hella good’ cookies.
Blue Bottle Coffee, 582 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 621 4194
Organic vegetables and cold-pressed juices might be the common diet in this neighborhood, but no meal is complete without a homemade pie. Pie Hole tries hard ‘to provide the greatest possible pie experience known to man’, and with pies flavors like Mexican Chocolate and Earl Grey, they’re well on their way to accomplishing that goal.
Pie Hole, 714 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 537 0115