A hot spot downtown is the historic and beautiful Mayan Theater, on Hill St. Close to other popular venues like Staples Center and world-class hotels, The Mayan is an evening escape for adults to get down and boogie, especially to Latin beats. Salsa competitions are common here. Beyond salsa, a variety of music including hip-hop and rock (en español), is featured. Boh the interior and exterior of this local historical site is breathtaking, in an otherwise so-so surrounding area of downtown. See website for interior shots! Virtual tour pictures are featured.
Dress Code: strict code: evening dressy style; men should wear a dress shirt and pants and nice dress shoes; women should wear an evening gown or nice shirt and blouse combo (esp. good for salsa or freestyle dancing) and dressy heeled shoes
No casual wear (jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, flip-flops, etc)
See website for full dress code details!
The Downtown Standard is the younger cousin of "The Standard", located on the hyper-sexual Sunset Strip. In the beginning, it was a beguiling alternative to the popular scene, but as Downtown rebounded and word spread, the Downtown Standard has become it's own lightning rod.
Set high among the skyline, this bar is a stunning venue. As such, it's often closed off for filming. But, when you can plunge in, you'll find yourself ensconced among the Downtown skyline with artistically trimmed hedges, pod-like waterbed chaise lounges, and a small dancefloor. Drinks are pricey, but there is no cover, so consider this a worthwhile trade off.
I recommend weeknights to beat the crowds.
Dress Code: I would dress to impress; though don't go overboard cuz you'll look like a suburban sorority sister trying a bit too hard to get in the door.
If you want to hang out without stripping your wallet where lacals hang out. This is the place to be. Relaxing atmosphere 20 to 30 somethiing age group. USC babes and locals come to unwind...
Dress Code: Clen cut but comfortable clothing is recommended but dont look too shabby, especially if you want to score
At the Veranda bar inside of the hotel, you can chill out spot. It's very dark in the bar but especially in the hall leading up to the bar. The best thing is here, it's pretty laidback and not so noisy compared to other nightlife spots around town. For me, actually talking and hearing my companion(s) is a bonus. I love the Moroccan theme at this hotel and am looking forward to come back! My pics to be posted here soon!!
Dress Code: No dress code. Wear something warm or a jacket for the night. It does get chilly
Hank's has character and has characters. It's old and dingy, but friendly and safe. In a city of unfriendly people with attitude, Hank's has none of that. It has downtown workers of blue & white collar, residents of the Hotel Stillwell, newly located loft residents, and a few barflies, all of whom tend to know each other by name and are friendly to travelers and everybody else. Funky old CD jukebox. Michael the bartender is in a class of his own. A good place to watch a game, talk with folks, or chill out from the L.A. fray & traffic. $3 domestic bottled beer iced down in horizontal coolers. $5.50 call drinks, $4.50 well. Only Sutter wine in mini-bottles for $4.50.
Dress Code: Very casual.
So me and some friends were in downtown and stopped at this bar called the Golden Gopher. We literally walked in the door, looked around, went to the bathroom and left. It was full of the sort of kids that didn't drink in high school, didn't hang out with the "bad kids" who did drink, cared about being popular, then turned 21 and decided that since they were of age, they should start drinking and going out to bars. In other words, people that lack the ability to think for themselves. The music was horrible, the people were the sort you see on Elimidate who get eliminated in the first round. There was this ranchero bar next door that was basically in a basement and THAT looked like more fun.
Dress Code: don't know, don't care. I was wearing pants and a sweatshirt if that means anything.
The Mountain is this newish bar in Chinatown that is all red, outside and inside with nice light fixtures. Anyway, I found it to be sort of trendy but not oppressively so. The atmosphere was relaxed, they were playing music, but not so loud that you couldn't hear whoever you were talking to. I went on a saturday and the Tsing Tao beer was only $3 which is darn cheap! Even Hop Louie's sells it for $3.50. The bartender was awfully nice too and definitely didn't have a snobby hipster attitude.
Dress Code: NONE
Hop Louie's is both a restaurant (during the day) and a bar (at night), but I've only been there to drink, so that is what i will be talking about. This bar is growing in popularity, but when I first started going there, the clients usually consisted of about 3 old chinese men smoking cigarettes and watching tv. As of late, the place has been full of young hipsters. It's a bit of a hole in the wall, but I like that. That and the Tsing-taos are only $3.50 (that goes for the Heineken as well i think). There's a juke box that plays records, but i'm not sure if it really plays what you tell it to or just does as it pleases. The pagoda facade is a landmark and is often seen in commercials and movies.
Dress Code: None
One of my favorite salsa clubs is the Mayan in Downtown Los Angeles
On Friday and Saturday nights you can dance to the best salsa bands in L.A. Occasionally, world-renowned bands perform here (Oscar D'Leon and Grupo Niche are some of the recent artists that have performed here).
Dress Code: Like most clubs in L.A. the Mayan has a dress code, which basically means no jeans, sneakers or work boots, or t-shirts.....most people dress to impress.