Downtown: Come Fly With…The Night Owls

When the 9-to-5ers clock out, the partygoers clock in. Check out three of downtown’s main after-sunset attractions

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L.A. Live

Our city does its best Shinjuku impression at AEG’s entertainment vortex. In the glow of 20-foot plasma screens and corporate signage, concertgoers, bowlers, and those who drink beer by the yard converge on the futuristic plaza. It’s worth the complicated parking to watch the crowds for Miley Cyrus at Staples nibbling Trader Vic’s crab rangoon alongside ticketholders for the Nokia’s Wu Tang Clan show. This is the closest thing we have to Tokyo, and the more intimate Club Nokia books bang-up acts.

 

TIP No. 1
Steer clear if there’s a Lakers home game. We speak from experience. 

TIP No. 2
Several just-offsite restaurants offer free parking with your meal. 

TIP No. 3
Check lalive.com for detours around  2011 freeway construction.

 

 

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Art Walk

Join the throngs—and we mean throngs (numbering 30,000 strong on average)—that descend on the thoroughly transformed blocks of Spring and Main streets for this gallery open house. On the second Thursday of the month the Arts District becomes a happening of skyscraper proportions, with food trucks, live music, and more than 40 galleries showing off art while liberally pouring mediocre vino. Restaurants and bars get in on the action with specials—just make a reservation. 

 

TIP No. 1
You can map out a custom itinerary in advance at down townartwalk.com. 

TIP No. 2
Take advantage of the complimentary bike valet—they’ll even fill your tires!  

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The Pershing Square Metro stop puts you near the epicenter.

 

 

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The Edison

Four years after its grand debut, the art deco super-club at 2nd and Main continues to stun first-time visitors. Traipse down a sweeping staircase into the refurbished boiler room of the 1910 Higgins Building, whose decor stars original (and humongous) power generators. Despite its size, there are plenty of dimly lit nooks and deep couches in which to station oneself with a vintage cocktail and soak up the sci-fi-glam vibe. Burlesque dancers, DJs, and live bands add to the atmospherics. 

 

TIP No. 1
Check edisondowntown.com for the strictly enforced dress code. 

TIP No. 2
Food and drink prices go retro from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 

TIP No. 3
Hooray for valet! This strip can be a self-parking challenge.

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