These Apps Are Essential if You Love Los Angeles

Must-haves for culture nerds

A well-curated smart phone is one of the most efficient ways to stay up-to-date on L.A.’s world-class cultural scene. Here are nine solid apps for the latest on where to eat, what to listen to and how to get some discounts along the way.

KXLU 88.9 FM
Apple Android
A charmingly DIY app for diverse music listening. This is what the cool college kids are listening to so, naturally, it has no commercials.

Lets you plug into L.A.’s craft beer scene. Browse local tasting rooms, check bar drink lists and rank your favorite craft brews with this impressively extensive app.

Don’t have the right friend to help you navigate Ktown’s extensive BBQ scene? Sort restaurants by price range and menu options with this app, which was designed by UCLA students.

Discover the latest concerts, sporting events and theatre happenings across L.A. Monitor ticket prices or purchase pre-sale in minutes.

The Infatuation
Apple, Android
Keep up with L.A.’s exhaustive restaurant scene with this straight-talking and consistently well-curated app. Find restaurants near you, search categories or check out the frequently updated “Hit List.”

KCRW Fringe Benefits
Apple, Android
KCRW members get discounts at over 1,100 vendors (think theaters, comedy clubs, etc.), and this app helps you keep track of all of them. Membership is only $5 a month, so it pays for itself, if you use it.

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Roaming Hunger
Apple, Android
Following food trucks on Twitter is overwhelming, so this app does the work for you. Bookmark it on your phone’s browser.

Apple, Android
Using a travel app in your home city may seem weird, but it’s a nice way to discover new parts of the city to explore. Triposo lets you download city guides offline so you can check out hidden landmarks and cool restaurants without overloading your data plan.

Order dinner without having to, you know, talk to a stranger on the phone.