We’re now several months into the cultural phenomenon that is Pokémon Go, and the hype continues. Fervent players still await major updates, namely the ability to battle friends, but the game’s inherently interactional nature has led to the formation of a vibrant Pokémmunity (someone trademark that stat). The result? A rich, IRL gaming experience that comes complete with activity discounts, themed snacks, and a new form of socialization, complete with Pokémon-themed meet-ups. Attending events means the ability to find the Misty and Brock to your Ash, or maybe just a date for next weekend’s search. Read on for the best Pokémon Go activities across L.A., and new tips on where to catch ‘em all.
Bikes played an important role in the Pokémon universe (remember when Ash stole Misty’s bike to save Pikachu?), and it’s clear that a good bike ride is one of the best ways to hatch eggs and cover new ground. $25 buys you a full 24 hours of searching.
Craving a midnight snack after a long night of hunting Pokémon at the Santa Monica Pier? Head to the always-open DK’s Donuts for delicious (and very cute) Pokéball donuts. The sugar might up your game, and it’ll definitely boost your social media cred.
Throw Balls, Get Buzzed (Every First and Third Saturday)
Sample great beer and hit up all of DTLA’s prime Pokéspots at SoCal Brew Bus’s brewery walking tour. The tour guide will be dropping plenty of lures, and the beer comes from Angel City Brewery, Mumford Brewing, and Arts District Brewing. Tours cost $30 and last four hours.
Cosplay Contest and Timed Gym Battle for The Wiltern (September 1)
Hold onto your Pokédexes: this is a legit gym battle. The team that holds the gym longest after one hour of game play or gets the gym to Level 10 first will be crowned the winner. There will also be a cosplay contest with a grand prize of $100—that’s a hell of a lot of lure modules. Pre-register with your team for $10.
Pokémon Game Night at Dave and Busters (September 10)
The folks behind the summer’s popular Pokémon pub crawl bring another themed evening of games, mingling, and alcohol. The $10 early bird tickets include access to Dave and Buster’s arcade and drink specials, but the real draw is the big screen Pokémon stadium tournament. Specifics are hazy, but the winner is promised an “awesome and rare prize.”
Disneyland Pokèhunt (September 16)
Pokémon and Pokéstops can be found across the Magic Kingdom, but players looking for a high-profile prize can claim Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Haunted Mansion gyms for their team.
Looking to coordinate your activities with prime hunting areas? Nests (spots where Pokémon are sure to be found) were mixed around mid-August, so here’s an updated list:
Hollenbeck Park, Boyle Heights
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
Universal Studios, Hollywood
Almansor Park, Alhambra
La Cienega Park, Beverly Hills
Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica
MacArthur Park Lake, Westlake
La Cienega Park, Beverly Hills
La Brea Tar Pits
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Vista Hermosa Natural Park, DTLA
Beeman Park, Studio City
Belvedere Community Regional Park, East L.A.
Victory Park, Pasadena
Santa Monica Pier