Xelas in Boyle Heights Is a Neighborhood Spot That Feels Like a House Party

Cumbia, reggaeton, and a legit craft beer selection

Xelas calls itself a neighborhood beer bar, but visit on the right evening, and the room boasts the energy of a house party. DJs spin sets stacked with cumbia and reggaeton tunes, while a food menu managed by East L.A. Barbecue Company includes smoked green mole wings and tri-tip tortas.


The Scene: Plastered with funky tiles and wooden furniture that looks like it was nabbed from an old monastery, the space offers ample nooks and crannies in which to gather over cervezas (on weekends, sports fans take full advantage).


The Drinks: Craft brews from places like Tijuana’s Cerveceria Insurgente (spiced chocolate milk stout) and Eastside favorites like Dry River Brewing (red wheat saison) get top billing, but there’s also killer micheladas and fruity shaved ice raspados spiked with tequila-flavored sake. 

1846 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights, houseofxelas.com.

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