Nothing beats South Park but if you are interested in exploring some of the best breweries and art in all of DTLA, then make your way over to the Downtown Arts District.

 

Where to eat in the Arts District

Bavel

Bavel Restaurant in the arts district
Shot by Jakob Layman/Eater LA

First up is the Arts District’s best Middle Eastern restaurant, Bavel. A feast that brings everyone together, Bavel includes the freshest of ingredients with unique cooking techniques with flavors from all over the world. Also considered a perfect spot for tapas, we highly suggest the fried pita dipped in smoky burnt eggplant puree with hummus, the roasted cauliflower, and the farm cheese. As far as cocktails go, they offer some very fine wine from Greece, the Canary Islands, and Sardinia.

Bestia

There is also the industrial-chic Bestia. While Bestia is not new to the neighborhood, it remains one of the hardest restaurants to get into. That said, if you are interested in grabbing a bite here, make your reservation at least a week in advance. In regards to their menu, this Italian restaurant cooks up a superb house-cured salami that sits atop a puffy pizza with a side of brussel sprouts. Another dish to highlight is the Spaghetti Rustichella. And if you are brave enough, give their beef heart tartare a try. Also, for anyone looking for dinner and a show, we suggest grabbing a seat at the chef’s bar.

The Factory Kitchen

The Factory Kitchen in the downtown arts district
Photo from Eater LA

Calling all pasta fanatics! You must visit the Factory Kitchen. The fan favorite is the mandilli di seta as is the duck ragu. However, do not limit yourself as they also have their iconic pancotto – a sunny-side-up duck egg over red potato vellutata and sauteed greens.

Amazebowls

Something sweet is around every corner in the Arts District as well. One of our favorites is Amazebowls. What was once just a food truck, Amazebowls is now one of the best juice bars in DTLA. Everything is delicious on their menu and incredibly photogenic, that especially goes for their Coconut Acai Bowl served in a chilled coconut.

Church and State

Church and State in the arts district
Photo via Pinterest/LA Times

Last up is Church And State. Located on the loading dock of the Biscuit Lofts, this French bistro is serving up classic French fare. That includes steak frites, escargot, steak tartare, and much more. One quick pro-tip, make your way over on a Sunday for an incredible four-course dinner for just $55. And we highly suggest dining alfresco now that the weather is looking up.

Bars

Everson Royce Bar

Everson Royce Bar in the arts district
Captured by Dylan and Jeni/Tasting Table

Now for the bars! First up on our list is the Everson Royce Bar with a fantastic patio area. We highly suggest ordering the Oaxacan old-fashioned. You also cannot go wrong with their Yo La Tengo.

In Sheep’s Clothing

For anyone who is a major music lover, this is the bar for you. In Sheep’s Clothing is a hidden speakeasy located behind Lupetti’s Pizzeria that spins vinyl as you relax with a glass of wine. This listening lounge is open during the day as well where they serve coffee, tea, and pastries. However, we suggest making a trip during cocktail hours. Do note that there is no happy hour here but there is Lion Hour, where from the hours of 2 PM to 4 PM there is absolutely no talking whatsoever. Just drinks and eclectic music coming from vinyl.

Arts District Brewing Co.

Arts District Brewing Co. in the arts district
Captured by Timothy Norris/Thrillest

Last up is a staple of the Arts District. This brewhouse features nine beers on tap and a full cocktail bar. And the fun keeps on going with tons of skee-ball machines and board games to play with a beer in hand.

Art and Galleries

Seeing as how this is the arts district, there are tons of places to take in all the art.

The Murals

Arts District mural by Christina Angelina and Fanakapan | Instagram by @starfightera

All along East 4th St and South Alameda, you will find over 75 marvelous murals from street artists from all over the world. Also, we highly suggest visiting the above bar afterward, In Sheep’s Clothing, as it is only a short walk away from the alleyways and streets with the best murals.

Hauser and Wirth 

That’s right! Los Angeles has it’s very own Hauser and Wirth gallery space. With 116,000 square feet, walk through a number of gallery spaces featuring all sorts of exhibits. For those who do not know, there are no permanent collections here. And at the moment, Hauser and Wirth has on display: Annie Leibovitz The Early Years and Piero Manzoni Materials of His Time. And no need to leave Hauser and Wirth after the art. Stay a little longer for a drink or bite to eat at their restaurant. Or, shop in any one of the gallery shops.  

That is not all! Additional galleries in the area include:

 

So much beauty and food await all you AVEN neighbors over in the arts district. And a quick pro tip, don’t drive, especially if you plan on staying in the area late. To stay safe and not spend a lot on parking, get yourself a $6 Lyft ride over. Have fun exploring!