Hidden Bars, Rotating Taps and Artisanal Cocktails: A Selective Pub Crawl of Downtown LA

Los Angeles, CA

  • The green backlight makes the bottles shine.
  • Black and white movies projected on the walls behind industrial bars.
  • The Dead Man's Hand
Double Rye Whiskey, Brown Sugar, Sarsaparilla & Whiskey Barrel Bitters, Orange Zest.
  • The scene at the front bar is derelict Victorian mansion.
  • An Old Fashioned at the Little Easy.
  • A view of the outdoor porch.
  • If you are outside, order at the window to the bar.
  • You can't miss the sign out front of Cole's.
  • The Varnish is somewhat hidden behind this door.
  • There is a patio in front of the bar. Enter from inside.

3 hours
0.9 mi
Guided by Ian
Ian Donahue


It's going to be a night on the town in DTLA. Let's skip the loud, pretentious I-just-got-my-first-paycheck-let's-get-drunk crowd and see what the neighborhood has to offer. We've got a finely curated collection of five establishments lined up for you ranging from speakeasy to British pub. Shine up your dress shoes, dress for the night and find a friend to join what is guaranteed to be some fun meandering.

About Your Guide

I am the head of product at a VR company, but in my free time, you can find me hiking to the Hollywood sign, ordering craft cocktails downtown, biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, and sampling bulgogi in Koreatown.

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Guide Points

  1. The Edison

    We kick off the night at The Edison, a 1920's speakeasy located deep down in the city's first private power plant. The undecorated entranc…

  2. The Little Easy Bar

    The French Quarter is alive and well in DTLA. Thankfully the spectacle is more grimy-Victorian, Interview-with-a-Vampire and less Spring-B…

  3. Beelman's Pub

    We find ourselves in a good British pub, complete with framed memorabilia saturating the walls, European flags hanging from the rafters, sp…

  4. The Varnish / The Association / Cole's

    You have three options for the second to last bar of the night The same building has three bars, all with distinctly different feels.

  5. Las Perlas

    Because tequila was never the worst way to end any night on the town... we find ourselves at a tequila and mezcal cantina. They also have …

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