In this day and age, if it’s not on the gram, it didn’t happen. Luckily, a ton of bars in L.A.’s Arts District are adorned with picture perfect murals so you can get your #picoftheday and your drink on at the same time. So get those smartphones ready and double tap these five Instagram-able bars in the DTLA Arts District.
Angel City Brewery
Angel City Brewery really should be renamed Arts City Brewery. The giant dog-friendly spot boasts art inside, outside and even in the lot where the food trucks park. Most notably, the brewery’s exterior is adorned with eyes looking out over the Arts District; designed to serve as a contrast to Los Angeles’ airbrushed image, exhibiting a more realistic, gritty side of the city. This standout is part of a multi-city portrait series “The Wrinkles of the City” by artist JR. #AllEyesOnMe
Drink To Order Inside: Angel City Faux Snow White IPA
216 Alameda St., Los Angeles, Angelcitybrewery.com, @angelcitybeer
The Arts District’s favorite 1980s-inspired barcade, EightyTwo, is tucked away behind an untitled mural collaboration between veteran L.A. artist Vyal and pioneering graffiti artist RISK. The colorful work incorporates several of Vyal’s signature eyes keeping watch over passersby. #TotallyRad.
Drink to order inside: Princess Peach cocktail with vodka, lemon, agave, peach puree and raspberry garnish
707 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, Eightytwo.la, @EightyTwoLA
What’s black and white and has beers all over? Boomtown Brewery! Showcasing a few large-scale graffiti murals, none are as recognizable as the brewery’s exterior wall by famed L.A. street artist Fuzi. The mural pays homage to the original style of street art, showcasing a black and white cartoon in the artist’s signature “Ignorant People” style that he pioneered in the mid-1990s. #NoFilter
Drink To Order Inside: Boomtown Barrel Aged Magic Napper – Scottish Ale
700 Jackson St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, Boomtownbrew.com, @boomtownbrewery
Outside one of our favorite bars, Westbound, which was once home to the Santa Fe Railway’s La Grande Station, is a gorgeous art piece that’s worth stretching your neck for. Created by multi-disciplinary artist Beau Stanton, the blue-toned pieces and shapes meticulously weave together intricate patterns, creating a stunning entrance influenced by art deco and stained glass. #DancingOnTheCeiling
Drink To Order Inside: Lighter Shade of Brown cocktail with Ancho Reyes, Vida Mezcal, Amontillado Sherry, Tamarind aqua fresca and tajin dust.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, westbounddtla.com, @westbounddtla
Blue J Lounge
Located on the cusp of the Arts District and Little Tokyo, Blue J Lounge honors its artsy hood with a fantastical winged mural hanging on the left wall by the entrance. Created a local artist known as Ace, the welcoming piece evokes a spiritual dream-catcher sensibility and stops just about everyone coming through for a selfie. #Blessed
Drink To Order Inside: The Blue J cocktail with gin, muddled blueberries, honey and lemon juice
333 S. Alameda St. #115, Los Angeles, Bluejlounge.com, @bluejlounge
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