By now, even the most Downtown-averse Angelenos have figured out that the neighborhood is one of the most exciting in L.A.—especially when it comes to drinking. As skyscrapers and loft apartments have shot up, an increase in outstanding restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and museums have, too, making it a veritable destination, no matter how much you hate the traffic. With all of that innovation came a whole lot of watering holes, from perfectly dark dive bars to upscale cocktail establishments and beer bars. There’s a welcoming place to imbibe on almost every corner, and we found the very best of them for prime drinking—now, who’s thirsty?
Before you start sipping, a brief note: All of these bars are currently open in some form (we’ve removed some of our temporarily-closed favorites, like the NoMad and the Varnish, for the time being). But these days are strange days for the service industry and some might only be offering takeout service or limited menus. Call or look online to check menus and availability before stopping by.
RECOMMENDED: See more in our guide to Downtown Los Angeles