Arts District Date
Another day, another date with Phill. We were actually going to go to the Arts District yesterday, until I noticed a lot of places were still closed (or just closed on Mondays in general), but today was just as good of a day to go out and explore the downtown area and have some good food and drinks. Phill was really excited to see the Arts District because he hasn’t been anywhere downtown much really, and he’s heard good things about it.
We parked not far from Arts District Brewing Company and walked along Traction to 3rd street where we popped in some stores along the way to One Santa Fe and Bulletproof Coffee to get Phill some much needed caffeine. It was still too early for any bars to open, so we walked back along 3rd to Little Tokyo and explored the plaza there. Part of what’s so nice about the Arts District and Little Tokyo is that they’re more than just a street to walk along. It’s nice refreshing to be out and about walking in LA and given the pleasant (although slightly chilly) weather we have it feels like there should be more areas that you’d be able to do that.
After wandering around Little Tokyo we were starting to get hungry so we went back to WurstKüche to grab some brats for dinner. It’s been a while since I’ve been there, and I opted for the plain bratwurst with spicy peppers and onions. Simple but tasty. Phill was surprised he liked his spicy jalapeño wurst as much as he did.
After our quick meal we headed back to One Santa Fe over to Westbound, which was decked out for the holidays with a Miracle on Santa Fe theme going on. They even had some fake snow blowing out their entrance.
Inside was also completely decorated, both Phill and I forgot we were in LA while we were there. We grabbed a couple of seats across from the bar and each ordered one of their holiday themed drinks. I went with the Yippie Ki-Yay Motherf****r! which came in this Santa mug. It was relatively quiet (still early) but still friendly bar and the impressive drink menu reads: Come back for more.
We also enjoyed some jelly donuts which were warm and fresh. Westbound is such a cool bar that I’ve been wanting to check out for a while now and it exceeded whatever expectations I had. Definitely worth checking out again.After Westbound we headed back west to 82 for more booze and arcade games. Phill got the Zangief while I tried the Thai Tai, which I loved. We took our time with the drinks, playing random games before settling into a pinball groove. It seems like whenever I come to the Arts District it’s WurstKüche, 82 and Pie Hole — but they are all solid options — but now I have Westbound to add to the list, and even though it’s a walk to get to it, it’s worth the extra steps.