Cocktails at Everson Royce Bar in Downtown L.A.

The Best Happy Hours in Downtown Los Angeles

07/17/2017

Hope Ewing

In the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has transformed into a hotbed of eating and drinking establishments catering to the area’s prolific workforce and visitors arriving on the Metro - many looking for those elusive time-sensitive deals, luckly there’s usually an establishment with a happy hour nearby. Read on for 20 of the best happy hour Downtown L.A. hotspots, new and old, that promise great food and drink experiences that won't break the bank.

MaDang the Courtyard in Koreatown

Discover Koreatown's Shopping Secrets

07/11/2017

Karen Young

At only three square miles, Koreatown has more large malls than any similar sized area in America with an emphasis on markets, skin care, and home goods. Peppered among the shops, whether in a mall or side street, are entertainment venues, trendy dessert shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Read on for the best shopping destinations in Koreatown.

Korean Food Academy

Discover the Hidden Gems of Koreatown

07/06/2017

Karen Young

Within three square miles, the streets of Koreatown comprise a most eclectic urban landscape where neon signs in Korean mix with various types of architecture providing clues to a multi-faceted history—from art deco to Spanish and Renaissance revival to Moorish and modern. Multi-level shopping malls are markers in between small shops, and modern and traditional Korean restaurants in LA offer places where not everything is as it seems. Among it all are fascinating gems—some truly hidden and others that contain intrigue and wonder.

Eagle Rock Farmers' Market

Discover the Hidden Gems of Eagle Rock

06/28/2017

Liz Ohanesian

Tucked into the hillsides of Northeast Los Angeles, Eagle Rock is a free-spirited community full of independent businesses and art-minded events. It's an ideal neighborhood for daytime excursions, where you can hike, shop and do some beer-tasting, but there is nightlife here as well. Eagle Rock is also home to several large annual events to keep in mind if they coincide with your trip to Los Angeles.

Anime Expo 2018 Cover art by Meng Wang (LucidSky)

L.A. Loves Anime!

06/27/2017

Liz Ohanesian

On Fourth of July weekend, Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown L.A. The annual celebration of Japanese entertainment and pop culture has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing tens of thousands of guests to check out watch the latest anime, shop for merchandise and dress up as their favorite characters. With its massive exhibit hall, eclectic programming and events that go into the night, the convention schedule itself will keep you on your toes. Yet, sometimes you have to get out of the crowd and explore the rest of Los Angeles. Read on for 13 things to do during the 2018 Anime Expo.

Venice Beach sunglasses

The New L.A. Almanac: Summer 2017

06/20/2017

Souris Hong

School’s out and summer is finally here! Celebrate the return of beach weather and flip flops with an insider’s peek into what to wear, see, do, hear and eat during our favorite - and some say, endless - season.

Westfield Century City

The Guide to Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Karen Young

They live among us—those people we see on the silver screen and on our home screens—winning awards or landing in the gossip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same grocery stores, malls and boutiques, eat in the same restaurants, and even get their prescriptions filled at CVS—just like us. But they also spend time shopping at stores that may just be above our paychecks. So in tribute to the more glamorous side of things—here are some shopping districts where you may see some of them— the celebrities. And sometimes, they stop for frozen yogurt—just like us.

Zuma Beach at sunset

The Magnificent Seven: Music for L.A.'s Best Beaches

05/30/2017

Jonathan Palmer

With summer upon us - and temperatures set to soar - our thoughts turn west. Fortunately for those of us blessed to be in the City of Angels, turning such daydreams into reality is a stone-cold cinch. It’s so close, you can almost taste the salt and feel the sand between your toes... the beach!

Spinner in a scene from "Blade Runner" (1982)

Go On Location: "Blade Runner" Locations in Los Angeles

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

As the stunning images unfold for Blade Runner, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original film that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.

Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human. 

We may not have flying cars - yet - but there are plenty of places in Los Angeles that will make you feel like you've stepped into that dystopian world. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events.

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