Songbird is a hidden bar in Chinatown with live music most nights, and a great all-ages crowd every night. It’s part club, part fancy cocktail bar, with room to dance when there’s a DJ or band playing, and plenty of space to do everything else when there’s not. The cocktails aren’t cheap, but at least you’re getting what you pay for - they involve ingredients like applewood smoke, black tea cordial, and atomized rose.
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Nick’s Cafe in Chinatown is an LA institution where you can get a classic diner breakfast and do some quality people watching.
Little Jewel of New Orleans
Little Jewel of New Orleans is a Cajun restaurant/grocery store and a good place to get a po’boy and beer in Chinatown.
Today Starts Here
Today Starts Here is an excellent Taiwanese breakfast pop-up in Chinatown from the people behind Joy.
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Bodega in Los Alamos is the summer camp you wish you had - fire pits, hammocks, and an all-day beer and wine garden on the weekend.
Indie Brewing Company
Indie Brewing Company is a Boyle Heights brewery and taproom that packs ’em in during Dodgers games.
The Airliner is a long-standing bar and performance venue in Lincoln Heights that just got a fresh facelift.
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They’re putting out some pretty stellar modern Filipino food at Lasa in Chinatown, in an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
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