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Downtown Culver City

Culver City is most known for its vast array of delicious local and global cuisine and adventurous bar scene, but it's also home to a burgeoning art scene and the hole-in-the-wall live music venues consistently showcase the best bands from all over LA.

Culver City is fast becoming the go-to spot for Westside Angelenos. This upscale yet laid-back neighborhood is now home to a wide variety of bars, restaurants, art galleries, wine bars, and lounges, making it great for a night on the town with friends, or a romantic date for two.

In the Culver City bars, you'll find every kind of concoction your heart desires. From fine wines poured from a vending machine at Ugo, to the potent Dark & Stormys at Mandrakes, to Smokey's Moonshine at Bigfoot West; you're sure to find the perfect way to begin and end your night.

Live music is somewhat harder to find in Culver City. Just open your ears and you'll begin to hear the country-western-garage of The Cinema Bar, the roadhouse rock of Joxer Daly, the freeform jazz of the Industry Cafe, the eclectic bands of Fais Do Do, and the unknown bands of The Good Hurt. The Culver City music scene is laid-back, relaxed, and as unpretentious as you can get without leaving Los Angeles.

In the trendy Rush Street, you'll find a taste of Chicago, an array of comfort foods, an eclectic beer selection and a stripper pole upstairs for your one-too-many Sugar Plumtinis. If you're looking for more of a divey experience, Carbon is well within walking distance from its fancier counterparts. Facing Venice Blvd, it's the dark, dimly-lit building with loud rock music and red lights pouring outside.

If you're going to make a night of it, you can start as far east as Creole speakeasy Fais Do Do on West Adams and La Brea, and make your way down Washington Blvd, hitting up the jazzy Industry Cafe, homey Father's Office, all three Ugos (the cafe, the restaurant, and the wine bar), stop for some Korean barbeque at Gyenari, then head back out for some honky-tonk and a Pabst at The Cinema Bar, and if you make it all the way to Alibi on Washington and Grand View, we salute you. - Trisha Hanudel

Interesting Facts

Bunched one after the other, art galleries line the La Cienega corridor between Washington and Venice, and along Washington Blvd. Here you'll see cutting-edge young emerging artists at galleries such as Blum & Poe, LAXART, Sandroni Rey, and Peres Project. Art walks are officially held in May, where the galleries of Culver City fling open their doors for your eyes to feast.

Tips

Culver City is a neighborhood built for strolling with your honey, stumbling with your friends from pre-dinner drinks at Carbon to after-dinner drinks at Bottlerock, and the good old fashioned bar crawl. You'll spend forever and a day looking for street parking, especially on a weekend night, so give your car a rest for the night and take the bus. The Culver City 1 comes about every 15 minutes, and stops running around 11:30pm (start your drinking early).

Reviews

Elevate Lounge
811 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles

Elevate Lounge in Los Angeles is one of the best clubs I've ever been to. The view from the 21st floor is great, as it reaches over downtown L.A. Well spaced and still cozy, the atmosphere is lively but not too loud. Purple lighting that fills the club helps with Elevate's well earned style. The custom Absolut LA drink served there with lemon is one of the best had. Ever! 5 stars!

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