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8 places to party at when you leave Staples Center that AREN'T in LA Live

Jeff Miller Published On 11/05/2013 Published On 11/05/2013
Staples Center, Los Angeles
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With the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Selena Gomez (!!!) all back in action at Staples, things are about to get mad-crowded at LA Live, which sucks because A) you want a post-game onion ring tower!, and B) you have literally no idea where to go if there's a 25min wait at Yard House. Luckily, we totally do. Here're the eight best places to eat and drink near Staples that're both walkable (no more than about 3/4 mile away!), and open 'til at least 11pm.

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The Original Pantry
877 S Figueroa; Distance from Staples: 0.3 miles
Open 24hrs a day for nearly 90yrs, this institution's still killing it with stellar all-day breakfasts (the bacon is thick, and perfect), as well as diner stapes like country-fried steak. Fun fact: the spot's now owned by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan. Your move, Eric Garcetti.

CaƱa Rum Bar

CaƱa
714 W Olympic; Distance from Staples: 0.3 miles
Formerly the crazily-exclusive Doheny, CaƱa is now a semi-hidden rum bar that's open 'til 2am nightly, with seasonal, fresh-produce menus, as well as classic cocktailing in a patio'd-up space that's only enterable through a garage attached to an apartment building. If it's your first time, $20 will get you a membership (and free access) for a year, plus invites to future free boozing events. Oh, and you gotta be dressed appropriately to get in, so don't wear that Byron Mullens jersey tonight. Or ever. Pro tip: If you already have a membership, you can get six people in with you for free!

Bar and Kitchen

Bar | Kitchen
819 S Flower; Distance from Staples: 0.5 miles
Like most of LA, if you show up here past 10pm on a weekday, you're SOL. But Fri-Sat-Sun, this may be Downtown's best hidden treasure -- the drinks are crazily creative with stellar names ("Kevin's A Girl?" -- gin, Aperol, grapefruit, and honey), and they've got sick food like roasted bone marrow w/ oxtail jam, and a burger stacked w/ applewood-smoked bacon and Gruyere.

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Bottle Rock
1050 S Flower; Distance from Staples: 0.2 miles
Open 'til 1am every day but Sunday, this is where you go if you're looking for next-level charcuterie boards, nearly 1000 different bottles of wine, and 18 craft beers on tap.

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Octopus Japanese
729 W 7th; Distance from Staples: 0.7 miles
Always open 'til at least 11pm (and 12am Thurs-Sat), this upscale two-story mini-chain goes rawer than the WWF on Monday night, with Japanese numbers like albacore sashimi w/ jalapeƱo & grilled garlic, and non-swimmers like BBQ beef ribs marinated in soy sauce.

WP24

WP24 Bar
900 W Olympic; Distance from Staples: 0.3 miles
Yes, the actual restaurant atop the The Ritz-Carlton is a schmancy, rezzie-only Asian affair, but so long as you're not in a Byron Mullens jersey (DUDE. STOP WEARING THAT.), you can hit the open-'til-midnight bar up there, which has killer views of Downtown and an even killer-er dumpling-stuffed bar menu. Added bonus: Lakers other than Chris Kaman come here a ton post-game.

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Salvage Bar & Lounge
717 W 7th; Distance from Staples: 0.7 miles
This design-award-winning barstaurant erected (!) in a building from the '20s features a hodgepodge of old-school Edison bulbs and couch cushions that don't necessarily match. They've got a small food menu with bar bites like jalapeƱo popper sushi-style rolls and fried chicken bites, plus worth-ordering dranks like the citrus-y Bourbon Cooler.

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Hooters
1248 S Figueroa; Distance from Staples: 0.1 miles
Open 'til at least 1am every night. And super-walkable. And chicken wings. And see above.

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1. The Original Pantry 877 S Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Downtown)

Hit up this classic diner for Red Dog-absorbing classics like T-bone steak, spaghetti & meatballs, and Southern-fried chicken, all in a space that hasn't closed since 1924 (insert hilarious slutty Dorothy Parker reference).

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2. CaƱa Rum Bar at the Doheny 714 W Olympic, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

Formerly an ultra-exclusive, members-only mixology center, the Doheny's been transformed into an egalitarian rum bar, with a $20 annual membership fee, a re-designed, more-colorfully decorated white & blue interior w/ antique bird cages as lighting fixtures.

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3. Bar | Kitchen 819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

If you're hungry try the Parmesan truffle tots, and if you're thirsty try the "Mexican Medicine", which is a blend of Mezcal, scotch, ginger, and honey.

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4. BottleRock (Downtown) 1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

Expanding on the rampaging success of its Culver City brother, the new BottleRock works the same concept (huge wine selection available retail to-go, or to drink in-house) in a 4x-larger space decked with floor-to-ceiling wood wine shelves, tree trunk tables, a granite bar, and countertops made from recycled wine & beer bottles, and boasts a small-plates menu that dwarfs than the original's, despite the stuff being so small.

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5. Octopus Japanese Restaurant 729 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

Garlic butter edamame to start and a whole mess of sushi to finish, Octopus Japanese is serving up some of the freshest in the business.

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6. Salvage Bar & Lounge 717 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

At Salvage Bar & Lounge, you can watch all the sports you could want and drink some mighty fine drinks, like their Bourbon Cooler or the Farmhouse. This is definitely a spot to keep on your to-do list.

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7. Hooters of Downtown LA 1248 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

Check out this Downtown LA spot for all your wing needs.

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8. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

Whether you're heading to WP24 for dim sum Sunday or just a casual drink before the Lakeshow, WP24 has some serious good-eats in Downtown LA.

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