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.
Caña 714 W Olympic; Distance from Staples: 0.3 miles Formerly the crazily-exclusive Doheny, Caña 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 | 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.
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.
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/ jalapeño & grilled garlic, and non-swimmers like BBQ beef ribs marinated in soy sauce.
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.
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 jalapeño popper sushi-style rolls and fried chicken bites, plus worth-ordering dranks like the citrus-y Bourbon Cooler.
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.