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

Published On 11/05/2013 Published On 11/05/2013
Staples Center, Los Angeles
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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. Caña 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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