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1 Month in Downtown

I have now lived in downtown for 1 month and I don’t know what I think yet. My roommate and I have a nice corner loft with a view of the downtown skyscrapers, a rooftop pool, easily accessible public transportation, and a whole lot of bars and restaurants.

It’s everything I hoped it would be, but I still find myself missing the West-Side more with each day. I miss the ocean breeze. I miss having easy access to multiple movie theaters. I miss Target, Forever 21, and Grocery Stores.

It’s also harder, now that I’m back in a cast. I fell down the other day and am in an air cast. the walk from the Alexandria to my apt complex didn’t seem like a big deal, but now with a heavy cast that hurts my leg, it’s a chore just leaving the building to get my car, let alone walking to any restaurant other than D-town burger bar.

I think I just miss the ease of being able to do stuff and I probably just need more time to get used to my new surroundings. Besides, at least in downtown I can get some decent mexican food, something I was never able to get in Santa Monica


Allison’s LA Cocktail Tour

At the end of May, posted an article announcing that the 10 LA  area bars made Food and Drink Magazine’s 2009 Top 100 Bars list.

  • Bar Centro
  • Comme Ca
  • Copa d’Oro
  • The Doheny
  • The Edison
  • The Hungry Cat
  • Musso & Frank Grill
  • The Penthouse
  • Seven Grand
  • The Varnish

I love a well-made cocktail. I love it when the flavors blend and work together. It is a nice change from the standard Vodka-Soda, Gin & Tonic, and Whiskey-Ginger Ale.

I’ve decided to take this list and use it as a guide to great drinks around LA.

So far I’ve accomplished slightly less than half the list:

  • Copa d’Oro ($5 Happy Hour drinks and post- happy hour and incredible Basil-Cucumber concoction)
  • The Edison
  • The Penthouse
  • Seven Grand (Hear the Mint Julep is great, but I’m not a fan)

There are still a few more to hit up, and more places with hand crafted, savory drinks popping up every day.  Let’s hope Food and Wine Magazine is right!