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Move over Hollywood; DTLA has more places to drink than anywhere in the city

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, September 07, 2012, at 10:37AM
King Eddy Andres Aguila/KPCC

The King Eddy in downtown L.A. says they have the longest standing liquor license in Los Angeles.

According to a report from the California Alcohol Beverage Control, downtown L.A. and its surrounding area has more bars, liquor stores, and restaurants serving drinks than any other area in the city.

The Central Division of the LAPD oversees 483 different locations with a variety of liquor licenses -- from full bars, to eateries serving beer and wine, said LAPD Capt. Horace Frank. The majority of these locations are restaurants which also serve some form of alcohol; there are less than 30 full bars and/or nightclubs and more than 80 liquor stores and markets.

And with the number of new places opening every week in DTLA, these numbers don't seem too surprising. Just this year alone, Blogdowntown has covered everything from the now open English pub The Parish, to the recently announced Chinese "gastropub" Peking Tavern slated for Spring Street. Soleto Trattoria and Pizza Bar opened on Figueroa this summer, Umamicatessen has been serving drinks out of The Back Bar for months and Clifton's has plans to reopen with multiple bars and at least one location with a cabaret license.

Frank said that all liquor-license related issues are handled by the area's approximately 15-person Vice squad and undercover officers. While most of the almost 500 drinking established go without incident, there are at least 18 to 20 open investigations going on at any time, said Frank. Most of these efforts are spurred by complaints, he added. Many issues revolve around improper security, underage drinking, licensing concerns or serving a person who is already intoxicated.

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