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Luma Corner

By Eric Richardson — January 09, 2009 — 8 Comments

Announced almost a year ago, Danish bakery and restaurant Hygge has yet to move beyond framed walls at the corner of 11th and Hope. Now it appears owner Ray Lee...

Stay Hotel Eric Richardson

Hotel Cecil Applies for Liquor License

By Eric Richardson — January 06, 2009 — 4 Comments

Since launching Stay, the boutique hotel-hostel hybrid now running on three floors of the Hotel Cecil, operator Lanting Hotel Group has been busy. On the hotel...

Ghostbuster Steam Punk

By Jeannine Denholm — January 06, 2009 — 2 Comments

I never used to do anything special on New Year's Eve. That all changed the year I moved downtown. There always seems to be so much to do that if stay home I feel...

By Stan Lerner — January 04, 2009 — 2 Comments

After being turned away at Encore by an Asian security guard, even though we had a perfectly legitimate appointment at the spa, (and because I was hallucinating...


By Ed Fuentes — December 30, 2008 — 4 Comments

The January 2009 issue of Los Angeles Magazine places Monica and Kristen’s Nickel Diner as the third best new restaurant in L.A.

The Palate in Glendale, and Gjelina...

Downtown at Night Eric Richardson

Looking for Last Minute New Years Plans? *

By Ed Fuentes — December 29, 2008 — 6 Comments

Those having second thoughts about staying at home on New Year's Eve to watch the ball drop have a plethora of options for activities that don't involve leaving...

By Stan Lerner — December 28, 2008

“Whooooo Shiiiiiiit!!! Look what the cat done dragged into Vegas!!!!” screamed the large, handsome, cowboy looking fellow that had come to greet us at the airport...

Cole's Neon Gets Relit

By Eric Richardson — December 22, 2008 — 8 Comments

My last twitter message from blogdowntown's first bar hop, held on a cold but dry Friday evening, sums up the night:

Buses slow. Battery dying. We detoured to whiskey...

By Stan Lerner — December 18, 2008 — 2 Comments

I don’t really vibe with Seven Grand, too many people, too many guys, and a college hipster feel around the pool tables that I didn’t even like in my college years...

Cole's Neon Gets Relit Eric Richardson

Friday: Bar Hop With blogdowntown

By Eric Richardson — December 17, 2008 — 13 Comments

On this last Friday before the holidays, come out and enjoy some Downtown nightlife with blogdowntown. Every time we've done an event, the number one question I...

Owner and the Chef Ed Fuentes

Gram and Papa's Offers the Basics, Served Well

By Ed Fuentes — December 17, 2008 — 3 Comments

When Mike Ilic opened his cafe this fall, he named the place after his grandparents, nicknamed Gram and Papa. Since September, the eatery at 9th and Santee has...