Model Monique May live body painting at PSA gallery
Downtown LA’s art walk is the event to attend every 2nd Thursday of the month. The art walk is a self-guided tour through Downtown’s Historic Core, Spring St and Main St between 2nd and 9th streets, where thousands of eclectic Angelino’s and tourists gather for art shopping, gallery hopping, bar hopping, and people watching. A few guided tours with experienced art enthusiats as well as a shuttle covered in graffiti art are also available. Best of all, the entire art walk can be enjoyed for free and offers something for everyone.
From 12-9pm, art galleries, retail stores, restaurants and bars, and vacant spaces are filled with art of all kinds. There is everything from paintings, sculptures, glasswork, live body paintings, photography, and arts and crafts, to gypsies selling jewelry and high school students selling photographs. The streets are filled with even more art and funky bands and DJs showing off their skills. Great deals can be found on fantastic pieces while socializing and enjoying the scene.
Art walkers enjoying the scene and free booze
Many of the galleries also offer free beer and wine and some even offer open bars, and just ask for small monetary donations in return. But do not forget to tip the bartenders!
As the galleries begin to close their doors around 8 or 9pm, the restaurants and bars become jam-packed with all kinds of art walkers. Young downtown hipsters, business men and women, art scene girls and starving artists all mingle together for a real urban experience. Below are a few bars along the art walk that should not be missed.
The bar at The Gorbals
501 S. Spring St, LA, CA 90013
“Top Chef” season 2 winner, Illan Hall, just opened the doors to his restaurant bar that pays homage to his Scottish background and New York attitude. The walls scream anti-Hollywood with Hollywood mug shots of everyone from OJ Simpson to Hugh Grant.
The vault at The Crocker Club
The Crocker Club
453 S. Spring St, LA, CA 90012
The Crocker Club is situated in what was once the vault of the Crocker Citizens Nation Bank. The vibe is very intimate with small semi private booths dimly lit with flickering candles. Their specialty drinks are strong and tasty; try the deliciously sweet Golden Yen Martini or the uber creative gin cocktail known as the Brinks Job.
Wine at The Must
118 W. 5th St, LA, CA 90013
This hip beer and wine bar serves up over 50 wines by the glass, carafe, or bottle and has a mouthwateringly delicious food menu. The Must serves some of the best French fries downtown, sliders, cheese plates and more while blasting eclectic and alternative music. During their happy hour from 4-7pm, their specialty sangrias are incredible at just $4.
For more art walk photos, please take a look at the attached slideshow.