Did you make a resolution to go out more in 2010 but you also made a resolution to save money? Well, tonight has the best of both in downtown Los Angeles.
First, drive or take the Metro (save on gas and parking!) to The Edison, a classy lounge at 2nd Street and Main Avenue in LA's first private power plant. The website describes it as "a celebration of an era of invention and imagination--the blending of science, art and industry," and it certainly feels that way. The problem with The Edison is it is not the cheapest joint in the city, but on Thursdays (and now Wednesdays and Fridays) from 5pm to 7pm, they offer their version of a happy hour. During their New Deal Cocktail Hours, you can buy their normally double-digit dollar priced martinis for the 1910 price of 35 cents. And all this in the speakeasy, underground atmosphere of The Edison, a truly a unique experience. Also, tonight the lounge has live entertainment from DJ Jonny Boy and Live Jazz Band.
But you can't stay at The Edison all night. Once you finish your cocktail, walk south on Main Avenue, and you will be right in the epicenter of Downtown Art Walk, the free, self-guided tour of more than 40 of LA's commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit art venues in downtown. The event starts as early as noon and most venues close at 9pm. Walk around, take in art, your neighbors and the Historic Core of LA. Be sure to take advantage of the free admission to MOCA on Grand Avenue.
Not ready to go home at 9pm? Tonight's Downtown Art Walk has a post-Art Walk exhibit at the Golden Gopher (417 W. 8th Street). It begins at 10pm and features the work of Tom Biagini, the originator of Sumo Surfer Art and Clothing and DJ Darren Revell spinning indie and post-punk music. There is no cover at the post-Art Walk and there will be free giveaways while supplies last.
If you want to go out tonight but can't spend a lot of dough, check out the Edison and Downtown Art Walk. In the end, you will not be disappointed, or broke.