Downtown: "4th and Main" Los Angeles Nightlife Tip by gilescorey

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  4th and Main
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      4th and Main
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"4th and Main", also referred to as "The Old Bank District" was a derelict, abandoned Downtown zone a mere ten years ago. Then, Tom Gilmore's development company took a chance on some of the old edifices and began converting them into lofts and residences. Tax breaks abounded after redistricting, but Gilmore went bankrupt, regardless. Several times.

Nevertheless, the seed of an idea was planted, and the booming housing market meant Gilmore soon had competition. A whole new residential community began springing up in Downtown LA - some 30,000 moved in over a few years - changing the face of an abandoned city center.

The economic crash of 2008 meant a few projects stalled - but it also sent many properties to auction, and youngsters could now snap up lofts at a 50% discount. Thus, the residents have a bit more of an artistic, progressive vibe for a hood just on the edge of the financial district.

Trendy bars and clubs followed - some now considered the hottest in the city. But, the monied interests weren't so keen on having to look at Downtown's gigantic homeless community. They put pressure on City Hall to move them out. The resulting police action sent many homeless back up to Hollywood or out to Santa Monica - two other areas that struggle with the problem.

Thus you have a new, exciting urban neighborhood in the heart of America's second largest city. It's been a dream of city planners for decades, and it is indeed coming true. Just be aware that the gritty old Downtown Los Angeles is just around the corner, and she's not ready to give in, just yet.

Dress Code: 4th and Main itself has the local hangout, Pete's - a place for beer and nachos, or to take the parents to dinner. It's a mainstay, and it's casual. Bar 107, kitty corner across, is a bit more rock and roll, PBR crowd. Nearby establishments are trendier and you might want to look the part - Broadway Bar, Cole's , 7th Grand, The Golden Gopher and The Edison.

The Edison is a massive bar/club that can get overrun by Orange County on weekends. Go early for their happy hour cocktails - and to take in the stunning space.

Address: 4th and Main, Downtown Los Angeles
Directions: Metro Red Line to Pershing Square Station.
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 12, 2011
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