Even the most dewy of us can benefit from the occasional rejuvenation to help us retain that youthful glow. The City of Angels is no different. While the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles has been going steady for years, its reinvention will finally get the queer seal of approval with the launch of a brick-and-mortar, get-off-your-Grindr gay bar, Precinct, which will open this summer on the corner of Broadway and Fourth. This means DTLA is going to be hotter than ever, and that’s not just because of the mercury.
It’s time to realize there’s more to this lively SoCal metropolis besides LGBT staples like Weho and Silver Lake, so see what’s happening in DTLA this summer and beyond. Start on Spring Street, the Wall Street of the West and the heart and soul of the Downtown L.A. renaissance, marvel at its historic architecture and travel along the city’s streets to take in all that’s transformed— like those luxury, high-living lofts that are not strictly for L.A.’s elite.
Here are five musts for your big gay summer in DTLA…
Barely six months old, this chic must-see boutique property has taken over the old United Artists Theatre Building on Broadway and trust us, it’s so much more than just a hotel. Ace pulls out all the stops by maintaining old school charm and simultaneously infusing its surroundings with everything sleek and modern. There’s retail therapy on site, and a restaurant and bar for bites and libations, too.
With comprehensive exhibits of legendary entertainers such as Whitney Houston, here’s a chance to learn more about the divas you quote on the daily. It’s conveniently located on four floors of exciting and interactive exhibit space at L.A. Live, and you take the tour from top to bottom, so you end up on the street when you finish so you can grab dinner or drinks at any of the many nearby restaurants.
In a nutshell, this is the mother of all farmers’ markets. The Grand Central Market has been a DTLA landmark since 1917 for good reason. In the mood for Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian BBQ or maybe some simple bacon and eggs? Have lunch with friends, an early dinner with mom or feel right at home with last night’s trick when you treat him to breakfast at Eggslut. Yeah, perfection over easy. Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.
You can’t comment on DTLA without mentioning this anything-but-ordinary mid-century landmark smack dab in the center of downtown. With its cool rooftop parties that offer awe-inspiring views of the cityscape, The Standard is packed with a mixed crowd of revelers ready to party the night a-gay.
Maybe you don’t want to build a snowman this summer, but you can still get your Disney fix in a more sophisticated manner. Catch a concert this elegant, state-of-the-art architectural marvel and you’ll feel like you’re in the center of the performance with its 360-degree concert experience where the acoustics are unparalleled. (And who doesn’t love to feel like the center of attention?) Do yourself a favor and reserve seats now during the venue’s 10-year anniversary.