This post is sponsored by Rockport. While I’ve been traveling in their boots for awhile (style + comfort = win win), I’ve teamed up with Rockport to rock a few different pairs of their shoes on adventures like the one below!
Located in a revived industrial zone of Downtown Los Angeles, the Arts District has quickly become the city’s coolest neighborhood.
I’ve been coming here for the past six years, right around when the first few pioneering businesses stated setting up shop and enticing people into this baron part of town (shout out to some of the early movers: Villains Tavern, Wurstkuche and The Pie Hole).
Today, just six years later, the neighborhood is flush with places to eat, drink, shop and live (like factories turned into spacious loft apartments) — and more are arriving monthly.
And today, the Arts District remains one of my favorite places in Los Angeles to gather friends or take family visiting from out of town for three reasons. 1) There’s always someplace new to check out. 2) It’s covered with some of most amazing street art murals you’ll see anywhere in the world. And 3) It’s walkable.
So on this trip to the Arts District, I gathered some friends and centered our adventure in the southern part of the neighborhood — a more local section of the ‘hood away from the main drag (about a 15-20 minute walk away on East 4th Street).
Below, you’ll see the three places we visited on this trip. They’re located within close proximity to one and other to set you up to have a perfect, walkable evening in the Arts District. For my journey, I wore my comfortable and casual Rockport Harbor Point Chukkas (so you’ll see some photos of those below too).
Stop 1: Iron Triangle Brewing
Opened in January of 2016 and housed in a cavernous old warehouse with a wood truss ceiling reminiscent of an airplane hanger, Iron Triangle Brewing Company has big plans — including quadrupling the amount of space they currently occupy to become LAs biggest craft beer producer. So now’s your chance to get in early so you can say you drank there “way back when.” While scale is soon to come, it’s sophistication (ex. the bartenders wear white oxford shirts and black vests) in addition to their location away from the main drag in a more local section of the Arts District, that helps sets Iron Triangle apart. And of course, there’s their flagship Iron Triangle IPA helping lead the charge.
This was my second trip to Iron Triangle — and this time, I brought a few more friends who’d never been before. They loved the space, the beer and how different the vibe was from the other breweries in the Arts District, like Angle City Brewery and Arts District Brewing. I’ll be visiting again soon and can’t wait to introduce this place to more people.
Stop 2: Pizzanista
If you’re anything like me, after a few strong beers, you probably want some pizza. Luckily, one of LAs best pizza places, Pizzanista is just two blocks away.
Now, if you’re having too much fun at Iron Triangle and want to keep the beer drinking going, Pizzanista offers free delivery to the brewery (and at just $20 for a large pepperoni pizza, it’s a good deal). But to keep the day moving, leave your beer behind and head over to Pizzanista in person.
Founded by legendary skateboarder, Salman Agah, Pizzanista, with its row of skateboard magazines sitting on a counter, brick walls, and exposed Edison light bulbs is unlike any other pizza place in Los Angeles — both in style and quality. Their New York-style pizza, served by the slice or whole pie is incredible (and I grew up in New Jersey — so trust me, I know good pizza).
While the plain cheese or pepperoni will never disappoint, whenever I’m here I can’t resist the Meat Jesus, which features Pizzanista’s perfectly crisped crust topped with loads of cheese, bacon, sausage and pepperoni.
Tip: it’ll be hard, but just get one slice — you’ll be eating more at stop 3!
Stop 3: Everson Royce Bar
Just a half block down the street from Pizzanista, you’ll find Everson Royce Bar (look for the building with the orange door and a sign that says simply, BAR). It’s hear you’ll be spending the rest of the evening.
Opened in late 2015, Everson Royce Bar (usually referred to as E.R.B.) quickly became a go-to hangout for Arts District locals. It still is, but now, it’s not exactly a secret — at least to Angelenos who stay informed on the city’s food and bar scene.
Inside, the long, white marble bar faces a lit wall of spirits — an impressive selection used to make a curated list of signature cocktails (or any other drink you’d like). Out back, you’ll find an inviting and surprisingly big patio illuminated by market lights. First, see the hostess and ask for a table outside. If there’s a wait, grab a drink at the bar.
Once seated outside, enjoy your drink, maybe order another, then order some food from E.R.B’s low key menu of refined bar bites. The burger is incredibly simple and not a showstopper on the plate, but it’s really one of the best in the city. You also can’t go wrong with the steamed pork buns.
Sweatshirt: Ovik Sweater by Fjallraven
Sunglasses: Francis Titanium by Shwood
Stay tuned, on my next Rockport adventure I’ll be taking you to Malibu!