5 Extra-Fun Night-Out Plans In L.A. — No Car Required!

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on March 2.]
While the song "Nobody Walks In L.A." rings oh-so-true in our urban sprawl of a city, if you're going to be wining and dining, the car's gotta stay in park. And let's face it, this is no easy task for us sometimes lazy Angelenos (we're not afraid to admit it), especially when coordinating a night of debauchery with a gaggle of pals who refuse to DD. To avoid the painstaking wait for a taxi (come on, it's not like we can whistle and wave 'em down like NYC folks), we've identified five neighborhoods that are packed with spots to eat, drink, and be very merry without your ride. From the Arts District downtown to Los Feliz to Santa Monica's Main Street, you've got no excuse to get behind the wheel when serious fun is just steps away.
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Photo: Via El Carmen
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Photos (clockwise from left): Via Villains, Wurstkuche, and Villains

The Arts District
With the recent opening of Handsome Coffee Roasters, and spots popping up seemingly overnight, this booming downtown neighborhood is not to be missed! Nosh on a rattle snake hot dog at Wurstkuche (we promise, their exotic dogs are actually really good), then hit one of décor doyenne Dana Hollister's spots, One Eyed Gypsy or Villains Tavern (on Thursday nights, they have the raddest blue grass band, The Hootenanny, and also boast shuffleboards to get your game face on while sipping wildly concocted cocktails).

The Restaurants:
Wurstkuche, 800 East 3rd Street (at Traction); 213-687-4444.

The Pie Hole, 714 Traction Avenue (at East 4th Place); 213-537-0115.

The Bars:
Villians Tavern, 1356 Palmetto Street (at South Santa Fe Avenue); 213-613-0766.

One Eyed Gypsy, 901 East First Street (at Vignes Street).
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Photos (clockwise from left): The Little Next Door, El Carmen, and The Churchill

West 3rd Street
Parking and even valeting on this street can be a beast, so this is one area that walking will definitely make your life easier! And there's really something for everyone. You can start off with a swanky meal at Son of A Gun, or split many plates on the patio at Churchill, then grab a glass of vino at Tasca or The Little Next Door, hit up the best dive on the block, St. Nick's, or even catch a game at sports café Goal. End your night at El Carmen to grind on cheap tacos and some of the best margs in town!

The Restaurants:
Son of A Gun, 8370 West 3rd Street (near Orlando), 323-782-9033.

The Churchill, 8384 West 3rd Street (at South Orlando Avenue); 323-655-8384.

The Little Next Door, 8142 West Third Street (between La Jolla and Kilkea avenues); 323-951-1010.

The Bars:
El Carmen, 8138 West 3rd Street (between La Jolla and Kilkea Avenues); 323-852-1552.

Tasca Wine Bar, 8108 West 3rd Street (at Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-951-9890.

St. Nick's, 8450 West 3rd Street (Near South Croft Avenue); 323-655-6917.

Goal, 8334 West 3rd Street (Near South Kings Road); 323-655-5955.
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Photos (clockwise from bottom left): Via The Varnish, Perch, and Babycakes.

Downtown
Cole's boasts one of the yummiest (and oldest) French Dips in L.A., laced with super spicy mustard, so pack your tums, and head across the street to Cedd Moses' mezcal mecca Las Perlas, and end the night with delectable gluten-free cupcakes by Babycakes. There's tons more spots to get tipsy included below, too!

The Restaurants:
Cole's French Dip, 118 East 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets); 213-622-4090.

Babycakes NYC, 130 East 6th Street (between South Main and South Los Angeles streets); 855-462-2292.

The Bars:
The Varnish, 118 East 6th Street (behind Cole's); 213-622-9999.

Las Perlas, 107 East 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles Streets); 213-988-8355.

Perch, 448 South Hill Street (at West 5th Street); 213-802-1770.

The Falls, 626 South Spring Street (between 6th and 7th streets); 213-612-0072.
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Photos (clockwise from bottom left): Rockwell Vt., Bar Covell, and Little Dom's

Los Feliz
Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues have a serious smattering of great eateries and watering holes that you can bounce around to until your heart's content! We love Little Dom's Ricotta Fritters (who doesn't?), and the Good Luck Bar is by and far our have dive bar in town. We've included several other spots that are R29-approved, so hit the Eastside pavement, and thank us later!

The Restaurants:
Figaro Bistrot, 1802 North Vermont Avenue (at Melbourne Avenue); 323-662-1587.

Little Dom's, 2128 Hillhurst Avenue (at Los Feliz Boulevard); 323-661-0055.

The Bars:
Covell Wine Bar, 4628 Hollywood Boulevard (at Rodney Drive); 323-660-4400.

Rockwell Vt., 1714 North Vermont Avenue (between Kingswell and Prospect Avenues); 323-669-1550.

Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Avenue (at Sunset Drive); 323-666-3524.
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Photos (clockwise from left): Via Via Veneto, 31 Ten Lounge, and Barcopa,

Main Street
This stretch of Santa Monica is tops for a mellow night out in a boho flowy maxi dress. Chaya is an old standard with the freshest sushi you'll find, and Via Veneto has been voted most romantic resto time and again (why not have a walking date-night out?). Sip on one of the drinks on a hefty mixology menu at Barcopa, or grab a gimlet at the Basement Tavern at the Victorian House.

The Restaurants:
Chaya Venice, 110 Navy Street (at Main Street); 310-396-1179.

Via Veneto, 3009 Main Street (between Pier and Marine avenues); 310-399-1843.

The Library Ale House, 2911 Main Street (Near Ashland Avenue); 310-384-3155.

The Bars:


The Basement Tavern at The Victorian, 2640 Main Street (Near Ocean Park Boulevard); 310-396-2469.

Barcopa, 2810 Main Street (at Ashland Avenue); 310-452-2445.

31Ten Lounge, 3110 Main Street (between Marine and Navy avenues); 310-450-5522.
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