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3 New Reasons to Venture Downtown

Lately DTLA has been on a steady stream of upward mobility, gradually becoming our city’s coolest ‘hood, as these three recent additions will attest

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December 23, 2014 :: 9:00 AM

1. Mrs. Fish (Above)
448 S. Hill St.
Think of Mrs. Fish, opened last month, as the polar opposite of Downtown’s sky-high oasis, Perch (same building, same owners)—it’s a three-level basement bar with an aquarium ceiling, a rock ‘n’ roll stage area not unlike what you found at CBGB and a quirky menu that includes $100 fishbowl drinks, finger foods and caviar. While your bourgie friends are flirting on the building’s rooftop 19 stories overhead, take pride that you’re hanging with the cool kids down below.

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2. King Eddy Saloon
131 E. 5th St.
If you were a fan of the hideous hunting arcade game that once sat inside this DTLA bar, we regret to inform you it’s officially been shot and turned into jerky—only one big change that new creative comptroller Jeremy Fall has enacted in his attempt to return the space to its ‘80s dive bar status. Other changes include the return of the ventilated “smoking box” and chalkboard tables. Best of all, word on the street is that Cole Whittle of Semi-Precious Weapons will be bringing in a weekly Thursday classic rock night.

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3. Redbird
114. E. 2nd St.
The celebrated chef behind Grace and BLD, Neal Fraser, soft-opened his latest venture on Dec. 17. As far as we’re concerned, it’s about time for the prodigal cuisinier’s return; we’ve been on pins and needles (or is it forks and knives?) for months now. Fraser serves a modern American menu inside the rectory of Vibiana, a one-time Catholic cathedral. Make your dinner reservations now for the sure-to-be-hot-spot’s official Jan. 7 opening. Lunch and brunch will be on the plate in the new year.

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