Echo Park, Los Angeles.
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A somewhat grungy neighborhood still in the early stages of gentrification, Echo Park was a favorite of Charles Bukowski’s in the 70s, and it doesn’t appear to have changed all that much since then.

The area’s current inhabitants are a melting pot of immigrant families – Latino, Chinese, Filipino – with a slow but steady influx of creative types.

The prevailing nonchalant, gritty, and authentic atmosphere of Echo Park draws east side locals and earthy hipsters to the dives, beer bars, lounges, and thriving indie scene at live music venue The Echoplex, all positioned along Sunset Boulevard.

During baseball season, the area is packed with blue-clad fans spilling over from the nearby Dodger Stadium, who swarm to Echo Park for pre- or post-game festivities.

The namesake park itself right near the 101 Freeway features a large lake where locals can rent paddle boats or take in the famous foliage during the annual Lotus Flower Festival.


Where to Go in Echo Park

  • * El Prado Bar / Beer / Beer Lovers / Casual
  • * Footsie's After Work / Alternative / Bikers

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