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LA Live Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city's gentrified downtown scene. Los Angeles United States 34.045334 -118.265741
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Party Earth Review Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city’s gentrified downtown scene. An entertainment complex with the Staples Center arena as its centerpiece, the... ... read full review

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Party Earth LA Live Review

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Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city's gentrified downtown scene.

Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city’s gentrified downtown scene.

An entertainment complex with the Staples Center arena as its centerpiece, the venue offers a vast range of options including a sports bar and restaurant, upscale dining establishments, theaters, bars, clubs, and live music spaces.

By day, the main plaza is abuzz with buttoned-up business people grabbing a quick lunch, tourists checking out the Grammy Museum, and adventurous diners enjoying international fare including sushi at Katsuya, steak and seafood at ROCK’N Fish, and burritos at Rosa Mexicano, as well as the more plebian offerings served to sports fans at ESPN Zone.

As the downtown skyline begins to twinkle, a younger and more diverse city crowd packs in for concerts at the Nokia Theatre, upscale bowling at Lucky Strike, or salsa dancing to the throbbing beats of the Conga Room.

LA Live’s open-air setup and spacious plaza keep the vibe relaxed even during peak periods, and with the beefy security details roaming the premises, the party tends to remain fairly civilized.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you’re a downtown local, you’ll get some special discounts. Just supply your zip code and get 15% off at Conga, ESPN, and Flemings, and 10–15% off elsewhere.

  • Crowd

    Varies widely for concerts. Multicultural young professionals, sports fans, and tourists, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    ESPN Zone broadcasts a wide range of American and international sporting events. Bowling and drinks at Lucky Strike. First-run films at Regal Cinemas (1000 West Olympic Boulevard).

    Professional sports at Staples Center (1111 South Figueroa Street), including the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Sparks.

    Concerts at Staples Center, Nokia Theatre (777 Chick Hearn Court), Club Nokia (1111 South Figueroa Street), and the Conga Room.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Restaurants and eateries include Boca at the Conga Room, ESPN Zone, Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry’s Carvery, New Zealand Natural, ROCK’N Fish, Rosa Mexicano, Starbucks, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Trader Vic’s, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Yard House.

    Notable Happy Hours include Katsuya daily 5–8pm for appetizers, Trader Vic’s M–F 3–6pm, and Yard House M–F 3–6pm and Su–W 10pm–midnight.

  • Prices

    Restaurant and bar prices vary by establishment. Events and concerts $15+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice jeans, button-downs, and blouses at most restaurants. More casual on weekends. Trendy gear for guys and tight dresses for women at Lucky Strike and Conga Room.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the clubs, and any night in the plaza after a game at Staples Center or a concert at one of the live music venues.

  • Close By

    Rick’s Place at the Figueroa Hotel (939 South Figueroa Street) is great for post-event drinks away from the touristy masses.

LA Live User Reviews

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LA Live the heart of Downtown
yesica L. May 24, 2013
Walking around you stand and stare around, there is so much to do in this block. The entertainment of downtown Los Angeles is in LA Live with many activities to take part in from having a nice dinner to watching a movie or enjoying a nice drink. You have a wide variety to chose from when coming to LA Live maybe enjoy a movie since the Regal theatre is next door or have a latte at Starbucks or enjoy a nice dinner with the family at the Yard House. Not to forget there there are also other ways to have some fun like the nightlife enjoy some drinks with your friends, dance a little at the Conga Room and if you want some education why not visit the Grammy Museum which just added a new exhibition, the Jenni Rivera exhibition. LA Live is the perfect place to come with friends and family at any time of the day, you will definitively have something to do that you won't enjoy.
The entertaiment center of Downtown L.A.
Gor G. May 22, 2013
I love this place because it's so beautiful and trendy. Every time I go to a concert, I make sure to go early so i can hang out in the area, get some food and people watch. It attracts a variety of people, from kids to adults. This place is really great at accommodating all ages. I love the vibe I get from here. Club Nokia and Staples center are the main attractions on the block, because they are both show venues, but people come here to just hang out as well. In winter they set up an ice rink. They always have lots of promotional offers from car dealers or radio stations and you have a chance of winning some prizes. It's really a great place to pump you up for the concert or that basketball game you're going to.
Pre-Show Hang Out
Kristen D. May 20, 2013
There is so much to do here. If you arrive early to a show or sporting event, this is the place to go. You can walk around and have some dinner or even watch a movie. The options are truly endless. There is the Grammy Museum and a Starbucks as well. You can come and you can get that caffeine fix before heading into your show that you spent so much money to go to. Furthermore, when there is an event occurring at any of the surrounding venues, there is a chance that a radio station might be set up outside. Through radio station you really have a chance to win so much. Also, in the winter, LA live sets up an ice rink for fun memories of ice skating around. Where else can you ice skate in such a nice seasonal place. This is awesome for friends and family.
Lucky Strike Lanes at LA Live
Olorunbunmi H. Apr 5, 2013
I'd never been to a Lucky Strike until recently, mainly because I'm not a habitual bowler. But I love it! It's such an adult experience for bowling, which is nice. I don't know how much it costs per person, because a friend threw a going away party for someone, and for 2 1/2 hours and unlimited food and drinks (non-alcoholic) it was $40 per person. Which didn't seem too bad for the setting. The music was FANTASTIC and it was a great mix of early 2000's and late 90's hip-hop, which is the kind of music that gets everyone dancing. Our waitress was attentive, and we had two lanes to ourselves. It's not a place I would go every time I went bowling, but if I wanted an upscale experience with some friends, it's definitely worth checking out.
Entertainment capital
yue l. Apr 1, 2013
L.A. Live with the Staple Center across the street is considered the entertainment capital of the California even the U.S. It is a colossal site - an unbelievable number of restaurants, the Grammy Museum and a large movie theatre complex. One could certainly be fully entertained for the better part of a day. Nokia Plaza serves as the central meeting place for L.A. Live with a broadcast venue featuring giant LED screens; the upcoming event is 2013 College Basketball Fan Fest. Nokia Theatre is a music and theatre venue and Club Nokia is a fantastic club venue for live music and cultural events. It will welcome the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The GRAMMY Museum is a great resource for music lovers. It has featured a number of exhibits, which take you through the history of music, musical genres and the GRAMMYs, as well as the technologies involved in recording and mixing music. Embedded on the sidewalks at the LA Live streets are bronze disks, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring each year's top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Interactive activities let you play with instruments and mixing technology. L.A. Live is a great place for hanging out in the evenings and enjoying dinner for it is host to a set of mid to high scale dining including Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry's, Rock'N Fish, Rosa Mexicano, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Trader Vic's, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Yard House. Transportation is pretty easy, there's metro rail and many bus stops also near 2 freeways. Metrolink operates train service within Southern California from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, and North San Diego Counties. By rail, Pico Station is only a 2 minute walk and the 7th Street Metro Station is only a 7 minute walk However, Parking isn't great. Traffic is quite bad during rush hours. . Parking prices are horrendous. Unless you come here in Sunday, so you can park in the street for free. When attending a movie at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14, I recommend parking in Lot 4 located on the north side of Olympic Blvd. at Francisco Street. When attending an event (lasting 4 hours or more), I recommend the West Garage (Lot W, Gate B, Enter on Chick Hearn Ct.). When visiting L.A. LIVE for 2 hours or less, I recommend using the East Garage or West Garage. If you don’t mind parking a little far away from the center of L.A live. I recommend parking at the privately owned lot on Figueroa, just past Olympic. It's usually around $5 on non-event weekend days, and something like $8 on non-event weekdays. During events, they jack the price back up to $15, but that's still less than you pay in most of the LA Live lots. Overall if you want music and sport entertainment up to date, this would be the place. Moreover, during the holidays you can ice skate.
Staples Center /LA Live
Gregory P. Mar 27, 2013
If you're in Los Angeles and on a tight budget as I was in L.A. recently there are plenty of "venues" that call out for a "walking tour". LA Live is one such place. A visual feast not to mention the numerous medium and high end restaurants and attractions there. The Nokia Theater offers the best in entertainment from marquee headliners such as Rhiana to JZ. The Staple Center features NBA elite teams starring the L.A. Lakers and upstart team L.A. Clippers sharing the "Top-o-the-Line" sports arena located just south of L.A. Live. In addition to ESPN/Grammy Museum/Flemmings and Ritz Carlton Hotel all in close proximity there are numerous L.A. land marks and historical locations all thorughout the downtown "historical" core located on Figuroa Street along the north and south route. Be sure to set aside a whole day while you take in some highly suggested local hiking right off the 110 and 10 freeways at the hub of downtown Los Angeles.
Has everything, but not cheap
Jackson D. Mar 24, 2013
LA live is the perfect "Every once in a while place". Go with your friends and family from out of town to get dinner or go to a movie, but otherwise there is absolutely no reason to go. LA live is like City-Walk, pay $10 for pricing and the spend another $15 (at least) on dinner and you can see a lot of stores lit up in the night time. This is not my ideal place to hang out but if youre going to the Staples Center its a must. I recommend The Yard House or ESPN Zone. Theyre kind of pricey but extremely fun for sports fans and the food/beer is excellent.
Mainstream, pricy
John I. Mar 22, 2013
LA Live has a lot to offer. But it is nothing new or out of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy going to LA Live, but it is not a very unique experience. Most of the restaurants are high-end chains, such as Wolf Gang Puck. It has a little of everything from sushi to basic burgers. My personal favorite is the Yard House. You must go there! The Regal Cinema movie theatre is very luxurious and comfortable, but ticket prices are expensive. Compared to other places in LA, it is not too terrible. Traffic and parking is always a mess if there is a big game or concert at the Staples Center. Now and then there are free events happening in the courtyard area outside, so keep an eye out for those! Also be sure to come during the holiday season for ice-skating!
so much to do!
Duane L. Mar 5, 2013
LA Live is probably the best area in downtown Los Angeles, mainly because there is just so much to do there! It features restaurants, stores, and includes many landmarks such as the Staples Center and Nokia Theater. Whether you want to dine out for a fancy meal, watch a film (they also often have movie premieres there), check out a Lakers game, or enjoy a concert, LA Live offers all these options and more. Another bright spot is that with the Metro Expo train system, it’s super easy to get to LA Live from pretty much anywhere. The train stops literally across the street from the Staples Center! I get there from Culver City in a half hour tops. Sure beats sitting through traffic and having to park.
Center of LA
Sam D. Feb 27, 2013
In many ways, LA Live serves as the hub of Los Angeles. With the Staples Center for sporting events - the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings play there -, Nokia Theater for concerts and events, and several top quality restaurants, LA Live has everything for a night on the town. All of the establishments are new and clean, though slightly pricey. Furthermore, for easy access you can take the metro downtown right to LA Live. Lastly, one great spot in LA Live is the movie theatre. Often the site of premieres, the LA Live movie theatre is a beautiful theatre, with incredibly comfy seats, great theaters, and an excellent showing. I've seen many movies there and enjoy my visit every time.
Living it up in LA Live
Allie H. Jan 31, 2013
LA Live is quite the spot both day and night in down town Los Angeles. With Staples Center at its heart, the arena draws Lakers, Clippers, and Kings Games and concerts at Nokia Theater regularly. It is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and live music. During the day many people grab lunch while tourists come to see the Grammy Museum. While at night, this place becomes quite the place to party with friends. It has such a great atmosphere for laid back people wanting to have a great time. The seen is for sports fans, concert goers, and the late night owls that love to party. Friday and Saturday are the best games to go to the clubs and bars around the area but any night after a game or concert is guaranteed fun. I highly recommend this place for a night on the town!
Bringing the Dead to Life
Faith J. Dec 27, 2012
What used to be a rather dreary part of downtown has been revived to the infamous LA live... where I can assure there are no dead elements. The trendy downtown complex offers a variety of venues which satisfy the entertainment needs of all types. Sports fanatics can check out the Lakers play in the Staples center, foodies can submerge their taste buds in one of LA Lives premiere restaurants such as Wolf Gang Puck, culture enthusiast can get their history fix at the Grammy museum, and music lovers can catch a concert at the Nokia Theater. LA Live is also the home of the seasonal LA Kings Ice Rink which is currently taking place which allows Sunny Socal residents and visitors to strap on a pair of ice skates and experience the traditional winter feeling of the holidays. When the sun goes down LA live lights up the sky and attracts the hottest Angelenos to party and play. Whether its grabbing a drink and gazing over LA’s amazing skyline at Ion rooftop bar on the 4th floor of the JW Marriot, bowling in a pair of your sexiest heels at Lucky Strike, or salsa dancing the night away at Conga Room, LA live boasts entertainment at its finest.
LA Icon
Olivia C. Dec 3, 2012
Los Angeles Live brings life to your body. The amount of energy buzzing around in the air is out of this world. You can expect to see all walks of people doing one hundred different things. Such a great place to people watch if that is what you are interested in. During the Holidays the lights are beautiful and the ice rink is definitely a super fun outing with your friends if you are looking for a good time. The restaurants here are all so different so you will have a hard time choosing but will always be happy with your choice. Everyone needs to experience this at least once while in Los Angeles. An LA Icon.
Great Scott!
Steph H. Dec 3, 2012
Nice restaurants for everybody! Fleming's prime steakhouse for meat lovers, Katsuya for sushi lovers, Yard house for beer lovers, Boca for tapa lovers, WP 24 for fine dining lovers, Rock and Fish for seafood lovers, Rosa Mexicana for Mexican food lovers. Just want something casual? Wolfgang puck bar and grill, The mixing room, LA market, or just some wine? Glance wine bar. Wanna eat and have some fun too? ESPN zone, Lucky strike lanes n lounge. Anything you want, you can find it at LA live!
classy fun
Jenica F. Dec 3, 2012
If you need something to do, on any given night you can find great entertainment and great food. The restaurants here are top notch; Katsuya is THEE place to go to get your sushi fix (crispy rice and spicy tuna…thank me later) in an upscale environment with low lights, Rosa Mexicana’s guacamole is to die for, and all the Wolfgang Puck restaurants are delicious, classic fare with a classy atmosphere. The ESPN Zone is the place to go to watch the game and have a beer. And of course there is the movie theater, an ice skating rink in the winter time (along with other adorable holiday décor), and the Staples Center for really big events.
Brianna B. Dec 3, 2012
LA Live is a very festive and active spot that would be a great stop for dinner and a relaxing night. There are several restaurants, including my personal favorite katsuya, the farm beverly hills, wolf gang puck, and yardhouse. There is also a movie theatre and sportscreen, ESPN Zone, and lucky strike a bowling alley. They also decorate the center according to season. Right now, in the winter, there is an ice skating rink to bring some white christmas to Los angeles.
Love it!
Erica D. Dec 3, 2012
I absolutely love LA live! Whenever my parents and I visited LA in the past we would stay at the Ritz Carleton located in LA live. It's extremely fun and always lively. I was lucky enough to visit when the Emmy's were happening so that was extremely cool to see the whole set up. I went to dinner at Katsuya which is delicious (recommend spicy tuna on crispy rice!) I went to the movies which is conveniently across the street. I also went to flemmings for dinner and the farm for breakfast...both delicious. If visiting LA you have to go to LA live. With the nokia theater, a bowling alley, ESPN zone, and other extremely fun activities you're guaranteed a fun time!
A must!
Sydney S. Dec 3, 2012
LA live is a must when visiting LA! It offers so many different types of food, and will please everyone! As a USC student, LA Live is extremely convenient and is right down the street. It also is extremely convenient if going to an event at the Staples Center or the Nokia. Unfortunately, it can be extremely crowded during events and sometimes makes the experience not as enjoyable. Its great people watching and has something for everyone in the family! LOVE this!
Very Eventful
Kenzie G. Dec 3, 2012
Whether you're going to LA Live to see a concert at the Staples Center or at Nokia, this place is packed with stuff to do. With the numerous selection of restaurants to pick from and the various events that seem to always be going on, you're guaranteed to have a good time. However...if you are going to a restaurant on the night of a concert, make sure you go after the concert starts because it tends to get EXTREMELY packed when there's an event going on. Great place overall, and they have an ice skating rink during the Winter which is always fun and of course the bowling alley!
Great and Convenient!
Mackenzie H. Dec 3, 2012
LA Live is a really great place for a good night out as it has so much to do. There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from and there is certainly something for everyone. My favorite restaurants are Katsuya sushi, Flemming's, and The Yard House. Each has a very different feel and atmosphere. In addition to food, LA Live has an excellent movie theater for a dinner and movie night as well as an Ice Skating rink during the holiday season! The Staples Center is obviously also an extremely fun aspect of LA Live with basketball games and concerts, however on nights with big events the restaurants and parking gets extremely crowded.
Lots to do
Alli H. Dec 3, 2012
From restaurants to events to bowling, there is always something to do at LA Live. As a USC student, it is a great place to go on a date (Katsuya's my favorite but definitely pricey), brunch (The Farm brunch is awesome!) or watch a game at one of the sports bars. My favorite is Yard House, which has a huge menu and tons of good drinks. Definitely go during happy hour or reverse happy hour so you don't break the bank. Do some research before going, though, because the events at the Staples Center or Nokia Theater can make the restaurants REALLY busy during dinnertime and can make what should be a 5 minute drive from USC can take over 30 minutes. Parking can be a big pain there, with limited street parking and the garage being super expensive. Make sure that wherever you're going validates for parking, otherwise it may end up costing less to just cab it from USC, which is always a good option if you're taking advantage of happy hour!
Best Part of Downtown LA
Emily R. Dec 3, 2012
Downtown LA has absolutely been transformed into a nighttime hot spot since they built LA Live. There are so many incredible restaurants in the LA Live area, and there is bound to be an event happening any day of the week. It is a great place to go for dinner and a movie (the Regal Cinema theater there is great), or for just a fun night out on the town. I think my favorite restaurant there is the Yard House, which literally has something to satisfy EVERYONE (their menu is actually overwhelming because there are so many options). LA Live is a must when visiting LA, or even if you’re just a local looking to have a nice night out.
Event center
Jasmine U. Dec 3, 2012
LA Live can either be really busy or really dead depending on what is going on there that night. With the staples center and nokia theater right there sometimes things can really get crazy. Often there are multiple concerts or sports events in a night. These make the plaza bustling with people but also cause all the restaurants to have over an hour long wait time. The plaza itself is surrounded by bright colorful lights and TV screens where ever you turn. Awesome restaurants such as Wolfgang Puck, Rosa Mexicano, ESPN Zone, The Farm and more are all available to you. Two major hotels are also right in the plaza. A Giant regal cinemas is also here making it perfect for dinner and a movie or drinks. I suggest if you are going to get dinner here to call ahead and ask if a reservation is needed to avoid long wait times
Go for dinner or just to walk around
Lindsay M. Dec 3, 2012
LA is up and coming and more and more is being added to it all the time. If you are planning on going to a concert at Staples, Laker, Clipper, Kings game, club Nokia or anything in that area there are plenty of restaurants where you can grab food beforehand. A few personal favorites are the Farm and Katsuya. The area is a spectacle in itself and is fun to walk around. There is a bowling alley and a movie theatre as well. Parking is super easy and cheap.
Heart of Downtown
Lauren B. Dec 3, 2012
LA Live is a mecca of great food and entertainment. My favorite restaurant there is by far Flemmings, and like most of the restaurants its a little bit upscale but that only means amazingly delicious food. Its especially convenient since its right across from the Staples Center so its a perfect place to eat before seeing a concert or a game, and parkings really easy. Or its the perfect destination for the classic dinner and a movie combination with the Regal Cinema. And during the winter they have an ice-skating rink that literally is magical with all the holiday decorations. LA Live guarantees a ton of fun!
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