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Before the Date…

The towering bright lights of downtown LA seem so close but impossibly far away as you pass through the historically challenging corridor of Skid Row. A scene that is impossible not to verbally make a “sigh” at the humanity of the situation. On the outskirts of these few blocks are shining beacons of resilience, art, and a look into the neighborhoods future. If you ever thought you’d never have a good time spending a night over there. Think again.

So prepare your partner for a night of surprises. It’s time for you to feel like a fish out of water.

St0p #1: 7 PM



What to Know

Built between 1917 and 1923 Market Row, now ROW DTLA, still has 1% of the country’s produce pass through its buildings en route across the country every day.

Rappahanock has been a family run business in Chesepeake bay for over 125 years! 1,000 of those oysters are taken from their own farms and flown twice a week to Los Angeles.

Happy Hour ends at 7pm with $1.50 oysters, $6 apps, $10 fish dishes(like scallops and Hamachi). On the drink front it’s $7 wine and $5 beers. They just got their liquor license so if you’re only into tequila, you’re set.

St0p #2: 8 PM



What to Know

Reservations are highly suggested. There is an outdoor patio but we suggest the inside. The lighting sets the mood and you’re in store for a show from the open air kitchen.

In February, 2019 Yxta celebrated it’s 10th anniversary. An incredible feat from any restaurant but one at the gateway to Skid Row is unheard of. Why the tenure? The incredible locals, food, and staff who treats you like family.

This was the first restaurant of Jesse Gomez, son to the owners of the closed Highland Park gem El Arco Iris. Since Yxsta’s opening he’s brought to life a slew of restaurants including Mercado and Maradentro.

What to Order: Pescado Zarandeado, Camarones Al Ajillo, and Chile Relleno.

Don’t pass up the happy hour next time: Monday 4-9pm, Tue. – Fri. 4-7pm, & Sat. 5-7pm with $4 draft beers, $5 margaritas, and $5-7 apps.

St0p #3: 9.30 PM



What to Know

You can walk here from stop 2 but please if you do walk along the far side of Alameda St.. If Skid Row makes you uncomfortable just grab an Uber ????????.

Glass blowing begins on the weekends at 8pm. If you’re feeling like this is something you’d like to try they have a glassblowing class on Wednesdays.

Beware this is a beer and wine bar so no alcohol.

Alternative (or Bonus): Shoot over to In Sheep’s Clothing to sip Japanese whiskeys and listen to hifi tunes.