Downtown Los Angeles Outdoors

03.21.13


Hip the Spot

Move over, Silver Lake. Downtown’s gaining hipster cred. Parks with quirks, street art strolls, an airy microbrewery...check out the city's offbeat and artistic side on a circuit you can do in a day. Skinny jeans and ironic mustaches optional.


Disc Golf Elysian Park LA

Fore Sure!

Elysian Park's 18-hole disc golf course might be an unexpected way to have a good time downtown, but this game of “frolf” (“Frisbee golf, Jerry!”) is great fun, and cheap too. Converse shoes and t-shirts outnumber pastel khakis and sweater vests at the park’s Chavez Ridge Disc Golf Course. Set in an elevated eucalyptus grove, steep hillsides can make a workout out of errant discs; luckily, stunning views of downtown’s skyline and Dodger stadium are good excuses for taking a long, deep breath, and counting to ten (it's just a game, after all). Pack some discs and print out a course map before you tee off. Let the frolf begin!

The Chavez Ridge Disc Golf Course is located on Park Row Dr. in Elysian Park (driving directions). Dog-friendly!

Downtown LA Murals

Mural Menagerie

For a free outdoor gallery, explore the street murals in downtown LA's art district. More than 100 of them line the blocks between Alameda Street and the Los Angeles River. Start at Blooms Square, which is actually a triangle formed by 3rd Street, Traction Avenue, and Rose Street. Many of the murals here are commissioned by shop and restaurant owners; some are designated open walls. The subjects—from animals to old men to the abstract—give life to what used to be industrial warehouses. A trio of black-and-white elephants march from a backdrop of striking, bold lines. A bright red and orange piece of a mythological-looking half person/half bird flies through a pink sky. You can spot a fish and an owl in the body of the bird-human. Murals showcase everything from the (unofficial) Mona Lisa to robots. Like rotations at art exhibits, these colorful walls are constantly changing. Way to keep a fresh perspective.

BONUS: After your mural walk, shift creative palettes by stopping at Wurstküche Restaurant (3rd and Traction) where the art form is sausages—21 types!—from a classic bratwurst to the more exotic rattlesnake and rabbit with jalapeno peppers. (Wash it all down with one of 24 imported beers on tap.) The outdoor patio gives views of street murals.

Wurstküche Restaurant, (213) 687-4444, is located at 800 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles (3rd and Traction). The kitchen is open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – midnight; the bar is open until 2:00 a.m. The street art stroll is dog-friendly. The patio at Wurstküche is also dog-friendly!

Angel City Brewery

Downtown, on Draft

Angel City Brewery is the next new thing when it comes to craft beer in downtown LA. Located in the arts district, the brewery (currently having a soft opening) finds its home in a three-story warehouse built in the early 1900s for John A. Roebling's Sons Co., a steel wire firm famous for the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. A spiraling metal slide (once used to move wire spools between floors) is a vestige of the building’s early days. The high-ceilinged, sprawling space suits the industrial ambience, while columns and art deco light fixtures lend a funky vibe. We recommend soaking in some of the space’s natural light by grabbing a seat at one of the picnic tables by the garage-door entrances, which are usually wide open. Angel City Brewery currently has six old-world style beers on tap, reasonably priced at $6 for a full pour. Flagship beers are The Eureka! Wit and the Angeleno IPA (both available in growlers). We liked the Angeleno: with grapefruit on the nose, this medium-bodied beer is hopped with Citra, Nelson, Simcoe, and Nugget. Or pay tribute to downtown's favorite sandwich with the French Sip, an au jus–inspired spice beer brewed with peppercorns, pink salt, rosemary, and seaweed. Drink your meal!

Angel City Brewery is located at 216 South Alameda St. The entrance and parking lot are at the back of the building. Open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.; (213) 622-1261. The brewery is dog-friendly!

Hello ExOfficio

Ever had someone tell you that your sunburn looks ravishing, your mosquito bites sexy, and your baggy hiking pants just oh so chic? Yeah, we’ve never received those compliments either. Thankfully, ExOfficio has tackled the art of making fashionable clothing that’s also technically smart—as in sun and bugproof. Their stuff gives you head-to-toe protection on the trails and also keeps you looking good off the trails. ExOfficio's specialized, long-lasting apparel technology infuses a non-toxic, invisible, odorless Insect Shield® that repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, and any other creepy-crawlies you just don’t need on your clothes! Built-in sun guard 30+ protects against UV rays and there’s even a wrinkle protection, so you can pack and travel without the mini-iron. Ventilation vents for breathability, security-zip pockets, and indestructible buttons add functionality and durability. The best place to try on and try out ExOfficio is your local Adventure 16 store. As Southern California’s gear and apparel leader on all things outdoors, A16 will get you outfitted in the highest-quality, best looking stuff. Get your ExOfficio and get outdoors!

BONUS SALE: Get 25% off ExOfficio BugsAway® Apparel & Accessories only at Adventure 16 stores! (Sale ends March 31, so get to A16 soon.)

Get to your local Adventure 16 and stock up on ExOfficio! Here's a list of their five Southern California store locations and hours. 

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