Walkable Spots to Hang Pre- and Post- Masquerade

Looking for time to kill with your favorite pre-game ghoulies this Saturday, or the perfect spot to satisfy your post-Masquerade munchies? Have a dip and a sip at Cole’s, grub on the toothsome tortillas at Sonoratown, or flash your KCRW Fringe Benefits card at Preux & Proper and enjoy 15% off New Orleans-inspired noshes and libations.


Mikkeller DTLA
Mikkeller DTLA

There’s no shortage of bars in DTLA, however, some of our favorite taprooms and taverns excel at providing both good drinks and good dining (to help soak up all the suds and rally throughout the night). Choice pubs with grub include Mikkeller DTLA, with dozens of small-batch beers and craft ales, Modern Times, the San Diego-based brewery with a 100% plant-based menu, and Arts District Brewing Co with shareable snacks paired with stouts and saisons. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, hip downtown hotels are elevating the cocktail game, with swank spots like the Giavanni Bar at the NoMad, the Broken Shaker at Freehand LA, and Best Girl at Ace DTLA.


Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market (photo by Mike Baker)

When looking for a memorable meal to share with your costumed compatriots, the best way to satisfy persnickety palates is by expanding your dining options. Thanks to a food hall renaissance, trendy spots like Grand Central Market (Wexler’s, Kismet Falafel, Sari Sari and more) and Spring Arcade (Guisados, Gelateria Uli and more) allow for groups to gather without compromising anyone’s preferences, so you can have your chop suey and chopped brisket all in one sitting.

Fringe Benefits

Pattern Bar
Pattern Bar – offering 20% off craft cocktails and tapas

If you’re a card-carrying KCRW member… first, thank yoooou… second, did you know that KCRW card on your keyring opens up a world of discounts, redeemable at hundreds of vendors around town, and downtown, like B.S. Taqueria, Tender Greens, Preux & Proper, and Pattern Bar… Trust us, food just tastes better when you can both save and savor, knowing you’re an integral part of the KCRW family of supporters. And, if you’re struggling for attire inspiration, head to Last Follies Closet for 10% off costume rentals.


Mayfair Hotel
Mayfair Hotel

And, at the end of the night (or wee hours the following day), ice your head and feet as you relax and recoup with a room at the Mayfair Hotel. Just a 20 min skip and a jump from the Los Angeles Theatre, the historic hotel is extending a special rate for Masquerade batboys and ghouls. Use code REG72 when booking!


Chill hangs are made that much better with some chill tunes! Check out KCRW’s exclusive Masquerade playlist on Spotify, to get you pumped and primed for big bash – with songs from White Denim, Wajatta, Shannon Shaw and more!

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