When Will Construction End?

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In 2013, Ratkovich Co. purchased the Macy’s Plaza in Downtown LA for $240 million. It was announced that the plaza will go through a makeover in 2014 and will be named The Bloc. Today, in 2016, we are still waiting for the construction to end.

But in the meanwhile, lets talk about how the makeover will benefit us as customers. First of all, The Bloc will not have huge concrete walls separating it from the outside world. It will have an open-air concept, which will have a lot of sunlight. It will become pedestrian friendly providing a nice escape from the chaotic downtown life. Also it will have direct connection to the 7th Street Metro Center, which is a huge plus in a city like Los Angeles where one of the biggest hassles we experience is just finding a parking spot.

The new Bloc will have many hip store additions. It will have a gallery-like shop “Free-Market”, luxury men’s brand Wingtip, a GNC, a toy shop Mr. G for kids, as well as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema which will screen indie films with a nice selection of craft Californian Beers. It will bring Boston based restaurant Davios, a gelato-popsicle shop Popbar, juice bar Robeks, as well as a 24 hour open Starbucks.

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The Sheraton will also go through a renovation and will have a restaurant and a bar in the first floor called District for the ones who would like to enjoy a nice lunch or a drink after work. For the ones who like to workout and maintain a healthy lifestyle, The L.A Fitness will also go under construction and expand its services by adding a nice and big pool.

We really hope that The Bloc will open its doors soon and we all can have nice space to relax and take a break from this upbeat downtown life.

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Happy Hour Gems in DTLA

With the weather getting warmer; the happy hour season is upon us. We know every Angeleno has some go-to places when it comes to happy hours, but have you guys ever heard of these great gems hidden in Downtown LA?

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Everson Royce Bar

A great ambiance combined with Wine Wednesdays. What else can we ask for? Every Wednesday ERB offers 3 glasses of wine accompanied by culinary creations for $25. You can event enjoy it out on their back patio while playing bocce ball.

Visit their website here

 

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Bestia

With industrial yet warm décor, Bestia makes you feel like you are dining in Italy. We would recommend trying their cocktails after a long day at work. You won’t regret it.

You can find a list of their cocktails here

 

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Simbal

If you are looking for something different than the usual happy hour, we would suggest trying Simbal’s southeastern Asian cuisine and drinks. We promise you will have fun sitting at their bar watching the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen.

Check out their happy hour menu here

 

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Redbird

Do you have a meeting with a potential client? We highly recommend taking them to Redbird for happy hour. With its elegant décor and upscale fine dining presentations, we are sure that your client will leave the meeting impressed.

Check out their happy hour menu here

 

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To get rid of the long and tiring work day feeling with a couple of friends, we would recommend you to try PS213. With its layout and style, it will take you back into the college years and lets be honest who doesn’t dream of going back to those carefree days?

You can find their “recess” offerings here

Discover LA: Front of the House

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Shout out to everyone out there who enjoys Mexican cuisine as much as we do. We recently discovered a new venue in downtown LA, one that combines Mexican food with craft cocktails and provides a perfect mixture of both worlds to its customers.

From the moment you step into the restaurant, you immediately feel something different and unique about this place. It has a relaxing yet hip and modern feel. If you are one those people who value a pleasing aesthetic as much as the pleasure to the palate, FOH for sure provides you both. Their food is as good as their decor.

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To have a nice lunch after your workout or to have some fun pregame time before going to the Standard Hotels rooftop, you can stop by at the Front of the House and get small bites accompanied with amazing craft cocktails all made with special care.

By having a team who highly values the family spirit and believe in creating the best possible outcome by working together in harmony, we assure you that you won’t regret giving this new discovery of ours a try.

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FOH | 615 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The Dill Ferrel

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Los Angeles is a place full of possibilities. There is always something new to explore, something new to taste, see, or experience.

Being an Angelino, we love discovering new cocktails and we love spreading the word. If you are like us and want to discover new tastes this summer, we have a great recipe for you to start your search with.

Give this smooth, refreshing yet tasteful cocktail a try.

Dill Ferrel

 2 oz loft & bear (dill infused)

.5 oz Green Chartreuse

.5 oz Dolin Blanc.

Stir and Strain into coupe glass.  Finish with grapefruit oil.  Enjoy.

The Mini Is Here

IMG_2729In case you’ve missed the new mini that we have added to the family, here it is. This unassuming bottle is 100 ml of loft & bear goodness. Take it to the beach, take it on an airplane, heck, take it in the club. (who wants to pay $16 for a drink anyways)

You can find them for sale at these locations with more to come!

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Distilled in Los Angeles Arts District
Drink Responsibly

86’d

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Four bartenders faced a mystery box of random ingredients including a local spirit. Each bartender used their skill and wit to create a unique drink that blended all the herbs, spices, and syrups together. It was a night of community and celebration as one walked away a winner, the rest were 86’d.

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The champion of the evening was Ricky Yarnall with his masterpiece of a drink.

Lick the Salt, Take the Shot, Eat the Orange

1 oz Fernet

1 oz Dolin Blanc

.5 oz Seabold Ginger Cordial

.5 oz Mandarin Orange Juice

.5 oz Cold Brew Coffee

.5 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup

.25 oz Lemon Juice

Garnished with rosemary salt and mandarin orange. You will find this new drink on Bar Mateo’s menu at Zinc Cafe for a limited time only. Congratulations Ricky, and a big thanks to everyone involved!

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Special shout out to all of of our sponsors: Zinc Cafe, Spice Station, Seabold Ginger Beer, Ventura Spirits, Craft Sprits, Miracle Mile Bitters, St. Vincent Syrups, Jenn Wong of Way of the Wong, Joe keeper of Barkeeper, David Kaplan of Death & Co, and our very own Karl Steuck. We couldn’t have done it without you!

How Millennials Are Reshaping the Food Industry

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This week we celebrated Back to the Future Day and wow, things have changed drastically since the first movie came out. At a time where anything and everything is a button away, companies are having to think smart about how to keep up with the economy. “The VC Grocery List” by Corie Bown in the Entrepreneur Magazine  discussed the progress in technology that made it possible for the food sector to meet millenials’ growing demands for time-efficient and high quality products.

Today we have, “Big Data for farming, alternative and better sources for nutrition, and the reimagination of food delivery,” states Randy Komisar of Tech Crunch.

Among other things, consumers have only scraped the top of the value chain by raving about Postmates and Grubhub. Yet, according to Brown, VC’s have picked up venture trends like plant and insect proteins, aquaponics and urban farming that are predicted to go onwards and upwards. Tech-savvy food and beverage industry is also contributing to the wellbeing of the planet and the population by reducing waste and use of chemicals as well as accelerating distribution.

It’s interesting how millennials’ obsession with tech and Big Data is a trait that’s often criticized is also rousing the world be more and more efficient everyday. The ever-evolving pressure has inspired many to be creative in using technology.

As handmade artisanal vodka, loft & bear invests time to explore new technologies to expand while maintaining authenticity. Write us what you think about the potentials of F&B and loft & bear!