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Off-Ramp Recommendation: Dark Nights returns to L.A. Live

Dark Nights at L.A. Live in June 2016.
Dark Nights at L.A. Live in June 2016.
Jesus Ambrosio/ KPCC

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If there isn’t a game at Staples Center, and there are no concerts booked at the Novo or Microsoft Theater on a Friday evening, that can only mean one thing: it’s time for another Downtown Dark Night at L.A. Live.

Dark Nights at L.A. Live in June 2016.
Dark Nights at L.A. Live in June 2016.
Jesus Ambrosio/ KPCC

It’s a rare occasion for L.A. Live venues to not have a single event scheduled, especially on a Friday evening. When that happens it calls for a celebration – happy hour style.

This Friday, about a dozen restaurants at L.A. Live will be serving up food and drinks from a specialty $5 menu all night long.

Start with dessert by filling up a froyo cup to the brim at Red Mango. Grab some grub at Cleo’s if you're feeling modern Mediterranean cuisine. Then go barhopping and sip specialty Dark Night priced cocktails at Wolfgang Puck, Rosa Mexicano, and Rock’N Fish.

Other food options using the Dark Nights menu include The Mixing Room, Smash Burger, and Live Basil Pizza.


Once you satisfy your inner foodie, visit the L.A. Live quad for an array of free entertainment, including local bands, dance groups, and DJ’s.

It wouldn’t be a party without jugglers, contortionists, and stilt walkers. But the main attraction and staple of the event are the local artists who are invited to paint murals in the heart of L.A. Live.

Downtown Dark Nights runs 6 p.m. to midnight on May 19th at L.A. Live. The event is free, but bring cash for happy hour food and booze at select locations.