Though downtown will never be Hollywood, its much buzzed-about transformation into a nightlife mecca is making it feel different. You can almost barhop! Local loft dwellers may not appreciate being told they can’t wear sneaks at bars like Edison (our pick for most striking spot in the area), but the classier atmospheres call for it. For an equally plush space that’s not quite so rigid on the dress code, go to Seven Grand. An amazing whiskey selection, lots of comfy seating, and groovy tunes (live jazz on Mondays) make for a smooth, hassle-free night out.
Edison, 108 W. Second St., dwntwn., (213) 613-0000.
Seven Grand, 515 W. Seventh St., dwntwn., (213) 614-0736.
Just when we thought we’d seen it all, DJ/club promoter Sean Patrick came up with Temporary Spaces, a traveling event venue and bar inspired by the loft parties of London and Paris and spots in New York like Beatrice and Le Esquina. He sets up a fully functioning, stylishly designed bar in a gutted-out dive for six months, then moves on to a new location. It’s an underground twist on what fat-pocketed club owners do when they remodel and rename their joints every year, only there’s no bottle service, no A-holes at the door and no bad hip-hop — the sounds are cutting-edge, hosting everyone from Lady Sovereign to San Fran’s Solar and Omar. There is, however, a guest list, and if you’re not on it, you can’t get in — or even know where it is in the first place. And that’s just how we like it.