Many of the finest beers in Southern California are made in sterile, 1980s-era industrial buildings with little to offer in the way of ambience. If you crave finely crafted ales and lagers in a setting where you can pleasantly spend a day or bring a visitor, look no farther than Angel City Brewing Co. in downtown Los Angeles. Originally home to the 1913 John A. Roebling's Sons Co. steel cable manufacturer (of Brooklyn Bridge fame), the existing historical industrial elements — especially the two-story cable slide — perfectly complement the art deco splashes. From the statuesque Egyptian lady tap handles to the choice in font above geometric doorways and gold-leaf detailing on the columns, there is no shortage of visual substance. Meander the facility with a pint of Eureka Wit or Angeleno IPA (or, better yet, a more experimental choice from brewer Dieter Foerstner) while you enjoy modern perks like food trucks and a friendly game of corn hole. 216 S. Alameda St., dwntwn. (213) 622-1261, —Erika Bolden

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