LA Live: Dining + Entertainment
Adjacent to the LA Convention Center
LA’s “Times Square”
The Sports and Entertainment District
LA Live is the sports and entertainment district surrounding the Microsoft Theater and Novo by Microsoft Club, across from Staples Center (home to the Lakers and the Kings basketball teams). It’s a destination hub for hot nightlife in Downtown Los Angeles, with sports and music venues, nightclubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, an adjacent multiplex cinema, and the Grammy Museum. LA Live is near the LA Convention Center, covering the city block southwest of the intersection of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa Street, across from the Luxe City Center Hotel.
The 879-room JW Marriott Hotel is on floors 3 – 21 of the 54-story two-hotel hybrid tower at the northwest corner of LA Live; its south lobby entrance leads directly into the plaza. This skyscraper also contains the 123-room Ritz-Carlton Hotel (floors 22 – 26), 224 deluxe condominiums (floors 27 – 52), and restaurants/lounges.
LA Live boasts more than a dozen dining options, from mid- to high-price range, with both chain and local eateries throughout this pedestrian plaza. Restaurants, bars, and cafes are also numerous in the area around LA Live (the South Park District). Sidewalk dining takes in the skyline view day and night. Instead of our giving restaurant reviews, we suggest using Yelp and Zagat — their mobile apps use GPS to help you locate the eateries close to where you are.
Adding to the available entertainment in the complex are a bowling alley and, on Olympic Blvd., a 14-screen cinema complex. The trendy eateries and bars plus the sports and entertainment venues bring people to LA Live day and night. The area is also quite safe: it’s patrolled by its own security guards, and, during major events at Staples Center and the Microsoft Theater, the LA Police Department is present in force.
LA Live is the focal point of the South Park District, a vibrant and evolving urban community in the midst of Downtown Los Angeles’ rebirth. Covering 32 square blocks in the southwestern corner of downtown, the South Park is undergoing a residential and commercial building boom. Residents of the new and reinvigorated hotels and residential developments have excellent options for dining, entertainment, sports, recreation, and culture within walking distance.
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