Guide To L.A. Live

August 18, 2016 6:35 PM

(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Considered the pulse and epicenter of Downtown Los Angeles, LA Live first opened in 2007 and continues to be a premiere destination for live entertainment, boasting music venues for concerts and award ceremonies, nightclubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theater. The campus is also home to STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
 
L.A. Live
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6030
www.lalive.com
Located at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Make sure to check the L.A. Live calendar to see which events are in town during your visit. This will help you gauge the traffic situation, plan parking and determine if restaurant reservations are needed.
 


 
How To Get There
(credit: LA Live)

(credit: LA Live)


Metro
For the best route, check the Metro Trip Planner and take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station (2 min walk) or the Metro Red or Purple Line to 7th St/Metro Center Station (7 min walk).

Dash Bus
DASH Bus Route F has several stops on Figueroa St. adjacent to L.A. LIVE.

Metrolink
Metrolink operates train service within Southern California from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, and North San Diego Counties. They now have special weekend passes for only $10 which includes free connections to Metro bus and rail lines that stop nearby. Visit www.metrolinktrains.com for more information.

AMTRAK
AMTRAK offers train service from beyond the Los Angeles area to Union Station, just minutes from L.A. LIVE. Taxi service and UBER is available from Union Station to the L.A. LIVE campus. (Amtrak passengers must purchase a separate ticket to ride the Metro Rail.)

Bike
Another option to get to LA Live is to ride your bike! L.A. LIVE cares about the environment and have installed bike racks available in the East Garage, located at Olympic Blvd and Francisco Street. If you ride down the ramp, racks can be found on the left.

Driving
If you’re planning on attending an event, grabbing dinner or going bowling, there are a variety of different ways to get to the LA Live.

  • From The Westside – Take the 10 Freeway East (towards Los Angeles). Merge onto the 110 Freeway South (toward San Pedro). Keep right to continue on Exit 20C toward Adams Blvd. Turn left onto W. 23rd St. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S. Figueroa St. Turn left onto Chick Hearn Ct. LA Live will be on your right.
  • From The South Bay – Take the 405 Freeway North (towards Santa Monica), and merge onto the 105 Freeway East (towards Norwalk). Take the 110N/Los Angeles. Take 10 West Santa Monica Fwy. Exit Pico Blvd. Continue onto LA Live Way and turn right onto Chick Heart Ct.
  • From Hollywood – Take the 101 Freeway South. Exit 3B for 110 South/Harbor Fwy toward San Pedro. Merge onto 110/Harbor Fwy. Take exit 22A toward Olympic Blvd. Turn left onto Blaine St. Turn left onto W. 11th St. Continue onto Chick Hearn Ct.
  • From Pasadena – Take the 110 Freeway South. Exit Olympic Blvd, and turn left onto Blaine St. Turn left onto W. 11th St and continue onto Chick Hearn Ct.
  • From LAX Airport – Take the 105 East to the 110 North. Exit at 9th Street and turn right. Follow 9th Street to Flower Street abd turn right again. Proceed to Olympic Boulevard and turn right.
  • From Burbank Airport – Travel southwest and turn onto West Empire Avenue. Travel 0.9 mile and turn left onto North Buena Vista Street. Travel 0.4 mile and take the third right onto North San Fernando Boulevard. Travel 0.5 mile and take the ramp on the left onto Interstate 5 South. Travel 9.5 miles to exit 137B for CA-110 South/Pasadena Freeway toward Los Angeles. Continue to follow CA-110 South for 3.8 miles to exit 22B for 8th Street toward 9th Street. Turn left onto West 8th Place. Continue onto West 9th Street/James M Wood Boulevard. Travel 0.1 mile and turn right onto Francisco Street. Travel 0.1 mile and turn right onto West Olympic Boulevard.
  • From Orange County / San Gabriel Valley or San Diego – Take the 5 Freeway North. Take exit toward 10 W/Santa Monica. Merge onto CA 60 West. Merge onto 10 West. Take exit 13 for 110 North toward Downtown LA. Exit Pico Blvd/Contention Center and continue onto LA Live Way. Turn right onto Chick Hearn Ct.

Parking
While there are plenty of parking lots surrounding L.A. LIVE, your best bet is to park in one of the many designated lots on the property. Make sure to arrive early to guarantee parking and plan ahead by checking the L.A. LIVE events calendar online. On busy nights, the East Garage fills up quickly.
 
Restaurant Parking
East Garage (Lot E) and West Garage (Lot W, Gates E&F)
 
East Garage (Lot E, Enter on Olympic Blvd) or West Garage (Lot W, Gates E & F – Enter on Georgia St. and turn on West Road). $5 for the first 2 hours and $5 each additional 1/2 hour ($25 maximum). Flat rate: $10 after 9:00 p.m. Valet Service is available on Level P2 of the East Garage (Lot E) from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Confirm validation prior to arrival.
 
Event Parking
West Garage (Lot W, Gate B)
 
West Garage (Lot W, Gate B, Enter on Chick Hearn Ct.) is recommended for longer events and validation is not necessary. There is a flat rate of $10-$30 depending on the event. Valet service is available for an additional fee.
 
Regal Cinemas Parking
(Lot 4)
 
Use Lot 4 located on the north side of Olympic Blvd at Francisco Street when visiting Regal Cinemas. The theater will validate parking for ticketed guests. $6 for the first 4 hours; $10 for the first 4 1/2 hours and $5 each additional 1/2 hour ($25 maximum).
 
Tip: If Lot 4 is full, try the West Garage (Lot W, Gates E and F.)
 
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Ten Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations are available in the West Garage located at 1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct, and the East Garage located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. In both garages, the EV charging spaces are positioned near the pedestrian access points of the garage. There is a fee for charging.
 


 
Where To Eat
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Ford’s Filling Station
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 765-8630
www.lalive.com

Inside the lobby level of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE is celebrity chef Ben Ford’s newest restaurant, Ford’s Filling Station. This new hotspot is “a nod to sustainable, seasonal cuisine in a setting that celebrates good, quality food in a comfortable, inviting way.” Make sure to save room for the house made ice creams for dessert. What to order: The “Fat Jack” Bacon Burger or Braised Beef Cheeks served with fregola, carrots, cavalo nero and salsa verde.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Katsuya
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-9797
www.katsuyarestaurant.com

Katsuya L.A. LIVE is where Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi’s serves “innovative Japanese cuisine paired with premium mixology in a stylish setting.” The perfect spot to grab specialty rolls or a sashimi platter and cocktail before the movie, game or show, Chef Uechi “skillfully translates Japanese flavors to the American palate.” What to order: Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño or Miso-Marinated Black Cod.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Nest at WP24
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8824
www.wolfgangpuck.com

Wolfgang Puck’s Nest at WP24 has become an L.A. LIVE favorite amongst returning foodies. The Nest menu features signature dishes alongside WP24’s most popular plates. Fans especially love Puck & Play offering guests a chance to “Score some Puck action” before their team hits the ice at STAPLES Center with a three-course gourmet menu from Chef Wolfgang Puck. What to order: Chinese Crystal Dumplings, Tempura Green Beans, Assorted Dim Sum + Jidori Chicken Stir Fry

 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


The Farm of Beverly Hills
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-4555
www.thefarmofbeverlyhills.com

The relaxed pace at The Farm of Beverly Hills is a warm welcome from the normal energetic, hustle and bustle of L.A. LIVE. Serving up modern twists on traditional American cuisine, the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature simple Farm Fresh™ ingredients carefully chosen for quality. The L.A. LIVE location is a haven for those looking to enjoy delicious comfort food. What to order: The Turkey Dinner Sandwich and Country Kurobuta Pork Chop
 


 
(credit: Smashburger)

(credit: Smashburger)


Smashburger
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 631-3355
www.smashburger.com

At L.A.’s sensation, Smashburger, handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order using fresh, never frozen 100% Certified Angus Beef®. Not in the mood for a burger? No problem, the menu has a selection of grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, salads, and black bean veggie burgers. What to order: Sides! Smashfries hand-tossed with garlic, rosemary and olive oil, hand-breaded haystack onions and fried pickles, and Häagen-Dazs® shakes, served in a frosted glass.
 


 
(credit: Triple 8 China Bar & Grill)

(credit: Triple 8 China Bar & Grill)


Triple 8 China Bar & Grill
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-3700
www.triple8restaurant.com

The newly opened (as in only a few days old) Triple 8 China Bar & Grill at L.A. LIVE is serving up something fierce when it comes to northern and southern Chinese cuisines. The swanky restaurants grand opening menu offers everything xiao long bao, siu mai and favorites like Spicy Garlic Jalapeno Shrimp, Hunan Style Lamb Tenderloin, Kung Pao Chicken and Pepper Salt Wagyu Beef served with fresh garlic and black pepper lime sauce.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Rosa Mexicano
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 746-0001
www.rosamexicano.com

There are so many wonderful things about dining at Rosa Mexicano. From the festive atmosphere designed by the one and only David Rockwell to the Guacamole prepared tableside and Frozen Pomegranate Margaritas, from start to finish your dining experience will be memorable. Come enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine either inside or al fresco on the outdoor patio.
 


 
What To Do At LA Live
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(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Club Nokia
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-7000
www.clubnokia.com

See some of the biggest talents in entertainment perform in this intimate 2,300 person theatre. Private cabanas and lower pit areas are available for rental as well, and the VIP Lounge is the way to go for the ultimate concert experiences. Here you will have your very own cocktail waitress to serve you throughout the evening, but make sure to act fast because there are only a limited number of VIP spots available for each show.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Conga Room
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-0162
www.congaroom.com

Co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E., will.i.am, Paul Rodriguez, Amaury Nolasco, Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza, the world famous Conga Room features delicious pan-Latin cuisine and the live entertainment. So if you love to salsa, or enjoy the sounds of world-beat, rock en Español, jazz, urban, R&B, or pop/rock – this is your place! A VIP area at The Conga Room with “breathtaking panoramic views” of Nokia Plaza and Staples Center is also available for your enjoyment upon request.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


The GRAMMY Museum®
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-6800
www.grammymuseum.org

Whether it is your 1st or 20th visit to the property, The GRAMMY Museum® is a must-see at L.A. LIVE. “Through public and educational programs, exhibits and more, guests will experience an insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.” The Museum plays host to over 50 programs a year, including Q&A and intimate performances with GRAMMY Award winning artists like Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks in the 200-seat Clive Davis Theatre. Memberships are not mandatory, but available and recommended.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 542-4880
www.bowlluckystrike.com

When life hands you a gutter ball, head to Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge. Complete with 18 state-of-the-art lanes and a sleek and sophisticated, yet cozy dining area with great food, Lucky Strike is an L.A. LIVE favorite. Those looking for a little more privacy can reserve the 4-lane Luxe suite. Lucky Strike also has billiards, DJs and an electronic art show that is projected throughout the lanes and lounge.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6030
www.nokiatheatrelive.com

This 7,100 seat concert and awards show venue was created to “enhance the entertainment experience…for performer and audience alike.” Home to the American Music Awards, the ESPYs and the EMMYs, this mid-size theatre hosts more than 125 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions and kids’ events like Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! and Fresh Beat Band.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Regal Cinema
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6070
www.regmovies.com

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 is a DTLA favorite when it comes to viewing big blockbusters and new releases in a comfortable environment. The three-level movie theatre has ample space and provides assigned seating for motion-picture showings. Regal Cinema is also home to the LA Film Fest every summer as well as Hollywood movie premieres.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


Staples Center
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100
www.staplescenter.com

Considered “the world’s most successful arena,” STAPLES Center is home to four professional sports teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Sparks and Los Angeles Kings.) The 20,000 seat arena hosts 240 events and over 4 million visitors annually. STAPLES Center has welcomed such major touring acts as U2, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Cirque du Soleil, The GRAMMY® Awards and the Democratic National Convention.
 


 
(credit: L.A. LIVE)

(credit: L.A. LIVE)


The Ritz-Carlton Spa
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8801
www.ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton Spa is Downtown L.A.’s first full-service spa offering signature treatments, including like “the Champagne & Shimmer Ultimate Manicure & Pedicure,” “Glowing Gold Facial” and the “Champagne & Citrus Sugar Scrub” which ensures guests will feel radiant and great! Guests are greeted to the luxurious space with a signature Champagne welcome to start the pampering.
 


 

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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