Though some have been crying foul about the Arts District, saying all those new mega-developments are bad for the artists who used to populate the warehouses now being razed, others are busy bringing music back to the neighborhood. That’s certainly the case with Resident, a new nightlife venue and bar that quietly opened over the weekend.
Per LAist, the "laid back and funky" spot on Hewitt Street is aiming to be more than just a late-night hang for the musically inclined — though that will certainly be a focus. Duncan Smith, a show booker from Spaceland and The Echo, is responsible for finding the talent, while band manager Larry Little acts as the overall music director for the space. The music venue itself should hold just over 200 people.
There’s also an outdoor craft beer garden being overseen by Randy Tarlow of Liquid Alchemist, serving everything from Iron First and Ballast Point to locals like Angel City, Mumford, and more. Inside there's another bar serving cocktails to the crowd, while Houston Hospitality vet Braden Armbruster serves as GM. The outdoor beer garden has capacity for 300 drinkers nightly.
Back outside is an Airstream trailer that holds a bar, sort of like that other music venue newcomer in Silver Lake known as Tenants of the Trees. There’s also parking space for food trucks, which will rotate in regularly. Eventually, management even wants to open the place up for more than just the evening hours, serving coffee and offering a WiFi-enabled place to kick it during the day.
Resident is now open in the Arts District, with inside hours running 5 p.m. to midnight during the week, and until 2 a.m. on weekends. The outdoor craft beer bar runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
428 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA