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Arts District Brewing Has What it Takes to Become Downtown's Best Brewery

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Forget just going to your local watering hole for a quiet, easy drink: Arts District Brewing is making an after-work commute to Traction Avenue in Downtown seem totally worth the hassle.

The newly soft-opened craft beer brewery and taproom shows its appeal with a 17,000 square foot playground of possibilities, from the 32 taps (note: only nine are on at the moment, as the team continues to build towards a full opening) to the dartboards, skeeball, and ping pong table inside. There’s also a wraparound bar, full alcohol license — remember, this is Cedd Moses, Eric Needleman, and the 213 Hospitality team, so booze is always in play — and a Fritzi Dog-lite menu from none other than Redbird’s Neal Fraser.

Devon Randall of Pizza Port fame handles head brewing duties, with Arts District pouring everything from a rye IPA to a near 8% Imperial porter. The 15-barrel brewhouse isn’t running at full capacity just yet, but the interior of the building (at 300 seats) and the outdoor 90-seat patio are all the way ready to go. Arts District Brewing is soft-open as of Sunday, and will keep weekday hours from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday hours from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday hours beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Arts District Brewing
828 Traction Ave.Los Angeles, CA