San Diego’s Modern Times Beer is just the latest in a long line of breweries keen on setting up shop in Los Angeles, with paperwork today from the city confirming that the popular craft beer company will make a home for itself in the heart of Downtown's South Park neighborhood.
The move itself is nothing new — Modern Times hinted at a big L.A. expansion back in September, but those were just teasers to keep their rabid fan base satisfied. Now comes the full meal: a nearly 6,000 square foot restaurant and brewery space with an outdoor patio and the ability to brew pilot and one-off beers on site. There’s also going to be bottle and growler sales straight from the facility, as well as all-day hours to accommodate the company’s plans to include coffee, vegan food, and more.
The location itself is also significant, as Modern Times will set up at 830 S. Olive Street in the South Park section of Downtown. The standalone structure is a block from dive bar legends Hank’s and Golden Gopher, and just blocks from other drink spots like the Ace Hotel and Mega Bodega. South Park has of late been keeping up with the Arts District in terms of construction and growth, quickly transforming from one of the area’s last old school holdouts into a massive mixed-use zone unto itself, with nearby restaurants like Barcito and Broken Spanish further leading the charge.
Overall the city continues to absolutely thrive with craft beer options (both on the brewery side and the bar/retail side) in popular pockets like Downtown and the South Bay — though the forthcoming Firestone Walker brewpub in Venice will certainly help to anchor that area as well. There’s arguably never been a better time to drink craft beer in Los Angeles, which means Modern Times — which will likely open this fall — could not be arriving at a better time.
Modern Times Los Angeles
830 S. Olive
Los Angeles, CA