Wouldn't it be a shame if when this disaster subsides some of our choice bars, coffee shops, and restaurants were no longer around? The best way we can prevent that during this pandemic is to safely support when we can. Here's our hit-list for just a few of the hardworking coffee shops and bars that are still hustling during this time of crisis to bring the community they love bold caffeine and tasty cocktails.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Dakota Nate Contributing writer
Almost a month into quarantine here in Los Angeles, and we’re all still adjusting to this massive lifestyle change. Whether this pandemic has totally rocked your world or your routine has only changed slightly, it seems that everyone is going through the motions. It breaks our hearts to see the many businesses that have suffered during this time, and as we take pride in our outlet to highlight the best of the best places to drink, gather, and stay awhile, we too feel the tremendous shift and can only hope that we can all come within 6 feet of each other again safely sooner than later. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite spots that are sticking it out through the storm.
Go Get Em Tiger / Multiple Locations
It’s no surprise that this Los Angeles staple—Go Get Em Tiger— is hanging tough. Offering their full menu and pantry options for takeout and delivery through Postmates, you can still dive into your morning routine and feel the normalcy of their delicious caffeine. You can even join their coffee club on their online headquarters and have your favorite beans shipped straight to your doorstep.
Pro Tip: GGET’s biscuits could cure any kind of blues (Someone needs to tell the CDC). Try one topped with their soft scramble!
Arts District: 7am – 3pm
Los Feliz: 7am – 6pm
Highland Park: 7am – 4pm
Culver City 8am – 3pm
Larchmont 6:30am – 6pm
Installation Coffee /DTLA
The most dependable, quick cup of coffee in the city. Take a safe social distanced walk to the Jewelry District to say hi to Ben for us, and grab your daily fix prepared safely from one of our favorite operations in the city, Installation Coffee. The coffee here is in such high demand that it will be available via Uber Eats by the next week, so get on it when it is. The efficiency and attention to detail is what separates Installation from the rest of the pack. In these very uncertain times, it offers a feeling far beyond the two-dollar cup, one of dependability that’s synchronized with confident positive vibes. This is the coffee shop we need right now.
Pro Tip: Cafe Crema, all day long.
Open 7am – 1pm Monday-Friday, and 8am-2pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Sightglass / Hollywood
Although their storefront will re-open for takeout orders in the coming days, offering customizable boxes of fresh produce, pastries, coffee, and more, Sightglass is still roasting away. Enjoy free shipping on all orders (excluding subscriptions) and 25% off of gift cards, and if you’re the kind to stock up on java, subscribe before 4/30/20 to get 25% off your first three shipments.
Pro Tip: Their Owl’s Howl Espresso beans conjure up a rich and flavorful caffeinated experience that will make your kitchen feel like your own personal coffee shop.
Open 7am-4pm daily
No Ghost Bears / DTLA
One of our favorite DTLA coffee nooks that has us forgetting we’re even in LA at all (one step inside No Ghost Bears and it feels like you’ve been transported to PDX) is offering their full coffee menu including bags of their signature beans via takeout and delivery through Grubhub. Unfortunately, their food menu is currently unavailable, but one sip of their brew is bound to make you forget your quarantine woes if even for a minute.
Pro Tip: For a tasty treat, go for the Iced Bruce Lee consisting of a double shot of espresso with whole milk over ice—and this baby’s SA-WEET.
Open every day from 7am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Alchemist Coffee Project / Koreatown
This beloved KTown cafe is still holding strong offering retail coffee bags for home brewing, cold brew concentrate bottles, immunity juices, and oatly, califia oat milk, and almond milk to make your life a little easier during this stressful time. You can also still order from their stellar food menu featuring sandwiches and gourmet toasts galore. Order via GrubHub for pickup or delivery!
Pro Tip: Two words: Kimchi Toast
Open 7:30am-6pm Monday through Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday
Lowboy / Echo Park
One of our most beloved Echo Park neighborhood haunts, Lowboy, is shining light where there is darkness with booze, brews, and burgers (as well as other fun fare) available for curbside pickup and delivery through Caviar. Their popular Lowburgers are bound to send your imagination to a time of pleasant socializing within their cozy walls and jarred cocktails like their Mezcallin made with Bahnez Mezcal, ginger syrup, honey, lemon, and an elote tincture are available as well. You can even pick up 750ml bottles of your favorite spirit when you order so you can mix and sip on your own time.
Pro Tip: *chants* Lowburger! Lowburger! Lowburger!
Open 5pm-2am Monday through Friday and 12pm-2am Saturday and Sunday
Employees Only / West Hollywood
This award-winning, world-famous cocktail bar could never let their lights go dark and is offering cocktails kits including classic and signature cocktails, as well as provisions that will save you a trip to the grocery store such as fruit, eggs, flour, and drumroll please…TOILET PAPER. Delivery is only $5 within a five-mile radius with a minimum order of $25. Give them a call at (323) 536-9045 for curbside pickup and delivery!
Open from 12pm- 8pm daily!
Yapa /Little Tokyo
Peruvian-Japanese Yapa launched Yapa Comfort on March 18th, which consists of a small menu of dishes that will warm your heart during a time where we’re sure you need it most. Each dish is perfect for rationing and reheating and is perfectly paired with their selection of house-made sodas and mocktails. Yapa Comfort is available for pickup and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash will be coming soon. Call (213) 947-3399 to place your order!
Pro Tip: Go for their Braised Beef Bowl and a Cucumber cooler or their Soul Warming Beef Soup. It sticks quite true to its name.
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm-2am and 5pm-12am on Sunday
Yapa is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Thunderbolt / Westlake
Another spot on the list that is especially close to our hearts is Thunderbolt, by the folks that brought you Park’s Finest. Thunderbolt is still relatively new, but they’ve already gathered an extremely loyal following. Offering specials like free industry meals, as well as bottled and canned cocktails, and 64oz growlers of your favorite brew. Their regular food menu is still available as well, and the option of a zero contact pickup is in place to put you at ease. Call (213)372-5099 to schedule your order or hit up Postmates or Grubhub for delivery!
Pro Tip: Their canned Spritzicle and Pickled Shrimp and Geechie Boy Grits FOREVER.
Stocking Frame /DTLA
Nothing fills the void more than the old trusty neighborhood go-to. If you take a turn onto Hill Street in South Park, chances are you’ll hear Frank Sinatra echoing off the buildings. The small team at the Stocking Frame has its metal garages up seven days a week with a kitchen of cult-favorite bites, to-go beer and wine, and a full bar for shaken and stirred cocktails of anything your heart desires—all of this structured with their no contact safe pick-up out a front panel window. They even have at-home Old Fashioned kits, with enough portioned elements to last you three days. With the current state of the world, the simple glow of the red neon and the sound of classic tunes on a desolate street might be the most important ingredient the team is serving up, consider it a lighthouse of hospitality and hope for Downtowners.
Pro Tip: Pair a Negroni with a delicious Cast-Iron Pizza to-go—it will save the day.
Open seven days a week 4pm-9pm, delivery and pickup available through website, or call and ask for Travis (213)488-0373
DONATE: James Beard Foundation Relief Fund has launched a fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need during the crisis.
DONATE: No Us Without You , Damian Diaz and Othon Nolasco, three bartenders and hospitality veterans—they’re raising money to provide relief for back-of-house kitchen staff affected by the pandemic. All funds go to food kits for the families of affected workers.
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