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The insider’s view of Downtown’s culture, food, drinks, and the people who shape it.


Hank's

Hank's

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Unimpressive signage mark the walls of the Stillwell Hotel directing onlookers into a tempting dive bar that is Hank’s. Once inside, eyes struggle to adjust to the dark and mysterious ambiance. A silhouette pops up from behind the bar and a friendly smile surfaces - thirsty patrons are warmly greeted by Tina.

Hank’s Bar and Grill has lived through the past 30 years witnessing all of Downtown’s glamour, terror and revitalization. “Every night something interesting happens here,” says Tina. Tina works hard to keep the crowd quenched yet takes time to chat and ensure a level of comfortable intimacy that only a DTLA dive bar can offer. Waves of lively customers come in at staggering times - a pub crawl, a crew of middle aged men celebrating Ed’s last days as a bachelor and Tyler, a lone traveler from Idaho.  While Tyler was staying at the Ace Hotel he craved a low key evening. A quick Google search led him to Hank’s where he sipped on Jack Daniels and developed a subtle temptation to cancel his flight for the evening. He saw a side of Downtown that he didn’t want to leave. This quintessential dive bar leaves all expectations and pretension at the door, loyal customers come here solely for a stiff drink and a familiar face.

Find Hank’s at 840 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90017, or call (213) 623-7718 for more info.

Written by:
Janica De Guzman
Photographed by:
Janica De Guzman

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