10 Great Places for Fathers Day Celebrations and the Gifts that go with them

This Father’s Day, DTLA has more to offer DAD than ever before. By the time you’re done lavishing dad with gifts from prestigious club memberships to top of the line products and services, your dad will thank you for being the absolute best the cosmos could have sent him. Here’s a list 10 Great Places to celebrate with dad and the great gifts that go with them.

Private membership clubs have held prestigious character in Downtown Los Angeles for over 100 years. They embrace years of rich tradition catering to the most outstanding members of our society from all walks of life. The clubs boast generations of members, leaders in business, industry, and government and are often located in landmark structures accentuated with meticulously maintained fine antiques, handcrafted furniture and rich imported fabrics which speak to their grace and elegance. They also come with state-of-the-art athletic and spa facilities, award-winning restaurants, bars, luxury conference rooms, and hotel amenities perfect for dad as he enjoys his “home away from home”.

Our clubs include LA Athletic Club, the California Club, the City Club, and The Jonathon Club, and soon, Club Soho, all with exclusive memberships that make for cherished gifts. Better yet, whether he’s networking with local professionals, having a business lunch or cocktails with clients dad can impress other members with the most dapper of all DTLA men’s wear from Brooks Brothers located in the lobby of the Jonathan Club.

1. The Alley

Famed Chef Royce Burke invites all to his pop-up at Daily Dose Café in The Alley this Father’s Day Weekend. Serving a St. Benoit Creamery Omelette with chèvre and butter, among other dishes, the event will be one of the many leading up to Chef Royce Burke’s new brick and mortar, Annette coming to DTLA this fall. Daily Dose Café’s rustic outdoor patio is designed within an old train path and as if Chef Burke’s delicious menu wasn’t enough, there’s an art exhibit at the entrance curated by Ronen Rubinstein with photography by Stephen LaMarche offering art and food as their greatest gifts for dad. 10:00am – 3:00pm, 1820 Industrial St #260 90021. #dailydosecafe

Great Gift: Stephen LaMarche and Ronen Rubinstein have been best friends for years and began shooting portraits in New York soon after they met. After moving to DTLA this Spring, the too began looking into opportunities in the Arts District and received a warm welcome ever since. The French-style art show entitled Freedom the Exhibit will take place during Chef Royce Burke’s pop-up at the Daily Dose in The Alley, June 16th, 17th, and 18th. The exhibit showcases photos taken in buff along side gorgeous landscape photos allowing the viewer to escape from the social borders placed on humans, the planet, and animals. All photos are random snapshots taken throughout LaMarche’s life, some years old, all which remind the artist of the concept of freedom.

2. FIGat7th

Who’s daddy is this? It’s Steve from The Social Cut, a menswear blogger & grooming expert with a special Father’s Day edition of FIGat7th Takeover!  As a soon-to-be father, he’ll be sharing his fashion sense all this week in the form of fashionable Fathers Day gift ideas that your Dad will LOVE. Nothing is sacred when Steve lets loose. Some lucky men will be convinced to take up everything from cool kicks at H&M to tech gadgets at DownTown Hi-Tech, to the hippest beachwear at Target!  Speaking of Target…If you happen to have a couch potato for a dad, DTLA Weekly suggest a big screen TV. #FIGLovesDads

Great Gift: Big screens on sale at CityTarget this Father’s day…and if not, they are still fair priced, with so many different name brands to choose from you’re sure to enjoy your shopping experience. This ain’t no ordinary Target ! It’s smack dead in the middle of the City and promises the best shopping experience you’ll ever have with a store that is just the right size and stocked just right for urban dwellers. There’s even an award-winning iPhone app that lets you shop on the go. And remember Steve from The Social Cut? Well, he’s got dad’s beach wear suggestions and a list of other fashionable items that will keep dad looking great at home, at work or at play.

3. The Row

This year’s 12th Annual LAWineFest has moved to trendy downtown LA and presents hundreds of wines and brews from around the world. The Fest also offers attendees a chance to mix and mingle with lifestyle exhibitors and delight in dozens of gourmet nibbles. There is artisan merchandise for sale, music, and a super chill vibe. What better place to find the perfect gift for dad? Held at The Row this year, the event is sure to sell out, with plenty of space to host over 1000 wine enthusiasts and DTLA’s best sommeliers. We think the only thing missing from LAWinefest is the chance to do it all again the following weekend.

Great Gift: Crepes Sans Frontieres

Wine and cheese go good together, but so does French wine and crepes. Crêpes Sans Frontières is where French culinary creation becomes a crêpe or tapas you and dad will never forget!  From savory to sweet combinations and with a touch of culinary creativity the possibilities are endless. Owner Ruth Hudin, pioneer eatery heading the Spring Arcade revitalization effort, and crepe maker extraordinaire specializes in 100% Organic buckwheat crêpes and offer a gift card so you can buy for dad or allow him to visit the popular crepery at his own leisure.   

4. Pacific Dining Car

‘What do dads, fine wine and the beef selections served at Pacific Dining Car have in common? If you said aging… give yourself a cookie. Better yet, give yourself and your dad a steak! Bring dad and the family to DTLA’s most iconic dining experience still serving aged steaks with wine accompaniments as they have for over 100 years. Set inside of an antique dining car, the restaurant is a local favorite as well as a staple for famed Hollywood characters, and infamous history makers who are drawn to its intimate appeal. Dad is going to love this experience and make this his favorite get away for sure, and to remind him of just how much he loves a great steak. we recommend giving him the gift of a sharp knife, so he can definitely try this at home.

Great Gift: Ross Cutlery

Owned and operated by brothers Richard and Allen Wattenberg since 1962 Ross Cutlery was recently passed down to daughter/apprentice Jennifer Wattenberg Velazquez. Jennifer now overseas their timeless selection of knives, scissors, barbering and hunting tools in the same tradition that allowed the shop to become a DTLA landmark. Known for supplying numerous kitchens, customers revisit often taking advantage of their signature sharpening and repair services.  Ross Cutlery truly does offer the best quality knives from all over the world. Thanks to you, dad is gonna cut like a master, whether it be in the kitchen, in the mirror or on the hunt.

5. Neihuli Salon and Spa

One thing about DTLA is we love our brand of urban-sheik. Enjoy the spa-like ambiance in Neihuli Salon’s nail treatment room great for men and women who desire to fit into DTLA signature style. Melt your dad’s stress away by soaking his feet into their copper basins. Indulge dad in the most luxurious nail care brands around. Then when dad is all urban sheik you can repay him for housing you until adulthood by housing him in one of DTLA’s most luxurious condominiums. All you have to do is hit up LOFTWAY. They provide a complete list of all the new age dwellings that dad can retire in. Whether is high above the city or mid-level, dad will love his urban sheik matching perfectly with his new loft.

Great Gift: LOFTWAY

Close your eyes! Okay…now open them! When your dad opens his eyes and realizes he’s standing in his new home, you’ll have the proudest dad in all of the land. LOFTWAY is a full-service Real Estate brokerage founded by Christiano Sampaio on the principles of customization and personal service and has been catering to LOFT dwellers since 2003. Since LOFTWAY has moved away from the model of the mammoth real estate company by being light and fast and able to move with the market and adapt to it’s ever changing environment without missing a beat. Dad will join the ranks of hundreds of happy clients who have keys to their new homes thanks to their expertise.

The Back 9:

Shroud dad in political controversy and give him a chance to do what most dads love…play miniature golf… Well, maybe not most dads, but hey at least one dad out there is gonna love this. Seems there’s a new plan being written by the City Planning Department, making claims that it will make Skid Row a “walkable community” by creating market rate housing on 5th, 6th & 7th Streets.  The Back 9 looks at the issues, mechanisms, hidden assumptions, and the consequences of said proposed plan.  Thanks to the creative minds of LA Poverty Department you and dad can putt your way around artist Rosten Woo’s, ”DIRE-rama” of City structures and public policy played out in private by the rich and powerful. Open to the public through October.

Great Gift: Juice Crafters

Before you golf, however, don’t forget to load up on vitamins and minerals at Juice Crafters. You’ll need plenty of stamina for the course and B12 to help wrap your mind around the issues.

LA Center Studios

The 9th Annual L.A. Beer Week is here so don’t be afraid to take dad out early this year because on Saturday, June 17th, LA Center Studios and LA County Brewers Guild will be bringing the heat with an awesome festival featuring 90 independent craft breweries, live music, great local food, games and more! This event features the largest number of LA County-based craft breweries. Admission includes a keepsake glass and unlimited tastes of over 180 beers.

Great Gift: LA Biergarten

If you and dad love a hearty hop variety like we know you do, you don’t have to stop there, or hop every brewery in Downtown to find your favorite brew because LA Biergarten has a great selection of local beers brought to us by DTLA breweries and offers 100 beers on tap, 40 different beers for $3 and 10 flat screens showing almost every sport known to man. Sports, beer, and dad, it’s almost like any other weekend here in the DT.




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