Whenever someone ask me what it’s like to live in Downtown Los Angeles, or what brought me here, my response usually falls between the lines of “the community,” followed by, “I’m also a city girl.” Living downtown, you tend to cross paths with all sorts of characters who are going down their own path in life, because life is all about the journey and the experience. I just so happen to live in the hub where so much life, events, and incidents occur, because downtown is blossoming. It’s a happening spot, where just about every month, there seems to be a grand opening of sorts. Whether it be a brewery, gallery, or business. As of late, I seem to be discovering various hidden gems, one of them being Resident, which is DTLA’s newest indoor/outdoor venue that is nestled in the heart of the burgeoning Arts District and open daily during the week (weekends included).
Resident opened on December 26, 2015. The masterminds behind this project are married couple Tim Krehbeil and Bridget Vagedes, along with business partners Jacek Ostoya, architect/developer of SF bars and clubs Harlot, Novela, Barbarossa, and Larry Little, partner in Fortress Music/Music Director of Resident. They thought an indoor/outdoor space with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with live music would be suitable for DTLA. Before Resident opened, there was no place downtown, to hear a great band in a setting where one could sip on a handcrafted well drink made with fine quality liquor. The venue itself is stationed on a property that Krehbeil and Vagedes have owned for 15 years. They even happen to reside above the venue in a super cool, funky space where Vagedes designs custom handcrafted chandeliers and pieces for Artafacts Jewelry. Prior to it’s conversion, they used to allow traveling musicians or friends visiting to stay there while in town.regardless of the fact that not everyone has greeted their business with open arms. Regardless of the fact that not everyone has greeted their business with open arms, they are here for the long haul. Vagedes stated that, “We really want the community to feel welcomed, especially being a longtime resident of The Arts District myself.”
The venue has a stellar staff of employees. Randy Tarlow is their “Liquid Alchemist” who oversees the Beverage Program at Resident. Their menu offers craft cocktails, four on draft and 20 beers on tap, from $7.00 to $12.00. Which isn’t bad considering their cocktails are made with high end liquor versus basic budget liquor. The venue is efficiently managed by Braden Armbruster, formerly of Houston Hospitality, while Duncan Smith, formerly of Spaceland Productions, books their talent. It’s a great place to experience “theme nights,” live music, DJ’s and club nights. The indoor capacity is 215, while the outdoor beer garden holds 300. The beer garden’s main feature is a Spartan Trailer couch outfitted as a bar with heated bench seating. There is also a specially designed space just for rotating food trucks, KTCHN LA being one of them.
So get on down to Resident and check them out. I, myself am thrilled to have them in DTLA as a Resident (pun intended). On a personal note, the band I manage, “The Great Indoors” will be performing at Resident, on Saturday April 9th with Johnson and McAuley and Brad Byrd. Doors will be open at 8:30pm, with tickets reasonably priced at $15.
To see more of the upcoming events happening at Resident you can go here.
Sunday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Exterior Beer Garden
Sunday – Thursday 12:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.