Welcome to Atwater Village
A hip and bustling enclave of Los Angeles
Originally named for its proximity to the Los Angeles River, Atwater Village is considered a self-sustained community. This small, buzzy town has its own post office, library, top public and private schools, and even an equestrian district, a rare find for city living. Its first residents were newly prosperous industry workers, and the neighborhood began to grow when the Pacific Electric Railway red cars came to town at the start of the twentieth century.
The Spanish-style bungalows and Tudor-inspired cottage homes of the 1920s through 1940s are still around, many with original details, as well as new construction condos and luxury high-rise buildings. Now known for its vibrant nightlife, hip lifestyle, and easy access to so many of L.A.’s industry hotspots, Atwater Village typically attracts millennials and young professionals. Offering everything from dive bars and to stylish dance clubs and trendy mixology pubs, this is where you’ll find a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a small-town feel.
What to Love
- High walkability
- Vibrant nightlife
- Trendy boutiques and thrift shops
- Scenic views
People & Lifestyle
One of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Atwater Village is home to a wide variety of residents, from Hollywood talent and industry creatives to business entrepreneurs and service workers. Residents love Atwater Village’s proximity to the hustle and bustle of L.A., as well as its resort-like nature and outdoor recreation. Full of walking and biking trails, fishing, and horseback riding, this leafy area offers a respite from the non-stop hustle of big city life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From local watering holes to trendy gastropubs, Atwater Village offers many options for a night on the town, and those who love the bar scene will be thrilled with the options for finding beer, craft cocktails, and fancy libations.
Whether you’re hosting a group or just popping in for a treat, you can always celebrate the good life at Bon Vivant Market and Cafe. Affectionately coined the “living room of Atwater Village,” this cozy cafe is the gathering spot for everything from book clubs to business meetings. Paris chic meets the laid-back vibes of the west coast in this eclectic community favorite. Listen to brand new bands, and definitely order the mac and cheese!
The dimly lit bar, fireplace, and warm, quiet atmosphere at The Griffin make for a perfect date night, while Tam O'Shanter is a must-see for residents and visitors alike. This Scottish steakhouse has been a Los Angeles fixture since 1922 and serves up a cozy, old-world atmosphere with classic comfort food. If you’re of Scottish descent, make sure to check the wall for your family tartan. For a kitschy slice of old Los Angeles, stop by Bigfoot Lodge. This delightfully well-loved spot offers a wilderness theme, camping-themed cocktails, and bingo night.
Things to Do
While the bar and restaurant scene in Atwater Village is hopping, that’s not the only option for entertainment. Head over to Dtox Day Spa to unwind from the workday, or get your adrenaline pumping with the Slingshot trend.
Those with a taste for the creative will love the Arts+Innovation Complex. Home to artists, graphic designers, architects, writers, documentarians, fashion designers, technology companies, photographers, and media entrepreneurs, this beehive of creative activity comes to life at night and on weekends with original theater productions, Shakespeare, dance classes, and topnotch dining. Refuel from all the fun at Momed Mediterranean Restaurant, and revel in the fresh, sophisticated cuisine.