Where I Swarm: Donslens on Downtown LA

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When it comes to our collaboration with Jack Daniel’s Honey, we’re moving onwards and ever upwards in search of the places that draw a crowd.. Today we’re exploring L.A. with a true aficionado of cool: the man behind DON’S LENS.

Get it? Did you get it? He’s literally behind Don’s lens.

If you’re not following Don’s Lens on every single platform (from Twitter to Instagram, Facebook to Vimeo), I honestly don’t understand your life choices. On Donslens.com you’ll find everything from  upbeat photographic depictions of Downtown L.A. scenery (and the  swarm of people who inhabit it) to videos of gigs, parties and festivals from around the world. . He’s shot some of your favorite Australian artists both in action and behind the scenes – Alison Wonderland, Indian Summer and What So Not, just to name a few – and he even conceived, fundraised for, directed, shot and is currently editing a documentary on Australian electronic dance music culture What a top bloke.

Thanks to our very generous mates at JackDaniel’s. Australia Honey, we were able to pick his brain about where to go, where to eat and where to chill in L.A.

Don’t forget that J.D. Honey want to send you and your buddies to Byron Bay for a weekend, where you’ll have a beach house all to yourself to sip Honey and dry all afternoon and laze in the sun. It’s not easy living the dream but hey – somebody’s gotta do it, right?

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Photo credit: Don’s Lens.

WHERE I DRINK:

The Lash Social
“Love this place – only place in LA with a Berlin vibe inside. Plenty of homies spin here and love [it]. Custom drinks are great, too.”

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Photo: Don’s Lens.

WHERE I EAT:

La Reyna
“I used to work out of a studio around the corner and frequented this place. Open late and only a dollar a taco! Make sure to use all the sauces. (Cash only.)”

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Photo credit: Wi Spa USA.

WHERE I RELAX:

Wi Spa LA
“After 4 AM this place has a special discounted rate, so I go after a night of solid partying and kick on after all the clubs close. The food is great and the hot salt rooms are refreshing to get out all of the night’s toxins.”

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Photo credit: Veran Miky.

WHERE I PARTY:

Exchange LA
“A few of my friends play here sometimes so I started going once in a while. They bring a lot of big names here and it’s a great place for a few libations.”

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Photo credit: Don’s Lens.

WHERE I IMPRESS A DATE:

Villains Tavern
“Literally the dopest place in LA. Custom drinks with acutal bitters, custom glasses and actual mixology are so good. Also, the band that plays during the week is hilarious and embraces crowd input and requests for country renditions.”

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Photo credit: Don’s Lens.

WHERE I CREATE:

Urth Caffé
“The food here is so good, the coffee is so good. I usually get the kid’s meal sandwich – it comes with a fruit cup. It’s kinda nice, even though I’m a not a child, they don’t care. Also, this is a babe hotspot. DTLA Urth is the best one.”

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To celebrate what draws a crowd, Jack Daniel’s Honey is giving you the chance to win a weekend away for you and your mates. All you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less, where you and your mates like to swarm to and our favourite answer will be sipping their next Jack Honey & Dry in a beach house at Byron Bay! 

To enter click here.

Words by Cheryl Billman.

SEE OUR HOMETOWN GUIDES HERE.

SEE ALSO:

WHERE I SWARM: SLUMBERJACK ON PERTH
WHERE I SWARM: SAMMY BANANAS ON BROOKLYN
HOMETOWN GUIDE: DJEMBA DJEMBA ON LOS ANGELES

About:

You may or may not know Cheryl as the girl who’s unhealthily obsessed with Yves Klein Blue. I also swear a lot, and I promise, I’m working on that. Just for you guys. Because I love you.