It used to be a bank, now it’s a bibliophile’s dream come true – The Last Bookstore (453 S Spring Street, Los Angeles) is a two-storey, 16000 square feet of new and used books, oh, and vinyl records – remember them?! From best sellers to the obscure, every subject matter covered including books from small independent presses. But what makes The Last Bookstore special is the second floor labyrinth with its book tunnel, a peak-a-boo bookshelf, bank vault full of books, and fill a box with books in the $1 book room. There is also a small performance space hosted by DT.LAB with eclectic productions from musicians, historians, literary figures and artists.
The store is open daily till 10pm but if you don’t mind crowds a great time to check it out is during downtown’s Art Walk which is held the second Thursday of each month, when The Last Bookstore joins the other art spaces in the Historic Core of downtown for a art themed block party.
If you are there late, you may also want to check out the Crocker Club, which is located within the same building. The Crocker Club continues the building’s original bank theme with many features intact including the Vault bar complete with original safe door – you can sip cocktails where wealthy bank patrons once examined the contents of their safe deposit boxes. The brave can take a drink in the reportedly haunted Ghost Bar. The club has a strict dress code so be sure to check the website before going.