Here and Now

4.4
157 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Cocktail Bar and Elevated Bar Food

Available for dine in on the patio and indoors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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MarS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This bar will transport you to another dimension. It’s always a fun time. The staff are creative, friendly and fun.

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neochu1
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Always great cocktails at this place. We went there to experience the Christmas decorations and themed cocktails. Service was good and the decorations were awesome in the bar. The only thing that subtracted from this place - the unexpected appearance of stripping Santa Clauses haha. At some point in the night, two Santa Clauses came out to start dancing to raunchy music and strip. The whole performance and activity just did not go with the rest of the bar and experience. It made me uncomfortable because it was unexpected and came out of nowhere. I did not appreciate that part of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to go around the holidays!

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Jerr
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating place and easy to to make a reservation here. Food was great and drinks were very delicious! Ambiance is amazing outside especially with all of the Christmas trees and decoration. Service is on point! Highly recommended during the season when Blitzen pops up!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday on Christmas. We were celebrating my birthday a day late. It was intimate and quite. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting for the Xmas event.
We had a great server- rodrigo!

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HongL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun holiday experience for their Christmas pop up.

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BrittanyG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Blitzens Pop-Up was so festive and fun! The holiday menu, decorations, and spirit put me in a Christmas mood. I’ll be headed back for Drag Bingo 😬

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TrishaL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It is absolutely darling with their festive menu and beautiful decorations. It’s so fun!

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vipLaura0607
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice bar, especially during Christmas.

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vipGood
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was really slow and had to ask for things multiple times.

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Jessica
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Here & Now is great normally but the Blitzen's pop-up was disappointing this year. I've come plenty of times during Xmas (multiple times each year) and have always loved sitting at the bar and enjoying the space. This year I thought I'd plan ahead and make a reservation to sit at a table... Gotta say that was a mistake. They walked us through the bar and out to the cold patio where there were just a few Christmas trees around. Isn't the whole point of coming to enjoy being surrounded by Xmas decor? It could have been cool if it was over the top festive but the patio wasn't decorated much better than any other bar. It was so disappointing and strange that they considered that equal to the inside. My advice for anyone going is to just do bar seating. Outside of that, they had carolers which was cool. The drinks were pretty good. The burger is tiny and was just meat and cheese. Don't think I'll be coming back again this year unfortunately.

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vipBruce
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fun time on the patio during their Blitzen's pop-up for the holidays; interesting and inventive cocktails, lots of decorations. Service was outstanding, even when we were in early and the only couple on the patio for a time.

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vipJordanP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place is a mess. It reminded me of going home for the holidays. I always think its going to be cute and fun and festive and then I just end up frustrated, heading home completely disappointed and like I wasted a bunch of money. I had a reservation, and drove across town, just to sit at a table for 20 minutes and not even be acknowledged. Our server finally showed up looking completely disheveled and made no mention of us waiting. We order our drinks and its another 15 minutes before they reach our table. Meanwhile, I'm seeing people at the bar sit down and get served in no time. I finish my first drink very quickly but our server never comes by again to check on us or see if we want to order more drinks. We spent an hour at our table and only had one round of drinks with no opportunity to order more. Save yourself some time and money, get some cute christmas mugs and put on some holiday music at home - I promise you it will be a way better time and use of your money.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Disappointing experience. Service took 20 minutes to even come to our table to give us water after we where ignored. Sold out of food items so really didn’t even get to try anything we came for.

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vipSherry
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Date night for the holidays

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AimJ
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Fun cute seasonal drinks, but not a lot of food options. Also, pigs in blanket are tiny - menu overpriced for what you get.

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Maximo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need a shot, get it, sho. . .nevermind, of holiday cheer to boost your depleted spirit? The Here and Now becomes Blitzens' for the holidays and if you love holiday decor this place will pop your socks off! Very merry libations. Spine tingling treats. Just what the Santa ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We had a reservation and ended up waiting outside for 40 minutes in the cold. After waiting they sat us outside which was very cute but a bummer after we were all hoping to warm up inside after the long wait. After covid a lot of restaurants are struggling with waitstaff, all the waiters were really lovely but they were extremely understaffed. Their was 3 waiters for about 25 tables. they forgot to bring us silverware after they said they would. We ordered the baked brie, fries, and popcorn. Popcorn was very small for $6 and sadly the baked brie was cold. Drinks were strong but delicious! This place is super cute but I won’t be going back again. I think a smaller intimate experience inside would of been way better!

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BacchusF
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We were SO excited for Blitzens pop up bar.
We arrived for our reservation at 6pm after a 50minute Uber from Venice and walked through a fun and funky bar to the back where we were greeted by a sharp, cold and brutally bright concrete patio.
So be it.
It was a frigid 50 degree LA night.
Of the maybe twelve patio heaters three were on.
The rest had no propane.
There was no ore propane.
Our server greeted us and asked for drink order.
I ordered the mulled wine.
I was quickly told that they ran out of that drink.
Bear in mind it is 6pm.
So I had a rum holiday picked Mai Tai kind of drink.
We ordered baked Brie and they were out of that.
Ordered tamales… out.
Asked then for latkes, again out of those.
Next we ordered pigs in a blanket.
Any luck? Nope.
They DID have empanadas.
So we got empanadas and French fries.
The empanadas were pale and soggy.
So after two drinks, one soft and soggy empanada and some French fries we left and took another near hour Uber back home to Venice.
Hungry, cold and uncomfortably sober.
And it was a nearly $200 bill and $150 (total for both directions) for an Uber both ways.
Really not only bummed but kind of upset.
If not for the smile on Malcom’s face and Roby’s wonderful laugh it would have been a complete failure. Instead it was just lame.

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vipKimberlea
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love kicking off the holiday season with our visit to Blitzen's. Great, friendly service, really fun drinks, and the holiday playlist is amazing. I highly recommend anyone looking for a fun place to meet with friends to check it out.

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farrynL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE THIS PLACE! So glad blitzens is back baby! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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SuperD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun! They were all decked out for Christmas including their drink menu and snow machine! Tried a few of the themed drinks and they were all delicious! From what I hear they also do a Christmas in July. I will be going back for that. Everyone on staff was friendly. It was a lovely time!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Experience!! Thank you to all staff!

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Swil
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We went to the Blitzen's Pop Up event for a birthday. We were told that we would only be allowed to be there for an hour and a half, but our server did not show up for 45 minutes and didn't even bring water for another 20+ minutes. We weren't able to order food for over an hour, and then had to wait another hour for the food to arrive. We ordered drinks immediately once our server arrived and then, after all of that waiting, we were told that the drinks we had ordered were no longer available. I spent over $250 on dinner and drinks for a birthday and it was absolutely not worth it. We couldn't have ordered dessert even if we wanted to, since we couldn't find anyone to order from and by the time it came, the restaurant would be closed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem in the arts district! Hands down, one of my favorite bars. Holiday Blitz is a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

First time here for the Blitzen pop up. Had great drinks and the food was really good as well. Our server was nice but said the bartender was backed up and it took about 45 min to get a drink. Had the service been a little faster the experience would have been really great. It wasn't that busy today on a Sunday so wonder how it flows on Fri or Sat nights. I'd return and give it another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience. DO NOT GO TO THE CHRISTMAS POP UP. Waited over 30 minutes for drinks, and ended up leaving before we got them because it took so long. Multiple tables around us were visibly frustrated and having the same issues. Servers don’t care and are super rude. Take your money down the street to Death & Co!

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vipMonica
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The holiday pop-up was so fun!! One of the best we’ve been to in LA! The drinks were amazing, decorations were so fun and the food was yummy and festive too! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipKrSt
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

2nd time at Blitzen. Both times it was way too loud in the blue/back part of the bar and the SERVICE IS TERRIBLE! We never knew who the hell was assigned to our table and had to constantly stop various staff members. No one ever checked on from the moment we sat down. Plates and empty drink glasses were never cleared. Even after complaining about the service no one made an effort to help us. Best part was when we attempted to get our third round of drinks, after waiting half an hour, the informed us that the drink wait was at least that. If they had told us that at round one or two we would have known we needed to place our next order at the same time as the one we were placing.

Love love love the decor and the food/drinks are amazing. It’s a shame the staff/service is such crap!

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richards
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Well...they where so busy with people ordering drinks we oretty much got forgotten with everything. Took 40 min for food then it was wrong, forgot my drink, finally got my diet coke half way thru meal and im still waiting fr
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greatest Christmas experience in the city is right here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

I really enjoyed this bar and the bar tender. I was a little disappointed with the hostess who said I would have to wait for my reservation because no tables were available. This is unacceptable as you require a credit card to book a reservation. We were offered outside seating when I specifically reserved for indoor. We ended up sitting at the bar and the hostess said she would let me know when my table was available. She never checked in with us again and left us at the bar. I do not appreciate having to reserve this experience with a credit card and not getting my table all night.

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vipamandasundevil
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

This place overbooks and is understaffed. I felt very bad for the servers. One of them said he was working a double because of the low staff. They were all visibly stressed but we’re still so friendly and efficient. The food was meh and the atmosphere was great inside and on part of the patio but we got seated all the way in the back, where there were no string lights, very little decor and underneath some fluorescent building lights. We had three drinks, a salad, a turkey sandwich missing some ingredients and potato latkes for $120 with tip. I enjoyed the salad and latkes but the turkey sandwich was just sad. A few pieces of turkey and mashed potatoes on dry bread and that was it. For this amount of money I would have wanted better food and atmosphere for sure. I think it’s all to blame on overbooking. Because it was so packed and busy, they were running out of ingredients and the staff was running out of sanity. Management, please stop running your staff into the ground and giving customers mediocre experiences.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their pop up Blitzen is soooooo much fun and they do a fantastic job and the drinks are yummy!

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TrishaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the empanadas, wings, and burger - that Boyle Heights sauce has a nice kick! Everything was delicious and the staff was awesome, we will definitely come back to check out Blitzen's Christmas pop up, this place is a hidden gem.

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TrishaL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been here once before for Christmas, which was delightful so I was very excited to come at Halloween. My expectations were exceeded. The staff is super friendly and fun, the food was delicious and the drinks were yummy. I loved their themed menu too!

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ABHILASH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best host ever, very friendly and accommodating

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Niki
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was great! The drinks not so much especially for the price we paid ($13 & $17), I had high hopes for the drinks but they were undrinkable at one point.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, the food was great and the atmosphere is the best part about it. It’s a very relaxed chill vibe and the drinks are great as well.

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You can order delivery directly from Here and Now using the Order Online button. Here and Now also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 262-9291.

Here and Now is rated 4.4 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.