11/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Finding Cheap Drinks Downtown

Rumblings of a second coming of a recession is enough of a reason to look for good drinking deals. When dives ruled Downtown, it was easy. Now the influx of artisan cocktail lounges with master mixologists has driven up the median cost of getting a beer or cocktail. Fortunately there are some hidden spots to patronize with lesser-known specials around Downtown Los Angeles. Here is a guide I call the Budget Buzz.