Neal Pollack has a drive-by guide for noir-tourists visiting the City of Angels, "still a magnificently dark place."
The Wall Street Journal travel section, no less.
The story comes with a nifty interactive guide that shows the spots where shadows are waiting for you. Of course, Downtown is represented well; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, LA River, and Cole's.
Also on the list is King Eddy Saloon. No surprise. There is something romantic––or destitute–about being the last surviving skid row bar. And the King Eddy Saloon website sounds like it was written by someone willing to take any hipster developer into the back alley if they try and change it.
However, supplementing the article is "What to Wear There: Tinsel Town" that recommends 40ish style Roksanda Illincic Elyseon Dress for her, and Archdale Wingtips for him.
First, don't wear those if you go to King Eddy Saloon. Second, if you do, don't expect the regulars to be endeared when you label all of Los Angeles as Tinsel Town.