Reviewed by Sharareh D.
"Red O is a Rick Bayless creation. For foodies, you know you're going to experience Mexican classics with some flair. For newbies, if you're looking fo ..." more
8155 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Cocktail Bar / Hotel Bar
Party Earth Review Featuring a fantastical design by Philippe Starck and an equally imaginative food and cocktail menu by renowned chef José Andrés, Bar Centro is a playground for the senses that foodies and cocktail lovers won’t want to miss. A long center table illuminated to resemble a catwalk brings the trendy ... more
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Buried beneath the beautiful mansion/event space The Victorian, Basement Tavern is a casual speakeasy, so hidden that visitors would have to be profoundly lost to stumble upon it. In-the-know patrons proceed around back, through a wooden doorway, past an open kitchen, and finally down two flights of stairs before ... more
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Party Earth Review Bright neon signage from an old psychic parlor is the only thing that marks the entrance to The Roger Room, an intimate modern speakeasy where a cool and artsy clientele gathers for delicious artisanal cocktails. Just beyond the dark curtains, patrons will find a dim one-room bar with a turn-of-the-century dé ... more
370 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review With a drinks menu heavy on whiskey, a dozen flat-screen tuned to sports, and a prime location along the famous (infamous?) Sunset Strip, Rock & Reilly’s attracts everyone from cocktail snobs and celebrities to sports lovers. The ground floor lies somewhere between the border of cozy and downright small ... more
8911 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... more
3843 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232
Party Earth Review A favorite haunt for local hipsters and Silver Lake denizens, Thirsty Crow is a homey neighborhood bar whose saloon atmosphere and excellent whiskey drinks have made it a destination for bourbon lovers from all over the city. Just past the velvet curtain and the display of antique whiskey bottles lies a large wooden horseshoe ... more
2939 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Party Earth Review Situated next to the popular and über-casual Hollywood Corner restaurant, speakeasy Next Door Lounge can usually be spotted by its distinguished gentleman host, whose white-gloved hand runs down reservation lists (highly recommended), checks passwords (required), and ushers guests in through expansive double doors ... more
1154 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Party Earth Review For an upbeat vibe no doubt helped along by one of the best selections of tequila in LA, patrons will want to head to the kitschy El Carmen, a bustling cantina popular with a laid-back clientele of young professionals, artsy types, and neighborhood regulars. The small one-room space is packed to the gills with campy ... more
8138 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a ticket to another reality should head straight to the Cuban rum and cigar bar La Descarga, a Latin-flavored Narnia for sophisticated adults who haven’t lost their imaginations. On most nights, the well-dressed crowd of international sophisticates, hipsters, and professionals waits with ... more
1159 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Sometimes you just want a cheap beer, but other times you want a high-end artisanal drink made with exotic bitters and the souls of unicorns, and that’s where Los Angeles cocktail bars come into play.
It won’t be hard to get a stellar drink in this town, as dedicated cocktail bars in LA can be found in most neighborhoods, from hipster-heavy but still gritty Echo Park to the glitzy expanse of Beverly Hills.
Keep in mind that going to an LA cocktail bar probably means you’re going to shell out more money than you would at the average dive, but the payout can be enjoying a drink that you’d never be able to get anywhere else.
Thirsty Crow over in Silver Lake is a homey neighborhood bar whose saloon atmosphere has made it a destination for bourbon lovers from all over the city, but patrons also know to show up for the extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails. Whiskey-lover’s paradise Seven Grand in Downtown, Los Angeles attracts an upscale clientele of both young professionals and artsy types looking to sample the venue’s three-hundred top-shelf whiskeys, or challenge the knowledgeable mixologists to incorporate one (or more of) into a delectable craft cocktail.
The White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge in Hollywood, meanwhile, is a dive in the truest sense – nothing says hole-in-the-wall quite like free cheese puffs and a location on the first floor of a Super 8 Motel – but the joint manages to dole up some surprisingly good cocktail nonetheless.
From old-school speakeasies like Oldfield’s Liquor Room in Culver City to upscale lounges like Hemingway’s in Hollywood, cocktail bars in Los Angeles keep the mixes flowing and the shakers rattling all over town.