Reviewed by Lia-Michelle K.
"Silo Vodka Bar first appeared on my radar in 2012 when I went out to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends. Even on a weekday evening, the place ..." more
221 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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
Party Earth Review Marked only by a small drawing of a cocktail, the discreet entrance to The Varnish at the back of Cole’s restaurant lends an air of secrecy and forbidden frolicking to this updated speakeasy in downtown LA. A tiny one-room haven catering to a clientele of cool east-siders, after-work types, and loyal regulars, the venue ... more
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Party Earth Review Dark, masculine, and sophisticated in the coolest sense of the word, Seven Grand is a whiskey-lover’s paradise that attracts an upscale clientele of both young professionals and artsy types looking to sample the almost three hundred top-shelf whiskeys on offer. Decked out like a high-end hunting lodge, the ... more
515 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Reviewed by Dylan R.
"I first visited Sassafras soon after moving to Hollywood several months ago and was quite taken from the get go. The decor was warm and inviting, whi ..." more
1233 North Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent. Sherlockian scenesters know ... more
6685 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(entrance around back)
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
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Reviewed by Chad F.
"Liquid Kitty on Pico near Fox is an awesome dive bar. It's not just dark...it's dark-dark. Anything goes here. It's a place you go to drink when yo ..." more
11780 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Reviewed by Gerard Nash G.
"Everything about this place was beyond my expectations. The food, the music, and the overall vibe of the restaurant was beyond extraordinary. I loved ..." more
616 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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.