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The Den on Sunset’s newly redesigned bar.
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The 14 Hottest Cocktail Spots in Los Angeles

Sip LA’s newest drinks at these restaurants, bars, and lounges

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The Den on Sunset’s newly redesigned bar.
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Find Los Angeles’s hottest cocktails in both expected and untraditional settings, from hotel lobbies to new restaurants and lounges. The places on this list are mostly newer openings, typically less than six months old, and can represent the bleeding edge of cocktails in the city. Here now are 14 hot cocktail spots to check out in LA. (See the essential cocktail map for a list of more established venues.)

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Vamos Vamos

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Fancy a margarita here and there? A platter of nachos? What about a ton of both? That was the idea behind the new outpost from Randy and April Clement, industry vets known for owning and operating Silverlake Wine. The Gracias Jesus, a mezcal and watermelon drink, has made quite the splash.

A side shot of a plate of nachos and pink cocktails with salted rims. Vamos Vamos

Dear Jane's

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While the restaurant side of Dear Jane’s is all about subdued nautical vibes, the dimly lit bar calls to mind its sister restaurant, the Culver City steakhouse Dear John’s. The red-toned walls are decked out in portraits, while a warm fireplace lends itself to the overall cozy vibes. The right move at the dark-wood bar is either a classic cocktail (like a great martini or Manhattan) or one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, all named after famous Janes.

A dimly lit cherrywood bar with red chairs at Dear Jane’s.
The cozy bar at Dear Jane’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Wine House Kitchen

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A true hidden gem, this upstairs dining area has been a popular West LA wine bar for years but has recently gotten a refresh from Francois Renaud and a team of industry vets. Bartender Chris Grosso, formerly of Blind Barber and Viale dei Romani, mixes new takes on classic cocktails like the Liquid Sunshine, blending rye, Cointreau, honey, and lemon.

Moody wine bar and dining area with minimalist furniture.
Interior of Wine House Kitchen in West LA.
Francois Renaud

The team behind Jeff’s Table in Highland Park has taken over a classic space in Studio City (the Bar at Oyster House) and revamped it into an excellent cocktail destination with stellar deli-inspired snacks. Sidle up to the long bar for original drinks, like the yuzu-spiked Gin & Tawnic, plus bites like a Reuben quesadilla and a “pickle bento” relish tray. Don’t sleep on the hoisin ketchup-topped burger.

The Butcher's Daughter

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A central greenhouse at the second LA outpost of the Butcher’s Daughter is not only the focal point of the dining room but also its bar. The vegetarian restaurant, which opened in September along a tony stretch of Melrose, is doing some new drinks here, including a gin or vodka Melrose martini (served with charred Castelvetrano olives) and the Campari-spiked Amalfi Coast (which pairs nicely with the kitchen’s pizzas and pastas).

The greenhouse-covered brass bar at the Butcher’s Daughter in West Hollywood.
The greenhouse-covered bar at the Butcher’s Daughter.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Den on Sunset

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West Hollywood’s longstanding dive bar the Den has returned as a well-designed, truly cozy place to get some stellar punch-based drinks. Try the piña gold, a pineapple-mezcal sipper with a hit of tartness from tamarind. The revamped Den has already captured the eager Sunset Strip crowd ready to drink somewhere that feels more grown up.

A green bar with brown-seated stools surrounding it, and a black and white tiled floor in geometric patterns.
The Den on Sunset’s newly redesigned bar.
The Den

Champ City Bar & Lounge

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Bleu Kitchen and Taco Mell joined forces at Champ City Bar & Lounge — an Inglewood bar near SoFi Stadium. In addition to a fresh coat of paint, the duo has introduced a new menu with truffle Parmesan wings, oxtail mac and cheese chili bites, and chicken taquitos, along with a slew of new cocktails and even hookah service.

Power House Bar

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Hollywood’s iconic dive bar is back, and just as no-frills as ever. The Pouring With Heart team has returned the 1947-founded Power House Bar to its original glory as a watering hole for the likes of Charles Bukowski and the Beatles. There’s a focus on classic cocktails on tap and plenty of beer-and-a-shot options. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, featuring $3 Pabst and $2-off well drinks.

Power House Bar’s brick walls, high tables, and chandelier.
Hollywood dive bar vibes at Power House Bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

Grandmaster Recorders

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The 1970s are alive again at 71 Studio Bar at Grandmaster Recorders. Tucked near the entrance of this multi-faceted space (that includes an Italian-Australian dining room and rooftop lounge), the side lounge has its own drink menu, semi-open dance floor, and private back area that was once a recording studio.

71 Studio & Bar at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, California.
71 Studio & Bar at Grandmaster Recorders.
Wonho Frank Lee

Lemon Grove

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Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails get equal shine at the fancy new Lemon Grove, located on the top floor of a members-only hotel (restaurant guests can get in without membership). While chef Marcel Vigneron prepares seasonal fare, bartender Chris Wheelen mixes things like limoncello spritzes.

A cocktail with burnt orange at Lemon Grove in Hollywood, California.
Cocktail with burnt orange at Lemon Grove.
Lemon Grove

Bar Clara

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Bar Clara not only has a stunning view atop the Hotel Per La, but its airy central bar also features some notable cocktails. Veteran Coleen Morton puts together drinks that cater to day drinking, including a selection of on-tap spritzes. The cocktails range from light to boozy. Try the orange spritz topped off with Champagne and made with a mix of vermouth, amaro, and grapefruit.

An indoor white bar with pink walls, chairs, tables, and bright lights.
The interior bar at Bar Clara.
Sierra Prescott

San Laurel

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Towering over Downtown with its sleek Frank Gehry-designed environs, San Laurel goes into the Conrad hotel from prolific restaurateur José Andrés, who is known for serving creative, interesting cocktails with a bit of molecular gastronomy. The drink situation here is malleable, depending on the mood, from shareable punch bowls to more cerebral things like a Japanese milk punch.

A curved bar and lounge area at sunset inside a new hotel.
Bar area and lounge at San Laurel in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

Kaviar Los Angeles

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The former Simone space, tucked into a backstreet of the Arts District, has transformed into the second LA location of Kaviar, a maximalist temple to blow wads of cash on A5 wagyu, caviar service, and high-end vodka. Try the house Old Fashioned with Suntory whisky, Chartreuse, dry Curacao, plus tobacco and Angostura bitters at the gleaming bar.

Bar area at Kaviar in Los Angeles.
Bar area at Kaviar in LA’s Arts District.
Aria Askari

Capri Club

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Eagle Rock hotspot Capri Club celebrates all things aperitivo-related, which, drinks-wise, translates to a selection of Italian-leaning spritzes ranging from watermelon to vermouth-spiked, as well as classic cocktails like Negronis and martinis. There’s also a list of amaro-based 50/50 shots — like red bitters mixed with fernet — so no matter how one chooses to start their evening, there’s something refreshing to kick it off.

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Vamos Vamos

Fancy a margarita here and there? A platter of nachos? What about a ton of both? That was the idea behind the new outpost from Randy and April Clement, industry vets known for owning and operating Silverlake Wine. The Gracias Jesus, a mezcal and watermelon drink, has made quite the splash.

A side shot of a plate of nachos and pink cocktails with salted rims. Vamos Vamos

Dear Jane's

While the restaurant side of Dear Jane’s is all about subdued nautical vibes, the dimly lit bar calls to mind its sister restaurant, the Culver City steakhouse Dear John’s. The red-toned walls are decked out in portraits, while a warm fireplace lends itself to the overall cozy vibes. The right move at the dark-wood bar is either a classic cocktail (like a great martini or Manhattan) or one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, all named after famous Janes.

A dimly lit cherrywood bar with red chairs at Dear Jane’s.
The cozy bar at Dear Jane’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Wine House Kitchen

A true hidden gem, this upstairs dining area has been a popular West LA wine bar for years but has recently gotten a refresh from Francois Renaud and a team of industry vets. Bartender Chris Grosso, formerly of Blind Barber and Viale dei Romani, mixes new takes on classic cocktails like the Liquid Sunshine, blending rye, Cointreau, honey, and lemon.

Moody wine bar and dining area with minimalist furniture.
Interior of Wine House Kitchen in West LA.
Francois Renaud

OyBar

The team behind Jeff’s Table in Highland Park has taken over a classic space in Studio City (the Bar at Oyster House) and revamped it into an excellent cocktail destination with stellar deli-inspired snacks. Sidle up to the long bar for original drinks, like the yuzu-spiked Gin & Tawnic, plus bites like a Reuben quesadilla and a “pickle bento” relish tray. Don’t sleep on the hoisin ketchup-topped burger.

The Butcher's Daughter

A central greenhouse at the second LA outpost of the Butcher’s Daughter is not only the focal point of the dining room but also its bar. The vegetarian restaurant, which opened in September along a tony stretch of Melrose, is doing some new drinks here, including a gin or vodka Melrose martini (served with charred Castelvetrano olives) and the Campari-spiked Amalfi Coast (which pairs nicely with the kitchen’s pizzas and pastas).

The greenhouse-covered brass bar at the Butcher’s Daughter in West Hollywood.
The greenhouse-covered bar at the Butcher’s Daughter.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Den on Sunset

West Hollywood’s longstanding dive bar the Den has returned as a well-designed, truly cozy place to get some stellar punch-based drinks. Try the piña gold, a pineapple-mezcal sipper with a hit of tartness from tamarind. The revamped Den has already captured the eager Sunset Strip crowd ready to drink somewhere that feels more grown up.

A green bar with brown-seated stools surrounding it, and a black and white tiled floor in geometric patterns.
The Den on Sunset’s newly redesigned bar.
The Den

Champ City Bar & Lounge

Bleu Kitchen and Taco Mell joined forces at Champ City Bar & Lounge — an Inglewood bar near SoFi Stadium. In addition to a fresh coat of paint, the duo has introduced a new menu with truffle Parmesan wings, oxtail mac and cheese chili bites, and chicken taquitos, along with a slew of new cocktails and even hookah service.

Power House Bar

Hollywood’s iconic dive bar is back, and just as no-frills as ever. The Pouring With Heart team has returned the 1947-founded Power House Bar to its original glory as a watering hole for the likes of Charles Bukowski and the Beatles. There’s a focus on classic cocktails on tap and plenty of beer-and-a-shot options. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, featuring $3 Pabst and $2-off well drinks.

Power House Bar’s brick walls, high tables, and chandelier.
Hollywood dive bar vibes at Power House Bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

Grandmaster Recorders

The 1970s are alive again at 71 Studio Bar at Grandmaster Recorders. Tucked near the entrance of this multi-faceted space (that includes an Italian-Australian dining room and rooftop lounge), the side lounge has its own drink menu, semi-open dance floor, and private back area that was once a recording studio.

71 Studio & Bar at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, California.
71 Studio & Bar at Grandmaster Recorders.
Wonho Frank Lee

Lemon Grove

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails get equal shine at the fancy new Lemon Grove, located on the top floor of a members-only hotel (restaurant guests can get in without membership). While chef Marcel Vigneron prepares seasonal fare, bartender Chris Wheelen mixes things like limoncello spritzes.

A cocktail with burnt orange at Lemon Grove in Hollywood, California.
Cocktail with burnt orange at Lemon Grove.
Lemon Grove

Bar Clara

Bar Clara not only has a stunning view atop the Hotel Per La, but its airy central bar also features some notable cocktails. Veteran Coleen Morton puts together drinks that cater to day drinking, including a selection of on-tap spritzes. The cocktails range from light to boozy. Try the orange spritz topped off with Champagne and made with a mix of vermouth, amaro, and grapefruit.

An indoor white bar with pink walls, chairs, tables, and bright lights.
The interior bar at Bar Clara.
Sierra Prescott

San Laurel

Towering over Downtown with its sleek Frank Gehry-designed environs, San Laurel goes into the Conrad hotel from prolific restaurateur José Andrés, who is known for serving creative, interesting cocktails with a bit of molecular gastronomy. The drink situation here is malleable, depending on the mood, from shareable punch bowls to more cerebral things like a Japanese milk punch.

A curved bar and lounge area at sunset inside a new hotel.
Bar area and lounge at San Laurel in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

Kaviar Los Angeles

The former Simone space, tucked into a backstreet of the Arts District, has transformed into the second LA location of Kaviar, a maximalist temple to blow wads of cash on A5 wagyu, caviar service, and high-end vodka. Try the house Old Fashioned with Suntory whisky, Chartreuse, dry Curacao, plus tobacco and Angostura bitters at the gleaming bar.

Bar area at Kaviar in Los Angeles.
Bar area at Kaviar in LA’s Arts District.
Aria Askari

Capri Club

Eagle Rock hotspot Capri Club celebrates all things aperitivo-related, which, drinks-wise, translates to a selection of Italian-leaning spritzes ranging from watermelon to vermouth-spiked, as well as classic cocktails like Negronis and martinis. There’s also a list of amaro-based 50/50 shots — like red bitters mixed with fernet — so no matter how one chooses to start their evening, there’s something refreshing to kick it off.

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