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The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint.
The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

The 13 Hottest Cocktail Spots in Los Angeles

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

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The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Find skillfully prepared cocktails and mocktails in Los Angeles at restaurants, speakeasies, lounges, rooftops, and even hotel lobbies. The spots on this list include a mix of newer openings and older spots with revamped menus — all will provide the perfect backdrop for a great night out. Here are 13 hot cocktail spots to check out in LA right now. For more established venues, check out Eater’s essential cocktail map.

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Los Angeles was thrilled when Baroo settled into the Arts District in 2023. Chef Kwang Uh’s five-course menu ($110 a person) is inspired by life phases, with wine or non-alcoholic pairing options. The Korean-inspired cocktails by Jason Lee are worth having conversations over, especially the Omija, mixing maesil soju with five-berry tea cordial.

Negroni shilsu at Baroo with sweet vermouth, cappelletti, angma makgeolli.
Negroni shilsu at Baroo with sweet vermouth, cappelletti, angma makgeolli.
Wonho Frank Lee

Stay Zero Proof

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Stay Zero Proof co-founders Stacey Mann and Summer Phoenix opened their non-alcoholic bar in Chinatown’s former punk rock venue Hong Kong Cafe. It’s now a stylish cocktail lounge experience with 12 drinks named for each Chinese zodiac sign. The Rabbit mixes elements of an Old Fashioned with Lyre’s Highland Malt, orange and chocolate mole bitters, ginger syrup, and cherry.

Stay Zero Proof in Los Angeles.
Stay Zero Proof.
Stan Lee

Bar CDMX

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Bar CDMX showcases the flavors of Mexico’s bar scene, complete with arcade games and rock en Español. Agave-based spirits and rum are the focus with four options on draft: margaritas, mojitos, and mezcal palomas, while the Tropic Thunder is made with rum, orgeat syrup, pineapple, lemon, and ginger. Opt for the rum punch, caipirinha, or an Old Fashioned made with a spirit of choice.

A bright orange mango mezcal margarita with a printed background at Bar CDMX.
Mango mezcal margarita.
Wonho Frank Lee

Sinners y Santos

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LA nightlife veterans the Houston Brothers opened Sinners y Santos in September, bringing a bold Gothic cathedral-looking nightclub lounge decked out in stained glass, table service, and live lucha libre wrestling matches on a stage suspended above the bar. Expect guest DJs spinning behind a church organ booth and a cocktail menu by barman Devon Espinosa.

Lounge area of Sinners y Santos in Downtown LA’s Level 8 project with Catholic-style Gothic decor.
Sinners y Santos.
Michael Kleinberg

Mr. Wanderlust

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At Downtown’s Level 8, Mr Wanderlust beverage director Devon Espinosa draws from bars and cocktail histories around the world. It’s an inventive approach that includes collaborations with exceptional bartenders at a rotating bar with live performances.

A light yellow cocktail with flecked rim of seasoning on a leather shelf at new LA restaurant and bar Mr. Wanderlust.
Just What You Needed.
Wonho Frank Lee

Shim Sham

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Historic Filipinotown’s newest bar is what’s needed in every LA neighborhood — no fuss, $4 beers, outdoor seating, and $13 cocktails in a relaxed setting designed to foster conversation with the person sitting on an adjacent bar stool.

Shim Sham’s horseshoe-shaped bar in Los Angeles.
Shim Sham.
Bradley Basham

Jemma Hollywood

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Jackson Kalb’s Hollywood restaurant pairs modern Italian American food with easy-sipping cocktails. The Bellezza is made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint, which works as a sweet-bitter starter to things like spicy vodka rigatoni and a shareable veal Parmesan.

The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint.
The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mars Hollywood

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Mars opened directly behind Mother Wolf in January 2024 but isn’t affiliated with the restaurant. Find a posh indoor and outdoor space, a carefully curated wine list, and cocktails that cost at least $20. The Apollo, shaken with Bacardi 8, pineapple rum, lime, Crème de Banane liqueur, and banana foam, is particularly noteworthy. Mars is open to the public, but rare spirits can only be held on-site for members shelling out $5,000 per year.

Mars cocktail lounge in Hollywood, California.
Mars.
Robiee Ziegler

Cold Shoulder Bar

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While inside Fairfax’s Blue Collar Bar, look for the hostess who (with a password) will open the hidden bookcase entry to Cold Shoulder. Once seated, order a banana foster cocktail presented on an antique serving tray while observing the rugs and stools hanging from the ceiling, and the psychedelic paintings of U.S. presidents — it’s quite a vibe.

A cocktail in a glass with a s’mores garnish on top at Cold Shoulder in Los Angeles.
S’mores cocktail at Cold Shoulder.
Bella Marie Adams

From Videre’s rooftop, glance to one side for views of buildings, offices, and luxury condos, and in the other direction for a panoramic tableau of the Hollywood Hills. One can order a spritz, work from a laptop, or take a dip in the pool.

Pool lounge at Videre restaurant in Los Angeles.
Videre.
Roberto Amado-Cattaneo

Holy Water

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Woody Harrelson opened Holy Water next door to his cannabis consumption lounge, the Woods. The bar is cozy and seats only 30 people with some stunning cocktails made with or without booze.

The Holy Water bar in West Hollywood.
Holy Water.
Wonho Frank Lee

Spago recently redesigned its bar and recruited award-winning barman Adam Fournier to run it. Fournier’s inventions are separated by category: light, medium, and full-bodied. The menu includes a section of higher-end drinks that start at $39, and a spirit-free menu as well. Of the lighter cocktails, the Spa Water is made with rums from Jamaica, Trinidad, and Martinique with pandan leaves, coconut water, aloe, lime, and crushed ice.

An orange cocktail in a highball glass at Spago in Beverly Hills.
Cocktail at Spago.
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Si! Mon

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This very dark and energetic Venice spot features two bars, one in the semi-outdoor dining area and another inside. Refreshing drinks like the lime leaf paloma, which mixes guava, mezcal, and grapefruit, pair well with the menu’s Panamanian-inflected bites including surf clam ceviche and fried chicken legs.

A cocktail glass filled with reddish liquid and garnished with a cherry at Si! Mon in Venice.
Pricky Adonis cocktail from Si! Mon in Venice.
Ashley Randall Photography

Baroo

Los Angeles was thrilled when Baroo settled into the Arts District in 2023. Chef Kwang Uh’s five-course menu ($110 a person) is inspired by life phases, with wine or non-alcoholic pairing options. The Korean-inspired cocktails by Jason Lee are worth having conversations over, especially the Omija, mixing maesil soju with five-berry tea cordial.

Negroni shilsu at Baroo with sweet vermouth, cappelletti, angma makgeolli.
Negroni shilsu at Baroo with sweet vermouth, cappelletti, angma makgeolli.
Wonho Frank Lee

Stay Zero Proof

Stay Zero Proof co-founders Stacey Mann and Summer Phoenix opened their non-alcoholic bar in Chinatown’s former punk rock venue Hong Kong Cafe. It’s now a stylish cocktail lounge experience with 12 drinks named for each Chinese zodiac sign. The Rabbit mixes elements of an Old Fashioned with Lyre’s Highland Malt, orange and chocolate mole bitters, ginger syrup, and cherry.

Stay Zero Proof in Los Angeles.
Stay Zero Proof.
Stan Lee

Bar CDMX

Bar CDMX showcases the flavors of Mexico’s bar scene, complete with arcade games and rock en Español. Agave-based spirits and rum are the focus with four options on draft: margaritas, mojitos, and mezcal palomas, while the Tropic Thunder is made with rum, orgeat syrup, pineapple, lemon, and ginger. Opt for the rum punch, caipirinha, or an Old Fashioned made with a spirit of choice.

A bright orange mango mezcal margarita with a printed background at Bar CDMX.
Mango mezcal margarita.
Wonho Frank Lee

Sinners y Santos

LA nightlife veterans the Houston Brothers opened Sinners y Santos in September, bringing a bold Gothic cathedral-looking nightclub lounge decked out in stained glass, table service, and live lucha libre wrestling matches on a stage suspended above the bar. Expect guest DJs spinning behind a church organ booth and a cocktail menu by barman Devon Espinosa.

Lounge area of Sinners y Santos in Downtown LA’s Level 8 project with Catholic-style Gothic decor.
Sinners y Santos.
Michael Kleinberg

Mr. Wanderlust

At Downtown’s Level 8, Mr Wanderlust beverage director Devon Espinosa draws from bars and cocktail histories around the world. It’s an inventive approach that includes collaborations with exceptional bartenders at a rotating bar with live performances.

A light yellow cocktail with flecked rim of seasoning on a leather shelf at new LA restaurant and bar Mr. Wanderlust.
Just What You Needed.
Wonho Frank Lee

Shim Sham

Historic Filipinotown’s newest bar is what’s needed in every LA neighborhood — no fuss, $4 beers, outdoor seating, and $13 cocktails in a relaxed setting designed to foster conversation with the person sitting on an adjacent bar stool.

Shim Sham’s horseshoe-shaped bar in Los Angeles.
Shim Sham.
Bradley Basham

Jemma Hollywood

Jackson Kalb’s Hollywood restaurant pairs modern Italian American food with easy-sipping cocktails. The Bellezza is made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint, which works as a sweet-bitter starter to things like spicy vodka rigatoni and a shareable veal Parmesan.

The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint.
The Bellezza cocktail at Jemma Hollywood made with blanco tequila, Aperol, Bill’s honey, cucumber, and mint.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mars Hollywood

Mars opened directly behind Mother Wolf in January 2024 but isn’t affiliated with the restaurant. Find a posh indoor and outdoor space, a carefully curated wine list, and cocktails that cost at least $20. The Apollo, shaken with Bacardi 8, pineapple rum, lime, Crème de Banane liqueur, and banana foam, is particularly noteworthy. Mars is open to the public, but rare spirits can only be held on-site for members shelling out $5,000 per year.

Mars cocktail lounge in Hollywood, California.
Mars.
Robiee Ziegler

Cold Shoulder Bar

While inside Fairfax’s Blue Collar Bar, look for the hostess who (with a password) will open the hidden bookcase entry to Cold Shoulder. Once seated, order a banana foster cocktail presented on an antique serving tray while observing the rugs and stools hanging from the ceiling, and the psychedelic paintings of U.S. presidents — it’s quite a vibe.

A cocktail in a glass with a s’mores garnish on top at Cold Shoulder in Los Angeles.
S’mores cocktail at Cold Shoulder.
Bella Marie Adams

Videre

From Videre’s rooftop, glance to one side for views of buildings, offices, and luxury condos, and in the other direction for a panoramic tableau of the Hollywood Hills. One can order a spritz, work from a laptop, or take a dip in the pool.

Pool lounge at Videre restaurant in Los Angeles.
Videre.
Roberto Amado-Cattaneo

Holy Water

Woody Harrelson opened Holy Water next door to his cannabis consumption lounge, the Woods. The bar is cozy and seats only 30 people with some stunning cocktails made with or without booze.

The Holy Water bar in West Hollywood.
Holy Water.
Wonho Frank Lee

Spago

Spago recently redesigned its bar and recruited award-winning barman Adam Fournier to run it. Fournier’s inventions are separated by category: light, medium, and full-bodied. The menu includes a section of higher-end drinks that start at $39, and a spirit-free menu as well. Of the lighter cocktails, the Spa Water is made with rums from Jamaica, Trinidad, and Martinique with pandan leaves, coconut water, aloe, lime, and crushed ice.

An orange cocktail in a highball glass at Spago in Beverly Hills.
Cocktail at Spago.
Glee Digital Media

Si! Mon

This very dark and energetic Venice spot features two bars, one in the semi-outdoor dining area and another inside. Refreshing drinks like the lime leaf paloma, which mixes guava, mezcal, and grapefruit, pair well with the menu’s Panamanian-inflected bites including surf clam ceviche and fried chicken legs.

A cocktail glass filled with reddish liquid and garnished with a cherry at Si! Mon in Venice.
Pricky Adonis cocktail from Si! Mon in Venice.
Ashley Randall Photography

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