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Wilmot, with gin, pickled ramp, and dry vermouth
Wilmot, with gin, pickled ramp, and dry vermouth, at Gigi’s
Wonho Frank Lee

12 Hottest Cocktail Spots in Los Angeles, June 2021

Sip LA’s newest drinks at these restaurants and bars

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Wilmot, with gin, pickled ramp, and dry vermouth, at Gigi’s
| Wonho Frank Lee

With California looking toward a full reopening in mid-June, Los Angeles cocktail spots and restaurant bars have the chance to serve their liquid specialties once again. In the past year-plus, there haven’t been that many new standalone cocktail bars, though bars placed front and center inside restaurants have continued to come online even if they weren’t able to accommodate actual patrons sitting on stools (until recently). LA’s cocktail scene has never had a more challenging period than the past year, but bartenders and professionals are eager to get back to shaking and stirring. Here now, the 12 hottest cocktail spots to check out that have opened (or reopened with a completely new look) in recent months.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Brig

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1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-7537
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Longtime Venice dive bar the Brig has received an interior overhaul on busy Abbot Kinney, with operators Dave and Patti Reiss adding restaurateur Jared Meisler (Roger Room, the Friend, Nueva) to create the third iteration of this storied watering hole. House cocktails like the Bantamweight include passionfruit and aperol with prosecco, though classic shot-and-a-beer options remain on the menu for that friendly neighborhood approachability.

The Brig’s new interior with bar seating and dim lighting.
The Brig
Rob Stark Photography

2. Bull & Butterfly

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(213) 267-2900
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Heidi and Alan Jackson (Lemonade, Jackson’s) are back in the formal sit-down restaurant business with this gorgeous modern steakhouse in a new Playa Vista space. Cocktails veer toward new takes on classics, like a smoked thyme old fashioned and tequila sunrise tinted with beet syrup.

A round, sand-toned bar with underlighting.
The bar at Bull and Butterfly in Playa Vista
Wonho Frank Lee

3. Mírame

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419 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 230-5035
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Beverly Hills has a great modern Mexican destination in Mírame, with chef Joshua Gil’s Baja-style fare wowing the ritzy neighborhood with deep-fried snapper and fresh ceviches. The cocktails are also worth checking out, featuring plenty of agave and even Mexican whiskey in refreshing, shaken form.

Cocktail and snack at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Mírame cocktail and snack
Rich Marchewka

4. Bar Bohemién

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9355 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 730-6610
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With a wonderful breezy rooftop deck in Culver City’s Citizens Public Market, beverage director AC Baker (Simonette, Tao) and bar manager Deandre Jackson (Marco Polo Silver Lake) have built an elegant set of drinks, including the Nirvana, which mixes Uncle Nearest 1856 whiskey, lemon cordial, Averna, and black lemon bitters.

Bar Bohémien’s indoor space in Culver City, California.
Bar Bohémien
Stan Lee

5. Soulmate

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631 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 734-7764
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West Hollywood has a scene-y new Spanish-inflected restaurant with a massive outdoor dining area, plus indoor seating with midcentury modern vibes. Drinks are refreshing and easygoing, like the passionfruit-flavored Weekend in Palm Springs, mixing vodka, lime, orange, and feijoa.

A pitched roof inside of a dark restaurant at night with pitched wooden beams.
Soulmate West Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

6. Theía

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8048 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 591-0059
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With a Mediterranean-influenced dining room that doesn’t change too much from its days as Jaffa, Theia serves fresh cocktails in space filled with thumping electronic dance music and approachable Greek cuisine.

Theia West Third interior with glowing neon sign
Theia West Third
Theia [Official photo]

7. Madre

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801 N Fairfax Ave #101
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-8518
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As the newest outpost of Ivan Vasquez’s budding empire of Oaxacan restaurants, Madre in West Hollywood has the same commitment to stellar agave-based cocktails and expansive mezcal selection.

The bar and counter at Madre West Hollywood with bottles and neon sign reading “besos de mezcal”.
Bar and counter at Madre West Hollywood
Jakob Layman

8. All Season Brewing Company

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800 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 591-0330
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A massive indoor-outdoor space with a focus on craft beer and large-scale bar games, the former Firestone Building on La Brea serves solid takes on familiar cocktails using quality ingredients, good booze, and well-made ice. Mezcal palomas come from the draft while the sazerac and penicillin are much better than they need to be in a laid back setting like this.

A long light green bar area inside of a dark warehouse bar.
All Season Brewing
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Gigi's

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904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

With a gorgeous New York City-inspired space, wraparound bar, and wonderful, colorful drawings, Gigi’s is already the see-and-be-seen place for Hollywood insiders. Drinks by bartender Courtney Rose have a classic look but show more creativity in the glass, like the clementine, grapefruit, and vermouth rouge-infused La Parisienne.

The bar and dining room at Gigi’s with marble flooring.
Gigi’s Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

10. Johnny's Pastrami

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4327 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(323) 840-3048
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One of the latest interiors from antique-oriented designer Matt Winter, this bar adjacent to West Adams’s Johnny’s is one of the hidden gems of LA’s cocktail scene.

Dark green touches and lots of plants inside of a dark bar at night.
Johnny’s Bar in West Adams
Wonho Frank Lee

11. Cha Cha Chá

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812 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mexico City import Cha Cha Chá has opened a grand rooftop location in Arts District, with bars both inside and out in the open air. The lush environs are the perfect place to sip on cocktails designed by Bryan Tetorakis throughout the warm LA summer.

Cha Cha Chá’s indoor dining area in Los Angeles, California
Indoor bar at Cha Cha Chá
Wonho Frank Lee

12. Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

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2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 968-1106
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Boyle Heights’s Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. is an ode to the cultures in the neighborhood’s history from chef Mario Christerna, who grew up in the area. Christerna tasked bar veterans Lauren Corriveau and Matthew Belanger to construct flavorful drinks like the elote old fashioned or boozy guava-jamaica agua fresca.

Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. michelada drink in Boyle Heights, California
Michelada at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.
Jakob Layman

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1. The Brig

1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
The Brig’s new interior with bar seating and dim lighting.
The Brig
Rob Stark Photography

Longtime Venice dive bar the Brig has received an interior overhaul on busy Abbot Kinney, with operators Dave and Patti Reiss adding restaurateur Jared Meisler (Roger Room, the Friend, Nueva) to create the third iteration of this storied watering hole. House cocktails like the Bantamweight include passionfruit and aperol with prosecco, though classic shot-and-a-beer options remain on the menu for that friendly neighborhood approachability.

1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

2. Bull & Butterfly

Los Angeles, CA 90066
A round, sand-toned bar with underlighting.
The bar at Bull and Butterfly in Playa Vista
Wonho Frank Lee

Heidi and Alan Jackson (Lemonade, Jackson’s) are back in the formal sit-down restaurant business with this gorgeous modern steakhouse in a new Playa Vista space. Cocktails veer toward new takes on classics, like a smoked thyme old fashioned and tequila sunrise tinted with beet syrup.

3. Mírame

419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cocktail and snack at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Mírame cocktail and snack
Rich Marchewka

Beverly Hills has a great modern Mexican destination in Mírame, with chef Joshua Gil’s Baja-style fare wowing the ritzy neighborhood with deep-fried snapper and fresh ceviches. The cocktails are also worth checking out, featuring plenty of agave and even Mexican whiskey in refreshing, shaken form.

419 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Bar Bohemién

9355 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Bar Bohémien’s indoor space in Culver City, California.
Bar Bohémien
Stan Lee

With a wonderful breezy rooftop deck in Culver City’s Citizens Public Market, beverage director AC Baker (Simonette, Tao) and bar manager Deandre Jackson (Marco Polo Silver Lake) have built an elegant set of drinks, including the Nirvana, which mixes Uncle Nearest 1856 whiskey, lemon cordial, Averna, and black lemon bitters.

9355 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

5. Soulmate

631 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
A pitched roof inside of a dark restaurant at night with pitched wooden beams.
Soulmate West Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

West Hollywood has a scene-y new Spanish-inflected restaurant with a massive outdoor dining area, plus indoor seating with midcentury modern vibes. Drinks are refreshing and easygoing, like the passionfruit-flavored Weekend in Palm Springs, mixing vodka, lime, orange, and feijoa.

631 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Theía

8048 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Theia West Third interior with glowing neon sign
Theia West Third
Theia [Official photo]

With a Mediterranean-influenced dining room that doesn’t change too much from its days as Jaffa, Theia serves fresh cocktails in space filled with thumping electronic dance music and approachable Greek cuisine.

8048 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. Madre

801 N Fairfax Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The bar and counter at Madre West Hollywood with bottles and neon sign reading “besos de mezcal”.
Bar and counter at Madre West Hollywood
Jakob Layman

As the newest outpost of Ivan Vasquez’s budding empire of Oaxacan restaurants, Madre in West Hollywood has the same commitment to stellar agave-based cocktails and expansive mezcal selection.

801 N Fairfax Ave #101
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8. All Season Brewing Company

800 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A long light green bar area inside of a dark warehouse bar.
All Season Brewing
Wonho Frank Lee

A massive indoor-outdoor space with a focus on craft beer and large-scale bar games, the former Firestone Building on La Brea serves solid takes on familiar cocktails using quality ingredients, good booze, and well-made ice. Mezcal palomas come from the draft while the sazerac and penicillin are much better than they need to be in a laid back setting like this.

800 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Gigi's

904 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The bar and dining room at Gigi’s with marble flooring.
Gigi’s Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

With a gorgeous New York City-inspired space, wraparound bar, and wonderful, colorful drawings, Gigi’s is already the see-and-be-seen place for Hollywood insiders. Drinks by bartender Courtney Rose have a classic look but show more creativity in the glass, like the clementine, grapefruit, and vermouth rouge-infused La Parisienne.

904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Johnny's Pastrami

4327 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Dark green touches and lots of plants inside of a dark bar at night.
Johnny’s Bar in West Adams
Wonho Frank Lee

One of the latest interiors from antique-oriented designer Matt Winter, this bar adjacent to West Adams’s Johnny’s is one of the hidden gems of LA’s cocktail scene.

4327 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007

11. Cha Cha Chá

812 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cha Cha Chá’s indoor dining area in Los Angeles, California
Indoor bar at Cha Cha Chá
Wonho Frank Lee

Mexico City import Cha Cha Chá has opened a grand rooftop location in Arts District, with bars both inside and out in the open air. The lush environs are the perfect place to sip on cocktails designed by Bryan Tetorakis throughout the warm LA summer.

812 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. michelada drink in Boyle Heights, California
Michelada at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.
Jakob Layman

Boyle Heights’s Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. is an ode to the cultures in the neighborhood’s history from chef Mario Christerna, who grew up in the area. Christerna tasked bar veterans Lauren Corriveau and Matthew Belanger to construct flavorful drinks like the elote old fashioned or boozy guava-jamaica agua fresca.

2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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