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17 Bars to Sip Martinis in Los Angeles

Enjoy the classics cocktail at these Southern California bars

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After ordering a martini, no one ever tires of the following question, “shaken or stirred?” The classic cocktail must be prepared with care, and everyone has a preference that goes beyond James Bond’s desire for the shaken variety. Over the last few decades, martinis evolved into varieties that are still ordered throughout the Southland (appletini and lycheetinis), but LA’s expert bartenders know how to make them incredibly well, whether dirty, dry, vodka, or with gin. Here are 17 places to find some of Southern California’s best from north to south.

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1. The Proper Restaurant & Bar

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464 Foothill Blvd
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-4888
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When new ownership took over this longtime bar, it brought new life into this unassuming strip mall spot up near the Angeles National Forest. The Proper dirty martini is as wonderful as ever.

2. The Rendition Room

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4349 Tujunga Ave #2
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 769-0905
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This bar takes its cocktailing very seriously with a requirement that’s unique to LA: a dress code. Reservations are also required for the Rendition Room, which is nestled inside Vitello’s Restaurant. The martinis are only part of the experience here with the well-seasoned bartenders, so be sure to dress the part.

3. Yamashiro

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1999 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 466-5125
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Yamashiro is as timeless as Hollywood gets, but it also sports the best view of the LA Basin. It’s completely worth it to either dine or drink the famous lychee martini while taking in the the LA skyline from Downtown the the beach.

4. The Dresden Restaurant

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1760 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-4294
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The Dresden is absolutely full of kitsch and bartenders that don’t give a damn about your recurring guest star role on some NBC show. Grab a classic martini from one of the bartenders, then watch the crowds and piano show in action.

5. Musso & Frank Grill

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(323) 467-5123
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As classic as they come. Hollywood’s Musso & Frank stands the test of time for more than just its location (and those amazing vests): they’re still one of the best places in the city to drink martinis.

6. The Three Clubs

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1123 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hollywood’s longstanding the Three Clubs reopened after a long COVID-19 break, where seasoned staff serve classic martinis, or whatever your tastebuds desire.

7. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
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That modest yellow building on Santa Monica Boulevard still remains a powerhouse after 57 years. There’s always a wait (even if you have a reservation), so squeeze into the bar and order a classic martini to stave off time.

8. Greekman’s

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2619 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 500-0916
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Greekman’s (temporarily and formerly Freedman’s) makes a classic martini with dry vermouth and bitters, which pairs surprisingly well with souvlaki or salty marinated olives and feta.

9. Bar Flores

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1542 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 266-8006
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Martini consumption is often done in the corners of dark bars, Bar Flores offers something different. The bright Echo Park space overlooks Sunset Boulevard or a lush rear patio. Order Marla’s Martini with dry vermouth and chamomile.

10. Genever

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3123 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 908-5693
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Historic Filipinotown’s stunning bar Genever is where you want to drink a martini. Be sure to order the riff on a traditional martini using fish sauce and Datu Puti Filipino-spiced vinegar.

11. The Maybourne Bar

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7800
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If feeling extra fancy, pull into the valet and spend time at the Maybourne Bar. The $23 Connaught martini is prepared with Tanqueray No. 10 Gin, with blends of dry vermouths and bitters to make a very smooth drink.

12. The Grill on the Alley

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9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-0615
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Beverly Hills’s power-player spot Grill on the Alley knows that the right martini can make a break tomorrow’s big media deal. That’s why they’ve been doing it right for so many years.

13. Thunderbolt

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1263 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 372-5099
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If there’s evidence that the martini evolved, it’s at Thunderbolt. The espresso martini is made with vodka, sherry, and nitro cold brew from Counter Culture Coffee.

14. The Normandie Club

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3612 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2709
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It can get packed at the Normandie Club, where quirky cocktails rule the day. But the bartenders know how to make an excellent martini.

15. Pips On Labrea

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1356 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 954-7477
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It’s reservations-only at Pip’s On Labrea. But in addition to getting some quality martinis, Pip’s also has live music in the renovated space along with half-off bar menu Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

16. Steven's Steakhouse

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5332 Stevens Pl
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 723-9856
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Commerce gem Steven’s is known for its old school charm and stiff drinks, none more reminiscent of the glory days than the classic martini. Stop in for a simple steak, or to spend your winnings from the casino nearby.

17. The Exhibition Room

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1117 E Wardlow Rd
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 826-2940
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Long Beach’s Prohibition-themed bar takes reservations on Friday and Saturdays only. Give the password at the door, order a martini, and if the right night there’s live music, stand-up comedy nights, burlesque shows to accompany the drink.

1. The Proper Restaurant & Bar

464 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

When new ownership took over this longtime bar, it brought new life into this unassuming strip mall spot up near the Angeles National Forest. The Proper dirty martini is as wonderful as ever.

464 Foothill Blvd
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

2. The Rendition Room

4349 Tujunga Ave #2, Studio City, CA 91604

This bar takes its cocktailing very seriously with a requirement that’s unique to LA: a dress code. Reservations are also required for the Rendition Room, which is nestled inside Vitello’s Restaurant. The martinis are only part of the experience here with the well-seasoned bartenders, so be sure to dress the part.

4349 Tujunga Ave #2
Studio City, CA 91604

3. Yamashiro

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Yamashiro is as timeless as Hollywood gets, but it also sports the best view of the LA Basin. It’s completely worth it to either dine or drink the famous lychee martini while taking in the the LA skyline from Downtown the the beach.

1999 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

4. The Dresden Restaurant

1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Dresden is absolutely full of kitsch and bartenders that don’t give a damn about your recurring guest star role on some NBC show. Grab a classic martini from one of the bartenders, then watch the crowds and piano show in action.

1760 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd, California 90028

As classic as they come. Hollywood’s Musso & Frank stands the test of time for more than just its location (and those amazing vests): they’re still one of the best places in the city to drink martinis.

6. The Three Clubs

1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hollywood’s longstanding the Three Clubs reopened after a long COVID-19 break, where seasoned staff serve classic martinis, or whatever your tastebuds desire.

1123 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

That modest yellow building on Santa Monica Boulevard still remains a powerhouse after 57 years. There’s always a wait (even if you have a reservation), so squeeze into the bar and order a classic martini to stave off time.

9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

8. Greekman’s

2619 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Greekman’s (temporarily and formerly Freedman’s) makes a classic martini with dry vermouth and bitters, which pairs surprisingly well with souvlaki or salty marinated olives and feta.

2619 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. Bar Flores

1542 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Martini consumption is often done in the corners of dark bars, Bar Flores offers something different. The bright Echo Park space overlooks Sunset Boulevard or a lush rear patio. Order Marla’s Martini with dry vermouth and chamomile.

1542 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Genever

3123 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Historic Filipinotown’s stunning bar Genever is where you want to drink a martini. Be sure to order the riff on a traditional martini using fish sauce and Datu Puti Filipino-spiced vinegar.

3123 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

11. The Maybourne Bar

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

If feeling extra fancy, pull into the valet and spend time at the Maybourne Bar. The $23 Connaught martini is prepared with Tanqueray No. 10 Gin, with blends of dry vermouths and bitters to make a very smooth drink.

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. The Grill on the Alley

9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Beverly Hills’s power-player spot Grill on the Alley knows that the right martini can make a break tomorrow’s big media deal. That’s why they’ve been doing it right for so many years.

9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. Thunderbolt

1263 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

If there’s evidence that the martini evolved, it’s at Thunderbolt. The espresso martini is made with vodka, sherry, and nitro cold brew from Counter Culture Coffee.

1263 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

14. The Normandie Club

3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

It can get packed at the Normandie Club, where quirky cocktails rule the day. But the bartenders know how to make an excellent martini.

3612 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

15. Pips On Labrea

1356 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

It’s reservations-only at Pip’s On Labrea. But in addition to getting some quality martinis, Pip’s also has live music in the renovated space along with half-off bar menu Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

1356 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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16. Steven's Steakhouse

5332 Stevens Pl, Commerce, CA 90040

Commerce gem Steven’s is known for its old school charm and stiff drinks, none more reminiscent of the glory days than the classic martini. Stop in for a simple steak, or to spend your winnings from the casino nearby.

5332 Stevens Pl
Commerce, CA 90040

17. The Exhibition Room

1117 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807

Long Beach’s Prohibition-themed bar takes reservations on Friday and Saturdays only. Give the password at the door, order a martini, and if the right night there’s live music, stand-up comedy nights, burlesque shows to accompany the drink.

1117 E Wardlow Rd
Long Beach, CA 90807

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