A couple decades ago, restaurants were more concerned with building an impressive wine list than any sort of bar program. Mixed drinks were an afterthought to be enjoyed before or after a meal. But now that cocktails have gained near-even footing with wine, bar directors are creating seasonally driven drinks to complement the kitchen’s cooking.
Although there are plenty of LA restaurants serving quality cocktails, the following are the best of the bunch. Sidle up to the bar at these 16 restaurants for balanced cocktails infused with creativity and imagination.
Added: Accomplice Bar, All Day Baby, Bar Moruno, Cafe Birdie, Causita, Ella, Fanny’s Restaurant, Fellow, Guerilla Tacos, Here’s Looking At You, Kato, Manzke/Bicyclette, Republique
Removed: Belcampo, Scopa, Tasting Kitchen, the Corner Door, Sotto, Gracias Madre, the Church Key, Eveleigh, Terrine, Petty Cash, Birch, Commissary, BS Taqueria, Bar Ama, Bestia, Sonny’s Hideaway, Black Market Liquor BarRead More