Every day during Cocktail Week, Eater will be deploying maps of the city's best destinations for a particularly classic cocktail. Monday we rounded up the martini, Tuesday was the venerable Old Fashioned, and yesterday brought about the Negroni. Today: Manhattans, as quietly classy to drink as the surroundings they tend to come in.Read More
12 Smooth and Aromatic Manhattan Cocktails in Los Angeles
Stirred is best.
1. Copa D'Oro
Copa’s Imperfect Manhattan carries a clever name (a nod to how finicky a great Manhattan can be) and a smooth finish, especially when you get the check and find out the drink was only $10.
2. Hinoki & The Bird
Though known for their negronis (and other expansive cocktails), Hinoki also secretly makes one of the city’s best straightforward Manhattans.
3. Bar Nineteen 12
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Pricey? Sure. But sometimes the surroundings matter just as much as the ingredients when it comes to a classic Manhattan. And the people-watching here is absolutely fantastic.
4. Tom Bergin's
Sure it’s an Irish bar with clovers on the ceiling, but damn if this place doesn’t pump out one of the city’s best Manhattans.
5. Father's Office
Look beyond the burgers and the beers for this quietly satisfying Manhattan. It’s perfect for when you just want to eat, drink, and hang out in peace, while the rest of the room stays loud behind you.
This West Hollywood legend keeps it smooth and simple with a base of Rittenhouse Rye.
7. The Roger Room
Go classic at this La Cienega spot. A Manhattan in hand will really help you enjoy the full experience of the tucked-away room off the bustling boulevard.
8. Next Door Lounge
This quiet-side Hollywood haunt does a barrel-aged Manhattan (they call theirs the Madattan, for kicks) that is as warming as the weekend nightlife inside.
9. The Mixing Room
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Yes, it’s inside the JW Marriott, but boy does the Mixing Room put out a quality cocktail. Great for a quick stop before a night at Staples Center.
10. Barrel Down
This newish Downtown spot is mostly known for its craft beer prowess, but their Maple Oak Manhattan, made with real sapling maple, is a star itself.
Forget the Varnish in the back — for simple satisfaction and face-stuffing delight, grab a French dip and a Manhattan from the bar. They’re seriously cheap, too.
12. Melrose Umbrella Co
The off the menu black Manhattan comes with rye, Averna, and Meletti served on the rocks at this dark drinking den on Melrose. Or get the Digestivi Manhattan, also off the menu, made with rye, cynar, and meletti.