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Negroni at The Tasting Kitchen, Venice
Negroni at The Tasting Kitchen, Venice
Matthew Kang

11 Comforting, Aromatic Negronis to Sip in Los Angeles

From Venice to Downtown.

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Negroni at The Tasting Kitchen, Venice
| Matthew Kang

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, then yesterday the venerable Old Fashioned. Today: the Negroni, an eminently sippable late summer and early fall drink meant to kickstart any evening of cocktail-drinking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saddle Peak Lodge

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419 Cold Canyon Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 222-3888
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A hidden gem in every sense, Saddle Peak Lodge barrel-ages a strong plymouth gin-based negroni that goes great with the woodsy feel of this historic restaurant.

2. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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This Venice bar tended by Justin Pike makes some of the best barrel-aged cocktails in town, and the Negroni is the one to get. Using plymouth gin and Carpano Antica, the flavor is intense for such a simple drink.

3. Freddy Smalls

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11520 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3000
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West LA’s longtime drink spot, Freddy Smalls continues to impress with their own lilet blanc white negroni.

4. The Bellwether

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13251 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 285-8184

Studio City newcomer The Bellwether is already making friends, thanks to a strong craft beer program and their white negroni that pairs surprisingly well with Ted Hopson's cooking.

5. Culina

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300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-4000
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Skewing slightly more high-end, Culina draws in the Beverly Hills crowds and jetsetting business types alike — though there’s always room for a local at the bar. Order up the Negroni and just enjoy some of the best people-watching in L.A.

6. Sotto

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
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This downstairs haunt is a favorite within the bar and restaurant industry, many of whom come for sturdy examples of their favorite basic drinks. For a slightly different take, try the seasonal Dream within a Dream, which mixes Martin Miller's gin, meleeti amaro, grapefruit bitters, dolin dry, and grapefruit essence.

7. Pistola

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8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-9800

This vaunted West Third Street steakhouse has been building its up bar clientele of late, serving classy options from the other side of their massive bar. The Negroni here will deliver the perfect pre-steak buzz.

8. Melrose Umbrella Co

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7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-0709
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From top to bottom one of the best cocktail bars in town, Melrose Umbrella Co. certainly has a way with the standards, like their perfectly realized negroni.

9. Harlowe

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7321 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 876-5839
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West Hollywood casual cocktail space Harlowe knows negronis, whether they’re whipping up odd ones for the annual negroni week, or crafting the classic from behind the bar.

10. the copper still

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4493 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Koreatown’s strongest cocktail effort is the Copper Still, where pupusas from next door play against quality drinks from behind the bar. Nancy Kwon likes to use extra aromatic liqueurs to spruce up Negroni variants.

11. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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This Arts District beast of a restaurant offers a signature white negroni, which comes with just a splash of grapefruit for added punch. You'll be craving salumi and pasta afterwards.

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1. Saddle Peak Lodge

419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

A hidden gem in every sense, Saddle Peak Lodge barrel-ages a strong plymouth gin-based negroni that goes great with the woodsy feel of this historic restaurant.

419 Cold Canyon Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302

2. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This Venice bar tended by Justin Pike makes some of the best barrel-aged cocktails in town, and the Negroni is the one to get. Using plymouth gin and Carpano Antica, the flavor is intense for such a simple drink.

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

3. Freddy Smalls

11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

West LA’s longtime drink spot, Freddy Smalls continues to impress with their own lilet blanc white negroni.

11520 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

4. The Bellwether

13251 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Studio City newcomer The Bellwether is already making friends, thanks to a strong craft beer program and their white negroni that pairs surprisingly well with Ted Hopson's cooking.

13251 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

5. Culina

300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Skewing slightly more high-end, Culina draws in the Beverly Hills crowds and jetsetting business types alike — though there’s always room for a local at the bar. Order up the Negroni and just enjoy some of the best people-watching in L.A.

300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Sotto

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

This downstairs haunt is a favorite within the bar and restaurant industry, many of whom come for sturdy examples of their favorite basic drinks. For a slightly different take, try the seasonal Dream within a Dream, which mixes Martin Miller's gin, meleeti amaro, grapefruit bitters, dolin dry, and grapefruit essence.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

7. Pistola

8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This vaunted West Third Street steakhouse has been building its up bar clientele of late, serving classy options from the other side of their massive bar. The Negroni here will deliver the perfect pre-steak buzz.

8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

8. Melrose Umbrella Co

7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

From top to bottom one of the best cocktail bars in town, Melrose Umbrella Co. certainly has a way with the standards, like their perfectly realized negroni.

7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. Harlowe

7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

West Hollywood casual cocktail space Harlowe knows negronis, whether they’re whipping up odd ones for the annual negroni week, or crafting the classic from behind the bar.

7321 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

10. the copper still

4493 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Koreatown’s strongest cocktail effort is the Copper Still, where pupusas from next door play against quality drinks from behind the bar. Nancy Kwon likes to use extra aromatic liqueurs to spruce up Negroni variants.

4493 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

11. Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

This Arts District beast of a restaurant offers a signature white negroni, which comes with just a splash of grapefruit for added punch. You'll be craving salumi and pasta afterwards.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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