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Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned at The Corner Door
Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned at The Corner Door
Matthew Kang

12 Old Fashioneds in Los Angeles That Stand the Test of Time

Some of the city's best spots for the classic cocktail.

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Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned at The Corner Door
| Matthew Kang

Every day during Cocktail Week, Eater will be deploying maps of the city's best destinations for a particularly classic cocktail. Today: the Old Fashioned, a truly timeless drink made for fall weather and slow sipping. Unless, of course, it's on draft somewhere with a buzzy playlist.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 821-1100
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Venice favorite Scopa has always maintained the backbone of a cocktail bar, thanks to owners Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni. Their impressive booze list is equally matched by their pitch-perfect Old Fashioned.

2. The Corner Door

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12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 313-5810
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The barrel aged old fashioned here comes with a massive hand-cut piece of ice to ensure that the drink will not dilute. Barman Beau du Bois melds notes of toasted wood into Larceny bourbon with a fresh sliced orange rind to give the drink complexity until the last sip.

3. Oldfield's Liquor Room

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10899 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 842-8066
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Culver City’s Oldfield’s has become something of a neighborhood icon thanks in no small part to maestro bartender Robin Jackson and her handle on the classic Old Fashioned.

4. £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 906-7218
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This Beverly Hills high-end joint certainly knows how to play to the monied crowds in the area. Yes you can get an Old Fashioned here, maybe the best one you’ve ever had, but it’ll cost you.

5. Bar Jackalope at Seven Grand

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No longer quite so ‘hidden,’ Downtown’s Bar Jackalope is still no less cool for its efforts. Combining quality drink with cool digs inside Seven Grand, it’s a great place to sink into a dark corner with an Old Fashioned.

6. The Normandie Club

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605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 817-5321

Koreatown’s latest gem has settled in nicely to the area, pushing out simple cocktails that bely the craft behind them.

7. Harvard & Stone

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5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-6063
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East Hollywood’s Harvard & Stone has been setting the tempo for cocktails in that neighborhood for years now, though the quality barmen working the stick keep making Old Fashioneds that are as timeless as ever.

8. The Thirsty Crow

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2939 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-6007
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Silver Lake’s Thirsty Crow plays mostly to the locals, who know enough to order the Old Fashioned. It’s a signature of the bar’s, and for good reason.

9. The Varnish

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118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-9999
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The staple drink at LA’s staple bar. The Old Fashioned is as attached to The Varnish as perhaps any other cocktail/bar combo in town. Owner Eric Alperin is known for perfecting the Old Fashioned, even teaching his method to Ryan Gosling for his role in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

10. Upstairs Rooftop Lounge at Ace Hotel

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933 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Head upstairs (to Upstairs) for great views and a draft version of the new hipster-favorite cocktail. Will you be one of the few people drinking a strong Old Fashioned up here? Probably.

11. 1886 Bar at The Raymond

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1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-3136
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Pasadena’s The Raymond is a high-quality dining experience with few equals, and their 1886 Bar is no exception. A classy enclave with a penchant for high-minded cocktails, 1886 has become well-known for its honey-nut Old Fashioned, which is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

12. The Stave

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170 The Promenade North
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach’s The Stave flies mostly under the radar for LA folks, and that’s a shame. Their cocktail prowess deserves more attention, particularly with classics like the Old Fashioned.

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1. Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Venice favorite Scopa has always maintained the backbone of a cocktail bar, thanks to owners Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni. Their impressive booze list is equally matched by their pitch-perfect Old Fashioned.

2905 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

2. The Corner Door

12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The barrel aged old fashioned here comes with a massive hand-cut piece of ice to ensure that the drink will not dilute. Barman Beau du Bois melds notes of toasted wood into Larceny bourbon with a fresh sliced orange rind to give the drink complexity until the last sip.

12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

3. Oldfield's Liquor Room

10899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Culver City’s Oldfield’s has become something of a neighborhood icon thanks in no small part to maestro bartender Robin Jackson and her handle on the classic Old Fashioned.

10899 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

4. £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This Beverly Hills high-end joint certainly knows how to play to the monied crowds in the area. Yes you can get an Old Fashioned here, maybe the best one you’ve ever had, but it’ll cost you.

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. Bar Jackalope at Seven Grand

Los Angeles, CA

No longer quite so ‘hidden,’ Downtown’s Bar Jackalope is still no less cool for its efforts. Combining quality drink with cool digs inside Seven Grand, it’s a great place to sink into a dark corner with an Old Fashioned.

6. The Normandie Club

605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Koreatown’s latest gem has settled in nicely to the area, pushing out simple cocktails that bely the craft behind them.

605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Los Angeles, CA 90005

7. Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

East Hollywood’s Harvard & Stone has been setting the tempo for cocktails in that neighborhood for years now, though the quality barmen working the stick keep making Old Fashioneds that are as timeless as ever.

5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

8. The Thirsty Crow

2939 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Silver Lake’s Thirsty Crow plays mostly to the locals, who know enough to order the Old Fashioned. It’s a signature of the bar’s, and for good reason.

2939 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. The Varnish

118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The staple drink at LA’s staple bar. The Old Fashioned is as attached to The Varnish as perhaps any other cocktail/bar combo in town. Owner Eric Alperin is known for perfecting the Old Fashioned, even teaching his method to Ryan Gosling for his role in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

10. Upstairs Rooftop Lounge at Ace Hotel

933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Head upstairs (to Upstairs) for great views and a draft version of the new hipster-favorite cocktail. Will you be one of the few people drinking a strong Old Fashioned up here? Probably.

933 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. 1886 Bar at The Raymond

1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Pasadena’s The Raymond is a high-quality dining experience with few equals, and their 1886 Bar is no exception. A classy enclave with a penchant for high-minded cocktails, 1886 has become well-known for its honey-nut Old Fashioned, which is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

12. The Stave

170 The Promenade North, Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach’s The Stave flies mostly under the radar for LA folks, and that’s a shame. Their cocktail prowess deserves more attention, particularly with classics like the Old Fashioned.

170 The Promenade North
Long Beach, CA 90802

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