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.Read More
12 Old Fashioneds in Los Angeles That Stand the Test of Time
Some of the city's best spots for the classic cocktail.
1. Scopa Italian Roots
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
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
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)
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
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
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.
7. Harvard & Stone
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
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.
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9. The Varnish
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
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
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
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.