Have a special occasion to celebrate? Are you with a large group? What better way to commemorate with friends and family than by sipping on fruity punch bowls. Whether it's with a party of 10, or just a couple of people, there are tons of options of punch bowls like tiki types, or glass vessels with ladles to choose from. Here is a list of places to enjoy a centuries-old way of boozing together in Los Angeles.Read More
14 Fancy Punch Bowls to Share in Los Angeles
This guide shows 14 places to find delicious punch bowls to enjoy in a group setting in Los Angeles.
Pasadena, CA 91105
This speakeasy-type bar connected to Picnik Restaurant in Pasadena, with seating for only 30 people, highlights its punch bowls with recipes based on strong, sweet, sour, and spice punch components. By entering through a red door behind Picnik, punch can choose concoctions like the Carribean Rhapsody, with three different rums, pineapple, orange, brown sugar, spice and mint, and the Royal Vice City, a vibrant green colored mix of gin, pisco, grapefruit, cucumber, basil and peppercorn. But beware of hours, as its only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Punches come in two sizes, one for $70 that covers 6 to 8 people and one for $140 that serves 12 to 16 people, and even a Punch flight, which is a sampler of all 4 options for $20.
2. Oldfield's Liquor Room
Los Angeles, CA 90034
All punch bowl lovers listen up, as Oldfields Liquor Room in Palms lets customers turn any of its signature cocktails into a delicious punch bowl. For $90 and big enough to serve 8-12 drinkers, this is a can't miss opportunity for big parties. Two popular choices are the Amoxicillin, consisting of rum, fresh lemon juice, house made ginger syrup and honey, and the Outlaw made of tequila, jalapeno honey, fresh grapefruit, lime and cilantro.
3. The Spare Room
What goes well with bowling, besides total domination? Punch bowls. Think of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for your next ritzy birthday party and come and celebrate with their exciting punch bowls. Options include the Take Fountain which consists of Belvedere vodka, sherry, green tea, elderflower liquor, sugar, lemon and orange essence. If rum is more your thing, The Moroccan Bazaar is made with 10 Cane Rum, black tea, sugar, lemon, nutmeg and cardamom. $60 for 4-6 people and for 20 people the price goes up to $240.
4. Melrose Umbrella Co
This classic establishment is located in Los Angeles’s historic Melrose shopping district. Melrose Umbrella Co. offers delicious punch bowls for groups, but it’s rotating menu depends on what the bar manager feels like concocting. Check it out to see what fresh options they have available this week.
5. The Church Key
What is better than a reg. happy hour? Punch Bowl happy hour. The Church Key is known for its punch bowl specials. This modern American spot in West Hollywood offers an ever-changing menu of fruity and tangy punch bowls at an unbeatable price. At $14 a bowl for two, or $25 for four, try varieties ranging from bourbon, passion fruit and champagne, to gin, pineapple and spiced apple tonic. With happy hour Monday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, this is THE happy hour punch bowl spot.
6. The Misfit Resturant & Bar
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Adorned with a classic style of prohibition-era decor and a classy ambience, The Misfit, known for its happy hour, offers their version of a punch bowl. Pimm's Punch, a concoction of Pimm's, (a gin-based liquor made in England) mixed with cucumber, strawberry and ginger ale. It's priced at a reasonable $7 for a glass for one, and $50 for a bowl for 3 to 4 people.
This extremely busy brunch spot in Beverly Grove packs a mean punch with its daily punch bowl specials. Tart boasts a sweet and juicy collection of buzz creating punches. The full bowl size at $40 is enough for 5 to 8 people and includes a full bottle of liquor, and the half size, at $25, is great for 3 to 4 drinkers, possessing a half bottle of liquor. Two options include the Tea Punch, consisting of lemon vodka, lemonade and iced tea, and the Black Ballin’, which is Vodka, cranberry juice, sprite, and berries.
8. Onyx Lounge
Designed as a reflection of art, culture and the senses, the low lit, candle decorated Onyx Lounge offers an old fashioned approach to punch bowls reflective of Prohibition days. A great deal at $45 with enough punch to serve 4-6 people. Options include the Philadelphia Fish House Punch, which has cognac, peach and lemon, the Planter Punch, consisting of Rum, Falernum (a sweet syrup used in Caribbean and tropical drinks), and Pineapple, and the Pisco Royale, with pisco (a typically clear colored brandy), champagne, and citrus.
A modern, California-inspired hot spot located in the heart of Beverly Grove, Goldies philosophy of incorporating only local, sustainable ingredients of the highest quality, is evident in their freshly satisfying punch bowl. One in particular is the Golden Girl, comprised of spiced tequila, passion fruit, agave and lime meringue. At $25-40, these bowls are perfect for sharing among groups of 3 to 4 people.
This Mediterranean and Modern European bar in Hollywood possesses a variety of spicy and aromatic cocktails with recipes dating back centuries. It's punches, ranging from $115 for 6 and $150 for 8, provide an exceptional flavor profile. One such punch comes with 5 year English Harbor Rum, Batavia Arack, Lime Sorbet, Lemon Sorbet and spices.
11. Tonga Hut
This North Hollywood Tiki Bar offers punch bowls in a variety of vessels, like clamshells, tiki gods and water fountains, and can even be lit on fire. Bowls go $10 for 1, $18 for 2, and $36 for 4. Two examples are the Scorpion Bowl, offering light rum and brandy with orgeat and exotic juices, and the popular Tonga Punch, with light and dark rums, orange curacao and tropical juices. Thought of as a "vintage Tonga Hut recipe."
12. Trader Vic's Lounge
Knows as a "tropical getaway for guests around the world," Trader Vic's in Beverly Hills, like Tonga Hut, offers tiki style punch bowls. The Kava Bowl offers light style rum, fruit juices and almond syrup, and serves up to 4 to 5 people for $28. Or try another version of a scorpion bowl, which mixes different rums known as the Trader Vic’s Rum Cup.
13. Pour Vous
A Parisian cocktail bar on Melrose, Pour Vous serves punch bowls and gives customers the option to choose any liquor they desire. With a price of $250, Pour Vous' large booze bowls are good for up to 20 people at a time and changes daily. A great option any day, and perfect for large groups to enjoy while watching burlesque dancers on the weekends.
14. Villains Tavern
Punch bowls here are great because if you’re with a group that all want the same cocktail, they can make it into a punch bowl. It’s $225 for 10 people. A couple of options of their cocktail program comprise of the Wilde Vine: Jameson Black, Luxardo Bitter Liquor, red grapes, cane sugar and lemon or the Mule Kick, which contains Knob Creek Rye, Amrao Nonino, grapefruit, honey, and angostura.
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