Drinking in Los Angeles is getting better and better. New, highly conceptualized and detail-oriented bars emerge monthly, bartenders move around and tastes change. Here now, an update to Eater's map of the best places to drink in LA. Whether you're grabbing an after work cocktail, making it a night out on the town, or trying to lubricate that special someone, why not imbibe in good taste? Allow us to present a list of the hottest places to drink right now.Read More
Where to Drink in LA Right Now, Winter 2013
1. Son of a Gun
The food isn't the only draw at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's Son of a Gun. The restaurant happens to have one of LA's most extensive and boundary pushing cocktail lists. Barman Daniel Warrilow is putting out everything from Pimm's Cups to Old Fashioneds to Tiki drinks, so there's something for everyone.
2. The Tasting Kitchen
Justin Pike still runs the bar at Casey Lane's popular Abbot Kinney eatery, and he pushes the envelope with new takes on old standards (The Braveheart) and, recently, bottle-conditioned cocktails.
3. Pour Vous
Hollywood, CA 90038
This may be LA's most elegant drinking den. From Mark and Jonnie Houston and with drinks by Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni, this is one of the best places to drink in Hollywood right now.
4. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Unlike most of Wolfgang's other establishments, the bar program at the Hotel Bel-Air does not come second to the food. It's no wonder the cocktails here are delicious: everything from the glassware, tinctures, and timing of the shakes is taken very seriously.
5. Bar Covell
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner's first project together is still among the best wine bars in town. Dim and dusty, it feels like it could have been a wine cellar at one point, but curious knick-knacks attract the eye. Glasses and bottles are priced reasonably and picked to please.
The view at Perch is the main draw. Surrounded by LA's architecture, 13 stories up, anything would taste pretty good, but Perch's cocktail list contains a few gems too.
7. Blind Barber
There's no secret word necessary for entrance into this speakeasy. Library Bar alum Greg DeBolt is behind the garden-to-glass drinks here, which highlight seasonal fruits and herbs.
8. The Garage
Los Angeles, CA 90034
There's a good selection of craft beer at this newish Culver City bar, and the easy manner of the servers and casual cool about the place make it a pleasant (not pretentious) place to pick a pint.
9. The Hermosillo
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Dustin Lancaster's second project (see also Bar Covell) is also a winner, and Highland Park knows it. Harder to find beers on tap and exotic wines by the glass along with a curious selection of food (steamed buns) make it worth the drive.
10. The Pikey
Los Angeles, Ca 90046
Who knew Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson (Roger Room) could so successfully redo a Hollywood landmark (Ye Coach & Horses)? The Pikey proves, both in food and drink, that sometimes it's best to go with something new.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Deep inside what looks like a house is a bar that serves smokey drinks, aged cocktails and complex creations tableside. Marcos Tello is still consulting here, though all of the bartenders know how to put on a good show.