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Where to Drink in LA Right Now, Winter 2013

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Son of a Gun

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8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
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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

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1633 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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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

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5574 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 871-8699

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

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701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

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

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4628 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-4400

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.

6. Perch

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448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770
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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

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101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-6679
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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

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3387 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 559-3400

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

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5125 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6459

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

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7617 W Sunset Blvd
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.

11. 1886

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1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-3136

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.

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1. Son of a Gun

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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.

8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291

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.

1633 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291

3. Pour Vous

5574 Melrose Ave., 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.

5574 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038

4. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077

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.

701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

5. Bar Covell

4628 Hollywood Blvd., 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.

4628 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Perch

448 S Hill St 13th F, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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.

448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Blind Barber

101797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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.

101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

8. The Garage

3387 Motor Ave., 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.

3387 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

9. The Hermosillo

5125 York Blvd., 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.

5125 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

10. The Pikey

7617 W Sunset Blvd, 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.

7617 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90046

11. 1886

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 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.

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

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