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Where to Get Punch Bowls in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapspunchbowls.jpgAs the holiday season descends upon L.A., the prospect of drinking with friends and companions can be a little bit easier with a punch bowl. The styles range from classic Prohibition-era libations best sipped from small glass teacups, to the tiki kind that often is consumed with long straws. Whatever the type, punch bowls are a fun way to mix up group drinking, a nice departure from the typical bottle service that's common in clubs and lounges. Here below, a map of where to get punch bowls in and around Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tonga Hut

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12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 769-0708

This tiki bar in the northern throes of the Valley features a few reasonably priced bowls that could be are great for sharing. The Tonga Punch uses both light and dark rums, orange curacao, and juices for a "vintage" Tonga Hut recipe. $10 for one and $36 for a serving that inebriates four people.

2. Pour Vous

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5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-8699
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The punch bowls at this sexy Parisian lounge on Melrose changes daily, serving up to 20 people and costing $250. Not a bad way to get a party started, especially with burlesque dancers that hit the lounge on the weekends as entertainment.

3. The Spare Room

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7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 769-7296
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In an adult version of a game room, the Spare Room features bowling, board games, and excellent drinks in a swanky room in the heart of Hollywood. Punch bowls are a great way to spread the merriment, with offerings like the Clap of Thunder, based on gin, earl grey tea, leon, bitters, and more. Prices start at $60 for 4-6 people and go up to $240 that serves up to 20 folks.

4. Caña Rum Bar

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714 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-7090
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This dark drinking den hidden in a parking garage in the heart of Downtown's South Park, Cana makes seasonal rum punches served in large bowls with classic glass cups. The Dusty Rose uses bourbon, lillet, lemon, hibiscus syrup, and Peychaud's bitters, costing from $48 for four to $96 for eight imbibers.

5. The Edison

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108 W 2nd St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0000
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The unbeatable ambiance at this underground lounge in Downtown screams the best of Prohibition-era decor, and the punch bowls round out the experience. Consider a Whiskey Barrel Punch with bourbon, champagne, bitters, and more for $60 a bowl, which can serve up to six people.

6. Trader Vic's

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800 W Olympic Blvd, Ste A120
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 785-3330
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The tiki-style punch bowl is still strong, and is generally a much better deal for the amount of booze one gets for the order. Though the feel is a little more corporate than some of the older-school places around town, Trader Vics does a decent job in a pinch. The Kava Bowl contains light and aromatic rums, fruit juices and almond syrups, serving 4 people for $28. Or try Trader Vic's Rum Cup for a mix of rums and juices served in a scorpion bowl.

7. Harvard & Stone

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5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-6063
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Reserving a table doesn't have to involve getting something like a bottle of vodka. Harvard & Stone offers punch bowls running $150-200 apiece that get the same care as the craft cocktails at the bar. Always a good option if you have a gang of people to entertain.

8. La Descarga

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1159 Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 466-1324
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The rum or mojito punch bowls at this Havana-inspired cocktail and cigar lounge in East Hollywood run about $400, but ensure prime seating for the live performances and dancers in the main room.

9. Acabar

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7651 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

This throwback cocktail program takes recipes from over the history of drinks, sometimes stretching back centuries. One punch, called the Martha Washington's Rum Punch, comes with 5 year English Harbor Rum, Batavia Arrack, lime sorbet, lemon sorbet, and spices. A punch for 6 costs $115 and one for 8 rungs $150.

10. Villains Tavern

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1356 Palmetto St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-0766
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These massive punch bowls can be made with any cocktail on the menu, like the Stan Lee, which is hibiscus and jasmine-infused gin, citrus, egg whites, and bitters. $225 for ten people.

11. Eveleigh

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8752 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 239-1630
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Though they don't technically have punch bowls, drinks can be served in pitchers like the Eveleigh lemonade, made with chamomile-infused tequila, cocchi Americano, lemon and honey. They're $45 and serve anywhere from 5-7 people.

12. Lock & Key

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239 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

This Koreatown speakeasy has a range of punches on offer depending on the day. If you get a table reservation, one can choose a punch of their choice with a base spirit. Price for the large punch bowl is $250, and just $10 for the punch of the day.

13. Circa

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903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 374-4422
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The punch program at this Manhattan Beach restaurant headed by Julian Cox and Josh Goldman includes selections like the Pretty Ricky, made with lime, St. Germain, Vodka, Sparkling Wine, and cherry, or a Frank Serpico, containing bourbon, rum, pineapple syrup, bitters, and fruit. $10 for one serving, and $100 for a bowl.

1. Tonga Hut

12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

This tiki bar in the northern throes of the Valley features a few reasonably priced bowls that could be are great for sharing. The Tonga Punch uses both light and dark rums, orange curacao, and juices for a "vintage" Tonga Hut recipe. $10 for one and $36 for a serving that inebriates four people.

12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

2. Pour Vous

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The punch bowls at this sexy Parisian lounge on Melrose changes daily, serving up to 20 people and costing $250. Not a bad way to get a party started, especially with burlesque dancers that hit the lounge on the weekends as entertainment.

5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. The Spare Room

7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

In an adult version of a game room, the Spare Room features bowling, board games, and excellent drinks in a swanky room in the heart of Hollywood. Punch bowls are a great way to spread the merriment, with offerings like the Clap of Thunder, based on gin, earl grey tea, leon, bitters, and more. Prices start at $60 for 4-6 people and go up to $240 that serves up to 20 folks.

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Caña Rum Bar

714 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This dark drinking den hidden in a parking garage in the heart of Downtown's South Park, Cana makes seasonal rum punches served in large bowls with classic glass cups. The Dusty Rose uses bourbon, lillet, lemon, hibiscus syrup, and Peychaud's bitters, costing from $48 for four to $96 for eight imbibers.

714 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. The Edison

108 W 2nd St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The unbeatable ambiance at this underground lounge in Downtown screams the best of Prohibition-era decor, and the punch bowls round out the experience. Consider a Whiskey Barrel Punch with bourbon, champagne, bitters, and more for $60 a bowl, which can serve up to six people.

108 W 2nd St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012

6. Trader Vic's

800 W Olympic Blvd, Ste A120, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The tiki-style punch bowl is still strong, and is generally a much better deal for the amount of booze one gets for the order. Though the feel is a little more corporate than some of the older-school places around town, Trader Vics does a decent job in a pinch. The Kava Bowl contains light and aromatic rums, fruit juices and almond syrups, serving 4 people for $28. Or try Trader Vic's Rum Cup for a mix of rums and juices served in a scorpion bowl.

800 W Olympic Blvd, Ste A120
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7. Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Reserving a table doesn't have to involve getting something like a bottle of vodka. Harvard & Stone offers punch bowls running $150-200 apiece that get the same care as the craft cocktails at the bar. Always a good option if you have a gang of people to entertain.

5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

8. La Descarga

1159 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA

The rum or mojito punch bowls at this Havana-inspired cocktail and cigar lounge in East Hollywood run about $400, but ensure prime seating for the live performances and dancers in the main room.

1159 Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA

9. Acabar

7651 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This throwback cocktail program takes recipes from over the history of drinks, sometimes stretching back centuries. One punch, called the Martha Washington's Rum Punch, comes with 5 year English Harbor Rum, Batavia Arrack, lime sorbet, lemon sorbet, and spices. A punch for 6 costs $115 and one for 8 rungs $150.

7651 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

10. Villains Tavern

1356 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

These massive punch bowls can be made with any cocktail on the menu, like the Stan Lee, which is hibiscus and jasmine-infused gin, citrus, egg whites, and bitters. $225 for ten people.

1356 Palmetto St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Eveleigh

8752 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Though they don't technically have punch bowls, drinks can be served in pitchers like the Eveleigh lemonade, made with chamomile-infused tequila, cocchi Americano, lemon and honey. They're $45 and serve anywhere from 5-7 people.

8752 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

12. Lock & Key

239 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

This Koreatown speakeasy has a range of punches on offer depending on the day. If you get a table reservation, one can choose a punch of their choice with a base spirit. Price for the large punch bowl is $250, and just $10 for the punch of the day.

239 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

13. Circa

903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The punch program at this Manhattan Beach restaurant headed by Julian Cox and Josh Goldman includes selections like the Pretty Ricky, made with lime, St. Germain, Vodka, Sparkling Wine, and cherry, or a Frank Serpico, containing bourbon, rum, pineapple syrup, bitters, and fruit. $10 for one serving, and $100 for a bowl.

903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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