What better way to top off a hectic day than enjoying a soothing cocktail in an inviting atmosphere? Libation-seekers will have a plethora of places to choose from if they’re vacationing in Los Angeles. The city has turned cocktail hour into a stellar event with so many great watering holes. Read on to discover 10 awesome places to get a kick-ass cocktail in Los Angeles.
1. The Know Where Bar
Found in the heart of Hollywood, The Know Where Bar offers a vintage vibe. The 1930s-inspired bar offers a sophisticated cocktail menu in swanky surroundings. While the digs look refined, The Know Where Bar does know how to show its whimsical side, hosting many fun specials.
The Know Where Bar
Address: 5634 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 Los Angeles, CA
Website: The Know Where Bar
2. Good Luck Bar
Good Luck Bar is known for its tropical drinks and provides a great bold and brassy atmosphere to enjoy a tasty Mai Tai. Amid the cozy lighting and hanging red lanterns, this retro hip and cool bar offers a wonderful variety of cocktails. Try the Beijing Sling, Fist of Fury, or, if you’re brave enough, the Karate Punch, prepared with an ancient secret that will never be revealed, but you’ll surely feel the morning after.
Good Luck Bar
Address: 1514 Hillhurst Ave, 90027 Los Angeles, CA
Website: Good Luck Bar
3. Melrose Umbrella Company
Melrose Umbrella Company is a unique mix of cocktail lounge and coffee house. Offering a wide assortment of well-crafted classic and modern cocktails and an ambitious specialty coffee menu, Melrose Umbrella Company must be doing something right if you’re known as a bartender’s hangout. Bathed in warm golden lighting with an inviting fireplace, Melrose Umbrella Company is beautifully decorated in a post-Prohibition style with old fashioned umbrellas adorning the walls.
Melrose Umbrella Company
Address: 7465 Melrose Ave, 90046 Los Angeles, CA
Website: Melrose Umbrella Company
4. Creative cocktails are the stars at Big Bar
Big Bar does everything in a momentous way, especially the way it prepares its cocktail. Using only the best spirits, fresh juices and herbs, and even home-made syrups, Big Bar makes some wonderfully creative cocktails, garnished with fun items like mini sunglasses. This, in turn, makes Big Bar a cut above.
Address: 1929 Hillhurst Ave, 90027 Los Angeles, CA
Website: Big Bar
5. Need a gin and tonic? All directions lead to Westbound
The hip Westbound, located in Downtown’s lively Arts District, is a bar inspired by luxury train travel. And why not? The place sits on the site of the original 1893 Santa Fe Railroad’s La Grande Station. With train-style booths and old fashioned hospitality, Westbound is celebrating a bygone era in travel.
Address: 300 S Santa Fe Ave N, 90013 Los Angeles, CA
6. Break Room 86
Put on your leg warmers, grab your boom box and head to Break Room 86. A totally radical vibe is what you’ll get at this 80s-themed bar. Break Room 86 decor is not subtle. The walls are decked out with thousands of cassette tapes, along with vintage 80s album covers. Break Room 86 also provides two karaoke rooms, so you can belt out your favorite Duran Duran tunes.
Break Room 86
Address: 630 S Ardmore Ave, 90010 Los Angeles, CA
Website: Break Room 86
7. The Birdcage
Housed in an 1892 Victorian mansion in the beach community of Santa Monica, The Birdcage, which opened in 2016, shares the house with a few other bars, but only The Birdcage gets the top floor, that features a very spacious living room, two bars, and a splendid outdoor patio. The Birdcage is ultra-friendly toward the LGBT community, with drag queens serving as hostesses.
Address: 2640 Main St, 90405 Santa Monica, CA
Website: The Birdcage
8. Birds & Bees
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With intriguing names like Chocolate Soldier and Smuggler’s Eye Opener, Birds & Bees is a cocktail bar worth checking out. The drinks aren’t the only draw. Birds & Bees, with its 1950s-swank attitude, is actually located in the industrial ruins of what was once a Los Angeles Police Department gym. Enter Birds & Bees through a bright yellow door that leads to an underground space that is decorated in mid-century furnishings with a wonderful sunken living room!
Birds & Bees
Address: 207 S Broadway, 90012 Los Angeles, CA
Website: Birds & Bees
9. Now Boarding
If Westbound can pay homage to train travel then Now Boarding can display its love for the glamorous days of airline travel. Many may not remember, but there was a time when flying in an airplane was a pleasant experience. Now Boarding’s goal is to revive that adventure by offering exquisite cocktails in a splashy and classy aviation-themed bar surrounded by the mid-century-modern decor, live music and drink specials that play on the airline theme, such as the Wheels Up whiskey cocktail. Now Boarding also offers an in-flight menu of sandwiches and other snack foods.
Address: 7746 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046 West Hollywood, CA
Website: Now Boarding
10. Enjoy an outdoor cocktail party at Resident
Located in the Downtown LA Arts District, Resident provides a very hip, modish-type space with a large outdoor beer garden. A great spot on a warm evening to sip a hand-craft cocktail like a Buck Rogers or one of Resident’s draft cocktails like the Flannel Shirt, made with Famous Grouse scotch, Braulio Amaro, apple cider and lemon juice. Resident’s location is a multi-use space that experiences plenty of DJ action and live music. The outdoor area also has a food truck and fire-pit seating, creating a very fun and festive atmosphere.
Address: 428 S Hewitt St, 90013 Los Angeles, CA
Cocktail hour: LA's most important hour
While on vacation you want and expect the opportunity to unwind and relax. Those wants and expectations are fulfilled with Los Angeles’ cocktail bar scene. With venues that range from funky and fun to upscale and glamorous, it’s obvious LA takes its cocktail hour seriously.
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