Chill With Fall Cocktails at These L.A. Hotspots
The weather may be cooling down but the cocktail scene in L.A. is heating up with some great bar openings around the city. Entertainment Voice has lined up the ten drinking spots you should try at this season.
Mar Vista’s neighborhood cocktail bar is going strong under the direction of Gabriella Mlynarczyk (formerly of Ink). Welcome fall with the smoky New Fangled Old Fashioned made with scotch, lapsang souchong, orange oil, and Islay whiskey. For the new season, they’ll be launching a new Ramos Gin Fizz variation with lychee calpico, nigori sake, midori, kiwi pearls, melon cream soda, lime, and matcha dust.
Beauty & Essex
The glamorous dining hall from the well-known nightlife group, TAO, is bound to be a destination for the Hollywood crowd wanting to be seen. Thankfully, their food and cocktail menu manage to keep things interesting on par with their opulent décor. The Oaxacan Old Fashioned barrel ages a mixture of tequila, mezcal, Anchos Reyes chile liqueur, lemon, thyme, bitters, and orange oil,
Birds & Bees
This subterranean drinking lounge in downtown L.A. has an industrial chic décor and a menu that gives a nod to the 1950s. Find variations of classics, Tiki drinks, along with modern classics invented by famed bartenders from around the country. The Lucille Ball imagines a drink she would have drunk with strawberry and saffron tequila, sherry, cinnamon cordial, white peppercorn tincture, and lemon.
The award-winning bar team from Broken Shaker in Miami has finally opened their West Coast outpost. The bar opens alongside the Freehand Hotel. The rooftop poolside bar is bound to be the new hotspot in downtown L.A., combining a great vibe, L.A.’s perfect weather, and DTLA inspired drinks such as the O-Fish-Ally Open (gin, white vermouth, citrus cordial, miso, absinthe, and nori).
Gratitude Beverly Hills
The innovative cocktail programs at Gracias Madre and now Gratitude in Beverly Hills have turned around people’s perceptions on vegan cocktails. For this location, beverage director Jason Eisner has concocted a number of magical and curious drinks. Black Magic combines rum with Mexican fernet, house chaga sarsaparilla, activated charcoal, lime and bubbles while the “High Vibe” section brings back his drinks incorporating cannabidiol oil such as the Stoney Negroni.
Rudolph’s Bar + Tea
Broken Shaker is not the only bar worth visiting at the Freehand Hotel. This lobby bar offers tea cocktails alongside full tea service and small bites. Get in an autumnal mood with the Romance in Durango, made with ginger and hibiscus tea, tequila mezcal, grenadine, mole bitters, and campfire smoke. There also large format cocktails perfect for a small group of friends to share.
Located on the 73rd floor, the new Spire73 at the InterContinental Hotel is now the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. The cocktail menu gives a nod to the strong Asian influence in Los Angeles with drinks like the Korean Paloma incorporating makgeolli. LA based distilleries and syrup companies also have their products featured on the cocktail menu, from Tru vodka to Liquid Alchemist ginger syrup.
You haven’t seen a karaoke place like The Venue. Hidden in Koreatown, The Venue is in ways similar to Korean karaoke spots with its thirteen private karaoke rooms. It stands out from the others with its full service dining room and bar, complete with cocktails from Devon Espinosa. Refresh in between belting out songs with drinks like Stop Screaming, made with rye, plum, spiced pear, and plum bitters.
It’s rare that we send you to the Valley for a cocktail, but Woodley Proper in Encino is worth the trek. The cocktail menu is divided into Aromatic, Herbacious, Floral, Fruit, and Edible Alcohol. The First Date would certainly impress with gin and Floc de Gascogne, lemon, orgeat, and orange blossom. Save some room to dine on roasted bone marrow, charcuterie, and more.
The Arts District bar is located on the former site of a 19th century train station and bar is modeled after an old train car. They recently launched a sip-worthy fall cocktail menu: the Autumn Leaves brings a taste of fall to the ever-sunny Los Angeles with Laird’s Apple Brandy, rye, sweet vermouth, Strega, and cinnamon.