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Los Angeles' Six Most Exciting Cocktail Bars

Updated on July 25, 2016

Like all great things in Los Angeles the cocktail bar has become emblematic of the city’s fashionista style and the ambition of the people who inhabit the metropolis. Here, the aesthetic and the libations collide to create good drinks that are different from bar to bar. At the same time the classic aspects of the city bleeds through, especially when it comes to its nightclub and cocktail culture. For every dive bar you will find here there are two ambitious places serving carefully crafted libations meant for a discerning palate. No trip to the city of angels would be complete without a visit to the follow house of inebriating acclaim.


The Three Clubs

With a subtle classy name like The Three Clubs it is no wonder that this place has become a favorite among locals, especially LA locals who are known for being spoiled by great clubs and cocktail bars. This place provides all sort of engaging treats with its house drinks like live performers, live music cabaret, theater and burlesque. It is a calmed down sophisticated alternative to the thumping bass that you may find in other places around the city. The Three Clubs was established by Marc Smith and Matthew Webb who were looking to bring the elegance of a martini lounge to the streets of Hollywood in order to reclaim some of its classic drinking and partying culture. The bar is constructed from quality mahogany and the floor adds a casino-style feel that goes well with the environment.

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1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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The Bootsy Bellows

The Bootsy Bellows is a place that bleeds Hollywood’s hollowed culture partially because it was founded by David Arquette, a respected actor, and partly because of the way that the atmosphere and the entertainment attempts to capture classic Hollywood and drinking culture. Sitting on the Sunset Strip this place appeals to the famous the rich and all the cultured folks of Los Angeles. The entertainment includes things like burlesque, puppet shows, live concerts, and DJs. Much of the décor is a take on 1960’s interior design to give you that slight Clockwork Orange feel and this place even features bottle service. To go with your cocktails on Thursday Bootsy Bellows also has an hour and a half dinner show.

A markerBootsy Bellows -
9229 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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If you are in the mood for a bit of Hawaii in the city of Angeles then the TIKI-TI is a great place to visit and have some delicious cocktails. This bar is family owned and has been around for 50 years serving tropical cocktails in an exaggerated interior island themed exterior that makes every night a Tiki party. Part of the appeal is the sense of being removed from the craziness of the city into a place filled with ugly tropical shirts and smiling faces. The place is pretty diminutive with just 12 stools and a few tables but the menu is huge. So, you will be surprised by the variety of ways in which the mixologists have found to cultivate new exciting drinks.

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4427 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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The Varnish

If you want a polished feel in your cocktail bar then the Varnish is the place for you. This place has been around since 2009 and since that time it has earned a reputation for being a beacon of hospitality. This establishment is designed to be above board as it was founded by Cedd Moses, Sasha Petraske and 213 Hospitality Cocktail/Beverage Director Eric Alperin people who know what goes into an upscale cocktail bar. These people had a plan to create a meticulously designed establishment with carefully crafted drinks, which were unique and created by professional bar tenders. The drink menu is of course extensive and just too difficult to list here but the food menu is just as big so bring your appetite and a companion with a refined palate.

A markerThe Varnish -
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Bar Mattachine

The Bar Mattachine is a place that strives for a radical take on the cocktail bar while still sticking to the classic feel of these establishments. This place oozes elegance and is located near many of the City of Angels’ main Downtown landmarks. The craft cocktail bar is stocked with superb top shelf liquor that includes ingredients like premium herbs for muddling and infused syrups. The interior is fashionable and polished that is a part of a look that has been refined over decades. In many ways the Bar Mattachine is more than a bar it is a testament to the boozy history of Downtown LA.

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221 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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The Walker Inn

The Walker Inn is a place inspired by the concept of the every change cavalcade of fancy drinks for fans of cocktails. What sets The Walker Menu apart from other cocktail bars is that its ever changing menu is provided a la carte. This means that you get the basic menu along with specially drinks of the week that are brand new drink and house variations on classics. The bar works on reservations with two menus and a flat rate of $45 per person and with the quality of the drink you get what you deserve.

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3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
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