10 of Los Angeles’ Best Bar Programs

Los Angeles is known for its innovative bar scene thanks to the many talented bartenders who are experts at creating unique concoctions with their own personal spin. Some of the best in the business work their magic at many of LA’s favorite bars leaving guests with plenty of new and exciting flavors to sip. Visit these hot spots and you’ll be in for a treat as you get to experience some of the city’s best cocktail programs.

 

Harvard & Stone

Harvard & Stone has established itself as an industry favorite through continuously staying ahead of the game with a daily evolving R&D menu. Guest bartenders visiting from across the country often stop in for a shift to show their stuff at the vintage-inspired East Hollywood hot spot.

 

Photo: Harvard & Stone – Tequila Grapefruit Mule / Lizzie Munro

Melrose Umbrella Co.

This West Hollywood staple has made a name for itself through offering up quality cocktails in the prohibition-style space. A go-to neighborhood spot for locals and industry folk, Melrose Umbrella Co. delivers unique drinks made by some of the best bartenders in the city.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co. – Whiskey Cocktail

The Varnish

Hidden in a renovated storage room at the back of historical Downtown eatery Cole’s, The Varnish is a speakeasy worth visiting. The dimly lit private space is home to a classic menu of carefully crafted cocktails that have made the award-winning bar program one to remember.

 

Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

A.O.C.

A refreshing night out can be spent at Beverly Grove’s favorite wine bar, A.O.C. The James Beard award-winning owners boast a wine program that pairs delicious bottles with seasonal small plates. The welcoming patio space makes for a great destination for lunch or dinner when you’re on the hunt for an indulgent glass of wine.

 

Photo: A.O.C. Pandora / Daniel Krieger

The NoMad Hotel

This notable brand expanded to Los Angeles’ Downtown neighborhood taking its highly-regarded cocktail reputation with it. Within the hotel’s Gianni Bar, guests are able to taste signature drinks and classic cocktails crafted by an award-winning team.

 

Photo: The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

The Walker Inn

Make a reservation at The Walker Inn for a private experience tucked away inside of The Normandie Club in Koreatown. The attention to detail is easy to see with their well thought out drinks and an air of mystique that will keep you coming back to the chic hideaway.

 

Photo: The Walker Inn / Anne Fishbein

Employees Only

The Los Angeles version of its world-famous NYC counterpart, Employees Only has established itself as a West Hollywood power player through using local ingredients to set off the flavors of your favorite liquors. Duck into their hidden back room, Henry’s Room, and order the bartender’s choice for a more elegant and intimate experience.

 

Photo: Employees Only – The Infinity Cocktail

Everson Royce Bar

This Downtown Arts District locale unites a ‘mix and mingle’ atmosphere with an innovative cocktail program, resulting in a go-to neighborhood favorite that anyone can enjoy. Not only do the drinks impress, but the dining menu is known for its mouth-watering take on thoughtful bar food.

 

Photo: Everson Royce Bar – Infante

Big Bar

One of the best neighborhood bars in the city, Los Feliz’ Big Bar inside of Alcove Café & Bakery is known for inventive cocktails with an attention to detail. Holidays and events are a big draw for guests as Big Bar’s affinity for custom made menus keeps things fresh for regulars.

 

Photo: Big Bar – Red Panda / Caroline Pardilla

The Spare Room

This one-of-a-kind haunt on the mezzanine level of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is known not only for its charming vintage bowling alley, but also the menu of classic cocktails. The inviting drinks are great for big groups ready to show off their bowling skills in the renowned hot spot.

 

Photo: The Spare Room – Sunset Patrol Cocktail

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