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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The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat in Los Angeles.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Pizzeria Mozza

You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.

 

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

 

Photo: CUT Chocolate Souffle

Odys + Penelope

It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

 

Odys + Penelope Rye Pie

Republique

There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

 

Photo: Republique Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

 

Photo: The Bazaar by Jose Andrés Patisserie

The Rose Café

Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

 

Photo: The Rose Café Bread Pudding

Bottega Louie

While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

 

Photo: Bottega Louie Macarons

Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

 

Photo: Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar Spiked Cereal Milk

Catch

This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

 

Photo: Catch Hit Me Cake

Bestia

Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

 

Photo: Bestia Chocolate Budino Tart

Black Market Liquor Bar

You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

 

Photo: Black Market Liquor Bar Fluffernutter

Jones Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

 

Photo: Jones Hollywood Apple Pie / Farley Elliott

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7 Romantic Escapes for an Intimate Getaway

When you want to do something special for a significant other, sometimes indulging in a romantic getaway is the perfect way to show you care. There are cities around the world for you to take in breathtaking scenery, expansive landscapes, and cozy experiences that will bring you closer together during your vacation. Take your relationship to the next level when you journey to any of these romantic destinations.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Napa

Head to the world-famous California wine region to sip some of nature’s nectar throughout your private escape. The magnificent, wine country scenery is sure to put you in the mood whether it’s a special day or just a weekend alone. Dine at Napa’s chic restaurants and take a wine tour to get the most out of your trip.

 

Photo: Castello di Amorosa

Photo: Napa – Zocha Group

St. Lucia

Explore this intimate Caribbean island with abundant greenery and breathtaking views of the coastline. Book a luxury stay at Sugar Beach Resort to reserve a piece of paradise all to yourself. Windsurfing and sailing will keep you busy as you spend some time with your significant other taking in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

Photo: Sugar Beach St. Lucia

Photo: St. Lucia – Grace Ormonde

Los Cabos

The many luxurious resorts in this Mexican city give you plenty of options as you and your loved one enjoy the warm weather and sandy beaches. You’ll have a perfect view of the ocean to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales by day, while spending your nights enjoying fresh seafood on the water with the sound of the waves behind you.

 

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: Sea Esta Cabo

Bora Bora

You’ll have your own private bungalow above the Polynesian ocean when you stay at the iconic Four Seasons in Bora Bora. You’ll spend your days snorkeling and jet skiing on the crystal clear water and your nights looking up at the stars over a candlelight dinner. The unique environment of caves, lagoons and volcanoes is sure to transport you into a sea of romance.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Buenos Aires

The bohemian air of the city will free your mind of stress when you and your loved one wander the cobblestone streets to admire the historic cultural atmosphere. Stay in the palatial hotels for a luxury retreat in the vibrant, Argentinean city overflowing with culture.

 

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palm Springs

This Southern California getaway outside of Los Angeles is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The year round warm weather means you can dive into a pool at any time in the luxury resorts or private home rentals in the area. There’s plenty of shopping in the downtown area or stay active through hiking the desert trails nearby.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Photo: Palm Springs

Bali

Take a trip to this up-and-coming destination to lounge in paradise. With some of the most romantic hotels in the world, you’ll get a view of the Indian Ocean no matter where you stay on this Indonesian island hideaway. Traditional Kecak fire dances may be just what you need to light a spark during your private vacation.

 

Photo: Viceroy Bali

Photo: Kecak Fire Dance by Joel Santos

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