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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

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Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.




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The NoMad Bar

Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.




Katana Kitten

This eccentric cocktail bar in Greenwich Village takes on a Japanese izakaya style, and has been awarded as one of the 50 Best Bars in the Country. Lounge in the more relaxed setting upstairs or toast drinks after work downstairs holding one of their signature high balls or unique cocktails. The whimsical feel will put you in the mood for socializing at this West Village go-to.




Clover Club

This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

Death & Co.

A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

Dear Irving

Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

Maison Premiere

The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

Pegu Club

Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

Amor y Amargo

Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

Attaboy

Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

Bar Goto

From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

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20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars in Los Angeles

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Hidden Speakeasies in Los Angeles

The prohibition era of the 1920s was known for its prolific speakeasy bars that opened in response to the nationwide ban on alcohol. The iconic style of hidden-away lounges with secret passwords, unmarked signage and disguised entrances didn’t disappear with prohibition’s repeal, and made a lively comeback in Los Angeles over the past decade. Duck into the best hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.




The Varnish – Downtown LA

One of the original bars kicking off the speakeasy resurgence, the Varnish is located at the back of Downtown LA’s lauded Cole’s French Dip restaurant. With an award-winning bar program, and cozy space that was formerly a storage closet, you’re sure to enjoy the exemplary hidden speakeasy bars experience.




In Sheeps Clothing – Downtown LA

Head to Lupetti Pizzeria in the Downtown Arts District to find In Sheep’s Clothing tucked behind a nondescript door inside the restaurant. The “hi-fi record bar and cafe” prides itself on creating a music-focused experience with loud conversations and photos discouraged while listening to the featured vinyl albums.




Old Lightning – Marina Del Rey

You’d never guess that at the back of bustling restaurant Scopa Italian Roots, a priceless collection of some of the world’s most rare liquors would be building at Old Lightning. Those with a palate for vintage bourbon and whiskey check their phones at the door for an intimate lesson in aged flavors and irreplaceable spirits.

Alley Lounge – Culver City

Culver City’s Alley Lounge is an inviting bar tucked away behind Fin restaurant, and can be found beyond what looks to be a kitchen service door at the end of an unassuming alley. Delicious drinks and talented bartenders keep guests entertained along with a menu of late-night eats.

The Edison – Downtown LA

One thing that may give away this speakeasy’s location is the long line of patrons hoping to get in each weekend. Located down a flight of stairs at the end of an alley, this site of a former power plant now takes on the unique combination of steampunk and vintage decor with burlesque dancers helping to set the sultry Roaring Twenties mood.

Sunset & Vinyl – Hollywood

With no sign or indication that it exists, much of Sunset & Vinyl’s popularity came from good old fashioned word-of-mouth, just like its speakeasy predecessors. Visit Sunset and Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza location and head up the stairs in the back of the restaurant to find this vintage, vinyl-inspired space perfect for listening to music with a flavorful cocktail.

La Descarga – East Hollywood

Travel back in time to 1950s Havana at La Descarga in East Hollywood. With a surprising secret entrance that leads you to an expansive room filled with live salsa music, burlesque dancers and cigar smoking, your senses will be overwhelmed as you dance the night away in this rustic hot spot. 

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Adults Only – Hollywood

Guests may not expect much from a strip mall bar, but are in for a treat at this spacious lounge in Hollywood. Pass through the faux adult video store entrance to find a dance floor, a big screen playing videos and plenty of room to mix and mingle in the youthful, nightlife atmosphere.

Bar Jackalope – Downtown LA

Seven Grand is one of Downtown’s prized whiskey bars, but for an even further elevated experience, become a member and reserve a spot at the exclusive Bar Jackalope hidden inside. Non-members can try the place out on a first-come first-served basis to ring the mysterious doorbell and taste a series of Japanese whiskeys.

The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

This historical destination is an original hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles that operated during prohibition by smuggling in alcohol through underground tunnels. Currently standing as Venice’s oldest bar, you can find this seductive space by descending the stairs at Townhouse, formerly an inconspicuous grocery store with a clandestine secret. Live comedy shows, burlesque performances and DJs entertain the Westside at this vintage hot spot.

Pacific Seas – Downtown LA

Initially opened in 1932 to channel an adventurous island oasis, Pacific Seas restaurant was the original inspiration for American tiki culture, and was reopened in 2016 as a speakeasy within Clifton’s Downtown. You’ll find it behind a hidden door on the fourth floor of the massive bar and lounge.

R Bar – Koreatown

This Koreatown dive bar channels a true prohibition style with a rotating password that guests must track down each night. Inside you’ll find a pirate-themed space with karaoke and bar food for a laid back night out.

Good Times at Davey Waynes – Hollywood

This local favorite is known for its signature garage sale entrance and long lines stretching down the block. Guests pile in each night to experience the 1970s living room theme with classic hits from the decade playing all night long, along with a backyard patio to take in the LA breeze.

Blind Barber – Culvery City & Highland Park

Don’t be fooled by the fully-operational barbershop storefront, Blind Barber keeps the “party in the back” when you head through a door in the shop to find its lively lounge space. Similar to its NYC, Chicago and Miami locations, the sleek, hidden bars in Culver City and Highland Park offer up great cocktails and the brand’s signature grilled cheese sandwiches.

£10 (Ten Pound) – Beverly Hills

The Montage Beverly Hills is hiding a secret, and you’ll find it when you head up the hidden staircase on the second floor of the hotel. Ten Pound is a lavish lounge that specializes in single malt Scotch, so you won’t be disappointed by their impressive whisky collection.

Break Room 86 – Koreatown

One of Koreatown’s favorite hangouts is the 1980s-themed Break Room 86. Follow your guide down a secret passageway within The Line Hotel to enter the vibrant bar filled with cassette tapes, old televisions, breakdance performers and even private karaoke rooms.

Basement Tavern – Santa Monica

A staple on the Westside, Basement Tavern sits beneath The Victorian–a historic home built in 1892 that was transported to its prime Santa Monica location on Main Street. The underground lounge is perfect for an intimate night on the town with occasional live performances in a vintage setting.

No Vacancy – Hollywood

An ode to 1920s prohibition, No Vacancy is one of Hollywood’s best hot spots with a Disney-esque speakeasy entrance that’s sure to impress. The historic building was formerly a schoolhouse for the children of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and later a brothel, but now stands as a go-to for delicious drinks, burlesque performances and dancing on the outdoor patio.

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Lock & Key – Koreatown

You may not expect much from the exterior of this covert hotspot, but a stylish speakeasy lounge hides behind a room full of doorknobs where guests are tasked with figuring out a way in. The back patio makes for an inviting dancefloor on weekends along with plenty of space to mix and mingle amongst intricate textures and sultry furnishings inside.

The Slipper Clutch – Downtown LA

Fans of ‘80s-style arcades will love this retro bar hidden behind Downtown’s Bar Clacson. Follow the sign for ‘Highballs’ to find The Slipper Clutch, a two-story space filled with vintage arcade games and a playlist of exclusively classic rock and punk music.

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10 of the Best Lounges in Los Angeles

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Best Lounges in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for being a city filled with lively places to enjoy a night out on the town. From unique bars to energetic nightclubs, there’s something for everyone no matter your ideal style of revelry. For those who prefer a lounge to sip cocktails in an intimate setting, these are some of the best lounges in Los Angeles to duck into for an intimate night out.




Warwick LA

This Hollywood staple caters to guests who appreciate a destination for good music and partying the night away. While the main level is home to a bustling crowd, head to the upstairs lounge to enjoy a more intimate experience overlooking the lively scene below.

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Doheny Room

Head to the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to experience Doheny Room, a sophisticated hot spot known for its downstairs dining and upstairs nightlife space. Sip and savor each of their craft cocktails over an appetizing dinner, then head up to the lively lounge for bottle service and dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

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Beauty & Essex

This Hollywood destination with extravagant furnishings serves up delicious American cuisine for dinner, but offers an upstairs lounge experience perfect for a lavish night on the town. Relax in the plush velvet bar seating or vintage-inspired leather banquettes to enjoy cocktails in an opulent setting.

Sunset & Vinyl

Hidden away above an 800 Degrees Pizza, Sunset & Vinyl’s vintage feels makes it a great destination for a cozy drink with close friends. The rotating soundtrack of old school hits coming through their record player gets you in a nostalgic mood while the shabby chic décor will make you feel right at home.

Employees Only

This Sunset Boulevard hot spot takes after its NYC counterpart with craft cocktails and a speakeasy style. The menu of delicious bites pairs perfectly with the quality drinks as you take some time to relax in the polished, West Hollywood space.

Harriets Rooftop

This hot spot on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel is sure to give you an elegant experience with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the handcrafted drinks or the delicious dining menu while mixing and mingling with the fashion forward, West Hollywood crowd.

Delilah

If you’re looking for a date night spot in West Hollywood, consider stopping by Delilah. This stylish, vintage-inspired lounge is perfect for enjoying a signature drink and quality conversation in a trendy atmosphere. The modern decor and seating creates an environment for lounging along with live jazz and burlesque on weekends.

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The Peppermint Club

Music lovers will have a ball at this sleek, West Hollywood lounge that features live music performances of local artists. Make a reservation for a seat to enjoy the melodies from talented musicians while you sip a cocktail creation in the modern, 60s-inspired space.

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LA’s The Bungalow Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

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The Bungalow Expands to Two New Locations

Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.




The Beginning of The Bungalow

The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.




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The Opening of Huntington Beach

Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has led to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.




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Expansion of The Bungalow

Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the recently opened 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Long Beach will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. The new seaside lounge broke ground in 2019 and will soon make its mark on the Long Beach bar scene.

The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination as early as spring of 2020.

 

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The Top 10 Must-Try Craft Cocktail Bars in LA

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Enjoy a Craft Cocktail

If you’re ready to toast glasses and treat yourself to a quality, flavorful drink, Los Angeles is the place to start. With numerous bars and lounges serving up delicious drinks in an array of atmospheres, it might be hard to know which spots will guarantee an experience to remember. The expert bartending talent will keep you satisfied if you imbibe at any of these must-try craft cocktail bars in LA.




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Broken Shaker

A newcomer to the LA bar scene, this eclectic gem sits at the top of Downtown’s Freehand Hotel. Following in the footsteps of its award-winning Miami predecessor, Broken Shaker’s bar program hits all the marks with homemade ingredients that complement the breathtaking cityscape view and attractive pool deck.




Everson Royce Bar

If you’re a fan of experimental cocktails and unique liquors, Everson Royce Bar might be the place for you. Deemed one of the Best Bars in the Country by Esquire magazine, this Downtown hot spot features an outdoor patio that creates the perfect ambiance to sip your hand-crafted drink with friends.




Harvard & Stone

Stop by this Thai Town hangout to take in live bands, burlesque dancers, and a daily changing R&D cocktail menu that keeps regular guests on their toes. A revolving door of guest bartenders contribute their expertise, making Harvard & Stone an industry favorite.




Corner Door

A nighttime staple on the Westside, you’re always in for a surprise at this cozy, neighborhood bar in Culver City. Corner Door’s most recent cocktail menu update takes on an inventive Alice in Wonderland theme fit for a trip down the rabbit hole, and compliments the bar’s rustic charm.

Big Bar

This award-winning cocktail spot sits inside Alcove Café & Bakery in Los Feliz. With their creative and ever-changing drink menu, and numerous themed parties and events, Big Bar pulls out all the stops to keep the neighborhood entertained while delivering tasty drinks for its patrons.

The Pikey

West Hollywood’s Brit-inspired gastropub The Pikey is a great place to grab a bite and enjoy a thoughtful cocktail menu fit for an intimate evening or group gathering. The vegan and vegetarian friendly food menu pairs with the specialty cocktails to create a flavorful night out for guests.

Melrose Umbrella Co.

Created in celebration of the history of prohibition, Melrose Umbrella Co. holds true to its goals in putting together the perfect cocktail for a happy hour sip or a late-night libation. With a DJ at night to keep patrons buzzing, the Melrose Blvd. community always shows up to revel in this vintage hangout.

Pacific Seas

Those that know how to find this hideaway tucked inside of Clifton’s are treated to an impressive selection of innovative cocktails in a theatrical, travel-themed setting. Classic tiki drinks at Pacific Seas are made with premium ingredients that make it more than just your average Mai Tai.

The Varnish

Hidden behind an unassuming oak door in the back of Downtown’s famous Cole’s eatery, The Varnish is where those in the know can enjoy a quality cocktail. The 1920s-inspired cozy speakeasy bar is the perfect place for talented bartenders to show off their craft this cozy hideaway.

Sassafras

The South meets Hollywood in this charming spot that takes guests on a journey to a 1930s New Orleans-style saloon. You’ll be able to indulge in fresh drink ingredients and updated classic cocktails as you take in a live music performance in this nostalgic space.

 

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The 20 Best Kept Secrets in LA’s Restaurant and Bar Scene

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The Best Kept Secrets

When planning a trip to Los Angeles, there are a number of must-see places you’ll have to visit. The most popular tourist destinations are usually the first recommendations you hear. However, many travelers appreciate diving in to get a more authentic taste–Where do the locals hang out? What do they order when they get there? Whether it’s unique libations, one-of-a-kind dishes, or Instagram-worthy experiences, many of the hot spots to wine and dine in hidden gems within LA’s restaurant and bar scene.




In Sheeps Clothing

Duck into this Downtown Arts District speakeasy hidden inside of Lupetti Pizzeria. The music is sure to take you away during their listening parties with a new album featured each night.




High Tide

Outside of having an Instagram-worthy design with plenty of pops of color, the bar High Tide in the Downtown Arts District has live glassblowing to mesmerize you with the unique artistry. You can also sign up for a glassblowing class to get in on the action yourself.

Sunset & Vinyl

Make your way to the back of 800 Degrees Pizza in Hollywood and climb the stairs to this vintage speakeasy. Donate a record to their collection in exchange for a free cocktail at this music-inspired locale.

The Little Friend

The sister bar to Silver Lake’s The Friend, this Venice outpost is a great place for a dance party but also offers up a surprising variety of mezcals from all over the world, stored within their unassuming closet bar.

Broken Shaker

Broken Shaker’s eclectic rooftop space is the perfect destination for catching up over drinks, and with a rotating Daily Punch, you’ll feel a nice buzz while you take in sights of the downtown cityscape.

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Tramp Stamp Grannys

Singers and music lovers flock to this Hollywood piano bar, with talented musicians playing all the hits while guests sing along. You’ll even catch the waitresses and bartenders showcasing their talents along with the occasional performance by owner Darren Criss.

Tesse

This restaurant at the base of the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood is known for its delicious menu and bar program, but also offers a unique bone luge experience for guests ordering the Bucatini bone marrow pasta. Guests receive a shot of Madeira wine poured down the empty bone for a one-of-a-kind taste to kickstart your palate.

Good Times at Davey Waynes

Angelenos flock nightly to this staple just off Hollywood Blvd. Try their alcoholic Snow Cones to cool off during a heatwave or their melt-in-your-mouth Shrimp Grilled Cheese to top off a night of boozy fun.

Somni

The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s best restaurant and bar scene favorites for fine dining establishments, but its even more exclusive restaurant-within-a-restaurant Somni offers a further elevated tasting menu in an intimate private dining space.

Shangri-La Hotel Rooftop Bar

This hidden gem is the best place to watch a sunset on the Westside with guests lining the terrace each day to catch the perfect shot of the sun sinking into the ocean. Take the elevator all the way up to enjoy a drink at this local favorite.

Seven Grand

Downtown’s prized whiskey bar is the perfect place to do a whiskey tasting with a group of spirit-loving friends. With premium selections from around the world, you can’t miss the chance to tickle your tastebuds with the expansive variety of options.

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Berris

After a night out on the town, West Hollywood flocks to Berri’s late night eatery to indulge in their one and only Lobster Pizza. Bring your appetite along and let the upbeat vibe keep you partying far past last call.

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Taking in a view of the ocean is always a nice touch at The Bungalow’s renowned Santa Monica location. Order their housemade Sangria and let the fruity refresher take your beachside stay to the next level.

Coles French Dip

Visit this Downtown saloon that originated the French Dip for an authentic taste of Los Angeles history. Polish off your sandwich with a little Varnish, which can be found behind an unmarked door at the back of the space…

Cleo Hollywood

Stop by this Hollywood establishment for a quick bite before a night out. Their signature Brussel Sprouts will have you questioning how such an unpopular vegetable can possibly taste so good.

Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

This breakfast-themed spot keeps Venice locals feeling good from morning ‘til night. Order their Vietnamese Iced Coffee cold brew cocktail and never look at your daily pick me up the same way again.

Break Room 86

For aspiring entertainers, this 80s-themed bar is the place to go when you’re in need of an audience. Their live band karaoke night on Tuesdays will make you feel like a rockstar, or you can jam out privately by booking a room to serenade friends.

EP & LP

Take the elevator up to the LP rooftop bar for a glamorous view of the Hollywood Hills. Order one of their Boba Cocktails for a unique twist that will keep your night buzzing right along.

Gracias Madre

You’ll be feeling light as a feather after stopping by this all-vegan WeHo spot for one of their CBD oil cocktails. The Sour T-iesel, Stoney Negroni, or Rolled Fashioned each include a dose of green medicine to end on a high note.

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The Rooftop Bar at The Standard DTLA

German beer lovers will rejoice in knowing The Standard’s rooftop bar also has an attached Biergarten. Stop by in the early evening Wednesday through Saturday for German snacks and say cheers over a tall glass of brew.

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10 of the Best Cocktail Bars in Downtown Los Angeles

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Get a Taste of the City

People from all over the world are drawn to the bustling hub of Downtown Los Angeles for events at the Convention Center, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and more. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there are plenty of places to relax and grab a drink while you explore the vibrant neighborhood. Get a taste of the city as you join colleagues and friends to imbibe at these cocktail bars in Downtown Los Angeles.




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Seven Grand

Whiskey fans unite at this sophisticated lounge that offers up an extensive collection of quality spirits. You can also make a reservation at their speakeasy, Bar Jackalope, to rev up your night and have a truly memorable experience.




The Varnish

If you’re looking for somewhere private and intimate, the Varnish is there to impress as its speakeasy-style location inside of Cole’s French Dip allows you to duck in unseen. Talented bartenders will make you the perfect concoction for your mood in the dimly lit space.




Library Bar

While you may not have expected reading to be a part of your night out, Library Bar has a wall of books ready for you to browse while you sip their classic cocktails. The cozy layout and weekend DJ makes for a great place to mix and mingle with the locals.

The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

One of the trendiest bars in the neighborhood, The Standard’s rooftop is a place to swim, drink and play. The stylish bar often features a live DJ to set the mood as partygoers mix and mingle with the lively crowd.

71 Above

Ascend to the 71st floor to see an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. The panoramic perspective will take your breath away along with delicious cocktails at their reserved Sky Lounge escape.

Broken Shaker

Sitting atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is the perfect to take in the breezy downtown weather. Take a splash in the pool during their daytime events or lounge poolside at night for a view of the stars.

Broadway Bar

The elegant design of this multi-level lounge makes for the perfect place to sip their creative cocktails. Located in the historic Theater District, you can choose between the bar, the mezzanine, or smoking patio to toast drinks right next door to Downtown’s iconic Orpheum Theater.

Perch

This Los Angeles favorite offers up delicious dining along with a rooftop bar for you to view the spectacular city skyline. Head there on a weekend night to socialize with the mixed crowd over your bird’s eye view.

Everson Royce Bar

This award-winning watering hole brings a spacious outdoor patio to the Arts District. The satisfying cocktails complement the vibe with twinkling lights and wooden accents welcoming you to the space.

Golden Gopher

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in Los Angeles, Golden Gopher is a veteran in the scene with a chic bar and tucked away outdoor patio. They also boast a to-go liquor window if you’re planning to bring the party back to your hotel.

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The Hottest Bars and Lounges in Nashville

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Explore the Music City

There was a time in Nashville’s history when the only thing a bar needed was stiff drinks and good music. In recent years, the city’s taste has changed to embrace leading mixologists who concoct creative drinks at sophisticated bars and lounges. Nashville is now home to an overwhelming number of amazing nightlife venues that offer guests a wide variety of experiences. When planning your next trip to Music City, stop by for a toast at these bustling bars and lounges in Nashville.




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Dirty Little Secret

Hidden among the shadows of Printer’s Alley, Dirty Little Secret is fueled by a dark and seductive energy that has guests coming back again and again. The entertainment theater and nightlife hotspot boasts an ever-changing list of musical performances including live DJs, bands, solo acts, and surprise guests.




L.A. Jackson

Located in The Gulch, this popular rooftop hangout can be found on the top floor of the pristine Thompson Nashville Hotel. The great atmosphere of L.A. Jackson comes in part from their incredible views of the Nashville skyline and the lounge setup that accentuates it. The menu takes focus on Southern-inspired dishes and beers, but handcrafted cocktails and unbelievable wines can be found on the menu as well.




The Patterson House

The Patterson House is a great and unique cocktail bar in Midtown that comes with a short list of bar-specific rules. First, no phones are allowed anywhere near the bar. Second, drinks can only be ordered from a server. These rules are put in place to ensure that everybody has a positive experience and nobody is held up too long waiting for an excellent cocktail. The Patterson House is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a calm evening with great conversation and some of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.

UP Rooftop Lounge

Located on top of the beautiful Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch, UP, a rooftop lounge provides visitors with an upscale and eclectic menu of both cuisine and drinks. The high-end, country-chic lounge atmosphere is sure to bring a sense of relaxation and entertainment to anybody who visits. With both indoor and outdoor seating, there is never a bad time to head up to UP and enjoy the incredible views of the Nashville skyline.

Embers Ski Lodge

Embers Ski Lodge is a unique location that brings the overall aesthetic of skiing in Aspen right to the heart of Nashville. A mural of snow capped mountains, a vintage conical fireplace, and a custom metal sculpture of a mountain work together in perfect harmony to make sure that you feel like you’re really gliding down a cliff. As for the drinks, Embers Ski Lodge offers a wide variety of unique cocktails, but their true passion is whiskey. The bar offers visitors a selection of 170 whiskeys, to be exact.

Sinema

Located in the former Melrose Theater, Sinema brings Nashville a menu of New American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a strongly Art-Deco inspired environment. The modern twists on classic American dishes provide a sublime eating experience, while the cocktails leave you needing just one more.

Husk

Husk brings a fresh breath of life into its historic 1800’s Rutledge Hill home with a modern Southern style that pays homage to the city’s past but looks into their future as well. Brought over to Nashville from Charleston by Sean Brock, Husk’s head chef and owner, the restaurant and bar gives visitors an incredibly fresh menu that changes up to twice daily, and an extensive whiskey list with over 60 bourbons to choose from.

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10 of Our Favorite Cocktail Bars in San Francisco

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Grab a Cocktail in San Francisco

As a landmark California destination, San Francisco boasts a variety of activities for visitors to take in the city’s rich culture and thriving population. For those with a taste for a quality cocktail, the bar scene is sure to impress with plenty of unique options for sipping your way to a good time. From local favorites to welcome newcomers, we’ve put together our favorite cocktail bars in San Francisco that are sure to become a go-to for anyone visiting the Golden Gate City.




Local Edition

This ‘50s and ‘60s newspaper business-themed bar is a hot spot hidden beneath Market St. where you can lounge with friends in the historical Hearst building.  The bar features sleek décor alongside vintage SF press clippings to transport you back to the nostalgic era.




Pagan Idol

Get aboard the contemporary Tiki trend with this spirited bar in the Financial District. The tropical theme draws in Tiki lovers from all around to experience the playful, island-inspired design along with tasting their delectable cocktails.




Bourbon & Branch

This secretive spot requires a password upon entrance, but once inside, guests are treated to one-of-a-kind cocktails created just for you by the bar’s knowledgeable staff. Your experience will be uninterrupted with their ‘no phones or cameras’ policy allowing for a fully immersive adventure.

Trick Dog

What used to be an old warehouse was turned into a trendy Mission District watering hole with a rotating cocktail menu that keeps locals coming back for more. The murals and rustic décor make for a great space to toast drinks with friends and grab a bite of their Trick Dog Dog.

Leos Oyster Bar

This tropical oasis has a vintage Polynesian design with an eclectic modern twist. The 1950s Beverly Hills-era comes alive mixing in a glamorous feel that complements the array of quality food and drinks, and earned the space a renowned James Beard Nomination for Best Restaurant Design.

ABV

This quality bar well-known for its friendly staff of talented bartenders is the perfect place to stop in for a unique creation in Mission Dolores. The sophisticated design utilizes recycled materials to create a unique, modern style to match the flavorful drinks.

Benjamin Cooper

You won’t be able to leave SF before stopping into the admired quality bar, a tucked away Union Square bar offering up drinks and oysters. The fresh, seasonal libations taste great within the sophisticated and intimate space.

Tonga Room

An iconic SF destination, Tonga Room boasts a theatrical design that allows guests to be taken away by the island vibes and boozy, tropical drinks. The periodic indoor storms put a Disney-esque touch on the environment, making it a necessary stop on any San Francisco vacation.

The Interval

This modern and unique space in an updated 1930s building functions as a café, museum, library, and cocktail bar all tied into one. Sip a drink with enlightenment sure to follow as you hang out in the futuristic yet still contemporary lounge.

Smugglers Cove

Establishing itself as a staple in the SF bar scene, Smuggler’s Cove brings Tiki to a new level with quality drinks and an impressive rum collection of over 550 selections. The classic Tiki environment is brought to life with quirky, tropical décor and vintage accents.

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The Top 15 Essential New Bars to Visit in NYC

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Essential New Bars in NYC

The nightlife scene can be difficult to keep up with in any city, and with New York being a bustling playground all hours of the night, it can be especially tough to know which spots deserve a visit. The ever-changing landscape has plenty of new bars to visit in NYC that will have you toasting your drinks in style within the variety of innovative settings.




Gibson + Luce

Beneath the NoMad’s Life Hotel sits a former speakeasy that now houses a contemporary hideaway lounge. Choose a record from the expansive library of vinyl while you lounge on modern banquette seating in this sleek venue.




The Polynesian

Tiki culture makes its way to the Big Apple with this ode to the tropical 1940s style. Located within the Pod Hotel in Times Square, the expansive cocktail menu offers up Polynesian flavors as guests get a view of Midtown from the third-floor venue.




Peachys

Head to Chinatown to try out this cocktail bar in the downstairs room of popular eatery Chinese Tuxedo. With Gucci wallpaper and lush floral accents lining the space, you’ll stay cozy while you sip from the drink menu stocked with superfood ingredients.

The Woodstock

A trendy spot in the Meatpacking District, this spacious bar attracts patrons who live for the tasty pizzas and eye-catching Salvador Dali originals hanging on its walls. The welcoming locale has a relaxed, ‘70s-inspired vibe where you won’t have a problem stopping in for a casual cocktail.

The George Washington Bar

This former library has a dark, vintage style with a fireplace and wooden accents to round out the feel. The cozy drinkery, a part of the Freehand Hotel, serves up sophisticated sips in the presidential-worthy space.

Rose Gold

One of Bushwick’s newest spots to dance the night away, Rose Gold will have you descending into the basement of a seafood spot for a late night escape. The neon accents and artsy feel draw in a crowd of lively guests who come ready to take in sounds from live DJ performers.

18th Room

The people behind Bathtub Gin have ushered 18th Room onto the scene, hiding this time behind the façade of a coffee supply shop. Art deco elements are brought into the 1920s-style venue where bartenders create customized drinks for each guest who walks through the door.

Banzarbar

Take a trip across the seas at this intimate speakeasy bar above Freemans restaurant. The theme of Antarctic exploration gives the reservation-only space a niche atmosphere where they’re free to let the sophisticated menu change with the journey.

Make Believe

The rooftop of the SIXTY LES is transformed into an artistic and glamorous escape where your imagination is the key to a good time. The pops of color in the velvet seating, tropical foliage, and neon lighting transport guests to another place and time.

Alley Cat Amateur Theatre

You’ll get the best of both worlds at this part-theater-part-speakeasy experience. The mix of modern furnishings and industrial décor create a unique lounge space with a theatrical touch. Japanese flavors enhance the food and drink menu and will please your palate as you take in a live show.

Broken Shaker

This rooftop cocktail bar sits at the top of the new Freehand Hotel, and has successful predecessors in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles to vouch for its buzz. The beachy style pairs nicely with the tropical-inspired drinks and Mediterranean and Caribbean bites.

The Seville

This modern, underground lounge lives beneath the James NoMad Hotel and boasts a chic style perfect for a night of partying. The live DJs draw in a celeb-studded patronage with guests dancing the night away inside the luxurious design.

Patent Pending

Slip into this hidden locale that acts as a coffeehouse during daylight hours and transforms into a cozy speakeasy after dark. With a menu inspired by Nikolas Tesla, who used to live in the building, you’ll be able to feel the energy in this tucked away space.

Ophelia

At the top of Beekman Tower sits this glamorous, feminine cocktail bar with an art deco-inspired setting to complement its history. Formerly a women’s social club in the early 20th Century, guests can lounge with drinks while witnessing the breathtaking view.

Harriets Rooftop & Lounge

The 10th floor of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is reserved for this sophisticated spot filled with greenery. Craft cocktails and waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline create a contemporary space fit for a lavish night out, complete with live DJs bringing vibrance to the evening.

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