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The Top 10 Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco

With new hotels opening left and right to accommodate San Francisco’s boom of business and vacation travelers, hotel bars are more popular than ever with excellent bar programs and luxurious spaces drawing in hotel guests and locals alike. Stop into these hotel bars in San Francisco to taste thoughtful, craft concoctions in a well-designed setting.

 

Charmaines – Proper Hotel

A local favorite, the sophisticated feel of Charmaine’s draws in guests searching for a place to enjoy the night surrounding fire pits to keep warm. The indoor-outdoor venue sits at the top of the Proper Hotel overlooking Market Street and providing a quality view. Appetizers and deserts complement the menu of tasty cocktails from the quality bar program, creating lines down the street to enter the elegant, hotel bar venue.

 

Photo: Charmaine’s

Photo: Charmaine’s Proper San Francisco

Benjamin Cooper – Hotel G

This hidden hotel bar behind an inconspicuous door in Hotel G is staffed with talented bartenders who can create customized cocktails to please any palate. The Union Square den boasts a rotating drink menu along with a wine selection and fresh oysters to boot.

 

Photo: Benjamin Cooper – Eater

Photo: Benjamin Cooper

The Bar – Hotel Kabuki

This San Francisco hotel bar offers the best of Japanese cocktail culture with tea cocktails to sip while overlooking the hotel’s courtyard garden. The inviting lounge seating creates the perfect place to try out the variety of Japanese whiskies on the menu along with delicious highballs in the heart of Japantown.

 

Photo: The Bar San Francisco

Photo: The Bar San Francisco

Everdene – Virgin Hotels SF

One of the most recent additions to San Francisco’s hotel scene is Virgin Hotels SF, home to the trendy indoor-outdoor hotel bar Everdene. Views of the skyline attract a stylish crowd to mix and mingle in the garden-esque space. The long wait is worth it with thoughtful cocktails and bites from the hotel’s restaurant served up to guests admiring the unparalleled view.

 

Photo: Everdene Rooftop Bar

Photo: Everdene Rooftop Bar

Ayala – Hotel G

While Ayala is known for its restaurant menu, the bar program from James Beard-award nominee Julian Cox makes this hotel bar a favorite for industry patrons and locals alike. Located at Union Square’s Hotel G, Ayala’s cocktail menu of fresh and colorful drinks complements the seafood dining menu along with catering to hotel guest favorites.

 

Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Chambers Eat + Drinks – Phoenix Hotel

The indoor-outdoor hotel bar at Phoenix Hotel is made for partying with a rock-and-roll atmosphere pairing with a poolside locale. Dedicated bar and lounge spaces that filter into the outdoor setting make for plenty of room to relax and enjoy simple, creative cocktails. Summertime draws a pool party crowd to this inviting space in the Tenderloin.

 

Photo: Chambers Eat + Drink at Phoenix Hotel

Photo: Chambers Eat + Drink at Phoenix Hotel

The View – Marriott Marquis

This San Francisco hotel bar is named “The View” for good reason–the breathtaking view from the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis is an unparalleled experience. Take the elevator all the way up right before sunset to witness a beautiful show with floor-to-ceiling glass. Snag a window seat and watch the sky change at this Instagram-worthy lounge.

 

Photo: The View at Marriott Marquis

Photo: The View at Marriott Marquis

Gibson – Hotel Bijou

If you’re looking to mix and mingle with San Francisco locals, Gibson is a hotel bar known for its elegant atmosphere and sophisticated feel in the bustling Tenderloin neighborhood. A cocktail menu made up of inventive, classic flavors brings guests in to enjoy the art deco furnishings of painted ceilings and mirrored accents. The Gibson drink is of course their speciality, with varieties of the recipe available to satisfy any taste.

 

Photo: Gibson San Francisco

Photo: Gibson San Francisco

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar – Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill is home to the Tonga Room & Hurricane bar, a San Francisco favorite with a theatrical tiki setting designed by an MGM set designer in 1945. The preserved space takes on a nautical, Polynesian-inspired theme complete with bi-hourly thunderstorms of rain falling into the pool below. Live bands play afloat the water while crowd-pleasing tiki drinks promote a good time on the dance floor.

 

Photo: Tonga Room

Photo: Tonga Room

Top of The Mark – Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

This San Francisco hotel bar is easy to find as the location is in the name, featuring a panoramic view at the top of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel. Guests drop in for a dance floor and live music in an inviting atmosphere with a classic Martini menu to keep the buzz going strong.

 

Photo: Top of the Mark InterContinental Mark Hopkins

 

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The 10 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.

 

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Bemelmans Bar

Step into New York City history at this classic establishment, maintaining its place on the Upper East Side since 1931. Premium cocktail pricing and a cover charge keep an elevated feel to the trendy crowd. Guests mix and mingle surrounded by the bar’s namesake decor of priceless murals by illustrator Ludwig Bemelman.

 

Photo: Bemelmans

Photo: Bemelmans

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.

 

Photo: Clover Club

Photo: Clover Club

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.

 

Photo: Death & Co.

Photo: Death & Co.

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.

 

Photo: Dear Irving

Photo: Dear Irving

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.

 

 

Photo: Maison Premiere

Photo: Maison Premiere

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.

 

Photo: Pegu Club

Photo: Pegu Club

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.

 

Photo: Amor y Amargo

Photo: Amor y Amargo

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.

 

Photo: Attaboy

Photo: Attaboy

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.

 

Photo: Bar Goto

Photo: Bar Goto

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10 of the 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 in the city to duck into for an intimate night out.

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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.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Warwick

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.

 

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Bibo Ergo Sum

If you’re looking for a date night spot in Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Bibo Ergo Sum. Translating to “I drink, therefore I am,” this stylish lounge is perfect for having a good drink and a quality conversation. The modern décor and seating creates and environment for lounging that is sure to impress.

 

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

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.

 

Photo: Beauty & Essex

Photo: Beauty & Essex

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.

 

Photo: Employees Only LA

Photo: Employees Only LA

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.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Seven Grand

Head to Downtown LA to experience Seven Grand, a sophisticated lounge known for its vintage style, live music and premium whiskey selections from all around the world. Sip and savor each of their delectable craft cocktails or order your spirit straight while taking in the atmosphere of this industry favorite.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

Photo: Seven Grand

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.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

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20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars 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 any of these speakeasy-style bars to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.

Photo: Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

 

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 speakeasy experience.

 

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Photo: The Varnish

Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

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.

 

Photo: In Sheeps Clothing

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Photo: In Sheeps Clothing

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.

 

Old Lightning - Punch Drink

Photo: Old Lightning – Punch Drink

Photo: Old Lightning

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.

 

Photo: Alley Lounge

Photo: Alley Lounge

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.

 

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Photo: The Edison

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Photo: The Edison

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.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

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. 

 

Photo: La Descarga

Photo: La Descarga

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.

 

Photo: Adults Only

Photo: Adults Only

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.

 

Photo: Bar Jackalope

Photo: Bar Jackalope

The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

This historical destination is an original Los Angeles speakeasy 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.

 

Photo: The Del Monte Speakeasy

The Del Monte Speakeasy

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.

 

Photo: Pacific Seas

Photo: Pacific Seas

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.

 

Photo: R Bar Koreatown

Photo: R Bar Koreatown

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.

 

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

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.

 

Photo: Blind Barber Highland Park

Photo: Blind Barber Culver City

£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.

 

Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

Photo: Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

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.

 

Photo: Break Room 86

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

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.

 

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

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.

 

Photo: No Vacancy

Photo: No Vacancy

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.

 

Photo: Lock & Key

Photo: Lock & Key

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.

 

Photo: The Slipper Clutch

Photo: The Slipper Clutch

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

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 Los Angeles have hidden gems within their walls.

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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.

 

Photo: High Tide Glassblowing

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.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

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.

 

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Photo: The Little Friend Venice

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.

| Read More: Best Rooftop Bars in LA |

 

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Photo: Broken Shaker DTLA

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.

 

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Photo: Tramp Stamp Granny’s

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.

 

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Photo: Tesse – Bone Luge

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.

 

Photo: Boozy Snow Cone, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s (Time Out)

Somni

The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s favorite 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.

 

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Photo: Somni, SLS Beverly Hills

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.

 

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Photo: Shangri-La Rooftop Bar

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.

| Read More: Best Bar Programs in LA |

 

Photo: Seven Grand Los Angeles – Pouring With Heart

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.

 

Photo: Berri’s

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.

 

Photo: The Bungalow

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…

 

Photo: Cole’s French Dip

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.

 

Photo: Cleo Brussel Sprouts (sbe)

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.

 

Photo: LA Times

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.

 

Photo: Break Room 86

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.

 

Photo: Eater LA

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.

| Read More: Best Vegan Eats in LA |

 

Photo: Sour T-iesel cocktail at Gracias Madre. (LA Times)

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.

 

Photo: Biergarten Standard DTLA. (New York Post)

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The Hottest Bars and Lounges in Nashville

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 any of these bustling cocktail destinations.

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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.

 

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Photo: Dirty Little Secret Nashville

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.

 

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Photo: L.A. Jackson Nashville

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.

 

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Photo: The Patterson House Nashville

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.

 

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Photo: Up Rooftop Lounge Nashville

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.

 

Embers Ski Lodge

Photo: Embers Ski Lodge Nashville

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.

 

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Photo: Sinema Nasvhille

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.

 

Husk Nashville

Photo: Husk Nashville

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Top Party Destinations for a Cabo San Lucas Getaway

For many years, Cabo has served as a premier vacation destination for travelers all around the globe, and a large draw to the city is its variety of nightlife venues that each bring something fun and unique to the table. The city has earned a reputation as an energetic paradise filled with busy nightclubs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. If you’re looking to live it up in one of the best cities in the world, Cabo San Lucas will give you the trip of a lifetime at these nightlife hot spots.

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Omnia

One of Cabo’s most buzzed about party experiences, Omina at Vidanta Los Cabos is a festive, outdoor dayclub with a sophisticated atmosphere. You’ll take in the sunshine with views of the Sea of Cortez surrounded by guests ready to party to the sounds of top, international DJs. The beachfront locale centers around a sparkling blue pool where you can cool off and enjoy a private cabana.

 

Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos

Photo: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos

Omnia Los Cabos

Photo: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos

The Rooftop at the Cape

You’ll have an unparalleled view at the top of The Thompson Cape Hotel where The Rooftop’s beautiful sunsets over the water give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. The al fresco terrace and beer garden are adorned with comfortable, modern furnishings for you to sit back and relax as you enjoy a signature cocktail and listen to the waves of the ocean.

 

Photo: The Rooftop at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

\The Rooftop at The Cape Cabo

Photo: The Rooftop at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Mandala

Mandala serves as one of the most exclusive and elegant nightclubs in the city. A rich Indian inspired interior design, a well-lit center dance floor and a full menu of VIP amenities have made Mandala a frequently visited spot by the celebrities and business elite that come to Cabo.

 

Mandala Nightclub Cabo

Photo: Mandala Nightclub Cabo San Lucas

Mandala Cabo San Lucas

Photo: Mandala Cabo San Lucas

Blue Marlin Ibiza at ME Hotel

The ME Cabo Resort plays host to Blue Marlin Ibiza, a lively poolside beach club fit for dining and cocktails as you party all day in the Cabo sunshine. The beachfront space has a breezy ambiance for lounging, but becomes a hot spot when top DJs liven up the space with music’s best hits. The space also evolves into an attractive, nightlife destination after dark bringing the perfect environment for dancing under the stars.

 

Blue Marlin Ibiza ME Cabo

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Blue Marlin Ibiza ME Hotel Cabo

Photo: Blue Marlin Ibiza at the ME Hotel Cabo

Nowhere Bar

Start your night off by grabbing a drink at The Nowhere Bar, a destination known as a local favorite due to its welcoming environment. Drinking and dancing are necessities at this casual destination fit for toasting glasses with your closest friends to kickstart your evening of celebration.

 

Nowhere Bar Cabo

Photo: Nowhere Bar Cabo

Nowhere Bar Cabo

Photo: Nowhere Bar Cabo

El Squid Roe

A Cabo veteran, El Squid Roe is one of the longest running bars that still operate on the main avenue, and as such it is popular with locals and visitors alike. Live music, tasty drinks, and two stories of nightlife activities have made El Squid Roe a necessity for anybody looking for a lively night out in Cabo.

 

El Squid Roe Cabo

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El Squid Roe Cabo

Photo: El Squid Roe Cabo

Space Supperclub

This new Cabo hotspot is sure to be a power player on the scene as a restaurant, bar and supperclub destination for locals and visitors to party the night away. There is sure to be something for everyone with tasty drinks and delicious bites drawing in guests to revel in the trendy, nightlife atmosphere. You can also look forward to a champagne brunch day party each Sunday to sip while you dine and celebrate the excitement of Cabo.

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Space Supperclub Cabo

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Sip Spirits at Some of the Best Cocktail Bars in London

London boasts the world’s most progressive culture of cocktail makers and drinkers. Other than shopping and sightseeing, exploring the nightlife and cocktail bar scene can be one of the most fun parts about being in London. From secluded and plush drinking dens to high-end hotel bars, you can find a great cocktail just about anywhere in the city. Whether you’d like to sip a handcrafted negroni in sumptuous surroundings or grab yourself a brand new creation from the bartender at the little bar down the alley, London’s cocktail scene has something for everyone.

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Artesian Bar at the Langham

The Langham London is one of London’s most famous hotels, and the bar that sits below it is one of London’s most iconic nightlife hot spots. The Artesian Bar at the Langham offers visitors an extensive rum selection, champagne list, and an ever-evolving cocktail menu. The sophisticated bar takes influence from traditional Chinese architecture and design which creates an intimate yet community-oriented space.

 

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham / Selfie Compatible cocktail

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham

McQueen

McQueen in Shoreditch is the quintessential James Bond bar, with antique aviation decorations, dim lighting, and three distinct rooms that all house a different personality. McQueen has often been referred to as ‘London’s Best Club’ for their sophistication and attention to detail. Comfortable booths and a full bar menu create the perfect night-out atmosphere, and you don’t even need to be 007 to enjoy it.

 

Photo: McQueen / Latin Lovers cocktail

Photo: McQueen London

69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row, often referred to as “The Bar With No Name”, sits along a quite Islington backstreet with a seemingly innocent exterior and no flashy gimmicks. This bar is for those who can really appreciate a great drink. The unpretentious and dimly lantern lit interior contains an antique wooden bar, behind which masters of alcohol craft the best cocktails you will ever have, hands down. Gentle jazz music and an Italian cafe-based design will ensure total relaxation.

 

Photo: Prairie Oyster 69 Colebrooke Row

Photo: 69 Colebrooke Row

Mahiki

Mahiki is looking to change the age-old stereotype that London remains in a constant state of rain and clouds. You will find nothing but sunshine and good times in this downtown Polynesian cocktail bar. Mahiki offers an area for dancing as well, leaving you plenty of room to party the night away at this celebrity hot spot.

 

Photo: Mahiki London

Photo: Mahiki London

The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar in Mayfair is an essential stop for anybody interested in history. A decor that brings the ‘20s back to life and a bold cocktail menu that perfectly combines old and new is exactly why The Connaught Bar has been awarded so much praise. If you like what you taste, they distill their own gin in-house so you can take a bottle home with you.

 

Photo: The Connaught Bar / Gentleman Spritz

Photo: The Connaught Bar

Ronnie Scotts

If you’re in the market for dinner and a show, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club is an essential stop. Exceptional drinks and a full food menu to match is why Ronnie Scott’s continues to draw in such big crowds after 60 years, and why many of the jazz world’s biggest names have played here more than once. Since their renovation, the club serves modern sophistication through their decor and the soul of jazz music through their drinks.

 

Photo: Ronnie Scott’s

Photo: Ronnie Scott’s

The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

Designed by Russell Sage, this cocktail bar’s interior feels more like an eclectic friend’s home rather than a bar and lounge. Plush seating, dim lighting, bookcases filled to the brim with stories and crackling fires are what make the Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar the perfect place for a relaxing evening out on the town. The drinks are created from taking inspiration from local distilling and drink-making history, and the Townhouse often hosts parties that are reflective of that history.

 

Photo: The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

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Toast to the Good Life at the Best Cocktail Bars in Miami

Every year, millions of people flock to the city of Miami for their perfect weather, beautiful beaches, and unparalleled nightlife. There’s a never-ending list of things to do and places to see in and around Miami, but nothing compares to relaxing after a long day with a drink at one of the city’s many impressive bars and lounges. Before your next trip to the Magic City, check out these picks for some of the best cocktail bars so you’ll know exactly where to go to unwind.

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Los Altos

From the creators of Ball & Chain comes a new hole-in-the-wall destination that you can find up the stairs from Taquerias el Mexicano. Keeping with the South of the Border theme of their downstairs neighbors, Los Altos brings bright decor and a Mexican-influenced cocktail menu.

 

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Cafe La Trova

Longtime cocktail creators Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein have brought Miami a slice of classic and modern Cuban-inspired drinks and eats. Cafe La Trova pays homage to 1980’s Miami Cuban culture with their design as well as their menu, and even offer a top-tier coffee counter.

 

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Astra

This rooftop paradise has a wide enough range of Greek-inspired cocktails to make you feel like you’ve traveled to Santorini. The space combines an industrial chic vibe with the ‘ambience of Mykonos’ to truly set it apart from its competition.

 

Photo: Astra

Boombox

Walking into Boombox is just like taking a step back in time to the late ’80s and early ‘90s. With a menu that boasts cocktails like the “Lemon Drop the Mic” and “The Longest Island Iced Tea,” Boombox is a different party every night with new music daily and fun themes for special occasions.

 

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Kaido Miami

Brad Kilgore and award-winning bartender Nico de Soto have teamed up to bring Miami a little piece of Japanese culture in their newest cocktail bar, Kaido. Traditional Japanese drinks and eats with a fun modern twist can be found on the menu at Kaido. Behind the bar is a secret speakeasy dubbed AMA, where guests that are in the know can have a unique drinking experience of their own.

 

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Broken Shaker

Vacationers from all over the world flock to Broken Shaker in the Freehand Hotel for their award-winning and world-renowned handcrafted cocktails. Exotic produce and freshly-made, mysterious elixirs are used to create delicious drinks with international flavors that will have you coming back time and time again. If you want to enjoy the beautiful Miami weather, take a seat in their backyard patio that gives guests a secluded outdoor drinking experience.

 

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Bar Bevy

Located above Pharrell William’s restaurant Swan, Bar Bevy serves as its exotic and mysterious counterpart. Velvet seating, heavy curtains, dark wood floors, and interesting wall art make for some serious Arabian Nights vibes. To escape the dark interior, they also have airy, outdoor seating with string lights and heaters for chilly evenings.

 

Photo: Bar Bevy

Jaguar Sun

Recently opened on the ground floor of the luxurious X Miami apartments, Jaguar Sun has been creating quite a bit of buzz in the downtown bar scene. Using a large variety of popular and small batch brands of liquor, the team at Jaguar Sun have created a unique and satisfying selection of cocktails, ranging from all the classics to new tiki drinks.

 

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Lost Boy

Lost Boy is a two-story downtown Miami cocktail bar with quite the unique variety of interior designs. Whether you’re a fan of the American Southwest, traditional English pubs, or even drunken sailor bars, you can find it all at Lost Boy. The menu reflects the designs, in that they offer a straightforward menu of drinks and snacks that have stood the test of time. Along with cocktails, you can expect to see wines, tap-only beers served in pints, and exceptional coffee.

 

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7 of the Best Food and Drink Festivals in Los Angeles

Everybody knows that delicious food and a quality drinks are good for the soul, but both are even better when enjoyed with others. Food and drink festivals are a great way to get out into the community and enjoy some great eats at the same time. There are a variety of events highlighting different areas of the food universe around the city, so here are some of the very best food and drink events for you to taste something new.

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Santa Monica Wine Fest

Wine novices and sommeliers alike are welcomed to come to the Santa Monica Wine Festival happening in the beachside city of Santa Monica. The festival prides itself on bringing wines from all over the world under one roof along with live music and wine education.

 

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Smokefest 2 Barbecue Festival

This barbeque festival hosted at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne celebrates everything grilled, smoked, and slathered in sauce. The event is free to the public, with each individual booth setting their own prices per dish. The festival is also family and dog-friendly, with giant games of Jenga and Connect Four happening all day long.

 

Photo: Smokefest Barbeque

Vegan Street Fair

The Vegan Street Fair is an annual celebration that brings plant-based food and good times together in its North Hollywood neighborhood. This free-to-enter event hosts multiple vegan food vendors from all over the city to bring you a smorgasbord of delicious and nutritious eats.  

 

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Montrose Craft Beer Festival

This event is a celebration of local brewers and craftsman who have perfected their beer creating process. The Montrose Craft Beer Festival is an annual occurrence that along with great beer holds lawn games, a photo booth, and a live DJ.

 

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Masters of Taste

This premier food and drink festival is held at the Rose Bowl and unites dozens of Los Angeles’ top chefs, wine and beer experts to all come together for a greater cause. 100% of the proceeds goes to Union Station Homeless Services, which serves to place the homeless in available housing. What could be better than enjoying some delicious food and quality drinks for a great cause?

 

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ColdXela Homebrewed Craft Beer Festival

The SoCal Cerveceros are host their annual homebrewed beer festival that focuses on celebrating local award-winning homebrew beer makers. The festival also prides themselves on bringing in up and coming Latino bands and music acts that make for an exciting day of fun.

 

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Long Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers from all over California head to Long Beach to enjoy some of the best fish that Southern California has to offer. The festival features amazing dishes from top chefs all over Los Angeles, as well as demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, eating competitions, dances, and much more. Those with a birthday during the month of the festival get to enjoy free entry to take a bite of the fresh seafood selections.

 

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