The Top 10 Must-Try Craft Cocktail Bars in LA

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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