Tucked into a small corner of Alcove Café and Bakery, a favorite lunch and dinner spot for Los Feliz locals, Big Bar is a slice of craft cocktail paradise that's seen a recent menu upgrade. Grab a comfy stool—there are 12 total—at the white marble bar for a "New Featured Cocktail." Check the bar's Twitter (@BigBarAlcove) feed for the night's special concoction from spiked coffee-based drinks to ones with tiki flair such as the Port Royal with overproof rum and kola nut. Though these quaffs may not all end up as permanent residents on the menu, talented and friendly bartenders are happy to shake up any drink new, old and otherwise that'll run you $12.
Good for: Alfresco drinks and happy hour. Daily 2pm to 7pm specials make it easy for boozy afternoon lunches with $7 cocktails and finger foods such as delicious Angus beef sliders ($7.95). Don't miss outdoor dinner and a movie screenings every third of the month starting May 20.
The scene: Groups and locals order at the bar, then head for the coveted patio under heat-lamps and umbrellas. Inside, lucky stool-squatters sip on cocktails and massive cups of coffee, gearing up for a caffeinated night out on the town.
The playlist: Thursday’s Mixtape Mixology night let’s you unwind with themed playlists like "Saxual Healing" and "the Spring Shazam Mix."
Drink this: With all the coffee imbibing, the staff finally decided to give everyone's java an upgrade—get your heart rate going with Full Monty Smash ($12) made with Amontillado Sherry, Galliano Ristretto, lemon and mint. For a warm-weather patio cooler try the refreshing Piña Pica ($12)—Serrano mescal, pineapple shrub, lime and beer—or the tasty No. 3 Gin over ice with a twist of lime to begin or end the night.