LA's Best New Bars: Food & Drink Award nominees 2013
Whether you fancy a classy cocktail lounge or a beachside escape to Baja, vote for your favorite spot to become Time Out LA's Best New Bar.
LA's bar scene is hotter than ever with expertly-crafted cocktails now as standard as local craft brews. With no shortage of top watering holes, Angelenos can toast at numerous happy hours and enjoy a proper night cap anywhere from Hollywood to the once-barren Glendale. Here, our picks of the best new bars to open in the last 12 months.
*Voting ends April 1 and the winners will be announced at the Food & Drink Awards on April 10.
Nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse's first Westside venture is like a Baja retreat, with plenty of indoor-outdoor nooks in which to laze about over killer cocktails. Play billiards inside or ping-pong outdoors, or curl up near the outdoor fire pit. The vistas are gorgeous and there are few better spots to be come sunset.
- Santa Monica
Mixologist Beau du Bois shakes and stirs original seasonal libations at Culver City's charming watering hole. The spot has a friendly neighborhood vibe, a near-perfect playlist and a happy hour Saturday through Thursday that includes drinks under $7 along with special craft cocktails.
- Culver City
Very few under-40 Angelenos would admit to liking it, but Glendale is LA's choice suburb. And now, the SFV's mountainside city finally has a choice bar. Inside the brick-facade watering hole, the vibe is not unlike the Varnish or Harvard & Stone and you'll find obscure liquor brands served by vested and mutton-chopped barkeeps who are deeply passionate about their craft. Think Hollywood minus the pretention.
Adding to the renaissance of craft-beer mania in LA, the Glendale Tap brings a faux-dive bar replete with a seasonal, rotating list of 52 beers on tap/cask. A couple pool tables commandeer the center of the room which is flanked by banquettes. If craft beer is the latest standard, then the Glendale Tap is the new standby for serious connoisseurs to imbibe mostly California, Colorado and Belgian craft brews from pristine taps served by knowledgable barkeeps.
This is the Hollywood good old boy’s pub you were waiting for. Owners Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson (Il Covo, Roger Room) have transformed the former dive into a spacious country tavern, where a friendly and helpful staff serve a full bar of beer, wine, spirits and a stellar selection of specialty cocktails. Hungry? The "chips", thrice cooked, are possibly the tastiest this side of the pond.
Mark and Jonnie Houston (Harvard & Stone, La Descarga) are behind this jazz-age, Parisian salon on Melrose Avenue, undeniably the classiest cocktail outing in Tinseltown. Guests are expected to dress in proper cocktail attire, adding to the chic ambience. Near the central fireplace is the best seat in the house; it's where you have a front row seat for the bewitching burlesque shows.
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