With the art of mixology at an all-time high, LA's cocktail bars are pushing perfectly crafted libations to a whole new level. From hotel bars to rooftop lounges—not to mention the explosion of Downtown's bar scene—Angelenos have access to top notch cocktails across the city. Here, our picks of the best new cocktail bars to open in the last 12 months.
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Leave it to Mark and Jonnie Houston, the twins behind Harvard & Stone, La Descarga and Pour Vous, to conjure up another uniquely-LA affair involving craft cocktails, performances (burlesque acts, tightrope walkers) and live music. Prepare to be enamored as you descend into old Hollywood.
The Aussies are upping the ante on craft cocktails in LA with Vaucluse, the latest boîte to take residence in Charlie Chaplin's old Sunset Boulevard abode. Master mixologist and Sydney expat Brad Cox has assembled a drinking program that might just blow your mind—they are, after all, hocking a $10,000 diamond martini.
A velvet rope, bouncer and bottle service aren't typically associated with specialty cocktails, but somehow this sexy new Hollywood lounge from nightlife guru Jeffrey Best and two Roger Room alums, Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, has struck a balance between lavish ambience and carefully crafted libations.