It’s been a big year for L.A. bars. Since our previous Bar Awards, these distinguished watering holes and industry innovators have continued to fan out across the city, host pop-ups featuring some of the world’s most notable bartenders, and even plant roots from a few of the East Coast’s finest. But that’s not to say the stalwarts went unnoticed, either, as they cemented their status as tried-and-true L.A. icons. Between the old guard and the new—whether we’re talking beer bars, cocktail bars or wine bars—this year’s competition for Time Out L.A.’s 2018 Bar Awards is pretty fierce. Naturally, we asked the industry’s top professionals to vote for who they think came out on top, and we’ll all know the winners when they’re announced on June 25—in the meantime, check out this year’s finalists.
And a huge thank you to this year’s lineup of incredible industry panelists!
Panelists Cari Hah, Bar Manager of Big Bar Morgan McLachlan, Head Distiller of The Spirit Guild Austin Melrose, Co-owner of Melrose Umbrella Co. Marcos Menendez, Managing Partner of Room 31 Gaby Mlynarczyk, Bar Director of Accomplice Cedd Moses, Founder and CEO of 213 Hospitality Nick O’Connor, Head Mixologist of Apothéke LA Ashela Richardson, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd. Ambassador Leo Robitschek, Bar Director and Food & Beverage Managing Partner of NoMad Christiaan Rollich, Head Barman of the Lucques Group Mark Stoddard, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd. Ambassador Devon Tarby, Partner and Creative Director of Proprietors LLC Brandyn Tepper, Co-founder of Cocktail Academy Yael Vengroff, Bar Director of The Spare Room Ryan Wainwright, Director of Bar Programs at Faith & Flower