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The thirst is real in Los Angeles, which works out well because there’s no shortage of great drinks from the city’s best bars. There are cozy dives around town, happy hours with a view in Hollywood highrises, and pricey concoctions in the swankiest Downtown hotels. Here are the best of them all: the 14 top bars in Los Angeles, for every occasion. We’ve thrown in a few favorites by neighborhood and genre, too, to help you sip your way through L.A. Cheers.
January 2020: The city is full of stellar new bars, so you know we’re kicking off the year with a few new additions to our list. Our latest update includes Thunderbolt, a Southern-leaning cocktail bar that’s big on charm, madeira and hospitality; Venice’s breezy new Gran Blanco, where a former Accomplice bar lead crafts deceptively complex takes on approachable classics; and Old Lightning, one of the city’s most reliable, high-tier—and hidden—bottle collections. Removed from our list is Pacific Seas, Clifton’s whirlwind of a tiki bar, due to the complex’s renovation closures and erratic schedules; hopefully you’ll find it back on the list once it reopens.
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