Southern charm and Park’s Finest BBQ collide at Thunderbolt, a neighborhood cocktail bar that’s big on hospitality and Southern-leaning bites—but just because Thunderbolt is into Georgia peaches and BBQ, that doesn’t mean this Historic Filipinotown bar is only about juleps. The cocktails here are inventive, joyful and balanced, and always changing. We especially love the bar’s playful concoctions, such as the clarified take on a piña colada (Tropipop), or the rotating selection of carbonated cocktails, and we’re all about Thunderbolt’s homage to the neighborhood: the P-Town Boxing Club, made with pandan and coconut-washed rye.
Year-round, L.A.’s cocktail bars not only offer some of the best ambiance in the city—they’re also home to some of the best tipples in the world. From bespoke libations made with farmers’ market-fresh ingredients to the revival of classic cocktails like espresso martinis and old fashioneds, cocktail bars in L.A. are mixing up undeniably phenomenal drinks. Whether you’re looking for a drink in Culver City, Downtown, Highland Park or Santa Monica, there are spots to imbibe all across town. Check out our list of the best places to grab a cocktail in L.A. right now from Eastside to Westside, and all the pockets of town in between.
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