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The 5 best Manhattans in Los Angeles

LA may be better than NYC, but we're all about the Manhattan cocktail. Here's where to find the best in the city.

Written by
Erin Kuschner
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So here's the thing: LA kicks New York's ass, but some pretty stellar things have come out of the East Coast metropolis. Bagels. The perfect taxi whistle. Pizza by the slice. The Manhattan cocktail. There are a few different ways to make this drink, but the standard ingredients include rye, sweet vermouth and bitters. Here are a couple of our favorites at some of the best cocktail bars around town. Cheers!

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Where to find the best Manhattan

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Century City
  • price 3 of 4
Hinoki & the Bird excels at pretty much every drink on their cocktail list, but the Manhattan here is a thing of beauty. Made with Harajuku Japanese whiskey, Byrrh Quinquina, Gran Classico, chocolate bitters and an orange peel garnish, it's a rich, slightly sweet and totally suave version of the classic. $15
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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4
Three Clubs is a Hollywood bar for people who hate Hollywood bars, one that evokes images of washed up lounge singers in smoke-filled rooms, of rock 'n' roll and cabaret. With its deep red interior compounded by carpeted floors, velvet wallpaper, mahogany paneling, black leather and a sparkly black ceiling, it’s an atmosphere that practically demands a Manhattan. Fortunately, they make a great one with your choice of bourbon or rye. $12
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4
Who would have thought that one of the city's top Manhattans could be found in the Best Western Hollywood Hills hotel? Named after one of the hotel's owners, Melvin Adler, this "nearly kosher" cocktail is made with 101 Rye and Manischewitz vermouth. $15
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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4
Viviane's sleek, mid-century interior and poolside location is the perfect setting for a Manhattan. But how about three? The Beverly Hills restaurant offers three different versions of the classic drink: Traditional, Rob Roy and Cuban. To avoid FOMO, order the flight and try all of them. $13 for each, $18 for a flight

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