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Cocktails in Los Angeles

Is it time for a drink yet? Check out our guide to LA's best cocktails, drink recipes, trends and more.

Written by
Erin Kuschner
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While our craft beer scene has exploded and the number of wine bars continues to rise, LA is still a cocktail town, through and through. We have an incredible roster of bartenders crafting libations both classic and entirely unique, and our city is home to bars specializing in whiskey, gin, rum and every other liquor imagineable. Want to know how to make the perfect Manhattan? We have you covered on that, too. Whether you're a whiskey buff or just getting into mezcal, we have everything you need to find—and make—the perfect cocktail. 

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