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.

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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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L.A.'s best bars

The best cocktail bars in L.A.
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The best cocktail bars in L.A.

L.A.'s best rooftop bars
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L.A.'s best rooftop bars

The best tiki bars in Los Angeles
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The best tiki bars in Los Angeles

Tequila and mezcal bars
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Tequila and mezcal bars

The best whiskey bars in Los Angeles
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The best whiskey bars in Los Angeles

The oldest bars in Los Angeles
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The oldest bars in Los Angeles

Historic L.A. bars loved by classic celebrities
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Historic L.A. bars loved by classic celebrities

Hidden bars within bars
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Hidden bars within bars

Pool bars open to the public
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Pool bars open to the public

Dive bar guide to Los Angeles
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Dive bar guide to Los Angeles

Find the best cocktails in L.A.

The best drinks of 2016
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The best drinks of 2016

The 10 best margaritas in Los Angeles
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The 10 best margaritas in Los Angeles

The 10 best mai tais in L.A.
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The 10 best mai tais in L.A.

The 5 best Irish coffees in L.A.
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The 5 best Irish coffees in L.A.

The best Bloody Marys in L.A.
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The best Bloody Marys in L.A.

The best old-fashioneds in L.A.
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The best old-fashioneds in L.A.

The 8 best daiquiris in Los Angeles
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The 8 best daiquiris in Los Angeles

The best mint juleps in L.A.
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The best mint juleps in L.A.

The best Manhattans in L.A.
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The best Manhattans in L.A.

The 8 best sazeracs in L.A.
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The 8 best sazeracs in L.A.

The best negronis in L.A.
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The best negronis in L.A.

The best flaming cocktails in L.A.
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The best flaming cocktails in L.A.

The best French 75 cocktails in L.A.
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The best French 75 cocktails in L.A.

The 8 best brambles in L.A.
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The 8 best brambles in L.A.

The best dark and stormy cocktails in L.A.
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The best dark and stormy cocktails in L.A.

These are the best Vieux Carrés in L.A.
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These are the best Vieux Carrés in L.A.

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Cocktail recipes

How to make a mai tai
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How to make a mai tai

How to make a French 75
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How to make a French 75

How to make a bramble
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How to make a bramble

How to make a dark and stormy
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How to make a dark and stormy

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The latest bar reviews

Highland Park Brewery Chinatown
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Highland Park Brewery Chinatown

The Northeast L.A. brewery’s first tasting room lives up to the anticipation—and the hype.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Sunset & Vinyl
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Sunset & Vinyl

The retro-fabulous design—and not the drinks—takes center stage at this new Hollywood watering hole that’s less of a cocktail bar and more of a vibe. Walk through 800 Degrees to the back of the pizzeria and up a staircase near the bathrooms to reach this hidden bar that looks like a vinyl shop bred with the basement in That ’70s Show. The handful of cocktails on offer could use more balance and finesse, but it’s hard to argue with a setting this fun and an all-vinyl soundtrack; the later the night gets, the louder the Michael Jackson plays.

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Oriel
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Oriel

Look for the pink neon beneath Metro’s Chinatown stop and you’ll find one of the city’s chicest wine bars. The latest from Bar Covell and Augustine owner Dustin Lancaster, Oriel not only brings French wines and a modern, hanging-plant haven to the neighborhood—it also offers some of the best French bistro fare on the Eastside. Staff could use a bit more training (any server at a wine bar should be aware of natural wine and whether it’s offered), but the neon’s rose-hued glow, coupled with the romance of that well-rounded wine selection—especially those available by the bottle—makes it easy to fall in love with Oriel.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Bibo Ergo Sum
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Bibo Ergo Sum

Now you see them, now you don’t: The cocktails of Bibo Ergo Sum—“I drink, therefore I am”—disappear almost magically. That’s fitting, as its Proprietors-designed menu is inspired by the art of illusion and Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. Bedecked in Art Deco decor, Bibo drops the beverage know-how and scientific prowess of the team behind the Walker Inn into a neighborhood lacking complex cocktail bars. The result? Approachable but dramatic, elegant and innovative drinks that develop as the menu progresses—such as the Grandpa Joe with its centrifuge-clarified citrus, and the carbonated Dr. Julius, made with clarified milk-washed rum, orange peel and vanilla bean, that's then run through a draft line.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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18 bartenders share their favorite cocktails
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Best brunch cocktails
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