Approaching the imposing orange door to E.R.B. (Everson Royce Bar, technically speaking), it’s hard to know what to expect behind it. But inside, the bar is not only bustling, but bright; more importantly, the elegant space serves about a dozen expertly concocted cocktails, each with creative surprises and delightful twists on classics. Out back, a spacious patio offers ample seating for drinking, dining and stargazing through the twinkle of overhead light strings. The warmth of E.R.B.’s atmosphere extends to its service, too; despite a packed house, the bar feels remarkably personal. The guy walking around like he owns the place in fact does, and he’ll deliver your drinks, to boot. The bar has become incredibly popular since opening, but co-owner Randy Clement remains behind the bar and still treats every patron with the priority of a VIP. Simply put, this place knows how to make a person feel special, and in this town, that goes a long way.
For the second year in a row, Time Out Los Angeles honored the best and brightest of L.A.’s bar scene at the 2017 Bar Awards. We gathered over drinks with our panel of industry experts to discuss which bar rooms, teams and ‘tenders really wowed this past year. The same voting caveats remained: Panelists were barred from nominating or voting for their own establishments. The results? A truly top-notch lineup of exemplary local drinkeries, a stirred mix of both aged favorites and sparkling rookies. Cheers!
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