Why we love it:
Take equal parts neighborhood bar, a staff with swagger, Taiwanese soul food and a cocktail menu that somehow makes even the most de rigueur drinks exciting, and you’ve got a Mar Vista gem that’s also the city’s best. The vibe is unpretentious, and the drinks are unadulterated fun: Pan-Asian ingredients sneak their way into the fundamentals, like a carrot-tinged spritzer made with sparkling sake (in lieu of prosecco) or a whiskey sour brightened by ginger and sesame—all the better to enjoy with the bao and dumplings made right next door at sibling restaurant Little Fatty. No matter how much you love your ’hood, you’ll consider a move to Mar Vista every time you drop by for a quaff.
Why the panel loves it:
“I think [bar director] Gaby Mlynarczyk’s drinks are incredibly innovative; she is cultivating a great bar team, and in an unusual neighborhood.” –Yael Vengroff