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SiliconBeachClearly: 5 L.A. Cocktail Bars

The cocktail revolution came to Los Angeles over the past decade and shows no signs of being just a passing fancy. Clearly, it’s here to stay. Whether you’re still a die-hard Gin & Tonic gal or you’ve evolved into an Old Fashioned guy, here’s a primer on five L.A. cocktail bars.

The Varnish
Located discreetly in the back of the subterranean Cole’s, the Varnish is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar that takes the craft very seriously. The well-dressed bartenders may require extra time to make the mixology magic happen, but we promise that your very adult beverage will be worth the wait.

118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-9999

Copa d’Oro
The beach cities weren’t the first to jump on the handcrafted cocktail bandwagon, but a true coup was scored when Vincenzo Marianella and Copa d’Oro landed adjacent to the Third Street Promenade. Even better, it offers one of the best happy hour deals in town. With the prices of drinks skyrocketing, it’s a relief to know you can still get a happy hour Manhattan here for $5.

217 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-3030

1886 Bar
Tucked in the back of the Raymond restaurant in Pasadena, the old-fashioned, converted craftsman home belies a very modern mixology program. While the restaurant’s menu just enjoyed it first major overhaul in more than 30 years, the drinks here change with the seasons.

1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-3136

Wood & Vine
Wood & Vine is short for Hollywood and Vine, an intersection that evokes the glamour of the Golden Age. The bi-level space occupies part of the ground floor of the Taft Building and the centerpiece bar on the main floor is big on brown spirits, but the cocktails span the spirit rack — even vodka.

6280 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 334-3360

Black Market Liquor Bar
Opened in 2011, this unmarked Studio City eatery and drinking den became an overnight sensation. The weekly changing libations menu lists “fancy drinks,” like the Ambers and Embers with peated Scotch, Clément sirop de canne, and Angostura and orange bitters.

11915 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 446-2533

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