The 23 Essential Los Angeles Bars: Winter 2017
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The 23 Essential Los Angeles Bars: Winter 2017

Not many cities can boast the same dedication to drinking diversity that Los Angeles does. It’s a craft beer town, wine haven and craft cocktail destination all rolled into one sprawling metropolis. Angelenos will never go thirsty, thanks to the city’s abundance of stellar drinking options. One list can never cover everyone’s needs all the time. But if you’re looking for a handy assessment of which places, from iconic Tiki bars to James Dean’s favorite spot, matter most, this is the list.—Caroline Pardilla

*Bars are listed alphabetically.

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1.  Copa d’Oro

The farm-to-glass trend in L.A. happened in big part due to this Santa Monica bar that features the imaginative, fresh cocktail…
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The Daily Pint

2.  The Daily Pint

Not only is this unassuming Santa Monica bar with a great name one of the best craft beer bars in town,…
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3.  The Flintridge Proper

Even though this gin palace is located 17 miles from L.A.’s downtown cocktail center and far off the beaten barhop route,…
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4.  Frank N Hank

Whenever a long-beloved dive bar changes owners, there’s usually an uproar. But this wasn’t the case with Koreatown’s barfly hang Frank…
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5.  Frolic Room

Any self-respecting Hollywood barhopper must stop by this iconic dive bar. Originally created as a speakeasy for the Pantages Theatre in…
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6.  Harvard & Stone

For truly outside-the-box cocktails, duck into Harvard & Stone’s R&D bar between live music sets and burlesque performances. The experimental creations…
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7.  Honeycut

Grab an iSi-whipped White Russian and hit the Saturday Night Fever–style lighted dance floor. This is not the craft cocktail bar…
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8.  Jones

This West Hollywood institution, with its rock ’n’ roll Rat Pack feel, was a celebrity hot spot when it opened in…
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9.  Melrose Umbrella Co.

Located on Melrose Avenue, the hip stretch populated with a range of bars from dive to sports bar to gastropub, this…
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10.  Musso & Frank

Built in 1919, Musso & Frank is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. That makes the bar worth a visit if only…
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11.  Normandie Club

Don’t dismiss Proprietors LLC’s sexy Koreatown bar as merely a waiting room to get into one of the best bars in…
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12.  The Roger Room

Count The Roger Room as one of the few bars in West Hollywood where guests don’t have to run a gauntlet…
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13.  Seven Grand

When Cedd Moses’ Seven Grand debuted in 2007, L.A. was a vodka town. And yet the whiskey-dedicated bar ended up playing…
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14.  Spare Room

For a stylish night out, The Hollywood Roosevelt’s cocktail lounge and bowling alley has it all: handmade George Esquivel designer bowling…
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15.  The Tasting Kitchen

Most restaurant bar programs build the cocktails around the chef’s dishes, but here chef Casey Lane takes inspiration from head bartender…
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16.  Terrine

The patio for Chef Kris Morningstar’s French-Californian restaurant may get all the attention, but the bar helmed by beverage director Ryan…
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17.  Tiki Ti

Tiki-Ti was established 55 years ago by one of Don the Beachcomber’s original Filipino bartenders, Ray Buhen. Now his sons keep…
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18.  Tonga Hut

Deep in the San Fernando Valley is Los Angeles’ oldest Tiki bar, Tonga Hut. Established in 1958, it has outlived legendary…
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19.  The Varnish

This literal hole in the wall founded by Sasha Petraske, Eric Alperin and Cedd Moses is perhaps the winningest bar in…
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20.  The Walker Inn

Proprietors LLC and 213 Hospitality established a uniquely high-end approach at The Walker Inn: an omakase cocktail experience. Grab a coveted…
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21.  Yamashiro

One-hundred-year-old L.A. landmark Yamashiro has recently changed ownership, but although there are plans for renovations, they won’t completely transform the restaurant.…
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22.  Big Bar

This intimate coffeehouse-adjacent Los Feliz bar is not only a destination for neighborhoodies but cocktail enthusiasts from all corners of Los…
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23.  Bar Marmont

The legendary Sunset Strip bar, which sits at the base of the infamous Chateau Marmont, has always been where the rich…
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