Tribute, located next door to Mexican restaurant Te’Kila on Ventura Boulevard, has a dive bar feel but in a good way. Friends meet up, sing along to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” and knock back shots of whiskey. However, the top-notch liquor selection is curated by booze nerds, and the cocktails are created and served up by bartenders from some of the best spots in L.A., like Seven Grand and Honeycut.
The Drink To Drink: The Wisconsin Old Fashioned with Arkansas Black straight applejack, bitters and sugar and garnished with a cherry and dehydrated orange. That garnish is the most “mixology” this bar gets.
Know Before You Go: During happy hour (6 to 8 p.m. daily), the “$2 off well cocktails” deal doesn’t just apply to two-ingredient mixed drinks like a Rum & Coke, but actual cocktails like Daiquiris.