Even though this gin palace is located 17 miles from L.A.’s downtown cocktail center and far off the beaten barhop route, don’t overlook it. The Flintridge Proper has one of the largest gin collections in the nation at more than 200 bottles.
The Drink to Drink: Proper Martini made with Plymouth gin, Dolin vermouth, a twist and an olive—it’s served in a coupe accompanied by a chilled sidecar with the excess cocktail.
Know Before You Go: On weekend nights, bar space is limited. If you like to sit while sipping cocktails, make a dinner reservation.