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Los Angeles

The 23 Essential Los Angeles Bars:
Spring 2018

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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