WHY HERE: This DTLA cocktail den boasts a pedigree of bar industry heavyweights including Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Hospitality, Eric Alperin of The Varnish and Richie Boccato of NYC’s Dutch Kills and Fresh Kills. A short but sweet list of cocktails jumps from a refreshing Garibaldi to a stiff Negroni that can be upgraded into a Quill cocktail with a splash of absinthe.
WHY NOW: Located steps away from Grand Central Market, Clacson is a fantastic option for a pre- or post-dinner drink any day of the week. The line between occasion cocktail bars and casual neighborhood bars continues to blur, thanks to the likes of Bar Clacson, which delivers the best of both. There’s an aperitivo hour from 5 to 7 p.m. seven nights a week and a rotating list of five-buck cocktails, beer and wine on the menu board.