Touted as the first gay craft cocktail bar in Downtown L.A., Bar Mattachine brings both playful drinks and familiar classics crafted by drinksmith Garrett McKechnie to the discerning LGBT drinking set. The two-story lounge, a sexy, dark den of warm wood and black stone surfaces, also hosts live music, DJs and dancing.
The Drink to Drink: The L.A. classic Medicina Latina has found a permanent home on the menu here. The Penicillin variation is made with blanco tequila, house-made ginger-honey syrup and fresh lime juice, then sprayed with a mist of mezcal.
Know Before You Go: Don’t want to wait in line? Head upstairs to Quick & Easy Bar for an $8 highball or “quick serve” cocktail.