Joining the slew of new cocktail bars opening up in the recently renovated Hotel Figueroa is Rick’s, the new poolside guest-house-style bar located opposite Veranda restaurant. With its own entrance off the alley across from L.A. Live, it has hotel bar polish without your having to hustle past hotel guests and the concierge. The two-level alfresco bar, which overlooks the iconic outdoor swimming pool, is ideal for cooling off during warm summer nights, especially when sipping on tropical-inspired cocktails featuring ingredients such as macadamia orgeat, kumquat marmalade and guava cordial.
The Drink to Drink: Beverage director Michael Lay’s personal favorite is his take on the Mojito, the Joe’s Mojo, made with Caña Brava three-year-old rum, fresh lime, mint, tamarind and pressed cane mojo.
Know Before You Go: The bar features a unique rum and agave collection boasting hard-to-find items. Just ask the bartenders about the selection and they’ll happily turn you on to something you’ve never had before.