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The Varnish

The Varnish

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This literal hole in the wall founded by Sasha Petraske, Eric Alperin and Cedd Moses is perhaps the winningest bar in the city, having won multiple awards. Though it’s buried in the back of Cole’s, Originator of the French Dip Sandwich, with no signage, every cocktail-loving Angeleno knows this cozy speakeasy is where to find a properly made classic cocktail.

The Drink to Drink: The Old Fashioned here sets the bar for how this classic should be made: well-balanced and properly diluted. The Queen’s Park Swizzle is gorgeous too.

Know Before You Go: If there’s a wait, check in at the door, then kill time at Cole’s with an order of garlic fries or/and Tater-Tots.

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118 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014