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16 Great L.A. Cocktail Spots to Send Off Summer

by Michael McDevit
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1. Employees Only

7953 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046 (323) 536-9045 Visit Website

The West Hollywood outpost of this NYC staple is doing a brisk business in selling its stellar cocktails to-go. Rum drinks are a great option here (they even have one called A Ton of Rum, featuring a very healthy pour of SANTA TERESA 1796), as is the Cucumber Retrograde, a fizzy gin cooler flavored with chartreuse, jalapeño, and basil

2. E.P. & L.P.

603 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 855-9955 Visit Website

With its stunning views of the Hollywood hills and Sunset Strip, L.P. is one of L.A.’s greatest rooftop spots. Now you just need a great cocktail to go with it. Start with Kickstart My Heart — an easy-drinking mix of GREY GOOSE vodka, watermelon, agave, lemon and rhubarb. Then switch over to Tulum Nights, a slightly spicier concoction of GREY GOOSE, chartreuse liqueur, lime and pineapple.

3. Elephante

1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401 (424) 320-2384 Visit Website

Newly open for dine-in service as well as delivery and pickup, Santa Monica’s Elephante offers rooftop service with stunning views of Venice Beach. Try the popular Crimson & Clover cocktail, an easy-to-drink punch made with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, or the Good Neighbor, a blend of SANTA TERESA 1796 rum, pineapple juice, nocino, cacao, and shaved hazlenut.

4. Formosa Cafe

7156 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046 (323) 850-1009 Visit Website

Formosa Cafe’s atmosphere is pure opulence: the amber lighting, plush red leather booths, and deep green bar festooned with paper lanterns make it one of the coziest, downright sexiest sipping spots in L.A. That’s backed up by the delightful cocktail menu. You can’t go wrong here, from the Yee Mee Loo featuring BACARDÍ Superior rum, apricot liquer, and falernum, or the fabulous Piña Colada made with D’USSÉ Banana Liqueur and rich coconut.

5. The Waterfront Venice

205 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291 (424) 309-5333 Visit Website

The Waterfront bills itself as a “California Beer Garden,” and while its brew menu is impressive, don’t sleep on cocktails like the Baller, a cucumber spritz splashed with MARTINI & ROSSI Fiero, an aromatic orange-flavored vermouth, NOILLY PRAT Dry, and watermelon for a little extra sweetness.

6. Wabi on Rose

512 Rose Ave Suite F
Venice, CA 90291 (310) 494-2678 Visit Website

Wabi offers a supremely sophisticated take on Japanese cuisine, and a cocktail menu that’s equally full of intriguing ingredients and dramatic presentation. Like the Lychee on Rose: GREY GOOSE vodka, plus lemon, pomegranate, lychee, and elderflower make for a most delicate and refreshing drink.

7. Redbird

114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012(213) 788-1191 Visit Website

The Fountain of Youth can be found on East 2nd Street — we’re talking Redbird’s specialty drink, of course. Featuring GREY GOOSE L’Orange, lillet blanc, giffard pêche de vigne, lemon, housemade tonic, strawberry, cucumber — a longish list that blends beautifully, and is a suprememly relaxing sip at Redbird’s uber-Instagrammable bar.

8. Mister O’s

11838 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 358-3839 Visit Website

The satisfying new American dishes like truffled mushroom rotini and duck chorizo bolognese. The swanky, midcentury décor. The clever cocktail menu that’ll surprise even experienced sippers. There’s a lot to love at Studio City’s Mister O’s. But back to that cocktail menu: We love the Strong, Silent Type — as in, the cocktail made with SANTA TERESA 1796 run, charred pineapple bourbon, vanilla infused demerara syrup, and cacao spice bitters. Or, hitch your wagon to G-Wagon — the popular drink that starts with GREY GOOSE, adds some ST~GERMAIN, a spritz of fresh grapefruit, and a splash of seltzer. Why quench your thirst any other way?

9. Black Market Liquor Bar

11915 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 446-2533 Visit Website

With a name like Black Market Liquor Bar, you know the cocktail menu is the one to beeline for. Speaking of which, the Son of a Beesting cocktail is a house favorite — with its mix of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, honey, lemon, ginger, and rose water, it offers just the right amount of bite. Or try the Old Cuban, with BACARDÍ Añejo Ocho rum, lime, mint, prosecco, and angostura bitters — a warming drink seemingly made to sip by a fire.

10. 3rd Base LA (Formally Big Wangs)

1564 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 645-7470 Visit Website

The Brutalist-meets-Futurist architecture should tip you off that this is not your standard cocktail spot. Indeed, cocktails like GREY GOOSE-spiked My Girl’s Not Hungry offer an unusual counterpoint to menu items like the melt-in-your mouth Sleazy Burger and the Warm Ice Cream Bun which pairs the creamy treat with puffed pancake.

For the complete list go to EaterLA

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