The 20 Best Cocktail Bars in LA [2022 Updated]

The 20 Best Cocktail Bars in LA [2022 Updated]

Finding a good drink in LA is easy; a great one is a bit harder to find. From bespoke libations made with market-fresh ingredients to the revival of the classic cocktail worthy of Don Draper, cocktail bars in L.A. are making undeniably incredible drinks. Whether you’re drinking in Culver City, DTLA or Santa Monica, there are exceptional spots to consume all across town. In no particular order, here are 20 of the best cocktail bars in LA to raise a glass.

Bonus: Drink recommendations added per location

1. The Spare Room

spare room los angeles

http://www.spareroomhollywood.com | 1700 Lamy Ln, Monroe

Inspired by an old-fashioned gaming parlor and lounge, the Spare Room at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel is a great place to visit with a crowd. The ambiance is laid back and festive, and all cocktails go for $16.

Drink to try: Highway to Bell – Aperol, Red Bull. Yellow Chartreuse, lemon, black pepper and sparkling wine.

2. Big Bar

big bar los angeles

https://www.alcovecafe.com/bigbar | 1927 Hillhurst Ave

Alcove Café’s new undertaking, this craft cocktail bar, is big on natural ingredients, homemade syrups and weird concoctions. With indoor and outdoor seating, this very fancy big bar is dim-lit and inviting. There’s a happy hour every evening, Monday to Friday.

Drink to try: Peace Tree Tea – Reposado tequila, dry gin, amaro, pine needle tea, porcini mushroom tincture.

3. The Normandie Club

normandie bar  los angeles

https://www.thenormandieclub.com | 3612 W 6th St

Visit Koreatown to find this trendy craft cocktail bar in the Hotel Normandie. Classic and modern drinks come together with splendid presentations and attentive, personal service. This bar is community-driven and has a huge local fan base.

Drink to try: Bamboo Julep – Amontillado Sherry, vermouth, orange and angostura bitters.

4. Genever

genever  los angeles

https://www.geneverla.com | 3123 Beverly Blvd

At the heart of Filipinotown, this chic lounge is comfy but shines with a unique grandeur. Intimate and luxurious, Genever is already a classic. This is a women-owned and operated bar, and you can tell. Everything is perfect!

Drink to try: Star Me Kitten – Floraison gin, spiced red wine cordial, citrus, tonic, lavender bitters.

5. The Roger Room

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http://www.therogerroom.com | 370 N La Cienega Blvd

You’ll find this retro-temple with a circus flair at La Cienega Boulevard, where nothing is what it seems; it’s better! Fun and unpretentious, the ambiance here is relaxed, but the cocktails are seriously good.

Drink to try: Everybody Loves Rose – Amass Gin, rosemary honey, kumquat liqueur, lemon and orange.

6. Broken Shaker

https://www.brokenshaker.com | 416 W 8th St

The mixologist team on this rooftop pool deck is la crème de la crème. These are some of the most creative bar professionals in the industry and elevate the bar’s cocktails menu to unforeseen heights.

Drink to try: Seaweed Papi – Roku gin, iichiko, kombu-infused Martini Bianco and yuzu bitters.

7. Death & Co.

death & co  los angeles

https://www.deathandcompany.com/dcdtla | 818 East 3rd Street

There’s nothing grim about this obscure bar. The cocktails here are impressive but wait until you try the food! The authentic Death & Co. opened in NY a few years ago, but their LA bar is just as thrilling.

Drink to try: Tiger’s Jaw – El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, Linie Aquavit, garam masala, mango and lime.

8. Bar Flores

https://www.barflores.com/

1542 Sunset Blvd

Bright and lively, Bar Flores’ patio is friendly and very Angeleno. A gem on Sunset Boulevard, this is your go-to bar for a margarita, one of the finest in LA, but there’s much more than Tequila drinks here.

Drink to try: Flores Old Fashioned – Knob Creek Rye, Flores’s house mole, bitters, orange oils.

9. Tonga Hut

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http://tongahut.com/index.html | 12808 Victory Blvd.

254 N. Palm Canyon Dr

With locations in North Hollywood and Palm Springs, the Tonga Hut is a tribute to the colorful tiki cocktails of the 50s. Creativity is non-stop here, and the tropical decor is perfect for special occasions.

Drink to try: Nui Nui – Amber rum, orange juice, cinnamon and Don’s spice.

10. Tiki Ti

tiki tiki bar  los angeles

http://tiki-ti.com | 4427 W Sunset Blvd

Feel your feet buried in the warm sand on a beach somewhere. That’s the energy in Tiki Ti, one of LA’s most authentic Tiki bars. Opened in 1961, this bar is still going strong.

Drink to try: “151” Rum Swizzle – 151 rum, passion fruit, lime cinnamon and dark Jamaican rum.

11. Harvard & Stone

harvard and stone los angeles

http://harvardandstone.com | 5221 Hollywood Blvd

This neighborhood bar in Thai Town, LA, offers an original cocktail menu every night. Weekends are all about live music and a burlesque show. Upscale and slick, Harvard & Stone is a unique experience.

Drink to try: Big Black Mirror – Avion Tequila, gin, chili pepper, Sichuan peppercorn, saffron and lime.

12. Thunderbolt

thunderbolt bar  los angeles

https://www.thunderboltla.com | 1263 W Temple St

Between Filipinotown and Echo Park, the American south inspires this handsome bar with a stylish, minimalistic decor that contrasts significantly with the colorful food coming from the small kitchen. The cocktails here are in a category of their own.

Drink to try: Liquid Picnic – London Dry Gin, citron, tomato, rosemary and black pepper.

13. Accomplice

accomplice bar  los angeles

https://www.littlefattyla.com/accomplice | 3811 Grand View Blvd

You’ll find Accomplice in Mar Vista neighborhood and complements the Chinese restaurant Little Fatty with colorful drinks of Asian inspiration. There’s a great selection of Japanese whiskey here as well!

Drink to try: Pulp Friction – Tequila, passion fruit, ancho, habanero, cinnamon, agave and lime.

14. The Abbey

the abbey  los angeles

https://www.theabbeyweho.com | 692 N Robertson Blvd

One of LA’s most famous gay-friendly cocktail bars is also a fantastic restaurant. You’ll find The Abbey at West Hollywood and often features exotic male dancers. Of course, you’re here for the drinks.

Drink to try: Peach Mojito – Bacardi Peach, lime, mint, syrup and sugar cane.

15. Employees Only

employees only  los angeles

https://www.employeesonlyla.com | 7953 Santa Monica Blvd

The New York classic has taken West Hollywood by storm with great food and award-winning cocktails. With a high-end feel but a young crowd, Employees Only is more than your after-office dive bar. It’s a culinary adventure.

Drink to try: Amelia – Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, blackberries, lemon and mint.

16. Here and Now

here & now  los angeles

300 S Santa Fe Ave

This beautiful, dim-lit bar in Santa Fe Avenue is stylish and has a timeless decor reminiscent of the speakeasy golden era. The cocktails are as modern and artsy as the bar itself!

Drink to try: Late at Night – East India Solera Sherry, Amontillado, chamomile soda and walnut.

17. The Dresden Restaurant & Lounge

the dresden  los angeles

https://www.thedresden.com | 1760 N. Vermont Ave

The family-owned bar and restaurant has been around since 1954 and offers a classic, long-tablecloth fine-dining experience and a show. Some cocktail recipes have remained unchanged since the 60s! The food’s incredible, too.

Drink to try: The Dresden’s Blood & Sand – Rum, house tropical mix and citrus.

18. The Varnish

the varnish bar  los angeles

https://www.thevarnishbar.com | 118 E 6th St

With one of the sexiest music shows in town supporting a new generation of local artists, the Varnish is an exciting experience. One of The Varnish’s highlights is the “Bartender’s Choice” that lets you enjoy a custom drink made just for you.

Drink to try: Bourbon Blunder – Bourbon, ginger, pineapple, lime and soda.

19. The Raymond 1886

raymond bar  los angeles

http://www.theraymond.com | 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena

Pasadena’s favorite craft cocktail bar, this historical bar, is named after the old Raymond Hotel, which shut down during the Great Depression. American cuisine and beautiful drinks guarantee a wonderful time.

Drink to try: Fall For Me – Bacardi 8, Camus Elegance, maple pear syrup and hot water.

20. The Mermaid

mermaid bar  los angeles

https://www.themermaidla.com | 428 E 2nd St

This fun, neighborhood diver bar at Little Tokyo is all about tropical flavors. Tiki drinks and other colorful libations match the exotic decor, and the service is top notch. The mermaid has weekly events, so don’t be a stranger.

Drink to try: Jolly Roger – Tequila Blanco, hibiscus syrup, lime, grapefruit.

13 Hottest Rooftop Bars in LA [2022 Updated]

13 Hottest Rooftop Bars in LA [2022 Updated]

Los Angeles might have one of the most famous skylines and sunsets in the world which is why we Angelenos love open air venues. Rooftops in LA are more than bars and restaurants; they’re in a category on their own — nothing beats an evening with the City of Angels in the background.

In no particular order, here are our favorite 2022 rooftops in Los Angeles and why you should check them out. From high-end eateries to loud rooftop bars, these places offer more than a gorgeous view; they’re a vital part of our very own La La Land.

1. Élephante

elephante santa monica

This gorgeous rooftop takes you to the Italian Mediterranean shores with its decor and cuisine. Located in Downtown Santa Monica, Élephante is a great place to grab a bite and a few drinks, but they also have an impressive wine list. The ambient is hyped and lively, and you’ll enjoy a fantastic ocean view with your meal. This beach house is no doubt home away from home; it certainly feels that way!

https://www.elephantela.com/

2. Broken Shaker

With venues in New York, LA, Miami and Chicago, Broken Shaker is becoming a synonym with great drinks in impressive settings. LA’s Broken Shaker and its pool deck is one of the hottest spots in Downtown LA. And they balance tropical, colorful cocktails with authentic craftsmanship for a good time guaranteed. The food is creative, too, so enjoy everything from a falafel burger to some mean fried fish tacos.

https://www.brokenshaker.com/

3. Openaire

line hotel Openaire

This extraordinary bar and brunch hotspot is more than a rooftop; it’s a working greenhouse with the freshest air in the city. With Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin running the kitchen, Openaire is a paradise for foodies, especially for those looking to escape, at least for a few hours, from LA bustling streets. For a bite and a cocktail, ask for the pool menu at the bar.

https://www.thelinehotel.com/los-angeles/bars-restaurants/#openaire

4. Skybar at The Mondrian Hotel

skybar at mondrian hotel

The Skybar at Mondrian LA is luxury and party in communion. The glamourous poolside deck is slick and sexy, and the live DJ adds energy to the perfect setting for a night out at the Sunset Boulevard. Order a Skybar Lemonade with gin and cucumber slices or order a bottle of Champagne; Skybar is worth splurging a little. Besides, you know you deserve it.

https://www.sbe.com/nightlife/skybar

5. Perch

Perch DTLA

Perch’s rooftop bar has an impressive view of Downtown LA from the 15th floor, and the French-inspired cuisine makes this a world-class experience. Perch is larger than life, and it’s a must-visit for first-timers. The eclectic decor contrasts with the tall buildings behind for a scene that just screams LA. For brunch, dinner or late-night drinks, Perch is always a great choice.

https://www.perchla.com/

6. Calabra Santa Monica Proper Hotel

calabria santa monica

Sit back and relax at the “Best outdoor hotel restaurant patio in Southern California.” That’s Calabra, and you’ll find it down in Santa Monica. The perfect weekend getaway spot is also a lovely place to spend the morning with a drink in hand. Food is excellent, including the Hamachi ceviche and LA’s best Key Lime Pie, courtesy of Vanilla Bakeshop.

https://www.properhotel.com/santa-monica/restaurants-bars/calabra/

7. Upstairs, Ace Hotel

ace hotel rooftop

You’ll find this exclusive restaurant on the rooftop of Ace Hotel in Downtown LA. Comfy, eclectic, but still high-end, with a very Californian feel. Upstairs is a hidden gem with impressive views in all directions. More than a restaurant bar; upstairs is an open-air home. The Ace Hotel is also home to a marvelous theater, so visit even on rainy days.

https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/food-and-drink/upstairs/fireplace/

8. Spire73

spire73

You’ll find this high-end LA rooftop atop the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown. Just go to the 73rd floor and get swooned off your feet. This is one of the tallest rooftop bars in America, and it’s probably the best view of Los Angeles below. Fire pits keep you warm on the coldest nights, and palm-tree-shaped sun umbrellas provide much necessary shade during the day. Food is outstanding here, too (try the Prawn Toscana), and don’t get us started on the signature cocktails!

https://dtla.intercontinental.com/downtown-la-restaurants/

9. Catch LA

catch LA

Catch needs no introduction; this is one of the most sought-after and exclusive rooftops in LA, and its award-winning Asian-inspired cuisine and fun views make eating here an authentic LA experience. Brunch or dinner, or a night out with wine and cocktails, Catch is a great alternative at any time of day. With views to West Hollywood, Catch surely has something for everyone.

https://catchrestaurants.com/catchla/

10. Terra, by Eataly

This terrace on the third floor of Eataly La is heaven for Italian food lovers. Terra is a great lunch, brunch and dinner alternative with a lovely outdoor decor, a wood-fired oven, grill specialties and nice Italian wine, but don’t expect late-night cocktails. Here it’s all about good food in great company with superb service, just what you want to spend the evening under the sunny Californian skies.

https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/los-angeles/la-terra/

11. LP Rooftop Bar

LA LP

Enjoy the Sunset strip from one of the most exciting rooftops in LA. LP is also one of the largest rooftop patios in the city, and they make good use of it, offering fantastic small plates and craft cocktails for an imaginative experience. The night scene is fantastic here, but you can also spend the day on the verdant patio. This is hands down amongst the most popular bars in West Hollywood.

https://www.eplosangeles.com/lp-rooftop

12. Mama Shelter’s Rooftop

mama shelter

Gourmet burgers, signature cocktails, live DJ music and awesome views make Mama Shelter’s rooftop a local’s favorite. Ping-pong tables, table football and super friendly staff, makes Mama’s a great place to spend the day. With the famous Hollywood sign in the background, there’s no other place you’ll want to be on a sunny day in LA.

https://mamashelter.com/los-angeles/eat-drink/rooftop/

13. Cha Cha Chá

This Mexican terrace in the Arts District LA is more than great margaritas, the food here is authentic, and the ambiance is contagiously tropical. Carnitas, tostadas and a wide variety of tacos — this is a culinary experience and an all-out block party on the same terrace. Visit for the food, and you’ll come back for the festive ambiance! At Cha Cha Chá, you’re part of the family.

https://chachacha.la/

10 Indian Restaurants Open for Delivery and Takeout in LA

10 Indian Restaurants Open for Delivery and Takeout in LA

We went on a quest to find the best Indian Pakastani restaurants open for take-out or delivery in Los Angeles, CA. Let’s face it, with the Covid-19 still lurking around, many restaurants we loved in LA are now closed, and those top lists and recommendations online are outdated. Not our list!

After extensive research which included calling establishments, we found 10 awesome Indian restaurants offering delivery/take out service during these awkward times.

So, who’s up for some spicy food?

Here are the best Indian-Pakistani delivery-takeout restaurants in LA you need to try today.

1. Abhiruchi Grill

Abhiruchi Grill is all about quality. From freshly made samosas to tandoori chicken and from aromatic curries to steamy biryani, you won’t be disappointed. Talking about specialties, biryani here might be the best in the city — abundant and authentic; it’s hard not to love. With a perfect location in Venice Blvd, Abhiruchi Grill is a top alternative to quench your cravings.

abhiruchigrill.com

2. Al-Noor

Al-Noor is a Lawndale Indian and Pakistani Halal restaurant. The Halal meat is certified, and the rest of the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. Featured in Mr. Eric Greenspan’s ‘The best thing I ever ate’ T.V. show, Al-Noor is now as crowded as restaurants get. Don’t miss out on their Tandoori Sizzlers, clay-oven specialties with the loveliest smoky and spicy flavors.

alnoor-restaurant.net

3. Ar Biriyani Kabob House

Here, everything is made from scratch and with two branches, one in Downtown LA and another in Korea Town, they’re reliable sources for fantastic Pakistani and Indian Halal food at all hours. Ar Biriyani is obviously famous for their kebobs, but they have pretty tasty South Asian dishes too, including a lovely and super cheap Rice Pudding.

biriyanikabobhouse.com

4. Cardamom

Cardamom brings a more contemporary take on Indian flavors. Previously known as India’s Oven, this place makes good use of authentic clay ovens, but the food presentations are totally avant garde. Start your dinner with an order of Chutneywala Paneer, stuffed cottage cheese with mint chutney, and work your way towards tandoori jumbo prawns or an awesome lobster cooked with coconut. They deliver food within five miles from their location in Beverly Blvd.

cardamomla.com

5. Grand Bawarchi

For traditional Indian dishes and wholesome biryanis, Grand Bawarchi is hard to beat; they use Indian spices masterfully. Check out their lunch specials, vegetarian and non-vegetarian combos that will keep you satisfied the whole day. From their main menu, you’ll want to try the Bawarchi Boneless Chicken Dum Biryani and a side of garlic naan bread. What a treat!

grandbawarchi.com

6. Lal Mirch

Lal Mirch has the most flavorful Chicken Tikki Masala in L.A., and you can order it mild or super spicy. Their veggie samosas are crispy and golden delicious, and don’t get us started on their lamb kebabs; they’re cooked to perfection in a real tandoori oven.

lmdining.com

7. Royal Curry Cafe

A star in North Hollywood, Royal Curry Café has elevated Indian food to new heights with ten years of hard work. It all has paid off because the restaurant has a huge fan base. Because you must try it all, we recommend starting with the assorted appetizer with chicken tikka, lamb tikka, seekh kabab, samosas and onion pakora. After that, try the ‘Dinner for Two.’ It comes with soup, chicken tandoori, curry and even dessert!

royalcurrycafe.net

8. Samosa House

What you want from an Indian restaurant — a family-owned operation that has grown into four locations across Los Angeles. The menu varies from venue to venue, but all include gorgeous samosas, the house’s specialty. Don’t miss out on the Breaded Cauliflower Fritters and the Samosa chaat, mashed samosa with chickpeas, veggies, chutneys, yogurt and sauces.

samosahouse.com

9. Tandoor India

For a reliable meal, food that never disappoints, you must reach out to a classic L.A. restaurant, and that’s precisely what you’ll find in Tandoor India. Nothing fancy here, just heartwarming, authentic dishes that taste like homemade Indian food. Check out the Chicken Pakora, deep-fried and served with hot mint sauce and sweet tamarind sauce. For a sea-scented meal, the fish tandoori, marinated mahi-mahi with Indian spices, is quite unique.

tandoorindiasm.com

10. India Sweet House

Indian food is more than tasty rice, golden chicken and luscious curries, sweets are lovely, too, and the best ones come from the India Sweet House. They’ve been around in Los Angeles since 1981, and they make the meanest Barfi Pista (Milk, cheese, sugar & pistachio) and Ladoo-Pini (Chickpea, flour, butter & sugar). This iconic place offers fantastic savory food as well, especially their vegetarian main courses and their bread; try the bread!

isweethouse.com

The Best Of….

We hope you enjoyed this current selection of great Indian food in the area. Before you go.

If you find a restaurant not on this list, hit us up!

Huge Guide to Holi Events in Los Angeles [2022 Updated]

Huge Guide to Holi Events in Los Angeles [2022 Updated]

LOS ANGELES — This is the most up-to date list of 2022 Holi events happening in Los Angeles, CA and surrounding cities. Due to COVID restrictions, check back for the latest updates.

These annual events range from outdoor holi celebrations on the beach to everything in between represent the best of LA’s signature happenings. These popular holi festivals brings thousands of people together, whether it’s by sating residents’ tastes for throwing color or enjoying in-doors, our guide has you covered. Check out the latest holi celebrations in LA for 2022.

1. Holi by the Sea 2020 by CRY OC

The Annual CRY America OC Chapter’s Holi by The Sea is back for the 5th year. Proceeds go to CRY America foundation. Free pizza for children under 12. This event is open to all ages and backgrounds.

Date/TimeSunday, March 8th 2020  11:00am
Location Bolsa Chica State Beach
17851 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Map
Admission InformationIndividual Ticket – $20
Group Ticket (10 or more) – $17 each (Online booking only)
Children under 12 years are FREE! Must be registered and accompanied by a parent/guardian who is participating in the event. Each PAID ticket purchase includes one color packet, 1 food ticket (snack pack).

Buy your tickets at https://events.cryamerica.org/events/cry-oc-holi-by-the-sea/

2. Holi on the Beach 2020 by AIDLA

Holi on the Beach by AIDLA brings out thousands of people every year featuring food vendors, booths, deejays and more. This festival features two dates of your choosing. Go both days or one!

Date/TimeSaturday, March 14th, 2020: 11AM – 3PM
Sunday, March 15th, 2020: 11AM – 3PM
LocationSanta Monica Pier
215 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Map
Admission InformationSingle day passes and or weekend passes available. Each ticket comes with 1 free holi packet.

Buy your tickets at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/holi-on-the-beach-2020-festival-of-colors-la-oc-on-saturday–37590

3. Holi Hai 2020 by Gujarati Society of Southern California

There will be Indian cuisine, live mantra bands, interactive dance, yoga, and of course, Holi playing with colors.

Date/TimeSunday, March 15th, 2020: 12PM – 5PM
LocationWhittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 Santa Anita Ave
South El Monte, CA
Map
Admission InformationEarly bird pricing before February 15, 2020: $10
Regular pricing between February 16 – March 14: $12
At the door pricing: $15

Buy your tickets at https://gujaratisocal.org/event-detail/event/upcoming/1/128/title/HoliHai2020