LA’s Best Craft: A Cocktail City Tour

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Find a cocktail for every occasion…

There is no denying that Los Angeles has one of the most iconic nightlife scenes. Whether it be live entertainment, high-class restaurants or extravagant bars, LA has got it all. Although I find all these to be crucial parts of the nightlife experience, one of my favorite aspects would have to be the cocktails. There is nothing I love more than a crafty mixed drink that is sweet, strong and instagrammable. With much thought, I have put together a list of – what I believe are – the best cocktail places in Los Angeles. Read on for further details as well as personally recommended drinks. 

Harvard and Stone

 

 
 
 
 
 
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An old-fashioned burlesque-themed cocktail bar with vulgar but funny drink names. My favorite cocktail off their menu was entitled ‘You’re Dead to Me.’ 

Upstairs at Ace Hotel

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel, this pool-side lounge and bar serve one of the best Palomas I have ever tasted. Given this is one of my all-time favorite cocktails, I was particularly thrilled. 

Dirty Laundry

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another old-fashion themed bar and lounge include a dance floor area as well as a patio. This bar has a wide selection of craft cocktails, all with spectacular flavors and presentations. 

Bar Flores

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bar Flores has a homey yet classy vibe with a beautiful patio area to enjoy your favorite cocktails. The margaritas and martinis at the bar happen to be some of my favorite drinks. 

The Roger Room

 
 
 
 
 
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This trendy bar is adorned with unique artwork and vintage displays. Although all the cocktails are great, my favorite happens to be ‘Chamberlain’s Sunset’ due to the citrusy flavors. 

Firefly

 
 
 
 
 
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Firefly is a dark, romantic restaurant/bar that has both indoor lounge seating as well as patio seating. My favorite drink here is called ‘Hot in the City.’ I love this drink’s perfect balance of both sweet and spicy flavors.