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Top 7 Whiskey Bars in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has sunny beaches and world-class cuisine (with drinks to match). It’s why people come here to experience the best that life has to offer.

whiskey bars in Los Angeles offering delicious drinks

As a local who loves whiskey, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best whiskey bars in Los Angeles.

After a day exploring LA history, you’ll have plenty of fun places to go out to for relaxation.

Read on for my list of the best whiskey bars in Los Angeles below!

Seven Grand

515 W 7th St 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 614-0736
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Sitting proudly in the heart of the Financial District, Seven Grand is a stylish old-school whiskey bar with warm tones and hunting lodge decor on the walls.

This is one of those places to go out to when your friends love whiskey or want to learn to love it and feel sophisticated while they do it.

Seven Grand features handcrafted retro cocktails with exciting flavor combinations, but their focus is the massive whiskey collection.

The Thirsty Crow

2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (323) 661-6007
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The Thirsty Crow is set in Silver Lake’s upscale and modern neighborhood.

Stepping in their door is like stepping back in time into a cool, dimly lit whiskey bar from the Old West.

Wood paneling lines, the walls, and the bottles on offer are on constant rotation thanks to a creaky conveyor belt. 

This is the place for affordable drinks and extravagant mixed drinks.

If you’re unsure what to offer, ask the bartender what they recommend.

Blind Donkey

149 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 247-1511
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After a day in the beach, check out the Blind Donkey.

This hipster bar is trendy and low-lit, but it’s still cozy and a great gathering spot for friends.

Come early, sit back, chat, or check out their karaoke, live music, and DJ lineups during the week.

They serve up a great mixture of small-batch and unique whiskeys, plus they offer a lengthy list of draft beer, the Blind Donkey should have something for everyone.

The Daily Pint

2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 450-7631
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Less than a 10-minute drive from Santa Monica Pier is the Daily Pint, a friendly and laid back bar that will make a whiskey lover very happy.

For over twenty-five years, the Daily Pint has been covering up a great place to gather with friends and relax after a day of sightseeing. 

They have over 1000 different bottles of whiskey to try, and if you’d rather have a beer, there’s a lengthy list of draft beer, too.

Bar Jackalope

515 W 7th St #200, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 614-0736
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A couple of blocks from the artsy Pershing Square and hidden in the back room of the Seven Grand bar is the Japanese whiskey bar called Bar Jackalope.

This bar is moody but upscale, and it would be an excellent choice for a date or a heart-to-heart with close friends.

Bar Jackalope focuses on Japanese whiskey and a few Japanese beer options.

So if you’ve never tried Japanese whiskey, this is the place to ask for help with recommendations.

Sassafras Saloon

1233 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 467-2800
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Sassafras Saloon is just down the street from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the infamous Ameba Music.

This townhouse-turned-bar blends old Western themes with swanky vibes and trendy wood panels on the walls for a unique experience, whether you’re just visiting or hiring them for an event.

Try their vast collection of spirits displayed on the walls, signature cocktails, both whiskey and not, mixed by professional mixologists with a selection of bar snacks.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (424) 208-3906
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Located in Japan Town in West Hollywood, the industrial-inspired Plan Check Kitchen and Bar has a big kitchen turning out comfort food.

The vibe is fun, and they don’t take themselves too seriously, so rock up with some friends or a good book and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

Check out their list of cocktails that are long like the Right on Brine, which features pickle juice, or they offer a good selection of draft and canned beer.

Final Thoughts

Los Angeles has a vibrant whiskey bar scene, with fun places to get drinks no matter your taste or budget.

Don’t forget to check out the Griffith Observatory or walk in Griffith Park!

Did you find a whiskey bar that should be on this list? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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