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The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Bars

Looking for the best bars in LA? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spots – from intimate wine bars to trendy rooftop lounges, there’s something for everyone.

Drinks served up at a bar in Los Angeles

So whether you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just want to unwind after a long day, read on for the best bars Los Angeles has to offer.

Best Bars in Los Angeles, CA

  1. All Season Brewing
  2. Melody Lounge
  3. 1010 Wine
  4. Bar Bohemian
  5. Bar Lis
  6. Bolita
  7. Desert 5 Spot
  8. Everson Royce Bar
  9. Genever Lounge
  10. Grandmaster Recorders
  11. Las Perlas
  12. The Grant
  13. The Roger Room
  14. The Spare Room
  15. Thunderbolt
  16. Homage Brewing
  17. Ella

All Season Brewing

800 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 591-0330
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Rooted in the historic mid-century modern Firestone tire shop in Miracle Mile, All Season Brewing Co. is a drinking place dedicated to good beer, good times, and good folks. 

Established in 2021, they brew crushable beers in their glass encased 15 barrel brewhouse. Their blurred indoor-outdoor space is designed for the everyday drinker.

If you’re looking for one of the best spots to go out for drinks, this is the spot! I had the Tommy’s Margarita with tequila, lime, and agave.


Melody Lounge

939 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 444-3339

Melody Lounge is Chinatown’s destination for craft beer and craft cocktails. The bar is located in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles. They have over 100 beers including 18 on tap. The Melody Lounge has all Dodger games on their HD TV, and they’re just a 17 minute walk to the stadium.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Old Fashioned.


1010 Wine

1010 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
(424) 331-9400
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1010 Wine is an upscale wine bar located in the heart of Inglewood, CA, the city that raised, the owners, Leslie and LeAnn and where they still currently reside. 1010 Wine is the first and only wine bar in the City of Champions.

This spot has always been on my list of best bars. Whenever I’m here I get the same drink, the Intercept Red Blend Bottle.


Bar Bohemian

9355 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 730-6610
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Take a walk upstairs at Citizen to be transported to another place and time. Bar Bohemien is an unparelled bar experience perfect for thoughtful discussions, lively happy hours or a romantic date.

It’s a place to sip on a drink and nibble on bites while enjoying the rooftop milieu or cozying up inside at the bar looking out the half moon window at the main streets of Culver City below. 

We dropped by this spot one night and had a blast! If you end up visiting this bar, I would try the Winter Solstice, Wanderlust, or Wild Child.


Bar Lis

1541 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 410-6210
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High above the heart of Hollywood sits Bar Lis, one of the most anticipated openings of 2021.

The crown jewel of the new Thompson Hollywood, this chic rooftop lounge captures the iconic spirit and style of the French Riviera and immerses patrons in a sophisticated mix of classic South of France culture and modern Southern California ease.

My favorite drink on the menu is their French Riviera with bombay sapphire gin, green chartreuse, maraschino, liqueur, pineapple gomme, and lime. Other cocktails that looked amazing were the Jane Birkin , La Vie En Rose, and Strawberry Fields.


Bolita

864 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 612-0240
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Inspired by their family’s history, it’s their desire to share this piece of their culture with the community— but really it’s a gamble they made on a good feeling.

Bolita was the underground lottery that determined the destiny of many Cubans. Everyone played and the community prospered. Bolita serves craft cocktails, wine, beer & more.

I highly recommend trying the Martini Espresso, Cheat Day Daiquiri, and Paradise city. My favorite cocktail was the The Bronze Titan with scotch whiskey, sweet vermouth, espresso, creme de menthe, and chocolate bitters.


Desert 5 Spot

6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 410-6370
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Desert 5 Spot is a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll. It’s a pioneer town-inspired rooftop bar in Hollywood. For people who want parties to be more personal, Desert 5 Spot is also available to rent for private events.

My friends tried the Walk the Line, The Gambler, and Ring of Fire and loved them! I had the Jolene with avion tequila, watermelon, strawberry, agave, and lime and it was delicious!


Everson Royce Bar

1936 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 335-6166
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Everson Royce bar is a polished cocktail spot with a backlit bar, banquette seating & bar bites from burgers to bao buns. Their menu of seemingly ordinary bar food is created by a James Beard Award-winning chef.

The bartender at this spot recommended the Fixin’ To with gin, blood orange, rhubarb, cardamom, and lemon, so I had to try it! The group of friends I was with ordered the Born to Rum, Newest Old Fashioned, and for non-alcoholic they have The 13th Step, Hibiscus Lemonade, and House Ginger Limeade.


Genever Lounge

3123 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 908-5693
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Genever is a friendly and intimate lounge, located in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. Inspired by world travels and driven by local bounty, they serve fresh libations with an emphasis on local produce and house-made syrups and shrubs.

By highlighting gin on the menu, they offer a vast amount, as well as a diverse selection of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine.

This spot served up some of the best drinks I’ve had and was so much fun. I came here with a group of friends and ordered the Ginto with amass gin, ancho reyes chili liqueur, turmeric shrub (turmeric, black pepper, rice wine vinegar, sugar), and lemon. My friends ordered the Datu Datu Martini and New Bimini Place.


Grandmaster Recorders

1518 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 963-7800
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Steeped in history, Grandmaster Recorders offers a truly unique experience with three different venues all in one. Their restaurant is a celebration of Italian cuisine with a modern Australian influence that utilizes the abundance of Californian produce to ensure the highest quality.

We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Late Registration and Midnight Vultures, and I opted for the One Hot Minute. My drink came with Times Like These.


Las Perlas

107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 988-8355
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Las Perlas encourages their customers to explore their wall of Mezcal with bottles spanning from across all of México – Jalisco to Oaxaca, Durango to Chihuahua. Their cocktail menu is inspired by both classic and contemporary recipes and builds its foundations on freshly squeezed juices and house made syrups.

On my visit I tried the El Nino with lime, house grenadine, chinola passion fruit liqueur, real de valle blanco tequila, and la luna cupreata mezcal. It was absolutely amazing so I definitely recommend ordering this. Other drinks that sounded great were the Sangria, Cielito Lindo, and Cafecito.


The Grant

3515 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

The Grant is an intimate neighborhood bar featuring classic cocktails, natural wine and local craft beer. The intimate 1,400 square foot space was minimally designed to showcase the building’s original 1920s-era Spanish Art Deco brick walls, curved ceiling, and windows.

I really loved the drink I ordered, Jungle Bird with rum, Campari, simple, lime, and pineapple. Our bartender also recommended a few of the other drinks on the menu; The Rodriguez, Secret Weapon, and Chimney Sweep.


The Roger Room

370 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 854-1300
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The Roger Room is an eclectic bar with vintage freak show pictures on the walls serving trendy, upscale cocktails. Every night of the week, they accept small and large reservations.

When I came to this spot my friends ordered the Spiced Mule, El Gordo, and Japanese Maple. I went for the Four Aces which was absolutely amazing. It’s a cocktail with Svedka Vodka, basil, green grapes, lime juice, canton ginger liqueur, and rocks.


The Spare Room

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 769-7296
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The Spare Room is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge located in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. It is a place built on social interaction, that brings groups together by their appreciation and passion for innovative cocktails, music, design, and the camaraderie of gaming.

Enjoy craft cocktails like the Player 001 with cucumber vodka, soju, dry vermouth, and kimchi. Other great drink options include the Day for Night, Once Over Twice, and Bunny’s Revenge.


Thunderbolt

1263 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 372-5099
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Thunderbolt is a neighborhood cocktail bar with great food, located at the intersections of Historic Filipinotown, Echo Park, and DTLA. We are inspired by the American South, and you’ll notice it from the smiles that greet you, to the countless bottles of Madeira on the backbar.

My favorite drink is the Tart Cherry Thunderbolt with overproof Jamaican & aged Guyanese rums, tart cherries, and mint. Or you can try the Isle of Negroni, Liquid Picnic, and Highball of the Month.


Homage Brewing

1219 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Homage is a microbrewery and restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. It caters to beer lovers who also want to dance. During the day, most people come to drink housemade IPAs but on Friday and Saturday evenings, the dance floor is filled until 1 a.m.

I got the Yellow House! Other drinks I would recommend are the Tisteza, Planet Foam, and Space Moth.


Ella

9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Ella features a robust dinner menu, Ella-vated artisan cocktail program, and nuanced wine collection including a bottle shop. The restaurant also embraces Mediterranean, Asian, and Italian tastes found in the backyard of Los Angeles.

8 The Milk and Whiskers was absolutely delicious and had toasted pecan-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and orange/lemon Oleo Saccharum. Other great cocktails I tried were the Safe Before Beauty and Sakura’s Song. This spot is a must-visit!


Final Thoughts

And that’s our list of the best bars in Los Angeles! Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments. We had a blast checking out all these places and can’t wait to hit up some more LA bars soon. Cheers!

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