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Tonga Hut

You can’t talk about the LA bar scene without talking about tiki, and you can’t talk about tiki without talking about the Tonga Hut, which remains the oldest LA tiki…

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Honeycut

Don’t be fooled by the LED-lit disco floor and Jameson-Fireball shots on draft; this clubbish subterranean cocktail lounge from the founders of New York’s Death & Co. packs plenty of…

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The Varnish

Hidden inside a former storage room behind century-old Cole’s French Dip, the Varnish practically exudes civic history. Most of the attention in the stark, barebones speakeasy goes toward perfecting overlooked…

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Bar Jackalope

Already known as one of the city’s most dependable whiskey bars, Seven Grand upped its own ante by constructing a quiet back-room library modeled after a Japanese whisky den. The…

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Harvard & Stone

The crown jewel of the Houston Brothers' nightlife empire is Harvard & Stone, a faux-grungy hangout with a rollicking house band and burlesque dancers dressed like Rosie the Riveter. At…

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Brilliantshine

Star bartenders Julian Cox and Josh Goldman’s cocktails have always been distinguished by their far-flung international flavors and ability to pair with food. At their signature Santa Monica bar—a spacious…

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The Spare Room

At the Roosevelt Hotel's second floor bowling-alley-cum-cocktail-bar, The Spare Room, waitresses in Gatsby-era dresses float around the room offering Gin Rickeys with housemade tonic and Penicillins spiked with amaro. Most…

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1886 Bar

The old caretaker cottage at Pasadena’s historic Raymond Hotel (first opened in 1886) is located at the end of a shrub-lined pathway and surrounded by overhanging trees. Hidden within is…

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The Chestnut Club

Longtime restaurant cocktail consultants Steve Livingi and Pablo Moix's The Chestnut Club is a stripped-down lounge where bare brick walls and antique fixtures lend a certain dignified air. The club…

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Caña Rum Bar

This sprawling, Latin Quarter-inspired hideaway near Staples Center is probably the only cocktail bar in town that requires an exclusive membership. The $20 annual fee, however, is a blessing in…