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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…

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In the top half of a Pico Robertson duplex lives what is perhaps the best high-end Peruvian restaurant in the country. This place is alive with energy: on the plate,…

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Smack in the middle of West Hollywood’s somewhat superficial nightlife scene is this bungalow and garden oasis. Tucked behind a wall of plants, the sprawling restaurant has two bars: one…

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Sonny’s Hideaway

Call it gentrification or hipsterfication or even welcome change. However you parse it, Highland Park is one of L.A.’s rapidly morphing neighborhoods, with new shops, bars and restaurants popping up…

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Steve Livigni used to manage bars for powerhouse nightlife duo the Houston Brothers (Pour Vous, La Descarga), but with Scopa he’s made the leap from manager of other people’s bars…

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Petit Trois

Ludo Lefebvre is a bona fide celebrity chef these days, and with all of this new-found fame he could've certainly opened a big, glitzy, money-making restaurant. Instead, he’s opened two…