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 classic cocktails like the Bobby Burns, which is paired with a buttery square of shortbread. Even when the intimate wooden booths are packed full, the room can take on a reverential hush, cushioned only by the sound of soft jazz and clinking glasses.
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- craft cocktails
Los Angeles, long hamstrung by subpar public transit and 1:30 a.m. last calls, might never match mugs with the ...