This is the city I loved so much that I decided to make it my home. It is, like most things, not for everyone; for me it is my favorite city on earth to live in. Here are my top recommendations.

01

Eat Your Drink

Eat Your Drink

Few bartenders have reshaped our view of what a cocktail can be like Matt Biancaniello. He has taken the cocktail and added the culinary eye like no one in the world. Utilizing ingredients that would stump most chefs he has created cocktails with more culinary daring than anyone in the cocktail world including the folks at the Aviary. His ability to meld wild flavors cohesively in a glass is nothing short of mind blowing. While it is now en-vogue to do "omakase" style cocktails he has been doing it for longer then anyone else save Columbia Room. His range goes beyond cocktails into things like sage beer and forever changed what a cocktail can be. Prepare to have a seat and drink copiously. He now does a full meal served with cocktails in his home.

https://www.matthewbiancaniello.com

Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

02

Accomplice

Inventive, delicious cocktails. Perhaps the most representative of what LA cocktails are and should be. Located inside Little Fatty restarant the bar appears to be at the heart of the space. The cocktail list has a nice balance of styles to have something for everyone. Flavors bounce around from Japan to Mexico to India. The bar is really trying to do something interesting and it largely succeeds. It is well worth your time to stop by and have a round or two.

https://www.littlefattyla.com/accomplice

Location: 3809 - 3813 Grandview Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

03

Redbird

Redbird

The best cocktail list in LA right now. Every cocktail on the list is delicious, the menu is well balanced with a variety of different styles so please anyone. Tobin Shea has been running the program here for years and has created a team of skilled bartenders. You can comfortably order anything from anyone and will likely be pleased with the results. Something damn near impossible at most bars.

https://www.redbird.la

Location: 114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

04

Dante Beverly Hills

Dante Beverly Hills

The only NYC bar that has successfully opened an LA outpost. Other bars have done it but frankly none of them have done it well. What they have created is marvelous. An expansive menu that I absolutely adore. Most of the menu is a carry over from their NYC location with a few items only in LA; which is the way it should be. Love drinking here.

https://www.dantebeverlyhills.com/

Location: 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

05

Spago

Adam Fournier recently took over the program here and overhauled the entire cocktail list. It is better than ever with some excellent cocktails and wonderful service. He is only getting started and I think and hope it will only improve.

https://wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/spago-beverly-hills/

Location: 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

 

Updated: 2023.10.24