Another year, another 365 days to search out the best cocktail of your life. Los Angeles makes that noble quest an easy task, with new and gorgeous bars opening seemingly every day. Herewith, some of SIXTY Hotels’ favorite watering holes in town, whether you’re in the market for something traditional or, in the name of a resolution, flavors that challenge your ideas of what’s possible in a glass.
Bibo Ergo Sum
A Robertson renaissance? Blame it on Bibo Ergo Sum. The cocktail bar sits on a stretch of West Hollywood made famous by the stars and paparazzi frequenting The Ivy, which sits just across the street. The inside looks like an Art Deco dream of the Old Hollywood sort. Cocktails are divided according to a kind of magician’s lexicon. One sip and you won’t know what hit you. Abracadabra, as they say.
116 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you’ve been to South Beach, you’re probably familiar with cocktail destination Broken Shaker. The Miami outfit comes to Los Angeles, along with its parent hotel, The Freehand, to set up shop on its roof. The scene might have change, but the bevs continue to delight. Expect many clever drink toppers.
416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Sunset & Vinyl
Who knew carpeted floors would ever stage a comeback? At Sunset & Vinyl, it’s all part of the necessary kitsch. The bar, which you access by walking through the 800 Degrees pizzeria and up to the second floor, feels like the 1970s section of the Rose Bowl hosted a listening party. Velvet seats, old records, and, oh yeah, tasty booze. Head here for their daily happy hour for $5 cocktails, $5 beers, and $6 glasses of wine. It happens from 6 to 8 p.m.
1521 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
With its beautiful light and concrete floors, Gesso is one of our favorite new rooms in Los Angeles. That said, head here when the sun goes down for a drink or two. The California/Italian restaurant (also worth trying out) offers a bar that stands up to its food menu, as inventive as it is highly drinkable.
801 N Fairfax Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Another new and notable is Rosaliné. Make a dinner reservation but come early to saddle up to the bar. The Peruvian restaurant stays true to its roots when it comes to the cocktails. Try the Quita Calzón (mezcal, gooseberry, coconut water, lime) or the Bellicose Warrior (mesquite-smoked pisco, aji amarillo, pineapple, lemon, curacao and kümmel).
8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
If you find yourself stuck on an unfortunately long layover, or hell froze over and a sans-traffic drive got you to LAX too early, head to Sam First, an unexpected new bar on Century Boulevard. Nothing quite soothes the weary traveler quite like live jazz and a cocktail. Drinks stay mostly classic, with Manhattans, Mojitos, and all those in between. And the snacks are more satisfying than what you’ll find in Terminal 2.
6171 W Century Blvd Suite 180, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Photo courtesy of Ash Edmonds