written by Andrea Richards and photographed by Giovanni Simeone
Whether it’s old Hollywood, a new cocktail, or timeless atmosphere that you’re looking for in a bar, Los Angeles offers a variety of unique experiences for both the casual sipper and the serious connoisseur.
Los Angeles Cocktails is more than a cocktail cookbook or a sneak peek behind the bar; it’s a photographic adventure that enables us to explore Los Angeles, imbibe at the city’s best saloons, and taste, via cocktails, the city’s colorful history. This curated guide features LA’s most inspired watering holes, from landmarks such as the Musso & Frank Grill, where you’re sure to get the perfect pour, to today’s incarnations of the classics, like the Varnish, hidden away behind secret doors.
From authentic, mid-century Tiki bars to simulated speakeasies, these spots offer well-made drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. Whether the joint has history or conjures its authenticity from scratch, discover locales that won’t be found elsewhere, capturing a certain essence of the city—be it bitter, sweet, or sour.