With 18 million inhabitants and counting, Los Angeles doesn't do things by half. Considered to be one of the most important cities in the world, L.A. keeps on fuelling the famous American dream of which she's a perfect symbol. Besides perpetual sunshine, blue skies, miles of beaches and mythical neighbourhoods, the city offers many good spots where to party. Find out about trendy bars and hype locations of the moment. Remember to drink in moderation of course...
1886 Bar, night life cornerstone
Nestled at the back of The Raymond restaurant in South Pasadena, 1886 Bar is one of the city's most beautiful hidden bars. Behind this lovely building stands a charming Victorian style location, drenched in an elegant and intimate atmosphere. Already well known for the famed Neat and Varnish bars, Aidan Demarest and Marcus Tello are in charge of the restaurant. Browse the cocktail menu – renewed every season – and indulge in one of the many house specials. Innovative and refreshing, you could opt for the Pimm's#13, made with mescal and Tamarindo (Mexican soda) and infused with lemon and rosemary. Or the Angel of Darkness made with lemon, pineapple juice, maple syrup, rye and sherry.
1886 Bar at The Raymond restaurant
1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
+1 262 441 3136
Perch, THE city's rooftop
Considered as one of the most emblematic rooftops in Los Angeles, Perch will take you to higher grounds. Displaying coloured mosaic on the floor, velvet stools, potted trees wrapped in fairy lights and an unobstructed view onto the central Library, all the elements are in place to experience a truly exceptional moment. You'll be able to choose from a wide selection of kirs if you crave for a French touch, or maybe try the Lolita, a cocktail made of Green Mark Vodka, sparkling white wine, grapefruit, cucumber and lime. It is the ideal place for a laid back happy hour or a festive evening to the sound of DJs, every Tuesday till the dawn of day.
448 Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Varnish and its emblematic cocktails
You'll enter the famous Varnish clandestine bar through the back of Cole's restaurant. Once you get passed the massive oak-tree door, you'll be immersed in a bar brought to life by the famous New York's Milk & Honey and Little Branch mixologists, who already made a name for themselves. This intimate sanctuary is the ideal spot to savour delicious cocktails expertly prepared in a muted and jazzy atmosphere straight from the Prohibition. For inspiration, you could order a Rum Old Fashioned, composed of rum, sugar and orange peel, or a Medicina Latina with tequila, ginger, agave and mescal. Pure pleasure!
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
+1 213 265 7089
Mama Shelter with panoramic view
Born in Paris, the Mama Shelter brand chose to take root in the midst of the ebullient Californian metropolis, a few steps away from Hollywood Boulevard. After the successive openings of the hotel and the restaurant, Mama Shelter Los Angeles thinks on a grander scale with the unveiling of its incredible rooftop. You'll enjoy that last drink from a vantage point over the entire city and the mythical Hollywood sign. Zany decoration and multicoloured sofas will blow you away. As for the menu, choices abound. Order a Za'atar Margarita composed of tequila, lime, agave, Curaçao and za'atar (a middle-eastern spice mix), or a Mediterranean Mule with rhubarb infused vodka, beer ginger and lime. The best DJs will liven up your hot L.A. nights spent dancing under the stars.
6500 Selma Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
+1 323 785 6666
The Edison, the place to be
Right in the centre of Downtown, The Edison is a bar that made artisanal cocktails a speciality. As a mainstay of the Los Angeles nightlife, this former power plant using a chic and industrial decoration is sure to drive you out of your mind. Enjoy a large selection of highly creative drinks like the Tennessee Twist, made of Tennessee whiskey, ginger, lavender bitters and lemon peel, or maybe the Happy Herbie with rye whisky, jasmine liquor, lemon, apple bitters and orange peel. You'll sip on those drinks all night long while catching the various leather and velvet-clad stilt walker and trapeze artist shows. A twirling show!
108 West 2nd Street #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 613 0000