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Culver City, especially downtown Culver City, has seen a rejuvenation over the past several years and is becoming a go-to spot for Westside Angelenos. In terms of the bar scene, you’ll be able to find every option your heart desires. Here’s a rundown of the best.
Nestled behind the storefront barbershop, the backroom of Blind Barber plays host to one of LA’s most clandestine bars. All spirits and house cocktails pair well with the 20 different variations of grilled cheese that have become a staple on the Westside. Must-try cocktails are the Batman (Bombay Gin, St. Germain, Peychauds bitters, lemon, and mint) and the Smoke and Dagger (Jack Daniels, Cointreau, jalapeño, cucumber, ginger, and lemon). Reservations are encouraged on the weekends.
The Blind Barber, 10797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 841 6679
City Tavern Culver City features refined comfort food for lunch and dinner, 22 of the best California craft draft beers on tap, and killer craft cocktails. It also offers Table Tap booths – with a computerized draft beer system – where patrons pour their own beers. City Tavern throws craft beer events with local breweries on Thursday nights and live music on Saturday nights with singer/songwriters. The most popular cocktails include the Bearded Maple (aged rum, pomegranate juice, and homemade spicy bitters) and the tasty Old Fashioned.
City Tavern Culver City, 9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 838 9739
Oldfield’s Liquor Room is an homage to decades past — an old-fashioned liquor room offering a comfortable and subdued neighborhood-bar atmosphere. It features clever details such as French bistro barstools, white subway tiles, and artisanal spirits. The menu is inspired by Prohibition-era cocktails and uses spirits and seasonal flavors to add modern twists. For instance, The Wolfsblood is a variation on the classic Manhattan, made with rye whiskey, Dubonnet Rouge, orange liqueur, and Peychaud’s bitters. Another popular cocktail is the Paris 1919, which combines Prickly Pear Brandy, MaurinQuina, dry vermouth, and Maraschino Liqueur.
Oldfield’s, 10899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA + 1 310 842 8066
Public School 310 is a chef-driven gastropub that delivers ‘An Education in the Art of Food and Beer.’ It serves an eclectic American menu featuring seasonal, locally inspired dishes complemented by a rotating beer list. The bar features a vast selection of seasonal cocktails and sommelier-selected wines. In addition to an interesting liquor selection that includes many small batch brands, Public School prepares all of its juices and mixers in-house daily. The most popular cocktails include the Yellow Smoke – fresh pineapple juice, serrano pepper, and Alipus mezcal – and Lavender Vanilla – house-made vanilla bitters, lavender simple syrup, and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon.
Public School 310, 9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 558 0421
Rocco’s Tavern Culver City features a sprawling bar, restaurant, and outdoor cafe inspired by the classic Italian restaurants and taverns of the East Coast. Rocco’s Tavern serves Italian-style comfort food. The bar features 20 beers on tap and a creative specialty cocktail list that includes the Staten Island Sweet Tea (premium sweet tea vodka, sweet and sour poured over ice) and the Jersey Shore Lemonade (vodka mojito made with mint, lemon wedges muddled with simple syrup, Smirnoff Citrus Vodka, and soda water). It also serves the Rocco Cocktail (a fruity bubble explosion of J. Roget Champagne, Absolut Raspberry Vodka & Chambord Liqueur in a sugar rimmed glass with a cherry on top).
Rocco’s Tavern Culver City, 3843 Main St, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 559 5500