The cocktails and décor at Harlowe recall the elegance and decadence of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The bar features seasonal cocktails. New to the menu are boozy floats made with house-crafted sodas and ice cream, such as the Champagne Float, with strawberry-angostura sorbet; the Blueberry Float, with blueberry-sage soda and gin and goat cheese ice cream; and the Pineapple Lemon Float, with tequila velvet falernum pineapple soda and lemon sorbet. Harlowe will also soon launch a new Happy Hour and Late Night Hour, which will include specials on Aperol/Campari cocktails and Amaro/Fernet cocktails, respectively, and offer a variety of nibbles.
Harlowe, 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA + 1 323 876 5839
Thirty years after it closed, Idle Hour in North Hollywood was restored and re-opened by the 1933 Group, the bar set in one of the city’s last remaining novelty buildings, a tall, barrel-shaped structure that dates back to 1942. The site achieved landmark status in 2011. Regulars and guests enjoy a variety of classic cocktails, from bourbon (try the Copperhead) to gin (order the Mister President) to vodka (definitely hook up with the Southern Belle).
Idle Hour, 4824 Vineland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 818 980 5604
Sassafras, which opened in 2012 in the heart of Hollywood, is a warm, welcoming piece of the South, highlighting deep-rooted Southern history and distinct flavors through its cocktail menu. A creaky, rotating conveyor above the bar shuttles bottle-aged drinks around, while soulful jazz and blues musicians entertain guests nightly from a second story balcony. For an herbaceous twist on the gin sour, try the Gates of Eden, which playfully combines Ford’s Gin, marjoram, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and egg whites. Another seasonal treat is the Witchy Woman, a cocktail made from Absolut Elyx, quince jam with sage and vanilla, lemon juice, and dry vermouth, inspired by fall flavors, French culture, and creole food.
Sassafras, 1233 N. Vine St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 467 2800
Oldfield’s and Bigfoot West
Oldfield’s and Bigfoot West of Culver City are two of the 1933 Group’s Westside holdings. Oldfield’s is an homage to decades past, an old-fashioned liquor room that offers a comfortable and understated neighborhood-bar atmosphere, with clever details such as French bistro barstools, white subway tiles and boutique, artisanal spirits. Just down the street, Bigfoot West is a premiere whiskey bar, boasting over 100 brands and a cocktail program that embraces seasonality and fresh ingredients from the Culver City Farmers Market. The cabin feel and comfortable environment make Bigfoot West a local favorite.
Oldfield’s, 10899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA + 1 310 842 8066
Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 310 287 2200
La Cuevita opened in 2012 in Highland Park. Reminiscent of an Old World Mexican grotto, the brick-laden building features a vast selection of agave spirits used to create playful cocktails. Locals young and new frequent this neighborhood fixture and enjoy drinks with a Mexican twist, like the smoky margarita. Furthermore, Mezcal is at the forefront, with drinks like the Mezcal (instead of Moscow) Mule.
La Cuevita, 5922 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 255 6871
Thirsty Crow, which opened in 2010 in Silver Lake, offers whiskey lovers countless choices, including over 60 small batch bourbons. The cocktail creations evolve with fresh ingredients according to the season and make for a timeless neighborhood watering hole. Guests can either sit next to the front windows and enjoy the signature whiskey, ‘The Thirsty Crow,’ or sit around the circular bar and speak to the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders about the long list of whiskeys and bourbons.
Bigfoot Lodge opened in 1999 in Atwater Village and offers a woodsy, cabin feel for those on the Eastside. Along with an expansive whiskey and lively cocktails list, there are nightly activities such as bingo, trivia, comedy, and live music. The decor is rustic enough not to be everyone’s cup of tea; cozy up to Bigfoot, Smokey the Bear, and other charming taxidermy characters if that’s your bag.
Bigfoot Lodge, 3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 662 9227