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16 Great L.A. Cocktail Spots to Send Off Summer

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The end of summer is always a little bittersweet — and like so many things, it most certainly goes down a little easier with a nice, frosty cocktail in hand.

If you’re looking for a great way to send off summer with a little fanfare, consider the list ahead a very solid start. You’ll find everything from sophisticated lounges to stylishly divey WeHo spots to please even the pickiest hipster — and most importantly, they all serve extremely good drinks.

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The West Hollywood outpost of this NYC staple is doing a brisk business in selling its stellar cocktails to-go. Rum drinks are a great option here (they even have one called A Ton of Rum, featuring a very healthy pour of SANTA TERESA 1796), as is the Cucumber Retrograde, a fizzy gin cooler flavored with chartreuse, jalapeño, and basil

E.P. & L.P.

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With its stunning views of the Hollywood hills and Sunset Strip, L.P. is one of L.A.’s greatest rooftop spots. Now you just need a great cocktail to go with it. Start with Kickstart My Heart — an easy-drinking mix of GREY GOOSE vodka, watermelon, agave, lemon and rhubarb. Then switch over to Tulum Nights, a slightly spicier concoction of GREY GOOSE, chartreuse liquer, lime and pineapple.

Elephante

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Newly open for dine-in service as well as delivery and pickup, Santa Monica’s Elephante offers rooftop service with stunning views of Venice Beach. Try the popular Crimson & Clover cocktail, an easy-to-drink punch made with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, or the Good Neighbor, a blend of SANTA TERESA 1796 rum, pineapple juice, nocino, cacao, and shaved hazlenut.

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Formosa Cafe

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Formosa Cafe’s atmosphere is pure opulence: the amber lighting, plush red leather booths, and deep green bar festooned with paper lanterns make it one of the coziest, downright sexiest sipping spots in L.A. That’s backed up by the delightful cocktail menu. You can’t go wrong here, from the Yee Mee Loo featuring BACARDÍ Superior rum, apricot liquer, and falernum, or the fabulous Piña Colada made with D’USSÉ Banana Liqueur and rich coconut.

The Waterfront Venice

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The Waterfront bills itself as a “California Beer Garden,” and while its brew menu is impressive, don’t sleep on cocktails like the Baller, a cucumber spritz splashed with MARTINI & ROSSI Fiero, an aromatic orange-flavored vermouth, NOILLY PRAT Dry, and watermelon for a little extra sweetness.

Wabi on Rose

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Wabi offers a supremely sophisticated take on Japanese cuisine, and a cocktail menu that’s equally full of intriguing ingredients and dramatic presentation. Like the Lychee on Rose: GREY GOOSE vodka, plus lemon, pomegranate, lychee, and elderflower make for a most delicate and refreshing drink.

Redbird

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The Fountain of Youth can be found on East 2nd Street — we’re talking Redbird’s specialty drink, of course. Featuring GREY GOOSE L’Orange, lillet blanc, giffard pêche de vigne, lemon, housemade tonic, strawberry, cucumber — a longish list that blends beautifully, and is a suprememly relaxing sip at Redbird’s uber-Instagrammable bar.

Mister O's

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The satisfying new American dishes like truffled mushroom rotini and duck chorizo bolognese. The swanky, midcentury décor. The clever cocktail menu that’ll surprise even experienced sippers. There’s a lot to love at Studio City’s Mister O’s. But back to that cocktail menu: We love the Strong, Silent Type — as in, the cocktail made with SANTA TERESA 1796 run, charred pineapple bourbon, vanilla infused demerara syrup, and cacao spice bitters. Or, hitch your wagon to G-Wagon — the popular drink that starts with GREY GOOSE, adds some ST~GERMAIN, a spritz of fresh grapefruit, and a splash of seltzer. Why quench your thirst any other way?

Black Market Liquor Bar

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With a name like Black Market Liquor Bar, you know the cocktail menu is the one to beeline for. Speaking of which, the Son of a Beesting cocktail is a house favorite — with its mix of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, honey, lemon, ginger, and rose water, it offers just the right amount of bite. Or try the Old Cuban, with BACARDÍ Añejo Ocho rum, lime, mint, prosecco, and angostura bitters — a warming drink seemingly made to sip by a fire.

3rd Base LA

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The Brutalist-meets-Futurist architecture should tip you off that this is not your standard cocktail spot. Indeed, cocktails like GREY GOOSE-spiked My Girl’s Not Hungry offer an unusual counterpoint to menu items like the melt-in-your mouth Sleazy Burger and the Warm Ice Cream Bun which pairs the creamy treat with puffed pancake.

Yard House

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Yard House proudly serves innovative, globally-inspired cuisine, offers one of L.A.’s hugest draft beer lists, and a cocktail menu that offers a potent mix of elevated classics. The Strawberry Mule made with GREY GOOSE, fresh strawberries, ginger beer, and lime is just one crowd-pleasing favorite, while the Long Beach Tea packs a serious punch with BACARDÍ Silver rum, vodka, tequila gin, triple sec, and lemon-lime soda. Sip that one slowly.

Ocean Prime

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The sleek, splashy eatery located just steps from Rodeo Drive is seemingly made for power lunches — but will do nicely to cool you off on an afternoon shopping spree, too. Order something suitably sophisticated, like the Cucumber Gimlet, made with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, muddled fresh cucumber, housemade simple syrup, and a healthy squeeze of lime.

CPK Beverly Hills

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Also standing ready to refuel you during a Beverly Hills outing is California Pizza Kitchen, with its full bar and patio seating it’s an excellent option from midday to happy hour. Order up a customized power bowl, and pair it with a frosty GREY GOOSE Mule for a lunch that revives you in all the right ways.

Casa Martin

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Casa Martin offers fresh, traditionally made Mexican food from the region of Tepatitlan Jalisco. Just a block from the Santa Monica pier, it’s a great place to relax over ceviche, a platter of enchiladas to share, and don’t forget to top it off with a La Flaca cocktail, featuring your choice of PATRÓN Blanco or CAZADORES Blanco tequilas, triple sec, agave nectar, and fresh lime.

The Rose Venice

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A Venice beachfront locale calls for cocktails that bring the classic summer vibes — that means, you’re ordering a margarita. You can’t go wrong keeping it simple with the house blend of CAZADORES Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime, and agave. but advanced practitioners will appreciate the juicy-fresh Where is My Rind?, a mix of CAZADORES Blanco, aperol, lime juice, watermelon, and mint.

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

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Palmilla Cocina y Tequila is an Hermosa Pier destination for upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine – and as you may have guessed from the name, a stellar menu of tequilas available to sip or in mixed drinks. If you like a cocktail that mixes sweetness and spice, try the Pepino Diablo, a mouth-watering spin on the classic margarita, featuring CAZADORES, piquant lime juice, jalapeño, and cucumber, served like all great party-starters with a salted rim.

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Employees Only

The West Hollywood outpost of this NYC staple is doing a brisk business in selling its stellar cocktails to-go. Rum drinks are a great option here (they even have one called A Ton of Rum, featuring a very healthy pour of SANTA TERESA 1796), as is the Cucumber Retrograde, a fizzy gin cooler flavored with chartreuse, jalapeño, and basil

E.P. & L.P.

With its stunning views of the Hollywood hills and Sunset Strip, L.P. is one of L.A.’s greatest rooftop spots. Now you just need a great cocktail to go with it. Start with Kickstart My Heart — an easy-drinking mix of GREY GOOSE vodka, watermelon, agave, lemon and rhubarb. Then switch over to Tulum Nights, a slightly spicier concoction of GREY GOOSE, chartreuse liquer, lime and pineapple.

Elephante

Newly open for dine-in service as well as delivery and pickup, Santa Monica’s Elephante offers rooftop service with stunning views of Venice Beach. Try the popular Crimson & Clover cocktail, an easy-to-drink punch made with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, or the Good Neighbor, a blend of SANTA TERESA 1796 rum, pineapple juice, nocino, cacao, and shaved hazlenut.

Stewart and Connie Photography

Formosa Cafe

Formosa Cafe’s atmosphere is pure opulence: the amber lighting, plush red leather booths, and deep green bar festooned with paper lanterns make it one of the coziest, downright sexiest sipping spots in L.A. That’s backed up by the delightful cocktail menu. You can’t go wrong here, from the Yee Mee Loo featuring BACARDÍ Superior rum, apricot liquer, and falernum, or the fabulous Piña Colada made with D’USSÉ Banana Liqueur and rich coconut.

The Waterfront Venice

The Waterfront bills itself as a “California Beer Garden,” and while its brew menu is impressive, don’t sleep on cocktails like the Baller, a cucumber spritz splashed with MARTINI & ROSSI Fiero, an aromatic orange-flavored vermouth, NOILLY PRAT Dry, and watermelon for a little extra sweetness.

Wabi on Rose

Wabi offers a supremely sophisticated take on Japanese cuisine, and a cocktail menu that’s equally full of intriguing ingredients and dramatic presentation. Like the Lychee on Rose: GREY GOOSE vodka, plus lemon, pomegranate, lychee, and elderflower make for a most delicate and refreshing drink.

Redbird

The Fountain of Youth can be found on East 2nd Street — we’re talking Redbird’s specialty drink, of course. Featuring GREY GOOSE L’Orange, lillet blanc, giffard pêche de vigne, lemon, housemade tonic, strawberry, cucumber — a longish list that blends beautifully, and is a suprememly relaxing sip at Redbird’s uber-Instagrammable bar.

Mister O's

The satisfying new American dishes like truffled mushroom rotini and duck chorizo bolognese. The swanky, midcentury décor. The clever cocktail menu that’ll surprise even experienced sippers. There’s a lot to love at Studio City’s Mister O’s. But back to that cocktail menu: We love the Strong, Silent Type — as in, the cocktail made with SANTA TERESA 1796 run, charred pineapple bourbon, vanilla infused demerara syrup, and cacao spice bitters. Or, hitch your wagon to G-Wagon — the popular drink that starts with GREY GOOSE, adds some ST~GERMAIN, a spritz of fresh grapefruit, and a splash of seltzer. Why quench your thirst any other way?

Black Market Liquor Bar

With a name like Black Market Liquor Bar, you know the cocktail menu is the one to beeline for. Speaking of which, the Son of a Beesting cocktail is a house favorite — with its mix of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, honey, lemon, ginger, and rose water, it offers just the right amount of bite. Or try the Old Cuban, with BACARDÍ Añejo Ocho rum, lime, mint, prosecco, and angostura bitters — a warming drink seemingly made to sip by a fire.

3rd Base LA

The Brutalist-meets-Futurist architecture should tip you off that this is not your standard cocktail spot. Indeed, cocktails like GREY GOOSE-spiked My Girl’s Not Hungry offer an unusual counterpoint to menu items like the melt-in-your mouth Sleazy Burger and the Warm Ice Cream Bun which pairs the creamy treat with puffed pancake.

Yard House

Yard House proudly serves innovative, globally-inspired cuisine, offers one of L.A.’s hugest draft beer lists, and a cocktail menu that offers a potent mix of elevated classics. The Strawberry Mule made with GREY GOOSE, fresh strawberries, ginger beer, and lime is just one crowd-pleasing favorite, while the Long Beach Tea packs a serious punch with BACARDÍ Silver rum, vodka, tequila gin, triple sec, and lemon-lime soda. Sip that one slowly.

Ocean Prime

The sleek, splashy eatery located just steps from Rodeo Drive is seemingly made for power lunches — but will do nicely to cool you off on an afternoon shopping spree, too. Order something suitably sophisticated, like the Cucumber Gimlet, made with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, muddled fresh cucumber, housemade simple syrup, and a healthy squeeze of lime.

CPK Beverly Hills

Also standing ready to refuel you during a Beverly Hills outing is California Pizza Kitchen, with its full bar and patio seating it’s an excellent option from midday to happy hour. Order up a customized power bowl, and pair it with a frosty GREY GOOSE Mule for a lunch that revives you in all the right ways.

Casa Martin

Casa Martin offers fresh, traditionally made Mexican food from the region of Tepatitlan Jalisco. Just a block from the Santa Monica pier, it’s a great place to relax over ceviche, a platter of enchiladas to share, and don’t forget to top it off with a La Flaca cocktail, featuring your choice of PATRÓN Blanco or CAZADORES Blanco tequilas, triple sec, agave nectar, and fresh lime.

The Rose Venice

A Venice beachfront locale calls for cocktails that bring the classic summer vibes — that means, you’re ordering a margarita. You can’t go wrong keeping it simple with the house blend of CAZADORES Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime, and agave. but advanced practitioners will appreciate the juicy-fresh Where is My Rind?, a mix of CAZADORES Blanco, aperol, lime juice, watermelon, and mint.

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Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila is an Hermosa Pier destination for upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine – and as you may have guessed from the name, a stellar menu of tequilas available to sip or in mixed drinks. If you like a cocktail that mixes sweetness and spice, try the Pepino Diablo, a mouth-watering spin on the classic margarita, featuring CAZADORES, piquant lime juice, jalapeño, and cucumber, served like all great party-starters with a salted rim.

Related Maps