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Best Bartenders in LA

Having had many great experiences with the bar at Hungry Cat, I was wondering where else can I go for a well made and imaginative cocktail. Prefer places with squeezed juices and house-made syrups and more than your usual Absoluts and Cuervos. I've heard the bartender at Social is pretty good. Anywhere else?

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  1. Abode in Santa Monica has very imaginative cocktails.

    1. I like the margaritas at Taco Rosa in Newport Beach. They use fresh fruit to make the drinks, which is rare these days. Try their raspberry margarita.

        1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

          I miss Vida - they always had great specials drinks - a different drink each night.

          I'll second Robert at The Ivy - no one better.

          1. re: yogachik

            I miss Vida, too! Great cocktails in a fun setting....with interesting and innovative food.
            A real loss for the neighborhood.

        2. Ryan, Wes and Kelly at Mixville (the bar at Edendale Grill in Silverlake) all know how to make good traditional martinis and mojitos. They have some specialty cocktails as well.

          1. High end hotel bars like Polo Lounge and Bel Air have amazing bartenders - they lean toward the classics, but many classic cocktails are "new" to most people - have them surprise you.