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Jun 8, 2008 12:08 AM

Fancy Cocktails

So, long story short, a friend is buying me a ticket from Boston to LA. While I'd prefer this happen in January, I'm still pretty psyched. To thank him, I'd like to take him out for drinks at a place with great cocktails. I have had trouble finding a place like in LA via the internets, but the places in Boston are Eastern Standard, No. 09 and Green St. Grill, and in NY, among a few others, are Death + Co., Milk & Honey and Little Branch. Where can I find an LA equivalent? I'd prefer not a tiki place, but if that's the best, it'll do in a pinch.

Thank you!!!

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  1. Luna Park has interesting cocktails. Lola's is known for their lengthy martini menu.

    That's all I can think of...

    1. Hungry Cat and Comme Ca. Fresh juices, creative, wonderful. I think HC has the edge on creativity.

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      1. re: slacker

        I agree 100% with the Comme Ca suggestion: when I was there this past week speaking with the mixologist (who is extremely passionate about his craft) about where HE likes to go in Los Angeles for a great cocktail program he told me that Tiki Ti in Silverlake is his absolute favorite (which surprised me...although I've never been). A Tiki Bar, yes, not "fancy" drinks, but apparently very well made, creative ones. He also mentioned Seven Grand, which is Downtown, and Hungry Cat, of course. Lastly, I also remember seeing a very good looking, seasonal cocktail menu at Lucques in West Hollywood. Enjoy!!

        Tiki Ti: 4427 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles California 90027 323-669-9381
        Seven Grand: 515 West 7th St, 2nd Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90014 213-614-0737
        Hungry Cat: 1535 N Vine, Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-462-2155
        Lucques: 8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069 323-655-6277

        1. re: foodieqt

          Interesting about Tiki Ti. The drinks are strong but nowhere at the level of HC or CC.

          Seven Grand: I had a very good cocktail there, and they have some of the most knowledgeable bartenders, but their focus is on whiskeys and scotches, they have something like 200 of them. They definitely excel at what they do.

          1. re: foodieqt

            3rd rec for Comme Ca; awesome old school cocktails served correctly albeit pricey...

        2. Hatfields...some have lately identified their shortcomings, but their cocktails are excellent. anything with Hanger One vodka, but the menu changes...exquisite in the glass to look at, equally good on the palate.

          1. Musso and Franks doesn't have a crazy extensive drink menu, but they do make a legendary martini, and it's old Hollywood, too, which is cool. Also, the bar at the Biltmore hotel is small but very accomplished--the guys there have been at it a while, and have fanatastic ingredients. I tried a Verper martini there even before the James Bond movie came out! And, you get to see all of the old Hollywood pics from when the Oscars were held there.

            1. If you're going to comparing it to Death + Co, then you've gotta go to Hungry Cat.

              Also, around the corner, there's also S Bar. The bartenders aren't up to the same quality as Hungry Cat, but the recipes are actually from House Spirits (home of Aviation Gin, among others) resident mixologist.

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              1. re: SauceSupreme

                Second the rec for Hungry Cat. Also nearby is Katsuya which is well worth visiting for both the drinks, and the scene.