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SOPHISTICATED COCKTAIL BARS

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Im from NY and love milk and honey, pdt, the little branch..

any suggestions on places in la like this?

I know comme ca hires mh for thier cocktails...hungry cat has amazing fresh juice cocktails....other suggestions???

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  1. there's talk of a m'n'h opening soon here, i'll search for more but it may be a place to start!

    1. sorry, only took a sec. the owner of milk and honey has opened a bar called "the Varnish" in the back room of Cole's, apparently an old school LA eatery.

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      1. re: jdwdeville

        varnish actually isn't opened yet- slated to open in feb

      2. http://www.magnoliaonlake.com/

        1. Seven Grand (http://www.sevengrand.la/

          )

          Make sure when you go to Comme Ca that you try a "pepper smash" a signature cocktail that involves whiskey, honey, basil, and red bell pepper. The concoction is a delightful mix of savory, spicy, and slightly sweet sensations.

          I hear the SLS hotel just opened a fairly good bar on the premises.

          1. Also Joe at The Bar Keeper in Silverlake told me that if you like creative cocktails involving tequilla, to go to Malo's on Sunset (http://www.malorestaurant.com/) and to specifically ask for a knowledged bartender, Christine. Apparently she only works Thursdays regularly however.

            1. Not that really hits spot on with what the NYC bars offer (more to do with different cocktailing philosophies, NYTimes had a nice article on that recently here: http://tinyurl.com/6hgh6p) , but ones that come close in terms of sophisticated drinks include Seven Grand, the Association, Varnish and Edison, as well as the Bar Centro in the Bazaar, Drago Centro in downtown and Providence.

              ~H.C.
              http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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              1. re: AquaW

                oh yeah, +1 on the Edison.
                it's pricey, but most "sophisticated" places won't be cheap, I fear.
                and I never mind the extra buck or three to be drinking in a place that looks like the set of "Metropolis",
                and sometimes you just want to be little more dressed up when you go out, this is the place.

                1. re: AquaW

                  In fact, a most excellent barkeep -- it is a testament to his excellence that I never remember his name -- who I loved at Comme Ca has decamped to the Bazaar. He is very good.

                2. Molecular Gastronmy Cocktails: Bar Centro at the SLS

                  Classics done right: The Association and Coles downtown.

                  A good mix of quality drinks: The Edison and seven grand downtown.

                  I thought hungry cat was pretty average. Fraiche, Riva, Library Bar all have better cocktails IMHO.

                  None of these places are as good as Milk and Honey, Flat Iron Lounge, or my personal favorite, Death and Co, but they are still pretty darn tasty.

                  1. Nic's in Beverly Hills is fun, too. They've got that cold vodka room (it's got a name...but I forget what it is) where they give you a coat and you do a tasting....kind of fun. And their other cocktails are very nice as well.

                    1. It's an older thread but we are always on the look out for new cocktail bars with creative cocktails. There are a number of the established ones like Roger Room, Varnish, Library Bar, Tar Pit, Copa d'Oro we visit regularly
                      What are your curent favorites (including restaurants with a good cocktail program) ?

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                      1. re: honkman

                        Bar Toscana also Hungry Cat just keeps getting better and better

                        1. re: maudies5

                          re: hungry cat:
                          by that, do you mean that they have stopped adding sugar to their cocktails?
                          i know that i'm in the minority here, but i don't like the cloying sweetness of the added sugar. . . .

                        2. re: honkman

                          1886 in the Raymond restaurant in Pasadena

                          1. re: crystaw

                            +1. It's like Varnish, w/o the douchery. Then again, S. Pas cops are massive aholes so... Give & take.

                          2. re: honkman

                            My current favorites: Playa, Rivera, Black Market Liquor Bar, The Tasting Kitchen, Cana Rum Bar, Sunny Spot, Oldfield's, Stark Bar, Big Bar

                          3. Freddy Smalls on Pico. Great vibe, awesome drinks, amazing food.

                            1. tasting kitchen

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                              1. re: budlit

                                I strongly agree.