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Jul 12, 2013 12:14 PM

What's your favorite joint to grab a cocktail or mixology drink at ????

Thanks. Price no object, whatever is your favorite.

But it has to be for cocktails, beer or wine may be on the menu, but need not apply for purposes of this question.

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  1. Wellesbourne
    Freddy Smalls
    Public School
    Bar Toscana

    1 Reply
    1. re: Juji

      Yes, I quite enjoyed the Wellsbourne and the prices were a bit more reasonable than its fellow mixology bars.

    2. the varnish.

      may not qualify in the "grab" sweepstakes, as you have to be there after 8 and hope there's a table.

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      1. re: linus


        I like the varnish, but I hate the opening time and seating policy.

        1. re: blimpbinge

          i'm not sure what the policy is. when the tables are full, they take your name and you come back later (and enjoy a damn fine drink at the cole's bar), .
          yes, it's annoying you can't stand at the bar. but, the drinks are sometimes so work intensive i don't know if they could keep up if there were bunch of thirsty people crowding the bar.
          and i like watching them work.

          1. re: linus

            yeah, that's right. i thought if you get there early when they first open that you can grab a seat at the bar.

            so far i have only sat at the bar at cole's pe buffet, rather than varnish inside the joint.

            thanks linus.

            1. re: linus

              yea it's the bar thing.

              I just thought that at bars, you can stand/sit at the bar and get a drink if you can't get a table. At the varnish, it's too small and you're not allowed to stand there. I usually get there at 745 and end up sitting right outside and wait for them to open.

              1. re: linus

                I've sat at a booth. But I guess it was because I was with an attractive woman. And they made a swell The Last Word.

          2. Varnish, Edison, Seven Grand downtown. The bar at Drago Centro is cool too.
            In Pasadena, you can actually get pretty good cocktails at the bar at Green Street Restaurant for $12. If you want more of a scene, Magnolia on Lake.

            1. Chateau Marmont
              Invention (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
              Hotel Bel-Air

              ... and Nobu Malibu

              1 Reply
              1. re: J.L.

                I never knew Chateau Marmont would be great for drinks and you don't mean the separate Bar Marmont, right ?

                I've never heard of Invention before though.

              2. i like the tasting kitchen and bestia.