Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, so bring on the booze. Whether you are coupled up or flying solo, cheers the lovey-dovey holiday with one of these cupid-approved cocktails in L.A.
Some Like It Hott at Filifera
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with the Some Like It Hott drink from Filifera; the ultra chic indoor/outdoor rooftop space designed by Kelly Wearstler. Made with VIVA XXXII tequila, blood orange, lime, serrano pepper and chili-lime salt rim, this cocktail with a kick will leave you sizzling.
Hollywood Proper Residences, 1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, Filiferahollywood.com, @properhotelsandresidences
Still Single at Petite Taqueria
If you are unattached, there is no other holiday that reminds you more than Valentine’s Day. But don’t get down, embrace your independence with the Still Single from h.wood group’s new Japanese/Mexican hotspot Petite Taqueria. Made with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Hana Fuji Apple Sake, St. Germain, Dry Vermouth and Peychaud’s Bitter.
755 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Petitetaqueria.com, @petitetaqueria
Forget-Me-Not at Copa d’Oro
Why send Forget-Me-Nots when you can drink them? Created by Vincenzo Marianella of Copa d’Oro, this fabulously floral cocktail is made simply with gin, elderflower liqueur, mint, lime and pear. You certainly won’t forget this drink!
217 Broadway, Santa Monica, Copadoro.com, @copa.d.oro
Romance Without Pressure at Melrose Umbrella Company
A Romance Without Pressure sounds like the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift to us. Created by Melrose Umbrella Company owner Zach Patterson, this customizable cocktail is made with real passion fruit purée, fresh cucumber and grapefruit. You choose the base; rye, gin, pisco or vodka, whatever your heart desires.
217 Broadway, Santa Monica, Copadoro.com, @copa.d.oro
Latin Lover at Toca Madera
Even if you aren’t on a dream date, you can still spend Valentine’s Day with a Latin Lover. Toca Madera’s sexy smokey cocktail is made with El Silencio mezcal, Ancho Reyes verde, tamarind syrup and mint. Te amo!
8450 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, tocamadera.com, @tocamaderala
Bitter Love at YNK
Cassie Hesse of Ellis Adams Group, has created the Bitter Love which is served up at YNK. It might look like a sweet, romantic drink, but the Campari and grapefruit pack a bitter punch. It is rounded out by the sweetness of simple sugar and Carpano Antica and the tartness of lemon juice and raspberries. It is also topped with egg white for a creamy finish.
18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, Ynk-irvine.com, @ynklounge
Good Night Lover at Bar Mattachine
Over at the ultra-stylish gay cocktail lounge Bar Mattachine, end Valentine’s evening with the Good Night Lover, created by Garrett McKechnie. Created with El Dorado 12-year-old rum, Sazerac Rye, Batavia Arrack, Tiki bitters, Demerara sugar and flamed orange peel Old Fashioned, this downtown drink is a naughty nighty nightcap tailored made for the romantic holiday.
221 W. 7th., Los Angeles, Barmattachine.com, @barmattachine
Get Lei’d at Blind Dragon
Who doesn’t want to get Get Lei’d on Feb. 14? Blind Dragon’s $25 decadent and shareable cocktail is made with Absolut Elyx, Cocchi, Americano, strawberry, lemon, raspberry and served in the spirit’s signature copper pineapple.
9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood,blinddragon.com, @theblinddragon
Cupid’s Arrow at Craig’s
Get shot with Cupid’s Arrow over at Craig’s in West Hollywood. The vino-based sipper is made with Ruffino Moscato d’Asti, pomegranate juice, dry vermouth, soda water and garnished with pomegranate seeds and rosemary sprig. The cherub gives this one two thumbs up.
8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Craigs.la, @craigsla
Pretty In Pink at The Highlight Room
The only thing prettier than this Valentine’s cocktail may be the view it’s enjoyed with. Atop the Dream Hollywood, The Highlight Room is pouring the Pretty In Pink drink poolside, which is made with Moet Ice Rose, Belvedere vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, ripe-lemon sour and strawberry purée. But fair warning, your date better be bringing the dough; the Pretty In Pink will cost you a cool $35!
6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, thehighlightroom.com, @thehighlightroom
Have I Told You Lately at Katana
Have I Told You Lately how good the cocktails at Katana are? You can see for yourself when you try this special nigori sake based drink for the romantic season made with vodka lime juice, simple syrup, prickly pear and lychee juice.
8439 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Innovativedining.com, @katanarobata
The Heartbreaker at Yxta Cocina Mexicana
Hopefully the only Heartbreaker you encounter this Valentine’s Day is this cocktail from Yxta Cocina Mexicana. A twist a classic cosmo, the dreamy drink is made with Casa Noble Crystal tequila, triple sec, lime juice, pomegranate juice and garnished with an orange peel.
601 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, Cocinasycalaveras.com, @yxta_cocinamexicana
Love Spell at Pearl’s Rooftop
Pearl’s Rooftop has whipped up the perfect potion for the heart-filled holiday. The Love Spell is made with Tito’s vodka, lemon, Pimms liqueur, rosemary, strawberry and champagne. Now here’s hoping it works on your date.
8909 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, www.pesrlsrooftop.com, @pearlsrooftop
Rosebud at Katana
Send yourself a rose this Valentine’s Day, with a cocktail of course. The Rosebud, available at is made with SVEDKA Strawberry Lemonade, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup and rose water. Served in a chilled martini glass, this romantic drink is garnish with an edible rose. Yes, we will accept this rose.
8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Innovativedining.com, @katanarobata
Jack Of Hearts at Mosaic Hotel
Sorry Queen, we are all about the Jack Of Hearts this year. Created by Feisser Stone, founder and creative director of cocktail lifestyle company Barlingual, this cocktail is made with gin, applejack, lemon juice, curacao and simple syrup. Find it behind the bar at The Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills.
125 S Spalding Dr., Beverly Hills, mosaichotel.com, @mosaichotel
Peanut Butter To My Jelly at Westbound
Westbound is known for creating some of the most fabulously festive cocktails and this Valentine’s Day, celebrate how perfect you and your boo (or BFF) are together with their Peanut Butter To My Jelly. The cocktail is playful combo of peanut butter cognac, amaretto, raspberry shrub, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, westbounddtla.com, @westbounddtla
Warm and Fuzzy at ROKU Sunset
Get all the feels this V Day with ROKU’s Warm and Fuzzy. Made with white peach puree, tequila, clementine vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, Aperol and a bar spoon of matcha, this pretty peach drink is finished with a flirty floral garnish.
9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Innovativedining.com, @rokusunset
The Other Pie at Luchini Pizzeria & Bar
Attention all cutie pies, this cocktail is for you. The Other Pie at Luchini Pizzeria & Bar is made with Maker’s 46” Bourbon, muddled blackberries, peach puree’, vanilla nectar and lemon juice. The sweet but dark drink is garnished with blackberry and sprinkled cinnamon on top.
1607 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, Luchinipizzeria.com, @luchinipizzeria
Black Rose at Big Bar
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet (especially when your single on Valentine’s Day)? The Black Rose at Big Bar in is decadently made with Hennessy Black cognac, Michter’s Distillery rye whiskey, mulled spice grenadine and lime. Devilishly good!
1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, alcovecafe.com/bigbar, @bigbaralcove
Pump-Tini at Pump
Time to pump up the romance! Lisa Vanderpump may be the queen of pink so naturally, the signature drink her restaurant Pump is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The Pump-tini is made with her signature LVP vodka, Pavan liqueur, fresh grapefruit, fresh lime, muddled raspberry and garnished with a sugar ring. Housewives approved!
8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, pumprestaurant.com, @pumprestaurant
Burning Desire at Barrel & Ashes
Bartender Blane Adams from Barrel & Ashes created a sizzling cocktail to heat up your Valentine’s Day. The Burning Desire is made with VIVA XXXII Joven tequila, homemade pomegranate grenadine, orange and grapefruit liqueur and habanero tincture. Burn baby burn.
11808 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Barrelandashes.com, @barrelandashes