It’s almost time to say so long to summer! Before you know it, everyone will be drinking pumpkin spice everything and since we aren’t quuuuite ready for that, we rounded up some last-minute summer-inspired cocktails from the hottest venues Los Angeles.
These boozy and refreshing drinks are the perfect way to wave good-bye to the warm weather months. So, grab some friends, raise a glass and cheers to the last few weeks of the season!
White Hot Peach Sangria at Cafe Del Rey
Savor summer for one final sip of sunshine with Café del Rey’s White Hot Peach Sangria featuring chardonnay, brandy, peach simple syrup, chili flakes and soda water. Enjoy while taking in the picturesque marina views at this iconic restaurant.
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, cafedelreymarina.com, @cafe_del_rey
The Beauty Elixir at Beauty & Essex
The Beauty Elixir found at Beauty & Essex Los Angeles is the ultimate summer drink. The perfect mix of Botanist, Campo Viejo Cava Brut, Puree Funkin Strawberry, Cucumber Water, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup will have you ordering a second.
1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, beautyandessex.com/los-angeles, @beautyessexla
Belle at The Green Room
The Green Room is the ultra-cool cocktail bar attached to Castaway in Burbank, serving stunning and elaborate cocktails inspired by movies. The space is fashioned after the green rooms in theaters and studios where performers relax when they are not on stage or camera. The sweeping views here are breathtaking but the drinks are just as impressive. Feel like you are in a fairytale and try the Belle, inspired by the movie “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s made with Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose Botanical, St. Germain, clarified lemon and served in a bell jar, garnished with rose petals and jasmine incense smoke.
1250 E. Harvard Rd, Burbank, tgrburbank.com, @tgrburbank
Watermelon Mint Lemonade at Highlight Room
Nothing really embodies summer like watermelon and lemonade so while hanging poolside atop the Dream Hollywood, order The Highlight Room’s Watermelon Mint Lemonade. With a mix of Absolut Elyx, WTRMLN WTR and fresh lemon juice, mixed with mint leaves, it gives you the ultimate sweet and sour taste for the end of the season.
6417 Selma Ave., Hollywood, Thehighlightroom.com, @thehighlightroom
Sunset at 1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel West Hollywood
Located just on Sunset Blvd., 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary’s Sunset cocktail is giving summer a “kick” in the butt. The caliente cocktail at 1 Hotel West Hollywood is made with Casamigos Tequila Blanco mixed with lime juice, agave nectar with muddled Fresno Chile pepper and a pinch of cilantro.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 1hotels.com/west-hollywood, @1hotels
Summer in the City at Lono
Want to send off summer with some Aloha vibes? Head over to Hollywood’s chic tiki-themed bar Lono and try the Summer in the City. The tropical drink is made with Owney’s Rum, a female distilled spirit from Brooklyn, New York, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, coconut cream and pinch of salt.
6611 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles lonohollywood.com, @lonohollywood
Strawberry Smash at Above Sixty
Located on the roof at SIXTY Beverly Hills, guests can order the Strawberry Smash for a sweet last taste of summer. Sit poolside at SIXTY Beverly Hills sip on this vodka-based cocktail mixed with lemon juice, simple syrup, and a squeeze of strawberry syrup.
9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, sixtyhotels.com/beverly-hills, @abovesixtybh
Summer Winds at Birds & Bees
Downtown LA’s 1950s themed underground cocktail lounge Birds & Bees and Bar Manager Jake Larowe know that rum is a liquor made for beating the summertime heat and has mastered the perfect cocktail to help cocktail connoisseur cool down. Jake utilizes seasonal flavors, house-made infused liquors and tinctures to create an out of the box rum cocktail that transport a drinker back to a specific time period, iconic moment in history or place in Los Angeles.
Jake put a unique twist on the cult favorite Piña Colada called Summer Wind, which as you might have guessed is named after Frank Sinatra’s 1966 hit. The cocktail is essentially a deconstructed Piña Colada made with a blend of three rums, lime, curaçao, passion fruit, caramelized pineapple, coconut sugar and whipped coconut cream, all made in-house of course.
207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Birdsandbeesla.com, @birdsandbeesla
El Jalisco at BG Lounge
In a city where folks are always in search of the next best place to grab a drink in town, Angelenos can look no further than the hidden gem inside Beverly Hills Italian restaurant Nerano – the BG Lounge. An intimate and elegant cocktail bar accented by extraordinary works of original, museum-quality artwork, the BG Lounge is now bringing an unparalleled cocktail menu created by Chief Mixologist, Asadour Seheldjian featuring the freshest ingredients of the season paired with high-end spirits in signature artisanal cocktails. Seheldjian brings his love for all things beverage to his role at the BG Lounge, where he crafts seasonal specialty cocktails for the contemporary bar program and develops unique and unexpected flavor combinations with an artistic flair that set the beverage program apart from others. For a cocktail worthy of the end of summer, try the Rosas El Jalisco with El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, homemade rose simple syrup, fresh lime juice and thyme.
9960 S Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, Bgloungebh.com, @bglounge
The Pineapple Picante Margarita at Granville
“Come as You Are” for the last taste of summer at modern-casual restaurant Granville. Sip on a selection of hand-crafted cocktails including The Pineapple Picante Margarita, a villager fan favorite, made with Luna Azul Reposado, smoked jalapeño and pineapple. Granville has locations in WeHo, Studio City, Burbank and Glendale, but we suggest soaking up summer at the beautiful new Granville in Pasadena to take advantage of the third-floor rooftop bar.
270 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, granvillecafe.com, @granville
The Baja at Neighbor LA
Neighbor is a cozy garden bistro and cocktail bar nestled on one of LA’s busiest streets, Abbot Kinney Blvd. Fashioned from an old house on Venice Beach’s main drag, Neighbor is a fresh and charming social space, featuring a best in class coffee bar, cocktail program that include The Baja made with tequila, stonefruit, basil, lime and chili
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, neighborla.com, @neighborla
Milobu at SHOREbar
The SHOREbar program of globally inspired cocktails brings travel, lifestyle and California maritime climate to glass. Drinks mirror the casual nature of the la coastal towns to create approachable and sessionable drinks. Each cocktail highlights fresh local produce from the Santa Monica farmers market woven with exotic flavors of the spice trade. Check out the MiloBu made with Casamigos Mezcal, Dimmi Liqueur, watermelon, basil, agave, lime and a spicy rim.
112 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, Shorebarsm.com, @shorebar_sm
Mezcal Midnight at Humphry Slocombe
Ok, technically it’s not a cocktail, but nothing screams summer like ice cream. Humphry Slocombe, the badass, rebellious and adult-friendly ice creamery known for creating unique, chef-driven flavors and creative collaborations has joined forces with Mezcal El Silencio for an all-new boozy flavor, Mezcal Midnight, available in all Humphry Slocombe scoop shops throughout the month of September. Dark as midnight and infused with the smoky flavor of Mezcal El Silencio and blood orange, a scoop or two is the perfect treat to toast to the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The boozy partnership is part of a year-long series of liquor-infused ice cream flavors, all of which are inspired by classic cocktails. If you’re looking for an alternative way to imbibe and say cheers to the end of summer, the Mezcal Midnight is the way to go.
1653B Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, Humphryslocombe.com, @humphryslocombe
Spiced Tequila Cocktail at Ocean Prime
Sit back and relax at the modern-American seafood-centric restaurant Ocean Prime in the heart of Beverly Hills as you enjoy high-quality seafood, meats, and cocktails. Get a spicy summer kick out of the Spiced Tequila Cocktail, made with Maesto Dobel Diamonte Tequila, Picante Infused Simple Syrup, Hand Squeezed Lemon Juice and Regan’s Orange Bitters. Make sure you don’t miss out on Happy Hour from 4 p.m to 8 p.m.
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ocean-prime.com, @oceanprimebh
Jasmine’s Passion at Roku
West Hollywood’s trendy Japanese spot Roku has more than just incredible sushi on its menu. The bar has been serving up Jasmine’s Passion all summer, made simply with Cruzan Rum, passion fruit, jasmine and agave.
ROKU Sunset, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood,.rokusunset.com, @rokusunset
Degrassy at 40 Love
40 LOVE is the perfect neighborhood sports bar with a sunny patio that stretches around the front of the building, making it an ideal place to sip handcrafted cocktails anytime of day. The menu has something for every taste from top-notch bar fare to healthy food options. Soak up the California sun or challenge your friends to a game of shuffleboard while enjoying the Degrassy made with Virginia Black Whiskey, Cynar, lemongrass syrup, angostura bitters, and lemon.
829 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles, the40love.com, @40Love
Violet at Harriet’s
Located on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel, Harriet’s is an open-air 1920s cocktail lounge. Revelry with a view, the bar is stocked with fresh and seasonal ingredients alongside some of the finest and approachable spirits. Try the Violet Hour with Avon Silver, Creme De Violette, fresh grapefruit, fresh lime and Peychaud’s bitters.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, harrietsrooftop.com, @harrietsrooftop
Fresco at Toca Madera
Cool off on one of the last days of summer at Toca Madera. At this celebrity hotspot, a favorite of Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid, ask for the Fresco made with Mezcal El Silencio, muddled cucumbers, yuzu juice, agave and Lillet and garnished with a cucumber ribbon and Thai basil leaf.
8450 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, tocamadera.com, @tocamaderala
Devil’s in the Details at The Henry
Savor the last days of summer on the dog-friendly patio at The Henry West Hollywood, the greatest neighborhood restaurant on Robertson Boulevard. The restaurant has a whole bunch of fresh new cocktails for enjoying late-summer evenings including the Devil’s in the Details made with Tito’s Vodka, ancho Reyes verde, strawberry, mandarin and shishito peppers.
120 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, thehenryrestaurant.com, @thehenryrestaurant
Clockwork Pink at TomTom
Lisa Vanderpump’s latest West Hollywood restaurant/bar TomTom just celebrated its one year anniversary. In partnership with “Vanderpump Rules” stars Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, the steampunk-inspired space has been drawing an insane crowd of Bravo fans and cocktail chasers alike all summer long. Lisa’s favorite drink on the menu is the Clockwork Pink made with mezcal, fresh lemon, prickly pear, agave, habanero shrub, jalapeno, Aquafaba. What a pretty way to wave goodbye to summer.
8932 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, tomtombar.la, @tomtom
Kentucky Sun at BOA
Savory the end of summer at West Hollywood’s hottest steakhouse, BOA. On the seasonal menu, you’ll find the Kentucky Sun made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Lillet blanc, mint infuse Demerara Syrup, lime juice and kumquats.
9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Boasteak.com @boasteakhouse
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