Tis’ the season to be thirsty! Bars all over L.A. are serving up some major holiday cheer with fun and festive drinks to celebrate the holiday seasons. Now that Christmas (and Hanukkah!) are finally here, get into the “spirit” with these 25 cocktails at bars and restaurants all around Los Angeles.
Gingerbread Man at Ever Bar
Run run run as fast as you can to Ever Bar at The Everyl to catch the Gingerbread Man. The cookie-inspired cocktail is made with Bols Genever, Faretti Biscotti, Montenegro Amaro, ginger, cinnamon, Absinthe and an authentic gingerbread cookie.
1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, Everlyhotelhollywood.com, @everbarla
Rollin’ with the Gnomies at Big Bar
Alcove’s Big Bar in Los Feliz is one of the best spots around to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in a charming indoor/outdoor setting. This season they are serving up a number of holiday cocktails including the Rollin’ with the Gnomies featuring vodka, St-Germain, pomegranate, lime and grapefruit tonic, served in a cute copper gnome.
1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, alcovecafe.com/bigbar, @bigbaralcove
Alpine Hot Chocolate at Conservatory
It’s holiday cocktail time at Conservatory West Hollywood and these three festive cocktails are definitely worth a visit under the twinkle lights and beautiful surrounding greenery. Created by Bar Manager Vinnie Meza created the Alpine Hot Chocolate. Served warm and toasty, this cozy cocktail is made with house-made hot chocolate, green chartreuse and Clear Creek Cherry Brandy.
8289 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Conservatoryweho.com, @eatconservatory
The Leg Lamp at Salt
The Marina Del Rey Hotel’s SALT restaurant is getting into the holiday spirit with its Merry Time On The Marina festive cocktail menu. A boozy homage on the classic 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story,” The Leg Lamp is made with tequila, white cranberry rosemary syrup, Khalani Coconut Liqueur, Cointreau and lemon juice. Grab a seat on the marina side patio and sip the cheeky cocktail while watching all the boats illuminated with lights float by.
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, marinadelreyhotel.com, @saltmdr
Koala-La, La, La, La La, La, La, La, La at Miracle on Melrose
Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest Grinch in the holiday spirit. This year, there are more than 110 Miracle locations popping up worldwide including Miracle on Melrose which has taken over Melrose Umbrella Company. Of the many festive AF cocktails, the Koala-La La La, La La La La is made with gin, pine tea cordial, grapefruit oleo and eucalyptus bitters and comes with a little furry buddy attached.
7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Melroseumbrellacompany.com, @miracleonmelrose
Winter Oasis at Doheny Room
It may be 60 degrees outside but you can create your own Winter Oasis inside Doheny Room with this frosty cocktail. It’s made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled cucumber, St. Germain, lemon, simple syrup, topped with a sprig of rosemary and garnished with a cucumber slice.
9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Dohenyroom.com @dohenyroom
I’m Dreaming of a White Russian at The Garland
‘Tis the season at The Garland. Located in North Hollywood with true Hollywood roots, the hotels signature restaurant, The Front Yard, is spicing up the holidays with seasonal cocktails I’m Dreaming of a White Russian. It’s not like the ones you used to know; made with eggnog, molasses, ginger, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, vodka and Kahlua.
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, Thegarland.com, @thegarland
Under the Mezcal Toe at Living Room Bar
He’s making a list, and checking it twice so find out who’s naughty or nice with festive cocktails offered at Living Room Bar inside the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. Our favorite is the Under the Mezcal Toe, created by Tommy Carey and Paul Vandervoort, made with lime, alchemist ginger syrup, Casamigos Mezcal and Casamigos Blanco, rosemary sprig and a hollowed orange end filled with yellow chartreuse.
930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwb-w-los-angeles-west-beverly-hills, @wlosangeles
930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwb-w-los-angeles-west-beverly-hills, @thehideouteats
Rum Rum Rudolph at Sibling Rival
Snowday in LA is a seasonal holiday pop-up bar located in the back bar of Sibling Rival within the Hoxton, Downtown LA. There are delightfully over-the-top decorations, cozy blankets, snow, and, of course, holiday cocktails including the Rum Rum Rudolph made with a brown butter rum lend (Plantation Pineapple, Plantation Original Dark, Hamilton Overproof, Hamilton Pimento Dram, Velvet Falernum – all washed in brown butter), Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry, Sarsaparilla, apple, lemon and angostura bitters.
111 W. 11th St., Los Angeles, siblingrivaldtla.com, @siblingrivaldtla
Those Aren’t Pillows at Double Take
If you are in a Mele Kalikimaka mood this season, head to Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar where you’ll the hotel’s main bar, Double Take, has turned into a festive Double Tiki pop-up through Jan. 1. The tropical takeover comes complete with a large dancing Santa in a Hawaiian shirt, an upside-down Christmas tree, Hawaiian tacky-tee contests and plenty of tiki cocktails. Inspired by the film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” the Those Aren’t Pillows cocktail is made with Plantation Pineapple Rum, Maraschino liqueur, lime juice, Koval Carroway liqueur, angostura bitters and Luxardo cherry.
10740 Wilshire Blvd. #101, Los Angeles, doubletakela.com, @doubletakela
I’ve Bought Some Corn for Popping at Preux & Proper
Deck those halls and trim those trees because the Good Ol’ Boys that redefined elevated Southern cuisine at Preux & Proper are pulling out all of the stops this holiday season as they introduce Sleigh Bells On Spring: a holiday spectacular featuring holiday specials, decorations galore, Christmas cocktails and a holiday calendar of festivities that includes weekly visits from Santa Claus himself. Part of the festive cocktail menu, the playful I’ve Brought Some Corn for Popping cocktail is made with brown butter washed Grey Goose Vodka, house-made heirloom popcorn syrup, sage, lemon and maple salt.
840 South Spring St., Los Angeles, PreuxandProper.com, @preuxandproper
Grandma’s Cobbler at The Draycott
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go! Actually save yourself the long trip and get your grandmother’s fixins at The Draycott. The Grandma’s Cobbler cocktail, created by Lead Mixologist Clint Loker, is a smooth treat made with Bardstown Bourbon, Aperol, Allspice Sherry, strawberry, lemon juice, rhubarb bitters, walnut bitters and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
15255 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades, Thedraycott.com, @the_draycott
Santa Spice at Katsuya Hollywood
Naughty or Nice? We prefer spice! Katsuya’s Santa Spice is created with Captain Morgan Oakheart Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, a strawberry and garnished with cranberry and mint sprig.
6300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, Katsuyarestaurant.com, @katsuyabysbe
Cuban Winter at Hyde Sunset
Holidays in Havana! Bring on the island vibes with HYDE’s Cuban Winter cocktail made with Bacardi 8, apricot liqueur, lemon, maple syrup, sage leaves and topped with a lemon disc.
8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Hydesunset.com @hydesunset
Truffletini at Surf & Sand Resort
At Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, enjoy the holiday season with a Truffletini cocktail in hand paired with sweeping ocean views and the sound of crashing waves. Available at Splashes, the resort’s signature restaurant, this decadent dessert cocktail features Grey Goose Vodka, Vermouth Routin Rouge, amaro, truffle juice and leak ash.
1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, surfandsandresort.com/splashes, @surfandsandlaguna
The Cozy Up at Skybar Mondrian
Warm up on those chilly nights with The Cozy Up cocktail at Skybar Mondrian The snuggly sipper is made with Zacapa Rum, Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico, Liquid Alchemist, Rekorderlig Pear Cider, spiced apple and fresh lemon juice, served warm.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, sbe.com/nightlife/brands/skybar, @skybarla
Rum Pom Pom Pom at Slater’s 50/50
A new seasonal addition to the Slater’s 50/50 cocktail program, Rum Pom Pom Pom combines Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, almond, pomegranate, lime, Poema sparkling wine, and finished with pomegranate seeds. This holiday-inspired libation delicately balances the comforting flavors of the rum and almond with the tartness from the lime and pomegranate, and the sweetness of the sparkling wine to create a libation that draws inspiration from many seasonal flavors.
61 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, slaters5050.com, @slaters5050
Night Spell at Bone Kettle
‘Twas the Night Spells before Christmas when all through Bone Kettle there were stirs and shakes of matcha, soju, oat milk, and cream. As guests enjoy the matcha green cocktail, they cannot help but say, “Matcha Christmas to all, and to all a good Night Spell!”
67 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, BoneKettle.com, @bonekettle
Mule in a Pear Tree at Berkshire House
Nestled on La Brea’s restaurant row in Mid City, Berkshire House is an amalgamation of cocktail lounge, happy hour spot, neighborhood watering hole meets an NYC pizzeria with tons of TVs to watch the big games. Leave the Patridge be this season and order one of the specialty whiskey cocktails, the Mule in a Pear Tree made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, St. George spiced Pear liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer and candied ginger.
143 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, berkshirehousela.com, @berkshirehousela
Mistletoe Spritz at 40 Love
Get ready to pucker up at country-club themed 40 Love with the Mistletoe Spritz, made with Cranberry Aperol, Cranberry Rosemary Tincture, sparkling wine and soda water. In the spirit of the season, $1 of each cocktail sold will be donated to “Love My Neighbor Foundation”- a charity helping homeless in need on Skid Row. Now that will land you on the nice list!
829 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles, the40love.com, @40Love
Put On Your Yarmulke at Blitzen’s
The Arts District’s cocktail haven Here & Now is going all out with its Blitzen’s holiday pop-up. Think an over-the-top North Pole pop-up complete with fresh falling snow, kitschy decorations, ugly sweater adorned bartenders and an entirely festive menu, which reads as a multi-page illustrated children’s book. In addition to a sleigh full of Christmas cocktails, Blitzen’s doesn’t leave out those who celebrate Hanukkah. Order The Put On Your Yarmulke with Monkey Shoulder, Manischewitz, grapefruit cordial, allspice dram, Aquafaba, lime, hibiscus and bitters.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite N, Los Angeles; hereandnowdtla.com, @blitzensonsantafe
Son of a Nutcracker at Santa Baby L.A.
Santa Baby is an Instagram worthy Christmas themed pop-up bar replicating a cozy and festive ski lodge. The immersive experience, which in a 2,000 sq ft in Silverlake, includes wall to wall festivities such as festive photo opportunities, Christmas games, holiday music and, of course, Christmas themed cocktails. Try the Son of a Nutcracker made with vodka, pomegranate juice, ginger beer and pomegranate seeds, served in a cute Santa boot.
2121 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, santababyla.com @santababyla
Franco’s Baba Rum Flambe at Gilles
The Franco’s Baba Rum Flambé at Montage Beverly Hills’ latest pop-up restaurant, Gilles @ Montage Beverly Hills, is for those who can’t decide whether to end the night with a cocktail or a dessert. The Franco’s Baba Rum Flambé is a flaming dessert soaked in hot Myers Rum or Sailor Jerry syrup, infused with vanilla pods, served tableside. The Baba portion of the dessert is a small yeast cake commonly served in Paris and the rum is just that – vanilla-infused rum syrup heated, lit on fire and poured directly onto the cake. To present the dish, a Baba Rum cart is wheeled out tableside and Chef heats a small copper pot of rum and then ignites the liquid before pouring it over the cake. Once the cake has cooled off, Chef covers the dish in vanilla cream. Some guests might want to skip their nightcap and eat the theatrical (not to mention alcoholic) Baba Rum instead.
225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, montagehotels.com/beverlyhills, @montagebh
Ginger Elyxir at Nightingale
Skip the gingerbread cookies and indulge in Nightingale’s Ginger Elyxir. This zinger of drink is made with Absolut Elyx, ginger syrup, lime juice, vanilla liqueur, topped with soda water and garnished with lime disc or candied ginger.
643 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, nightingaleplaza.com, @nightingale__la
Clarified Sparkling Margarita at Gracias Madre
This season, vegan hotspot Gracias Madre is serving a Clarified Sparkling Margarita, a twist to the classic champagne toast in the spirit of New Year’s Eve. The creative carbonated cocktail is made with Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila, clarified lime juice (clarified in a centrifuge), agave syrup, purified water, orange bitters and saline solution, served in a champagne flute with invisible orange salt painted on the rim.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Graciasmadreweho.com, @gmweho
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