iScrew roses, we will take over a dozen cocktails this Valentine’s Day! Whether you are coupled up or flying solo, cheers the lovey-dovey holiday with one of these cupid-approved cocktails in L.A.
Pink Panther at Eataly
A seasonally-inspired combination of fire-roasted beets, Bodiga Occitan Gin, fresh lemon juice, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, egg white, and Flor Prosecco, Eataly’s Pink Panther is the best way to kick off or nightcap your Valentine’s Day evening. Crafted by Eataly’s expert beverage team, the romantic cocktail is a little bit sour with a sweet velvety foam and topped with an aromatic rose petal. Whether you are enjoying a heart-shaped pizza or dining on the rooftop, this cocktail will have you ready for date night (or Galentine’s!) with one sip.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, eataly.com, @eatalyla
It’s Complicated at Conservatory
Conservatory is offering a fun Heartless Valentine’s cocktail menu which will be available in the Main Bar, Fire Pit and Society Room, thru Saturday, with drinks like It’s Complicated made with Apple Brandy, Avua Cachaça, Pomp & Whimsey Gin and creme de banane. For those looking for a more formal option, stay for Conservatory’s three-course prix fixe menu for $100 per person, with offerings such as Kusshi Oysters, Uni & Caviar Toast, 36 oz Cote De Boeuf and Branzino A La Plancha.
8289 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Conservatoryweho.com, @eatconservatory
Lozenge of Love at Drago Centro
Sweethearts will be swept away on Valentine’s Day as they dine on fine Italian cuisine at Drago Centro in DTLA. Executive Chef Celestino Drago will be offering a Four-Course Valentine’s Day Chef Tasting Menu ($95 per person) or guests can enjoy Drago Centro’s special a la carte dinner menu. Lovers can begin their meal by sipping Bar Manager Emraan Jawaid’s Lozenge of Love cocktail comprised of vodka, velvet falernum, fraise des boise and cream, garnished with a shaved Italian strawberry.
525 Flower St., Los Angeles, DragoCentro.com, @dragocentro
Make Out Music at The Living Room
Pucker up this Valentine’s Day with the Make Out Music cocktail, found at The Living Room at the W Hollywood. This sexy sipper is made with Grey Goose Vodka, Aperol, St. Germain, raspberry and prosecco, garnished with a candy heart.
6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwh-w-hollywood/, @whollywoodhotel
I Dealt With Your Parents for Years at Breakup Bar
If you’ve ever had your heart broken around this time of year, Valentine’s Day can feel like pouring salt into an open wound. Don’t let those flower and candy companies tell you how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Embrace your single status at the Breakup Bar Popup, an anti-Valentine’s Day champagne celebration taking over space next to Severance Wine Bar. Now through Feb. 15, the space is transformed into a place to mend broken hearts with the Wall of Broken Relationships, classic breakup movies on a 10-foot projection screen, indulgence desserts and plenty of drinks to drown those single tears. One of our favorite (and most relatable) cocktails is the I Dealt With Your Parents For Years made with Caperitif, lime, grapefruit soda, habanero bitters and black salt rim. Walk-ins welcome but reserved tickets are recommended. The price is $20 per person and includes a complimentary cocktail or sparkling wine flight.
7276 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, breakupbarla.com, @breakupbarla
Sweet Heartbreak at Birds & Bees
Looking for pre-Valentine’s Day dinner drinks or an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration? Birds & Bees, the 1950s themed underground cocktail lounge has a rotating cocktail series going on where every month the bartenders create three to five cocktails centered around a theme. With Bar Manager Jake Larowe at the helm, February is all about HEAT. Appropriately named, our favorite is the Sweet Heartbreak made with Avua amburana cachaca, Batavia Arrack, Liquor 43, Lime, Fresh carrot Juice, Sweet Potato syrup and coconut cream.
Birds & Bees, 207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Birdsandbeesla.com, @birdsandbeesla
Opium at District
Situated in The Bloc in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is District, home to one of the innovative bar programs in the city. Part of the District’s Strong Medicine menu, created by Bar Lead Tony Gonzales, the Rx inspired Opium cocktail made with Bombay East Gin, grapefruit, rose water, lemon, Campari, Lillet Rose, sparkling wine and rose water. More intoxicating than love.
711 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, districtdtla.com, @districtdtla
Pride Lemon Drop at W Hollywood
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Station Hollywood and The Living Room at the W Hollywood Hotel are offering a special “Love is Love”- inspired Valentine’s Pride cocktail to raise money for the LGBT Center. Adorned with a rainbow candy garnish, the Pride Lemon Drop will be available all February long, with $1 from each cocktail donated to the LGBT Center.
W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, stationhollywood.com, @whollywoodhotel @whollywoodhotel
The Lady Killer at Mi Piace
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Italian way with delicious dishes, drinks, DJs, dancing, and more at Mi Piace. Executive Chef Gil Saulnier has prepared a Valentine’s Day Specials Menu full of Italian treats and seasonal specials, additional to Mi Piace’s traditional dinner menu. While you’re there, sip a signature handcrafted cocktail created by Bar Manager Nikos Baltas especially for the occasion, including the Lady Killer made with Absolut Citron vodka, apricot brandy liqueur, passion fruit, lemon juice, and Chambord, with a fresh strawberry garnish. After this fantastic feast, friends and lovers alike can head over to the Mi Piace Lounge and dance the night away with music from world-renowned DJ Chris Garcia.
25 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, MiPiace.com, @mipiacepasadena
Love Potion #9 at Preux & Proper
Treat your beloved to some true Southern hospitality this Valentine’s Day at Preux & Proper in Downtown, Los Angeles. Whether celebrating with a beau or a bestie, enjoy Executive Chef Sammy Monsour’s delectable, delicious Southern spread for a treasured evening of love. Menu highlights include Lowcountry Mussels, Fried Whole Game Hen, Cast Iron Seafood Gumbo Pot and desserts like the Pâte à Choux Beignets with “Bananas Foster” dulce de leche and powdered sugar. Preux & Proper Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins has also created special Valentine’s Day Cocktails including the Love Potion #9 made with Sipsmith London Dry Gin, house grenadine, egg white, fresh lemon, garnished with firesticks.
840 South Spring St., Los Angeles, PreuxandProper.com, @preuxandproper
So Fresa So Clean at Gracias Madre
This sweetheart season, vegan hotspot Gracias Madre is serving the So Fresa So Clean. This soda shop style sipper for two is made with strawberry, rose water, lemon, cachaça, Aquafaba and blanco tequila. Que your own Lady & The Tramp moment.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Graciasmadreweho.com, @gmweho
Latin Lover at The Raymond 1886
Indulge in delightful dishes and delectable drinks this Valentine’s Day at The Raymond 1886 where guests can enjoy The Raymond 1886’s deliciously decadent Four-Course Prix-Fixe Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu ($120 per person). Enhance this enchanting evening with Head Barman Jesus Gomez’s sensual Latin Lover, a tropical Caribbean classic that pays tribute to Barman and Restaurateur Pablo Moix’s creation, and guests will also leave with complimentary truffles as a take-home gift.
1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, TheRaymond.com, @theraymond1886
A Dozen Roses at Center Hub
We will happily take A Dozen Roses in liquid form thanks to Center Hub at Trade Food Hall. Created by Cameron Long, the cocktail’s brilliant yet delicate pink color, garnished with contrasting fuschia dried roses, embodies Valentine’s Day flawlessly, and also makes for a great transitional cocktail as we go into spring. It’s made with Ganger 1 Rose Vodka, Lillet blanc, raspberries, lime juice, and simple syrup, and garnished with rose petal sugar and dried roses.
2222 Michelson Dr., #220, Irvine, centerhubbar.com, @centerhub_bar
Hot Love at Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
As one of the best Steakhouses in America, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse offers contemporary high-design showcasing a menu combining steakhouse tradition and culinary flair. While indulging in dry-aged prime steak options and fresh-catch seafood selections from Chef Megan Logan, take advantage of their Valentine’s Dinner Specials including one dozen Capital Oysters served with a bottle of Patina Cuvee for $59 and a Valentine’s dessert for $12 and the Hot Love cocktail with Absolut strawberry, St. Germain, Thai chili syrup, lime juice and Peychaud bitters.
330 S Hope St., Los Angeles, patinagroup.com/nick-and-stefs-steakhouse-la, @nickandstefsla
Sherry Baby at Canary
Hey love birds, head to Canary in downtown Santa Monica this week. a cocktail-driven lounge with an inviting tropical floral and luxe decor. With a celebrity mixologist, Devin Espinosa, behind the bar shaking and mixing up tropical-inspired cocktails, try the Sherry Baby made with Sherry Alvear Medium Dry, orange curacao, lime, orgeat, dark rum and garnished with an orange peel and orchid.
1301 5th St., Santa Monica, CanarySM.com @canary_sm
Love Child at Castaway
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Castaway, the 2,500-square-foot restaurant perched atop the hills of Burbank, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding valley. The restaurant will be serving a special three-course menu featuring menu items such as Dungeness Crab Salad, Cape Grim Filet and King Crab Surf & Turf, and Alaskan Halibut. Castaway is also offering a special vegetarian menu including Market Vegetable “Tartare” and Vegan “Scallops.” In addition to a solid wine list, Castaway pours flirty cocktails such as the Love Child made with Illegal Mezcal with Strawberries and habañero essence.
1250 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank, castawayburbank.com, @CastawayBurbank
Regal Beagle Twinkle Toes at MiniBar Hollywood
Retro-inspired cocktail spot MiniBar, located on the ground floor of the Best Western Hollywood Hills, will be pouring the pink sparkly Regal Beagle Twinkle Toes this Valentine’s Day. The cheeky cocktail is made with Hayman’s Sloe Gin, fresh grapefruit juice, jujube bitters, topped with sparkling wine and a lemon twist.
6141 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, Minibarhollywood.com, @minibarhollywood
Palomita at Inko Nito
Inko Nito is the hip Arts District restaurant and bar specializing in a Japanese Robatayaki meets Korean menu. It also happens to boast a killer cocktail program. One of our favs on the menu is the perfectly pink Palomita made with Sakura Tequila, lime, pink grapefruit and agave.
225-227 Garey St., Los Angeles, inkonitorestaurant.com, @inkonitola
Passion Martini at Drago Ristorante
Put your love into overdrive at Drago Ristorante at the Peterson Automotive Museum as the Drago Brothers celebrate with a love-filled Valentine’s Day Specials Menu, alongside Drago Ristorante’s Traditional Menu all day long. Before delving into any of Executive Chef Tanino Drago’s delicious Italian dishes, guests can delight in Bartender Mario Garcia’s Drago Passion Martini comprised of Ketel One vodka, St-Germain liqueur, passion fruit juice, and a splash of Grenadine, garnished with a strawberry and mint.
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, DragoRistorante.com, @dragoristorante
Strawberry Spritz at Margot
Looking to impress your Valentine? Margot Los Angeles is THE spot. From its indoor/outdoor space boasting 360-degree views of Los Angeles to its remarkable coastal Mediterranean cuisine and Thomas Schoos and Lisa Gill restaurant design, Margot is LA’s most stunning rooftop dining destination. In addition to the a la carte menu, Margot will be offering a whole lobster for two and a dessert sampler for two that features a tasting sized portion of four decadent desserts: flourless chocolate torte, tiramisu tres leches, vegan almond sorbet, and a seasonal fruit panna cotta. When it comes to choosing a drink, think pink and order the Valentine approved Strawberry Spritz made with Lillet rose, strawberry tonic and cava.
8820 Washington Blvd.,, Culver City, Margot.la, @margotlosangeles
Night Flight at Citrin
Legendary L.A. chef Josiah Citrin’s newest concept, Citrin, an upscale California progressive restaurant concept housed in the same space as Mélisse, will be offering a special menu on the evening of Valentine’s Day, as well as special menus available throughout the rest of Valentine’s Day weekend. The atmospheric, artful new restaurant is the ideal spot for a romantic, upscale Valentine’s Day date and will be featuring a set, seven-course tasting menu for $195 per person with optional wine pairings available to add on. Guests can also purchase on theme signature cocktails such as the Night Flight made with Hibiscus-Infused Black Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, peppercorn syrup, egg white and Peychaud’s
1104 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, citrinandmelisse.com, @citrinla
Lavender Daiquiri at Greenbar Distillery
Founded in 2004, Greenbar Distillery in DTLA is Los Angeles’ first craft distillery since Prohibition and one of the first in the U.S. For Valentine’s Day, Litty Mathews and Melkon Khosrovian created the clean and refreshing Lavender Daiquiri that embodies a perfectly balanced and floral cocktail by combining Silver Rum, freshly squeezed lime, simple syrup and lavender bitters. Stop by their tasting room and be prepared to fall in love.
2459 E. 8th St., Los Angeles, greenbardistillery.com, @greenbardistillery
Butterfly Martini at Drink Bar at Mess Hall
Adjacent to the new Tustin Legacy Park, Mess Hall Market is a world-class, chef-driven market food hall, offering a wide assortment of morning-to-night mouthwatering food and beverage options. On the menu this month, the Butterfly Martini, created by Enrique Cervantes, mixes butterfly pea infused gin with apricot liqueur, sweet syrup, and lime to create a delightful magenta cocktail that’s garnished with dehydrated hibiscus flower.
1705 Flight Way, Tustin, messhalltustin.com, @messhallmarketoc
Rose and Hibiscus Margarita at Sol Cocina
Coastal Baja-inspired restaurant and bar SOL Cocina in Playa Vista is getting into the Valentine’s spirit with festive cocktails for the holiday and all month long. Created by SOL’s Director of Beverage Colin Pflugradt, the restaurant is offering the Rose and Hibiscus Margarita, part of their rotating, monthly Farmers Market crafts utilizing seasonal winter fruits and blossoms. The cocktail is made with Casamigos Blanco infused with dried hibiscus flowers and rose buds for 36 hours. Once infused, the margarita is prepared by shaking up the tequila with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and splash of soda, and garnished with a few dried rose buds and hibiscus petals dusted over the top.
12775 Millennium Dr #160, Playa Vista, solcocina.com, @solcocina
Petal & Thorn at Mortar & Pestle Bar
Ok, technically this drink is found some hours north of L.A., but hey, what’s more romantic than a day trip just for a romantic cocktail? Created by Akash Kapoor, this refreshing floral creation, the Petal & Thorn, available at globally-inspired craft cocktail bar Mortar & Pestle in the Bay Area, combines lemon, honey, and Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro made with California white wine, and Old Simon Genever & Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin, all topped with a frothy egg white foam. This rose won’t prick your finger, but it will pick up the pace of your night!.
130 Main St., San Mateo, curryupnow.com/mortarandpestlebar, @curryupnow
Pink Señorita at AC Lounge
Redefining an “airport” hotel, the 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay brings its timeless design with European soul and Spanish roots to El Segundo. This month, the chic indoor/outdoor AC Lounge will be offering the Pink Señorita, perfect for ladies looking to either drown their sorrows or more likely celebrate their singledom with their sisters. Made with silver tequila, hibiscus syrup, freshly squeezed watermelon puree, muddled mint and garnished with a watermelon ball sprouting dried hibiscus and mint leaves and salt rim, this sassy sip was made for Galentine’s Day.
And for the couples out there looking to spoil their Valentine this month with a (Kardashian-level) over-the-top, romantic night out, they can stay and book a completely rose-filled hotel room complete with one bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a six-course dinner under the stars at rooftop restaurant Flora and more.
2130 E. Maple Ave., El Segundo, Marriott.com/LAXAE, @achotellasouthbay
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