With so many bars, lounges and restaurants to choose from, the West Hollywood drinking scene can feel overwhelming. You can’t go wrong at one of these spots: the thirsty guide to Where To Drink in West Hollywood.
The Roger Room
You know how bars in LA can be crowded with the sceney, pretentious and crowded? Well, The Roger Room isn’t like that. What it is: a speakeasy with a solid cocktail list and a chill crowd. Snag a booth and sit around sipping drinks all night with friends off the old timey looking menu – go for the Old Sport with gin, black tea-infused lychee liqueur, cucumber juice and lime juice or the John Fante with espresso-infused Bacardi 8 year aged rum, spice blend and Angostura bitters.
370 N. La Cienega Blvd., 310-854-1300, therogerroom.com, @therogerroom
Don’t let the heavy mid-century aviation theme at Now Boarding throw you off – the drinks are legit. It’s dark and has a 60s man cave vibe about it along with an impressive selection of spirits and a bottle locker especially for members. Take in some live jazz while sitting in one of the many different areas – they’ve got booths, hi-tops, banquettes, really something for everyone – with a cocktail like the Jetsetter with gin, Pavan, lime, cucumber, mint, egg white and cream or the Puddle Jumper with Milagro Reposado, Montelobos mezcal, lime, ginger, mint and honey. All drinks can be upgraded to “first Class” for a $2 charge.
7746 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-848-8447, nowboardingla.com, @nowboardingla
Melrose Umbrella Company
If you haven’t become a regular at Melrose Umbrella Company yet, it’s time. A truly unique watering hole – it feels totally rustic with moody chandeliers and the walls are adorned with vintage umbrellas – the craft cocktails are not to be missed. There is a happy hour menu served on weekdays with drinks including the Nip Julep – bourbon, mint and peach – and a Punch Press served family style as well as light bites. But really, the bartenders are friendly and skilled and all of it is good; you will be back again and again, guaranteed. Bonus: open daily at 9 am to serve coffee and pastries.
7465 Melrose Ave., 323-951-0709, melroseumbrellaco.com, @melroseumbrellaco
E.P. & L.P.
Not only does E.P.&L.P. have a stellar selection of cocktails, but they have a rooftop, too. It’s an admittedly flashy spot but it’s not all for show: the drinks – and Southeast Asian fare, if you’re hungry – are truly good. The Machete Blanco blends tequila, chamomile, gentian and aromatized wine while the Silly Rabbit is made with vodka, carrot juice, turmeric, almond cereal milk, lemon and cayenne. And the Drunk in Love with vodka, passionfruit, grapefruit, lime and a splash of rosé champagne is not to be missed. They make craft Boba cocktails, too, if that’s your kinda thing. Frankie’s Bar is a super VIP area for, well, super VIPs. There really is something for everyone here.
603 N. La Cienega Blvd., 310-856-9955, eplosangeles.com, @eplosangeles
What happens when a Top Chef sets out to create a dinner-and-a-movie experience? Killer food and drinks, that’s what. Dakota Weiss is the mastermind behind Mother’s Auxilliary, a screening room connected to the main dining room of Estrella, where guests can take in a flick while sipping craft cocktails and munching on popcorn from Weiss’ Pop Parlor Bar (check out the Sunday night movie series, if you haven’t been). It’s not exactly your typical night out. And that’s part of the fun.
8800 Sunset Blvd., 310-652-6613, estrellasunset.com, @estrellasunset