Could the humble gin and tonic perhaps be one of the world’s greatest cocktail creations? We tend to think so. In honor of International Gin + Tonic Day on Tuesday April 9, check out one of these spots to sip gin in L.A.
The Bazaar by José Andres
Paying homage to José Andrés favorite cocktail and International Gin & Tonic Day on April 9, The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, will be running some whimsical, over-the-top G&T specials throughout the month of April. The Bazaar’s G&T Festival menu features over half dozen inventive variations of the classic cocktails including G&T Spheres, Vermont Bitter with Very botanical, orange, lemon, sangria macerate and the Olive G&T with Olive cloud, gin mare, tonic 1738, orange and thyme. In addition, a build-your-own G&T unlike any other, the Vacuum Siphon G&T allows guests to customize their perfect gin tableside, choosing from an array of botanicals, herbs, and spices to transform vodka into gin, which is then mixed with a tonic or other mixer of their choosing. It’s $40 and meant for two people.
465 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, thebazaar.com/beverly-hills, @bazaarbyjose
In the spirit of Europe’s grand lobby lounges, Bar Figueroa offers iconic cocktails, authentic Gintonicos by Dushan Zaric and a light, all-day menu. Here, inside Hotel Figueroa, Spanish colonial architecture is offset with modern art installations, creating a distinctly Downtown LA experience. Combined with its elegantly curved bar and plush lounge seating, Bar Figueroa is a TOTALLY stylish cocktail destination for locals and visitors, alike. We recommend ordering the Hendrick’s Gin + Tonic served over dry ice.
939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, hotelfigueroa.com/bars-restaurants/bar-figueroa, @barfigueroadtla
Gin fans should run, not walk to the art-deco style lounge Genever, located in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood. This gorgeous hideaway, where “drink is queen,” is owned by three Filipina women and operated by the Red Capiz Partners. This classy watering hole, which just celebrated its one year anniversary this past March, is known for their gin-based cocktails. Inspired by world travels and driven by local bounty, the bar serves up fresh libations with an emphasis on local produce and house-made syrups and shrubs. Be sure to order the Filipino made with Aviation Old Tom Gin, kaffir, calamansi, datu puti, Q-tonic and adobo.
3123 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles Geneverla.com, @genever_la
Lucques, the former rustic carriage house of the Harold Lloyd Estate with its cozy brick decor, wood beams and elegant garden, is the flagship restaurant of The Lucques Group and one of Los Angeles’s most beloved and critically acclaimed restaurants owned by restaurateurs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Behind the bar, Christiaan Röllich serves up some of the in the city including his Christiaan’s G&T made with house-made gin and grapefruit with lemongrass and tonic. Appropriately, Röllich will release his first book, “Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails” on April 9.
8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Lucques.com, @lucquesla
Joey Woodland Hills
Joey Woodland Hills, just outside of Los Angeles, boasts a wide-open kitchen plan and spacious patio for a deliciously modern and refreshingly casual upscale restaurant experience. For G+T Day, order their Super Sonic Gin cocktail with tonic and Hendrick’s Gin.
6344 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #1010, Woodland Hills, joeyrestaurants.com, @JOEYRestaurants
Downtown Italian hot spot Brera ristorante takes the G&T game to a whole new level by making its own tonic In their They Made The Gin … We Made The Tonic cocktail, you’ll find cinchona bark, juniper berries, lemons, limes, oranges, jasmine, ruby red grapefruit, citric acid, black long pepper and filtered water.
1331 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, breraristorante.com, @breraristorante
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