The midpoint of 2012 has finally been reached and looking back on our progress so far, we're proud to say that Los Angeles has managed to sprout a few new bars worth mentioning. Intrepid bar owners have created some epic new spots for us -- from dives to classy joints and everything in between, there's no shortage of new places to get drunk in LA.
The Corner Door
If there's one type of bar that you can find in almost any neighborhood in LA, it would be the craft cocktail establishment. So, it's only fitting that a new CC bar - The Corner Door - has cropped up in Culver City. Don't worry though, if you're a lover of the dank dive -- The Corner Door is a little bit low-key, but totally fancy and serves up traditional cocktails alongside the newer, jazzier craft cocktails. Ther's plenty of foodie food here as well -- the Tasting Kitchen's chef creates the culinary delights (like cider glazed wings with Chiotle, brown sugar, and scallions).
Address: 12477 W Washington Blvd
Neighborhood: Culver City
You've alwys dreamt about being a cowboy or cowgirl and the Saddle Ranch just doesn't live up to the hype. Thankfully, Outpost on Cahuenga opened -- a western themed bar serving beers in mason jars with handles, plenty of liqour to get you all boozed up, and food apropros to the modern, urban cowboy (BBQ, corn fritters, and such). Not only can you cover your booze & food needs at the bar, but you can also pull up a stool and watch all your favorite sports on any one of the TVs that line the place. Oh yeah, they have some mad specials on Mondays ($1 beer night) and 25 cent wings on Wednesdays. Giddy-up!
Address: 1624 N Cahuenga
Originally from New York City, Blind Barber is a bar slash barber shop where you can get a trim, fade, cut, or whatever it is boys do to their locks, and then get a tasty cocktail in the back. Like, craft cocktail, cocktail. Oh yeah, there is a food menu as well. When was the last time any beauty salon offered you a craft cocktail and some delicious treats like a Vermont White Cheddar, sharp cheddar, heirloom tomato, and smoked applewood bacon grilled cheese sandwich post-haircut?
Address: 10797 Culver Blvd
Neighborhood: Culver City
2012 has been the year of the 1933 group. Another highlight form the minds behind this chain is La Cuevita in Highland Park, carving out a spot catering to hipster-laden, tequila swilling, and south-of-the-border loving crowds converging on this area of Los Angeles. This place has been described as a 1930's Mexican grotto, but it looks warmer than that sounds with carefully decorated walls of Mexican folk treasures. There is obviously a ton tequila and mezcal for your drinking pleasure and well as a bevy of crafty cocktails designed with said tequila and mezcal in mind.
Address: 5922 N Figueroa
Neighborhood: Highland Park
You've been dying to get into SoHo House it hurts you just thinking about it. Well, the next time the pangs of jealousy you encounter, because of all those celebs and powerful people who get those exclusive memberships, rears it's ugly head, get in your car and go to The Conservatory. This new spot hidden away (like SoHo House) upstairs above Mirabelle in West Hollywood won't be the eye-popping celebrity affair Soho House is, but it has a similar vibe, with all the fancy, classy drinks, and the price tag that goes along with such tipples.
Address: 8768 Sunset
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
At Bar Thirteen, you can entertain yourself with an early 30’s kind of entertainment – jazz, mostly naked women, and barely legal booze. Lots of it. The décor of Bar Thirteen is even tailored to that type of atmosphere: we don’t care about anything matching, because we came here to have pure, drunken fun. At last! Sip on some of the bar's specialty gin cocktails, nibble at charcuterie plates, and listen to a diverse selection of jazz musicians while at Bar Thirteen. Who knows, you might spot a celebrity at this sort-of secret downtown hideaway, or catch a raucous Egyptian-themed dance party with wicked beats.
Address: 448 S Hill St., 13th Fl
Neighborhood: Downtown LA
Very few places offer both an impressive food menu and enticing selection of Japanese whiskey – that’s right, Japanese whiskey – and Plan Check on Sawtelle Boulevard is covering both those bases. Gone are the unruly nights comprised of sushi and warm sake because Plan Check is ushering in a new era of unruly nights filled with the sweet smack of whiskey and crunch of Jidori Fried Chicken. Add to the fun by choosing a cocktail like the Spaghetti Western, a concoction of vida mezcal, tapatio, red bell pepper, lime, agave, and beer or the Little Osaka Sour.
Address: 1800 Sawtelle Boulevard
Neighborhood: Little Osaka
Los Angeles Brewing Company
Oh my beer! If you're looking for a new beer bar or sports hang downtown, check Los Angeles Brewing Co., a fresh addition to LA's bar scene. With 100 beers on tap, you'll have plenty of new options to try, alongside a tasty menu of bar food and small bites. Located in the heart of Downtown LA, it's an ideal spot to pop-in, take a seat at the bar and catch a game on one of LA Brewing Co.'s huge TV's.
Address: 750 S Broadway
Neighborhood: Downtown LA
Ever caught a performance at Harvard & Stone? Have you cozied up at La Descarga for a crafty cocktail? Well, add another hipster laden bar to your list, because Harvard & Stone and La Descarga have added a baby sister to their brood: Pour Vous on Melrose. This newly minted French-themed bar features -- you guessed it -- champagne as the main beverage of consumption, but will also offer up vintage cocktails with edgy names (Catacomber, Black Magic). While sipping, consider dining on some snacks from the kitchen. Expect nothing but the typical aphrodisiac fare here -- oysters, chocolate and cheese.
Address: 5574 Melrose Ave
Neighborhood: Mid Wilshire
Spirit House Bar
Finally, fancy drink lovers in the San Gabriel Valley will have a place to flock to on the weekends - Spirit House Bar is now open and ready to take your craft cocktail orders. Inhabitating the former home of Silk Lounge on top of the Lincoln Plaza Hotel, Spirit House Bar is one of the few spots for high-end tapas and drinks in the SGV. There's a moderate selection of bottled beer, draft beer (Bootleggers beer is the main culprit here), classic cocktails like a mean Old Fashioned, contemporary concoctions like the flaming Strawberry Daquiri, and the creme de la creme: the Elder Flower Martini.
Website: Facebook Page
Address: 123 S. Lincoln Ave
Neighborhood: Monterey Park
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