There are plenty of places to get a cocktail in LA, but some of the best drinks are made with the Bacardi family of spirits. Here you’ll find our guide to some of our favorite restaurants where you can find cocktails made with BACARDÍ, GREY GOOSE, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, CAZADORES, PATRÓN, and more.
The West Hollywood outpost of this famous New York cocktail bar is just as low-lit as its East Coast counterpart, with one huge plus: a wood-fired oven for pizzas. Plus, their Summer Social Club program has local food vendors (like Caribbean pop-up Bridgetown Roti) take over the outdoor patio regularly, with EO cocktails to go with them.
Tiki drinks, tacos and seafood are on the menu at this Little Tokyo bar that feels a little like a secret underwater cave. A huge outdoor patio with picnic tables allows for social distancing while sipping drinks like their classic daiquiri with BACARDÍ.
You can eat crab mac and cheese, a coconut hibiscus ice cream, or a whole grilled Maine lobster at this four-in-one restaurant near the beach in Playa del Rey. There’s a lot of outdoor seating, and you can smell the ocean air from your table.
Brunch is back at this Studio City bar-restaurant with upscale pubby comfort food, where you can go to town on fried chicken and waffles and short rib hash. For dinner, try the meatballs with garlic crisp, the spicy Korean chicken wings, and the shrimp toast, perfect as sharing plates.
This Studio City hangout serves solid farm-forward salads, small plates like duck rillettes on poppy seed bread with honeycomb and tangerines, and top-notch seafood. You’ll find retro drinks updated with modern ingredients, like an Old Fashioned with candy cap mushroom and brown butter.
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila
Don’t get overwhelmed by the eclectic decor and well-stocked bar at this Hermosa Beach Mexican cantina. Just settle by the firepit outdoors with a paloma fizz and some crispy short rib tacos, or maybe a bowl of hot tortilla soup on one of those “chilly” SoCal summer nights.
Din Tai Fung
The Century City Mall location of this dumpling empire is a good spot for an upscale lunch or post-work happy hour. Yes, the xiao long bao are rightly famous (and come with Italian truffles if that’s your thing), but the noodles in sesame sauce and braised beef noodle soup are hits too.
Just a few blocks from the ocean in Santa Monica is this cabana-like restaurant great for first dates and friend catch-ups. The seafood theme runs strong here, with squid ink and dungeness gemelli and diver scallops with citrus butter and caviar on the menu, but if you’re a landlubber that cacio e pepe pizza is also a good option.
The enclosed garden at this Santa Monica restaurant is a nice place to eat some handmade pasta (we like the tortellini with porcini, asparagus, spinach, and pearl onions) and other farmer’s market-inspired dishes. Don’t skip dessert, with options like tiramisu, profiteroles, and Amalfi lemon mousse cake.
Order kanpachi crudo and smoked beet tartare at this New American restaurant where 90 percent of the menu is organic and sustainable. Entrees include caramelized local black cod and Sonoma County duck breast with pink peppercorns and dandelion shoots. If you’re up for it, the five-course tasting menu is the way to go.
This Venice Mexican standby serves up enchiladas del mar, super asada burritos with salsa ranchera, and pozole rojo with homemade tortillas. The decor is festive and the service is friendly. The churros are a must.
Lanea looks like just another cocktail bar, but the food here is from Barba Kush, a family-run Mexican restaurant in East LA. The street tacos come with options ranging from lamb barbacoa that’s pit-roasted underground for 36 hours to Beyond meat with guacamole, cilantro, and onion. Grab their picnic-to-go package, which includes six tacos, two cocktails, chips & pico de gallo, and a Mexican serape blanket to eat it all on.
Culver City’s Margot not only has a 360-degree rooftop view, but also solid tapas and pasta, and full menus of vegan options for brunch and dinner. It’s a nice spot for dinner, but just as good if you snag one of the comfy sofas with a cocktail in hand and watch the sunset.
There’s al pastor, tinga, and carnitas, on the menu here, but it’s the less traditional tacos like fried chicken with watermelon pico or jackfruit adobado with black beans, avocado sauce, and pineapple that keep things interesting. These aren’t tiny street tacos either - two or three are big enough to balance out whatever cocktail you end up ordering.
The uncomplicated wood-fired Italian pizzas at this WeHo restaurant are our favorites for brunch, but we never forget the cast-iron cornbread with rosemary honey butter to start.
Originally opened in 1939, Formosa reopened a couple years ago with all its Old Hollywood charm intact. The menu sticks to Chinese-American classics like chow mein and fried rice, with the occasional modern twist, like General Tso’s cauliflower.
Have a view with your nigiri, sashimi and rolls at this Hollywood Hills spot with one of the best outlooks in all of LA. Get your American Wagyu grilled tableside on a hot lava rock, or just order a Samurai burger, which comes with Champagne miso sauce and furikake fries.