The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA
The Walker Inn is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

1. The Walker Inn

3612 W 6th St (Normandie), Los Angeles, CA
Speakeasy · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 15 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: The Walker Inn is one of the most ambitious cocktail bars to open in years. Located behind a “secret door," the sunken bar doles out high-concept drinks that utilize a number of modernist techniques. Read more.

Bar Jackalope is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

2. Bar Jackalope

7.4
515 W. 7th St. 2nd Floor DTLA Back Room, Los Angeles, CA
Whisky Bar · Financial District · 13 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Jackalope focuses on whiskey. The bar offers sampling from crystal snifters while an antique gramophone hums in the corner. Read more.

Caña Rum Bar is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

3. Caña Rum Bar

8.4
714 W Olympic Blvd (at Flower St), Los Angeles, CA
Cocktail Bar · South Park · 45 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Caña Rum Bar requires a membership, but the $20 annual fee prevents it from becoming too crowded, allowing patrons to sip their way through the collection of 140 rare and small-batch rums. Read more.

The Chestnut Club is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

4. The Chestnut Club

8.3
1348 14th St (Santa Monica Blvd.), Santa Monica, CA
Cocktail Bar · 20 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: The Chestnut Club’s bare brick walls and antique fixtures lend a dignified air, perfect for enjoying a stunning collection of old and rare spirits and a sharp list of spartan cocktails. Read more.

Little Toni's is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

5. Little Toni's

7.6
4745 Lankershim Blvd (Camarillo St), North Hollywood, CA
Italian Restaurant · 43 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Bar Toni’s offers a modern drinks program managed by Aidan Demarest, whose menu veers towards flaming frozen Daiquiris, Lemon Drop Martinis and a Grasshopper “stolen” from Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Read more.

Harvard & Stone is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

6. Harvard & Stone

8.0
5221 Hollywood Blvd (at N Harvard Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Bar · Los Feliz · 87 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Harvard & Stone is a faux-grungy hangout with a rollicking band and burlesque dancers. The main bar serves cheeky house cocktails, while the rear Research & Development Bar serves experimental drinks. Read more.

Honeycut is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

7. Honeycut

819 S Flower St (Alley between 8th and 9th St.), Los Angeles, CA
Night Club · South Park · 26 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: This clubby subterranean cocktail lounge packs skill behind its flamboyant veneer. The eclectic drink list features 50 choices, and group cocktails can push happy hour into all-night dance party. Read more.

Sonny's Hideaway is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

8. Sonny's Hideaway

5137 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
American Restaurant · 28 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: The mirrored wall behind the counter at Sonny’s Hideaway is stocked with a collection of aperitifs and liqueurs, though bartenders make formidable renditions of stern and serious cocktails, too. Read more.

The Spare Room is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

9. The Spare Room

8.0
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Cocktail Bar · Central Hollywood · 56 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: At The Spare Room, waitresses in Gatsby-era dresses offer classically simple cocktails with seasonal additions. Sporting is encouraged, so don’t be surprised if you’re challenged to a board game. Read more.

10. Tiki Ti

8.5
4427 W Sunset Blvd (at Virgil Pl.), Los Angeles, CA
Tiki Bar · Los Feliz · 104 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: This tiny Hollywood joint offers 12 bar stools, tiki kitsch galore and 94 signature concoctions. Even the most ardent cocktail snob can’t help but embrace this ultimate tiki time warp. Read more.

The Varnish is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in LA.

11. The Varnish

8.6
118 E 6th St (at Main St), Los Angeles, CA
Speakeasy · Fashion District · 124 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: This barebones speakeasy aims to perfect overlooked classic cocktails. Even when the bar is full, it can take on a reverential hush, cushioned only by the sound of soft jazz and clinking glasses Read more.