Hotel Bars Get Crafty with Cocktails

Photo courtesy of Bar | Kitchen, Facebook 

As the craft cocktail movement continues to grow by leaps and bounds, hotel bars throughout Los Angeles have stepped up their cocktail game to feature classic drinks and signature creations that are among the best in the city.


Located on the lobby level of Downtown L.A.’s O Hotel, Bar | Kitchen is a lively hangout for locals and hotel guests alike, with an emphasis on affordability. Signature cocktails are $11, featured on a menu that changes seasonally. Staff favorites are posted on a chalkboard that receives periodic updates. During happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.), selected drinks are just $7, while $5 bar bites are a great way to sample Executive Chef Vahan Tokmadjian’s New American cuisine.

Bar | Kitchen
O Hotel
819 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017


The Mixing Room | Photo courtesy of JW Marriott

Located on the lobby level of the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, The Mixing Room takes the staid hotel lobby bar to a new level, featuring craft cocktails like the Rooftop Passion (Herradura Silver Tequila, Velvet Falernum, Passion Fruit) and the Sweet Reserve (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Grapefruit, Honey), along with innovative small plates and a sleek, urban setting.

The Mixing Room
JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015


The Spare Room | Photo courtesy of Thirsty in LA

Cocktail enthusiasts could spend an entire weekend drinking at the various bars inside the Hollywood Roosevelt. Just off the central lobby, the Library Bar features the farm-to-glass mixology, with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets. Order your cocktail omakase-style, with a cocktail crafted especially suited to your spirit and flavor preferences.

Located on the hotel’s Mezzanine Level, The Spare Room is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge where the stylish, vintage board games are as handcrafted as the drinks. Enjoy signature cocktails and punches while bowling a few frames in one of the vintage lanes. Be sure to snap a few pics in the hidden photo booth.

Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Churchill Old Fashioned | Photo courtesy of Thirsty in LA

Its central location already made The Churchill at the Orlando Hotel a neighborhood destination for mid-city locals and Third Street shoppers alike. Cocktail aficionados will be glad to know that talented bartender Mia Sarazen has launched her cocktail program at the popular gastropub. Signature creations include the Churchill Old Fashioned (Old Fitzgerald bourbon, house bitters, sugar) and the Thirsty in LA, made with Corralejo Reposado Tequila, Aperol, CioCiaro Amaro and a mezcal mist. Like Sarazen, chef Bruce Kalman brings a fresh, seasonal approach to his sophisticated pub fare.

The Churchill
Orlando Hotel
8384 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Bar Centro | Photo courtesy of SLS Hotel

Nothing is what it seems to be at first glance at Bar Centro, part of the foodie wonderland that is The Bazaar by José Andrés, located on the ground floor of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Cocktails are transformed at Bar Centro, where fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables go hand in hand with liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to re-imagine classics and push the envelope with modern creations. A “Magic Mojito” that makes cotton candy disappear, a Manhattan with cherry spherification, and a “New Way” Dirty Martini (with olive spherification and olive brine air) are paired with caviar, “conservas” and other signature Andrés snacks.

Bar Centro - The Bazaar by José Andrés
SLS at Beverly Hills
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Polo Lounge | Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows

The famed Polo Lounge at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows has been a power dining spot and watering hole for generations of Hollywood’s movers and shakers. Sip a house cocktail or a classic Gibson, listen to jazz on the patio, and it’s easy to imagine yourself closing that blockbuster multi-picture deal.

Named in honor of the year the hotel first opened, Bar Nineteen12 offers two distinct settings: an elegant indoor bar and a beautiful terrace overlooking the pool, gardens and Beverly Hills palm trees. To celebrate the hotel’s 100-year anniversary, Bar Nineteen12 is featuring signature cocktails like the Pink Palace (Nolet Silver Dry Gin, Poire William Pear Brandy, lemon juice, house raspberry syrup) and the Hollywood Royaltea (Zaya Aged Rum infused with wild hibiscus tea, fresh lime juice, organic agave nectar).

Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251


Photo courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air

Back in the 1970s, Dale DeGroff (aka “King Cocktail” and the man recognized as one of the founders of the modern cocktail renaissance) was a bartender at the the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, which re-opened in October 2011 after a 24-month, multi-million dollar renovation. The updated Bar & Lounge has kept its famous clubby vibe and added a glamorous new design, featuring a central fireplace, grand piano and wood paneled walls that evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Bar has been expanded to the outdoors with the addition of three garden alcoves, separated by doors that can remain open or closed for the desired level of privacy.

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90077


First opened in 1926, Casa del Mar features Market Fresh Mixology Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge. Each week, the house mixologist prepares a new menu full of innovative cocktails, created with ingredients straight from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, in addition to a variety of spirits. To help set the mood, live music performances range from pop to jazz and soul.

Casa del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405


BLVD Bar | Photo courtesy of BLVD Hotel

Located in the lobby of Studio City’s BLVD Hotel & Spa, the BLVD Bar is an intimate lounge with a look that matches the boutique hotel’s modern design. Mixologist Jesse Damron created the bar’s list of cocktails, named after famous LA streets. The menu favors vodka cocktails like the Wilshire BLVD (42 Below, Canton Ginger Liqueur, cranberry juice) and the Venice BLVD (42 Below, triple sec, lychee juice, fresh lychees). Other spirits are featured in drinks such as the Ventura BLVD (ROOT liqueur, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, grenadine syrup and mango syrup).

BLVD Hotel & Spa
10730 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

THE TAP ROOM - Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa

The Tap Room | Photo courtesy of The Langham

The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa features The Tap Room, a nod to the original hotel bar that opened in the 1930s just after Prohibition ended. The Tap Room offers classic and craft cocktails from a menu created by consulting mixologist Ben Browning, who also did Bar Centro's cocktails. With a name like The Tap Room, the bar naturally features a selection of artisanal beers on tap, as well as an eclectic wine selection and top shelf spirits. Don’t miss Browning’s Uva Bella (gin, muddled grapes, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon juice) or go with a classic like an Old Fashioned, an ideal cocktail for the stylish and sophisticated setting. The traditional bar food menu gets an upscale twist, featuring globally-influenced small plates such as Lobster Corn Dogs, Smoked Salmon Tartar, Kobe Beef Patty Melt Sliders, Buffalo Rings and a Sausage Panini.

The Tap Room
The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

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