Best of Bars

Here are a few places to get you started

America’s Best Beer Bars

  • Father’s Office– An upscale pub with the can’t-go-wrong motto “Beer Makes You Strong
  • Verdugo– A restored 1930s bar decked out in Art Deco style and with a DJ lineup that varies from reggae to retro soul classics.

America’s Best Sandwiches

  • Bäco Mercat– This place has specialty flatbread sandwiches; don’t miss out on the fried shrimp and creamy cabbage slaw version that’s finished off with a dab of Sriracha.

Best Burgers in the U.S.

  • Father’s Office– Try the dry-aged Office Burger, topped with Gruyère cheese, Maytag blue cheese, arugula, and applewood-bacon compote—you’ll never go visit an In-N-Out Burger again! And don’t forget, Father’s Office is also one of America’s best beer bars.

Best Pizza Places in the U.S.

  • 800 Degrees– Fast (60 seconds!) artisanal pizza—made to order, and only costs around six bucks.
  • Pizzeria Mozza– Traditional wood-burning ovens and house-made mozzarella conspire to produce some of L.A.’s best pizzas.

50 Best Bars in America

  • Copa d’Oro– Concoct your own drinks with seasonal ingredients and top-notch spirits.
  • Rivera– Seasonal tequila infusions as well as a private-label añejo.
  • Roger Room-A tough-to-find speakeasy, next door to telling a fortune-telling parlor; well worth the trouble of finding it! (370 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; no website)
  • The Tasting Kitchen– A terrific bar and restaurant, where nearly everything is done in-house. This place has gotten accolades from the LA Times, LA Weekly, NY Times, GQ, Gourmet, and Zagat so they’re the real deal!
  • The Varnish– Accessed through a secret door at Cole’s!

Best Hotel Bars

  • The Rooftop at The Standard– A poolside roof deck with futuristic-looking bright red waterbed pods, white deck chairs, sculpted topiary, and a Biergarten—‘nuff said.

Top 10 Best New Bars in the U.S.

  • Pour Vous– A Parisian-style cocktail lounge with red velvet banquettes and a focus on French spirits. There’s a trolley car out back for smokers to hang out on.

America’s Best Salty-Sweet Deserts
To finish everything off in style

Thanks to Food & Wine Magazine (online) for recognizing our great Los Angeles area establishments.