Los Angeles

Warm Your Spirits With L.A.’s Best Toasty Cocktails

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The novelty of cool nighttime air never wears off in Los Angeles. When the temperature drops below 60 degrees, Angelenos bundle up in puffers and pile on layersand head out to these favorite spots for cocktails that keep it toasty.

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Fitting in with the airy, open Santa Monica vibe, Lanea serves up sought-after regional Mexican street food with equally in-demand cocktails. The vibrant, red-hued Jungle Bird Scooter might not physically warm you up, but the turmeric, lemon, and ginger power blend could help you fight off an impending cold, and the mezcal and gin will make you forget all about any harbored illnesses. 217 Broadway, Santa Monica 

Eveleigh is a rustic (well, for West Hollywood), patio-focused date destination, with brunch and dinner menus driven by the best of the farmers’ markets and creative cocktails made with small-batch spirits, which amp up the space’s celebratory vibe. Help negate that L.A. winter chill with the restaurant’s delicate Not Your Baby’s 1st Bourbon, combining chai-infused sherry with house-made orgeat. 8752 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

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The Pikey
The dark rooms throughout this winding gastropub are filled with Union Jacks, ornate paneled ceilings, and just enough sconce lighting to help see the elevated British comfort food on your plate. Its full dinner menu is served until 2 a.m. daily, but make sure to save room for the decadent sticky toffee pudding, and in the winter, pair it with a mug of Pikey’s homemade hot spiced cider. 7617 West Sunset Boulevard

E.P. & L.P.
One half of the dynamic E.P. & L.P. restaurant-bar duo that’s livened up the Melrose/La Cienega intersection in recent years, the L.P. rooftop bar is a West Hollywood go-to for beautiful scenery surrounding beautiful people. Mosey up after a meal at the E.P. restaurant downstairs, or just whiz past the lobby’s macaroni-clad walls straight to the rooftop for a drink by the fire. Its winter Gold on the Ceiling cocktail (available by the glass or pitcher) is a tequila-spiked chamomile tea, (almost) just like Mom makes, with honey and lemon. 603 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood

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The Varnish
This spot is everything that comes to mind when you utter the word speakeasy: small space, dim lighting, tinkling jazz piano, and lovingly crafted cocktails brought to you by bartenders who know more about drink combinations than you know about your own children. The Varnish’s Fireside Toddy, topped with a star anise pod, is the perfect sippable classic to warm up with on a chilly L.A. night. 118 East 6th Street

This sultry lounge pays homage to Filipino culture through its cocktails. The seasonal Wanna Dance With Somebody puts a spin on glogg, the traditional Swedish warm mulled-wine drink, by combining California glogg with gin, apple brandy, amaro, persimmon liqueur, and a thinly sliced apple round bobbing on top. The spicy notes of the cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves will trick your body into simmering with warmth. 3123 Beverly Boulevard

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Big Bar
At Big Bar, the cocktails are teeming with personality and many are irreverent re-creations of pop culture catchphrases (Peach Better Have My Money, Mango Fandago!) composed with complex combinations of unsuspecting ingredients, but all are created by well-versed bartenders. A warm drink is handy when sitting outside on the sophisticated European-vibed patio off of Alcove, and the combo of coffee, Jameson Caskmates stout, and Jägermeister-infused whipped cream in the Up All Night cocktail does just the trick. 1929 Hillhurst Avenue

Seven Grand
Seven Grand is the perfect bar for a whiskey lover of any level, from curious newbie to expert. Neophytes should lean on the knowledgeable bartenders, who will happily help choose the right first steps from the establishment’s stunning list of hundreds of whiskeys, both domestic and international. Get festive with your favorite whiskey and have it added to SG’s homemade vegan eggnog, made by mixing coconut, almond, and cashew milks with a blend of spices. 515 West 7th Street #200

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The drinks are as good as ever at Fia, as are the wines, which means the evening can easily begin or end here, sitting on the tented patio (actually more like a garden) under sparkling lights. Go ahead and harness the warmth of superheated activated charcoal in the brooding Black Dahlia cocktail—it’s combined with a blend of cold-pressed juices, gin, and ginger beer, making this unexpected drink a mini furnace for your body. 2454 Wilshire Boulevard

Highland Park Bowl
Whether you come to drink, eat a delicious true Neapolitan pizza, or just bowl at L.A.’s oldest alley, getting a glimpse at the truly stunning interior restoration is worth the trip alone. Of course, a hip bowling alley must have an iconic El Duderino (or Dude, if you’re into the whole brevity thing) coffee beverage. Its combination of vodka, local Civil Coffee liqueur, horchata cream, and cinnamon extract will get you warmed up and ready for the lanes. 5621 North Figueroa Street

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Musso & Frank
Waltzing into this red-booth refuge from the tourist flypaper of Hollywood Boulevard is the dictionary definition of timeless Old Hollywood. Sip a martini—an absolute must—while celeb-watching or simply luxuriate in the storied history of the city’s oldest steakhouse. End your night with a classic Irish coffee; Musso serves it piping hot, drizzled in mint syrup with fresh cream, and it will leave you feeling like you’re wrapped up in a wool sweater as you head outside. 6667 Hollywood Boulevard