The Churchill seems to be the result of a fold in time, where weekend DJs spin in view of a vintage photo booth. Its interior exudes a weathered chic: communal tables, built from reclaimed wood, sit beneath antique mirrors and steampunk-style lighting. On the patio, a fireplace burns merrily, a glimmering part of the half-rustic, half-industrial ambiance. Though the decor harkens to a number of bygone eras, the food stays spontaneous and current. An array of house-cured meats and pickled vegetables add an artisanal touch to the menu of rotating American plates, which range from warm bread with seasonal marmalade to a hanger steak with duck fat fries. They pair well with the bar's 20 craft beers, or with expertly mixed cocktails such as the Bulldog—milagro blanco blended with passion fruit, pineapple, serrano, and lime. Those who don't have time to stay and sip can pick up slices of wood-fired pizza or scoops of homemade ice cream at the takeaway window, which serves as a wormhole to 1942 when guests aren’t looking.
It’s not easy to find a campsite within the city proper, but Bigfoot West is not so different from the Great Outdoors. An incongruous log cabin that sticks out from its neighbors on Venice Boulevard, the bar is filled with mounted antlers and relics from America’s national parks. Guests can even warm up by the crackling fire and tell spooky stories over s’mores—the key difference being that these s’mores come in a liquid, alcohol-infused form. This signature drink is the creation of mixologist Jared Mort, who ingeniously blends vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and Irish cream before topping it all off with a flaming marshmallow. Mort’s other cocktails generally revolve around the bar’s more than 100 whiskies and 60 varieties of small-batch bourbon. Aside from s’mores, his drinks have been known to mimic the flavors of cherry cobbler and freshly picked blackberries. To create these fanciful cocktails, he uses juices squeezed in-house and ingredients carefully procured from local farmers’ markets and bear dens.
Though it’s tucked away on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, Pour Vous would feel equally at home in 1920s Paris. Chances are that you will, too, as soon as you slip into one of the bar’s red-velvet booths with a champagne cocktail in hand and a brilliant chandelier overhead. Such design touches abound in the elegant space—there’s even a vintage fireplace and a giant glass dome—but they usually take a backseat to the stunning burlesque dancers, who strut their stuff in suspended iron cages. If you manage to pry your eyes away from these cages, there’s plenty to admire at the custom bar. Mixologists at the height of their craft blend rosewater with framboise or mix bourbon and passion fruit with an absinthe rinse. The menu also features a small collection of champagnes. Since fancy drinks call for fancy clothes, Pour Vous adheres to a dress code that requires cocktail attire and monocles of at least one inch in diameter.
Immortalized in the 1996 movie ‰ÛÏSwingers,‰Û� The Dresden has earned a devoted following thanks to its campy-yet-cool lounge atmosphere and, of course, Marty and Elayne Roberts, the ageless jazz duo whose scene-stealing performance in the Jon Favreau-penned film has left countless viewers asking, ‰ÛÏWhere can I find them?‰Û� As it turns out, you can still see them at The Dresden every Tuesday through Saturday evening, where they have been playing for over 30 years, inviting up friends and guests to sing along on standards and quirky covers like the Bee Gees‰Ûª ‰ÛÏStayin‰Ûª Alive.‰Û� The seating in the always-crowded bar is first-come, first-served, but if you can, pull up a chair alongside the piano, order a stiff martini and a shrimp cocktail from the classic Continental menu, and sink into the Old Hollywood atmosphere as jazzy melodies dance across the dimly lit room. Note: correct name should be The Dresden Restaurant
A century ago in The Crocker Club, bank-goers made deposits and stored their most valued possessions in the space where diners now sip craft cocktails. That's because the Crocker Club transformed the former Crocker Citizens National Bank into a restaurant and night club, complete with dance floor, DJ booth, and bar that's said to be haunted by a deactivated debit card. Diners can walk right through the vault door and sidle up to candlelit tables to nosh on pineapple beignets, housemade chicken fingers, or french fries drizzled in truffle oil and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
Dreamed up by the masterminds of Vintage Bar Group, The Well pours gourmet cocktails alongside refined pub morsels in a sultry lounge atmosphere. Behind a center island bar that swirls around an aquarium of tumbling martini glasses, barkeepers shake signature cocktails?such as the Rumba Punch, Brown Sugar Old Fashioned, and Cucumber Press?and pour beer and wine such as Delirium Tremens and Buena Vista pinot noir. A vast menu of appetizers and small plates elevate simple bar dishes of onion rings, ahi tuna tacos, and flatbreads with gourmet additions such as sweet-corn batter, fire-roasted salsas, and goat cheese. The white maple and mahogany-flanked hideaway leads to a majestic keyhole-shaped doorway, revealing a semiprivate lounge perfectly suited for special events or visits from Lewis Carroll. Whether seated on the lounge's overstuffed ottomans or perched on a leather banquette on the main floor, guests can sing along with tunes on the house jukebox, which was lauded as one of the best in Los Angeles by CBS Los Angeles.