Feb 6, 2024

Where to Grab a Drink in a Cozy Bar on a Cold Day in LA (Part One)

Explore the inviting nooks and crannies of these LA gems, where the chill outside contrasts perfectly with the warmth inside. Because on a cold day, the coziest bars aren't just about the drinks – they're about creating memories and finding solace in good company.

Bar Next Door in West Hollywood

This cocktail bar aims to provide a refreshing departure from the glitzy Hollywood Hills ambiance, opting for a more laid-back and familiar atmosphere. Positioned as a "classic neighborhood haunt," Bar Next Door embraces the nostalgic allure of decades past with its vintage tile, dark wood, and rustic leather decor, situated along one of Los Angeles's most iconic nightlife boulevards.

Alma’s Cider House in Virgil Village

Alma’s Cider and Beer, a quaint Virgil Village bar, specializes in a diverse range of global ciders, offering a unique departure from the standard cocktail fare. This Silver Lake-adjacent establishment stands out with its cozy atmosphere, delightful bar bites—particularly their tempting waffles—and knowledgeable bartenders. In contrast to typical bustling Los Angeles drinking spots, Alma’s provides a tranquil setting where patrons can actually hear themselves talk (a potentially great spot for a first date).

Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village

Transport yourself to a quintessential log cabin winter retreat as you enter this rustic bar, with locations in both Atwater Village and Palms. Every detail, from the crackling fireplace to the charming National Park font on the signage, has been carefully crafted to evoke the rugged wilderness ambiance of the American West. Studded leather booths and charming Western curiosities enhance the cozy atmosphere, providing a warm and inviting setting.

The Wellesbourne in Westwood

Step into The Wellesbourne, where your booziest library dreams materialize amidst well-stocked bookshelves, wood-paneled booths, and a crackling fireplace. Reflecting the charm of 18th-century England, particularly Shakespeare's hometown, each room is adorned with refined touches. For a curated experience, simply ask the bartender for a "strong and stirred" concoction, allowing the experts to showcase their skills. Alternatively, explore seasonal delights like the Egg Nog Blue Blazer, a festive blend featuring three different rums and house-made nog.

Pali Wine in the Arts District

Pali Wine's Arts District tasting room is a prime destination for indulging in sips of Natural Wine sourced from California's Central Coast. Despite its downtown location, the ambiance is remarkably serene and peaceful, creating an excellent setting for a wine-tasting experience. Inside, ample comfortable seating provides the perfect spot to relax, sip on wine, and reconnect with old friends.

Bar Bandini in Echo Park

Despite Echo Park's relatively small size, it surprisingly boasts several natural wine bars, and Bar Bandini remains our top choice. The dimly lit and refreshingly unpretentious atmosphere, with dark painted walls, suede banquettes, and rustic exposed wood, strikes the perfect balance between a chill neighborhood watering hole and a subtly romantic spot. Whether you're on a date or catching up with friends, Bar Bandini is the spot to go to to grab ‘one more drink’ before heading home.

The Chestnut Club in Santa Monica

Don't miss out on the cozy and intimate atmosphere at The Chestnut Club, a must-visit destination in Santa Monica. This modern cocktail bar, feels a thousand miles away from the pier's hustle and bustle, and exudes a sophisticated vibe with dim lighting, dark wood, plush leather sofas, and exposed brick. The combination of these elements makes this relaxed and refined Westside cocktail haven an unmissable experience.

Sunset and Vinyl in Hollywood

Discover this hidden gem – a bar and lounge dedicated to the art of cocktails and the simple pleasure of enjoying vintage vinyl records. Adorned with plush 70s lounge chairs and retro mood lighting, the interior invokes the nostalgic atmosphere of Hollywood in the 70s. The crushed velvet chairs, dim lighting, sticky laminated menus, and the funky vinyl tracks playing in the background create a cozy dive bar ambiance.

Old Man Bar in Culver City

Nestled at the back of Hatchet Hall, the Old Man Bar offers an intimate, softly lit environment, focusing on American whiskey and spirits. Boasting one of Los Angeles' finest curated backbars, it showcases both current and coveted releases from various distilleries. The ambiance exudes a lodge-like feel with its all-vinyl music, a warm fireplace, and walls adorned with taxidermy.

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