Neat or on the Rocks: The Top 5 Scotch Bars in Los Angeles

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You can’t deny the old school charm of sipping a smooth scotch and smoking a cigar. I can’t always promise you Cubans, but these five bars have the definitive angle on where to get a good scotch in this town.

1 The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

For those of you who don’t know your Glenlivets from your Glenfiddichs, this Hollywood institution is an excellent place to get an education. This after all is the place that refused Mia Farrow service for wearing pants and that provided scenery for "The Bad and the Beautiful." For all those mad for "Mad Men," It’s still a great place to relax, order two fingers neat and pretend you’ve just closed the deal.

9641 Sunset Blvd.

Beverly Hills


2 The Club Bar at the Peninsula Hotel

Forget the Millionaire’s Margarita, The Club Bar boasts one of the most select single malt scotch menus in town. The bar itself, decked in polished woods and oil paintings, serves as a serene backdrop where many L.A. power players come to unwind.

9882 Little Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles

3 The Grand Havana Room

The entrance to the members-only Grand Havana Room can be hard to find. That’s because it’s located in a restaurant on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, where guests introduce themselves to a hostess who unlocks a secret elevator that takes members to the smoking lounge and bar. If you’re into the cloak-and-dagger routine or just value your privacy, this may be the spot for you. Members pay yearly fees and monthly humidor upkeep and trust me, the panoramic views of the city, the cigar selection and the extensive premium scotch menu are well worth it.

Corner of Dayton Way and Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA

4 The Hunt Room at The Regency Club

Full of old-school charm, the Hunt Room at the private Regency Club reminds me of saddling up to a country club bar back east. Whether you’re looking for a rare single malt or a premium blend, The Hunt Room is sure to carry your poison — if you can get in.

10900 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles


5 Seven Grand

This whiskey bar shelves over 300 select whiskeys, scotches and bourbons, kind of like an adult Disneyland for Scotch enthusiasts. With environs that somehow manage to look as if the Sex Pistols decorated a library, Seven Grand is known for those looking to have a grand old time — into the wee hours of the morn.

515 W. Seventh St.

Los Angeles


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