Whether you prefer your libations on the rocks or neat, you’re going to love our top five picks for the best whisky bars in Los Angeles.
1 Steak & WhiskyLanewood Studio
Whisky lockers, you say? Yes, please. This Hermosa Beach locale wants you to savor your favorite tipple, and makes 10 exclusive lockers accessible to its frequent visitors. The sommelier is knowledgeable and cares to share, suggesting you drop an ice cube into your glass to open up the flavor. Listen to him: he knows what he’s talking about. The menu emphasizes Japanese whiskies like Hibiki and Nikka. The cocktail list is appropriately whisky-heavy as well.
117 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310-318-5555
2 Ten Pound
The most exclusive whisky bar you might never have heard of belongs at The Montage in the form of the hush hush boîte Ten Pound. Sure, you might have duck through a kitchen to get there, but this intimate space is worth your trouble. Here you'll find an unparalleled whisky-drinking experience in a luxurious setting where The Macallan is poured authentically, over an ice sphere of water imported from the Scottish Highlands. Don't try to trick the maitre d' --- if you're not on the list, they'll know and you WILL go home embarrassed.
225 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310-906-7218
3 Seven Grand213 Hospitality
This comprehensive whisky bar has been a fixture downtown since it opened in 2007, and its a testament to its menu that it remains so today---which is basically unheard of when it comes to the shelf life of LA drinking dens. Seven Grand features one of the largest selections of premium whiskeys in the West, with bottles displayed in vintage cases from the custom-designed building’s original proprietors, Brock & Co. Jewelry Emporium. Alongside hand-crafted cocktails, state-of-the-art beverage delivery systems, live music, pool tables and private party areas, Seven Grand is also home to the ever-popular Whiskey Society; a unique membership program providing guests the opportunity to further explore the spirit via education and experimentation with comprehensive tastings featuring Master Distillers, International Brand Ambassadors, and notable members of the liquor industry.
515 West 7th St., 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90014 213-614-0736
4 Grain Whiskey BarPlaya Provisions
Heaven looks a little bit like Grain Whiskey Bar, one of our favorite spots to enjoy our favorite tipple, and by the beach no less. Grain, located at the rear of Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson's Playa Provisions, offers more than 200+ varieties of whisky, Scotch and bourbon in a cool, almost vintage setting where there's excellent food, a photo booth and a love tester...which provides easy conversation for the plethora of good looking singles just waiting to mingle.
119 Culver Blvd. Playa del Rey, CA 90293 301-6835019
5 Bar Jackalope213 Hospitality Group
If you're a fan of Seven Grand, you're going to go gaga for Bar Jackalope, the younger and more streamlined kid brother of 213 Hospitality Group's original whisky watering hole. This eighteen-seat Japanese whisky bar is intimate, but it pulls a punch with its extensive menu, which features over 120 varieties of whiskeys, including rare international and domestic varieties.
515 W 7th St #2 Los Angeles, CA 213-614-0736