Sunset drinks are practically a requirement during the summer and luckily for you, Los Angeles has no shortage of fabulous spots to imbibe. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a simple happy hour or kick off a big night out, there are scads of great places to explore and enjoy your favorite drink -these are just a few of my faves.
Nobu Malibu has a unique style that meshes perfectly with their West Hollywood location. Enjoy a variety of unique drinks and snacks during their daily happy hour. Nobu boasts an extensive collection of sake, wine, champagne, and sparkling drinks as well as signature cocktails, such as the Rosemary Nashi Martini or the Japanese Bloody Mary. For your designated driver, there are fancy non-alcoholic drinks, juices, and teas. If you want to enjoy dinner, choose from three separate dining areas, each with a unique feel. Tapas, sushi, and local specials all contribute to a delectable menu.
If you’re craving some salt air and a view of the ocean, Strand House is a fantastic spot for sunset cocktails. With a prime location in Manhattan Beach, its multiple balconies and patios provide fantastic views of the Pacific. A high-end wine list and bottle service can help you celebrate a big event or birthday, while signature drinks like the Strand House Margarita are perfect if you want to keep it casual. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert are served too, just in case you need something to soak up the booze.
Located in Malibu, Geoffrey’s elevates oceanfront dining and drinks to an art form. The patio provides fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean and high-rise fireplaces to stave off the chill from ocean breezes. Knowledgeable servers with a focus on customer satisfaction means you’ll get great drink recommendations for pairings of food and wine or cocktails. You can also partake in their upscale menu featuring seafood and American cuisine or book your next event at Geoffrey’s (can I come?)!
Another fabulous spot in Malibu, Moonshadows lets you choose from indoor or outdoor seating so that you enjoy the perfect experience. Whether you prefer wine, champagne, sake, beer, martinis, or other cocktails, it’s a great place to watch the sun sink into the Pacific while you sip on fabulous drinks from their exclusive menu. You can also check out The Blue Lounge at Moonshadows for music, dancing and summer fun.
If you’re looking for an upscale drinking, dining, or hotel experience, Huntley’s has got you covered. The Penthouse Restaurant boasts their own Mixologist to craft cocktails and drinks sure to impress even the most exacting cocktail connoisseurs. Sample signature drinks includingthe Honeybee, Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar, or Lost in a Dream while you enjoy the rooftop view of the ocean. You can also choose from their fine wine and beer menu instead and indulge in their delicious brunch, lunch or dinner menus.
Perch French bistro boasts fabulous views of DTLA with outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, music, and a lounge area. Its Signature cocktails including the Lolita, My Fair Lady, and Midnight in Paris, plus exclusive list of high-end draft and bottled beer, bubbly, and wine are also worth a look. Dinner, dessert, brunch, and late night menus are available so you can have a snack whenever the mood strikes.
Upstairs has a little bit of everything to appeal to everyone. Enjoy the rooftop bar, eatery, and swimming pool while you take in the breathtaking view of downtown. Special events such and music happen frequently, making this a great place to learn about new bands, books, or creative projects. The cocktail menu is truly unique, featuring carefully curated highballs and a series of cocktails based on the L.A. transit system. If you’re in the mood for a drink that is complex and herbaceous, try the Little Tokyo or the Highland Park Line. You can also choose from great wines, cold pressed juices and coffees, frozen drinks, and snacks. Psst – they also have free WIFI!
With so many fabulous options for sunset drinks in L.A, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect spot to fit your mood.Make it a summer goal to hit each bar at least once – I dare ya ;) Cheers!