Curious about where to find the best drinks in LA? The Minty aka Shauna Der has you covered. Longtime local lifestyle blogger and social media debutante, The Minty (because she is so fresh) is out and about every night of the week, either at the city’s hottest new restaurant or checking out a bar’s latest cocktail menu. Proceed with caution; her Instagram will have you saying, “It’s five o’clock somewhere” before the sun even rises.
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So drink up these recommendations and you too can be a master of the boozy summertime scene in the City of Angels.
Viviane at The Avalon Hotel
The Minty (Shauna Der): Located at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, Viviane would be a great way to spend a lazy Sunday Funday with drinks and brunch by the pool. Try their Manhattan flight if you’re into boozy drinks or the fun tropical Pineapple punch.
Images courtesy of @vivianerestaurant
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
SD: During the summer, the pool at the Roosevelt in Hollywood is where it’s at! With several poolside bars, you’ll never go thirsty. And the people watching is great. I’d keep it simple with either Champagne or a gin and tonic.
The Line Hotel
Images courtesy of @thelinehotel
SD: Hollywood’s latest hotel features a rocking rooftop. Get cozy under the blankets in the cooler evenings while sipping on Instagram-worthy drinks garnished with pretty flowers. Want to keep it classy? Alternate your drinks with mocktails. Mama Shelter is here to take care of you.
E.P. & L.P.
SD: In West Hollywood, E.P. is the delicious restaurant downstairs while L.P. is the large rooftop bar with a private side called Frankie’s. Check out drinks from Brittney or Ryan. Tell them your favorite spirit and they’ll whip you up something incredible.
Images courtesy of @eplosangeles
The Venice Whaler
SD: When you’re at Venice Beach, duck into the Whaler. The downstairs bar known as the Crab Shell, serves craft cocktails while the rooftop bar has the fun, refreshing beachy drinks. However, you can take your serious booze upstairs (make sure you close out that tab first) if you enjoy fine cocktails. My pick would be the Old Ironside (Wild Turkey 101 rye, Cynar 70, sweet vermouth, sour cherry bitters) or the Golden Girl (jalapeno tequila, passion fruit, agave, lime meringue, mescal spritz).
Images courtesy of @thevenicewhaler
Upstairs, Ace Hotel
SD: Upstairs, the rooftop bar at Ace DTLA, has two open lounges. I tend to enjoy the shenanigans at the pool. Here’s an insider tip, come on Tuesdays to check out, "Friends with Benefits", a guest series of bartenders.