That's why we've scoured the town for 24 foolproof destinations for downing a cold one or drowning your sorrows before the sun sets. There's outdoor spots galore for getting saucy, as well as holes in the wall where you can go a little more incognito. So, take a swig of our ultimate day-drinking cheat sheet — just be sure to pace yourself!
Photos (clockwise from left): High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin Bartender's Choice cocktail, Photographed by Hailley Howard; ABH at The Thompson Hotel, Photographed by Hailley Howard; Via Los Angeles Brewing Company
ABH at The Thompson Hotel
While we don't condone it, we say hotel bars are the best place to get mid-day blotto because they're filled with out-of-towners you most likely don't know. The rooftop has panoramic views and cocktail pitchers filled to the brim with flavors like Pineapple Mojito or Watermelon Margarita — they serve six fellow toasters, but the concoctions are so delish, we won't judge if you selfishly sip!
ABH at the Thompson Beverly Hills, 9360 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Crescent Drive); 310-273-1400.
Los Angeles Brewing Company
With 100 beers gracing the menu, the endless taps on the bar's horizon are the first thing your eye moves to upon entrance to this downtown watering hole. And if you're feeling really aggressive, LABC has a beer club, which offers an incentive to try each and every one of its brews. When you reach your 50th, you receive a beer mug with your name engraved on it (which they so kindly store for you), and then upon your 100th, they'll serve you a free brewskie each time you visit. The only catch is that you've got to guzzle up every two weeks to keep the tally afloat. (We hope you'll throw some nighttime hijinks in to meet this mark!)
Los Angeles Brewing Company, 750 South Broadway (near 8th Street); 213-622-0500.
The outdoor patio at this La Cienega staple is always alive and kickin', no matter the hour or day. On the weekends, we love to build our own Bloody Marys with the setup that includes just about every ingredient under the sun (nothing like the hair of the dog, right?).
The Belmont, 747 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Sherwood Drive); 310-659-8871.
This NYC transplant has the prettiest-hued marg in all of Malibu — or even in town for that matter. Order the Prickly Pear, and a magenta cocktail will hit the table that you'll wish they'd make into a lipstick! Oh, and if you stick around long enough on a random Tuesday, at 5 p.m., CH hosts Taco Tuesdays with $3 tacos and Tecate ... paradise.
Café Habana, 3939 Cross Creek Road (at PCH); 310-317-0300.
High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin
Perched atop the Hotel Erwin in Venice, this is the spot to get a little tipsy on rays and coconut-rum-infused drinks (we recommend the Sangria). The space doesn't open until 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but definitely get there early for the 1 p.m. cattle call on the weekends — it's consistently packed.
High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Avenue (near Brooks Avenue); 310-452-1111.
Red Lion Tavern, 2366 Glendale Boulevard (near Brier Avenue); 323-662-5337.
Tortilla Republic, 616 North Robertson Boulevard (near Melrose Avenue); 310-657-9888.
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