1. Little Door:
Already known as one of the most romantic spots in the city, the bougainvillea-covered patio of The Little Door is the perfect location for a post-dinner glass of Bordeaux or champagne. Plus, everyone looks a little better by candlelight.
Little Door, 8164 W 3rd Street (at South La Jolla Avenue); 323-951-1210.
Sausage, fries, and beer...what else do you really need to know? Located in the arts district of Downtown L.A., the clean, industrial space is an excellent foil to the rich and spicy sausages and Belgian and German ales. But if you want a breath of fresh air, try sitting on the patio alongside of the building. Crawling jasmine, long wooden benches, and a glass of La Chouffe in your hand is the best antidote to the bustling bar.
Wurstküche, 800 East 3rd Street (at South Hewitt Street); 213-687-4444.
3. The Foundry:
If you're not already there enjoying Chef Eric Greenspan's modern American cuisine, then swing by for the eclectic cocktail list and vintage inspired patio area. The Strawberry Collins is a light and refreshing blend of gin, strawberries, and citrus—the perfect companion to watch the sun go down behind the patio's olive trees.
The Foundry, 7463 Melrose Avenue (at Martel Avenue); 323-651-0915.
We've got not one but two rad giveaways for the So Cal sipper. Just tell us in the comments of this story what your favorite summer libation is on a blazing hot day, and our two favorite responses will get a $20 gift certificate to Wurstküche or a free patio season cocktail from The Foundry.