Bar Tabs: Where And What To Drink In L.A. According To Our Favorite Angelenos

The rest of the world just doesn’t understand. In L.A., stepping out for a couple drinks takes serious planning. Because Angelenos need to make every trip to the bar count, here's a list of cocktail joints — plus, never-fail drink orders — from three talented, beautiful members of our 30 Under 30 series. Memorize their suggestions, and who knows? You just might meet a hot under-30 up-and-comer on your next bar crawl.
First up...

Alisa Gould-Simon
A freelance journalist made good (and you know how few there are), Gould-Simon is as witty and sharp as she is stylish and personable. She’s a rare, wild combination of talents that the addictive app,, benefits from every day.

She's Drinking At
Eveleigh — It’s like a rustic California ranch house – with a menu, ambiance, and audience to match. Two cocktails, and you’d never believe you were in West Hollywood… or L.A. for that matter.
8752 West Sunset Boulevard (between Sunset Plaza and Holloway drives); 424-239-1630
She's Ordering A Hot Basiltini — Spicy, sweet, fresh, and very, very interesting.
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Portrait photographed by Clarke Tolton; Location courtesy of Eveleigh.

Paul Tao
Tao’s donated his brain and heart to promoting new music in L.A. The bands he’s backed, the label he co-founded — IAMSOUND — and the endless cycle of bangin’ events he hosts prove that it was all worth it.
He's Drinking At
Pour Vous — Hold on. Is this Paris? Is it 1907? The spirits and space at this Hollywood haunt may have you believing it, and bringing your friends back for more.
5574 Melrose Avenue (between N Gower and N Beachwood streets); 323-871-8699

He's Ordering
A Stoli Salted Sweet Gimlet — the perfect of mix of bass and treble.

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Portrait photographed by Clarke Tolton; Location courtesy of Manufactur. Advertisement

Chloe Bartoli
A buyer and stylist for L.A.'s beloved Curve, Bartoli is responsible for some of the most covetable pieces on their racks. And, if you think about it, she's the guru behind some of the chicest looks you see gracing the stools and cocktail tables of the city's hottest nightspots. Well done, miss.

She's Drinking At
The Chateau Marmont — You know the name and you know the rep — the always-hot nighttime playground for wild-child celebs and elegant Angelenos alike. If you haven't had a round at this classic, then you really haven't tasted Los Angeles at all.
8221 Sunset Boulevard (between Selma Avenue and Marmont Lane); 323) 656-1010

She's Ordering
A Stoli Hot Collins — A spicy take on the tart, timeless cocktail-hour fave.

Portrait photographed by Clarke Tolton; Location Courtesy of The Chateau Marmont Advertisement