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LA’s 12 Best Bloody Marys

Published On 07/17/2015 Published On 07/17/2015
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1. Saddle Peak Lodge 419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 (Malibu)

The extensive wine list at this two-story stone lodge is completely California-made, all the time. So grab a bottle, or one of their famous Bloody Marys at brunch time. For eats, opt for the hand-chopped Angus beef tartare for a Summer dinner outside, or have a dish like Chilean sea bass done with a miso-sake glaze in spiced duck broth inside by the fireplace.

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2. The Attic 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

The Attic was founded on a menu full of Southern creature comforts like shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steaks, and jambalaya. But the standout here isn't the Monte Christo French Toast or Chicken and Waffles, no, your eye is immediately drawn to the section of the menu labeled “Mac ’n’ Cheetos.” All four options (OG Mac, Hey Shorty, Reggae, Jalo Bac) are served as follows: pasta, Cheddar, mozzarella, and Jack cheeses topped with Flaming Hot Cheetos crumbles and green onions. Let’s review. The OG Mac will come with smoked bacon and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Hey Shorty will come with slow-braised short rib, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Jalo Bac will come with jalapeños, candied cayenne bacon… and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Welcome to The Attic, where your favorite bag of chips makes its way into your favorite childhood, cheesy pasta. What more could you possibly want?

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3. Congregation Ale House 201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

The Congregational Ale House is a monastic-themed bars turned brewery with outposts in Long Beach, Azusa and Pasadena. CAH sought to bring a community and the spirit of Old World beers to LA. The chapters serve weekly drink and meal specials, including Serves food and weekly specials, including a la carte and combo options. With a diverse tap list, Congregation’s pourin’ for the masses.

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4. Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

This restaurant is "ocean-to-table" and makes you feel like you're in a particularly chic sailor shack. Try the bacon-abetted cod chowder and roasted scallops w/ charred spring onions.

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5. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

The rustic space that houses Eveleigh has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor-outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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6. Sunny Spot 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

On the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, Sunny Spot is a stylish Caribbean-influenced restaurant whose casual menu is heavy on comfort food. The offerings include waffle fry poutine, a double cheeseburger, and chimichurri skirt steak. Though dinner is a given, Sunny Spot has a stellar brunch scene with a savory-leaning plates and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and rum punch.

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7. The Normandie Club 605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Koreatown)

The Normandie Club is, in fact, not a club at all. It's a cocktail den in Koreatown, located in the Normandie Hotel, with a fresh take on cocktail culture. The menu is inspired by classics (literally, that's what it says on the menu). Your Old Fashioned may have a coconut bourbon base and a coconut chip in lieu of a cherry, there may be Sherry mixed into your martini, and your Bloody Mary comes sans vodka, sub aquavit. As for food, you can order from the popular burger joint, Cassell's, from The Normandie Club's website and have it delivered straight to your post at the bar.

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8. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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9. Big Bar 1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Big Bar's actually, well, a tiny little bar attached to the massive outdoor patio at the Alcove Cafe. It has a European feel thanks to a room-length, extra-wide marble bar, antique-looking oak cabinets, and custom-made, metal chandeliers.

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10. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.

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11. Scopa Italian Roots 2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90292 (Venice)

This Venice Beach Italian serves up a menu of inventive shareable plates that practically begs you to order one of everything. Start with some hot and cold antipasti before carbo-loading on pasta dishes like rabbit tagliatelle and vodka rigatoni. The space has a cool industrial aesthetic with exposed brick, giant mirrors, and warehouse ceilings.

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12. Franklin & Company 5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

This casual neighborhood resto dishes out elevated American cuisine, including tasty bar bites/apps like bleu cheese tater tots, Scotch eggs, ahi tuna tacos, and fried oysters Rockefeller. And if you want a terrifically spicy Bloody Mary, look no further.