December 21st is the longest night of the year -- almost 15 straight hours of darkness. Nerds like to call it the "Winter solstice". We like to call it the "Best Night of Your Life", because that's damn sure what it could be, if you spend it at the city's best Thrillist-approved happy hour spots, cocktail bars, nightclubs, etc. Check out our picks for LA's best cocktail bars below, and make sure to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.

Honeycut
Downtown
The newest drop from the dude behind The Varnish and Las Perlas is this collab with the guys from New York's lauded Death & Co. It has a 50-strong specialty cocktail list (including some bottled guys), and a next-door dance floor that's lit like the video for "Billy Jean".

Roger Room
Mid-Wilshire
This tiny, circus-themed (please-have-a-lion-please-have-a-lion-please-have-a-lion) bar sports more freshness than an LA prince, with seasonal fruits and veggies potently upping its flavor game.

Pour Vous
Hollywood
Burlesque on Tuesdays, DJs throughout the week, top-end bartenders, and -- oh yeah -- AN ACTUAL FREAKING TRAIN IN THEIR BACKYARD are among the draws to this Paramount-adjacent bar. Just make sure you dress nice... the door guys here can be sticklers.

Harvard & Stone
Thai Town
From the same guys as Pour Vous, this industrial-feeling room's got top-flight bands as well as a back-bar where 'tenders from all over the world develop their own programs, which means any-night hits (Asian-flavored cocktails!) and misses (black licorice-flavored cocktails!).

The Library Bar

The Library Bar
Hollywood
Though main man Matt Biancaniello's moved on to greener, consultant-type pastures, his legacy at the Roosevelt's downstairs bar remains: stellar, custom drinks, made to your parameters (and by your 'parameters', we mean whiskey. Liquor-forward. Some citrus notes.).

The Spare Room
Hollywood
The Roosevelt gets a double-billing on the list thanks to TSR. Their upstairs saloon's got real game -- Jenga, checkers, bowling, and more. Also? Bands sometimes, and DJs more often. We've even seen Thom Yorke drop by on the ones and twos (most. awkward. dance. party. ever.).

Copa D' Oro

Copa D' Oro
Santa Monica
The Westside's premiere mixed-drinkery's another one that specializes in choose-your-own-adventure-style drinks, though their specialty program's also top-notch, with seasonal goodness like the Southern Belle loaded w/ bourbon, grappa, pear liquor, grapes, peppers, and lemon juice.

Basement Tavern

Basement Tavern
Santa Monica
Yeah, it's a party spot, so it's easy to forget that they're as artisanal ingredient-devoted as any other top-notch bar in town. Their Moscow Mule? Unbeatable.

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1. Honeycut 819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

Honeycut's got a Manhattan-esque underground lair that's sporting pool tables, an extensive cocktail list, and a second room with bottled drinks and a light-up dance floor.

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2. Roger Room 370 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Beverly Hills)

Since its opening in the early days of the speakeasy craze in LA, The Roger Room has retained all of its class and charm. Order up the Four Aces, a house favorite with vodka, basil, green grapes, and ginger liqueur, or the Japanese Maple with whiskey, egg whites, and maple syrup -- then settle into a booth beneath the hand-painted carnival mural and be prepared to stay awhile.

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3. Pour Vous 5574 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

Pour Vous is a swanky, velvet couch-laden cocktail bar reminiscent of old Hollywood.

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4. Harvard & Stone 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Koreatown)

From the guys behind the Havana-themed hideaway La Descarga, Harvard & Stone is a meticulously designed craft cocktail bar in a cavernous, two-story, 1930s factory in Los Feliz. Dance the night away to a solid indie, Motown, and everything-in-between playlist while you sip on pop-culture themed libations (Knocked Up, Hey Arnold, and Zelda are three such cocktails).

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5. The Library Bar 630 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

The bookish hangout has wrangled ex-Father's Office manager Christina Perozzi as their beer sommelier, bringing in rare brews like the smokey/sweet Maredsous and the Trappiste Rochefort.

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6. Spare Room 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

The Roosevelt Hotel is famous for being haunted, but now it's ready to be your regular haunt thanks to Spare Room. This sleek cocktail lounge/bowling alley stepped up its drink game with the addition of award-winning beverage director Yael Vengroff, who's crafting a menu full of welcome surprises, including a Salt & Vinegar Martini (served with dill potato chips), and a pandan leaf-adorned Lucky Smoke, mixed with Japanese whiskey, rum, banana liqueur, and vanilla.

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7. Copa D'Oro 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Darkly lit, mid-sized, and old-world detailed (tiled floors, exposed brick, candlelit booths), Copa's a menu-less cocktail emporium dedicated to making exclusive-to-you drinks, helmed by a former Providence 'tender.

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