Food & Drink

Where to get the best eggnog to drink (and eat!) in LA

Jeff Miller Published On 12/23/2014 Published On 12/23/2014
The Raymond 1886

'Tis the season to be jolly (and drink and eat stuff with eggnog in it), fa la la la la, la la, la, la. Don we now our list of the nine best options in LA, fa la la, la la la, la, la, la!
 

The Raymond 1886

Pasadena
What you're getting: Spiked eggnog
The house-like barstaurant's current drinks menu includes this guy, invented by acclaimed barman Marcos Tello and loaded with house-made simple syrup, heavy cream, a whole egg, and cognac.
 

Salt & Straw

Hancock Park
What you're getting: Eggnog custard ice cream
This Portland import's ice cream is a real treat, thanks to being laced with Scotchy-Scotch -- as well as nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Ray's and Stark Bar

Ray's and Stark Bar

Mid-Wilshire
What you're getting: Three Spirit Nog
LACMA's fantastic patio bar is currently rocking a cold, spicy nog laced with a trio of your favorite things: bourbon, brandy, and dark rum.
 

Gracias Madre

West Hollywood
What you're getting: Not Your Madre's Egg Nog
The ultra-legit vegan Mexican restaurant (just go with it) has a festive concoction with coconut milk, caramel agave, mezcal, a proprietary masala chai blend, and homemade chocolate bitters.

Hungry Cat

The Hungry Cat

Hollywood and Santa Monica
What you're getting: Big Dave's Nog
The Jameson-, spiced rum-, and brandy-laced nog (named for this seafood restaurant's founder) returns, both for dine-in (where it's topped with nutmeg and cinnamon) or in bottles to-go, where it's topped with... whatever the hell you want to top it with at home.
 

Playa Provisions

Playa Del Rey
What you're getting: Christmas Breakfast
The multi-faceted restaurant does a nog-ified breakfast-for-dessert called the Christmas Breakfast -- a melange of chocolate-covered cornflake crunch, banana rum caramel, eggnog ice cream pie, and gold leaf. Yes, seriously.

Tipple & Brine

Tipple & Brine

Sherman Oaks
What you're getting: Tipple Tree
This take on a nog is cognac-based (with grated nutmeg and simple syrup) and takes a decidedly acid-y turn thanks to lemon juice. It doesn't seem like it should work, but, well, it works.
 

Messhall

Los Feliz
What you're getting: Uphill Both Ways
The Eastside cheap-oysters-and-more standby offers two "flips" -- eggnogs without cream -- including the rum-based You've Got Red On You and the Old Grand-Dad-laden Uphill Both Ways, which's also loaded with Angelico Fernet, orgeat, sugar, bitters, and, duh, an egg.

Venice Whaler

The Venice Whaler

Venice
What you're getting: New Year's Nog
Basic? Sure. But that's really all you need to fight off the Venice nippiness.

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Jeff Miller is the editor of Thrillist LA, and thinks more places should offer to-go nog. Tell him where else to find it on Twitter at @ThrillistLA or Instagram at @jeffmillerla.

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1. The Raymond 1886 1250 Fair Oaks Dr, Pasadena, CA 91030 (Pasadena)

As their name suggests, The Raymond 1886 focuses on old-school craft, whether it comes to their dishes or their cocktails. Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan serves modern American dishes like roasted duck, Hawaiian Ahi, and braised short ribs. The bar focuses on throwback styles like fresh juices and hand-cut chunks of ice in the drinks. Feel free to go off-menu, since bartenders here like to experiment and surprise.

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2. Salt & Straw 240 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Hancock Park)

This Portland-born ice creamery is set to fill your face with flavors like Cali peaches w/ lemon crumble and chocolate almond and caramel cheesecake.

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3. Ray's & Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Located at LACMA, this swanky bar and restaurant takes museum dining to new levels with an upscale American menu, killer cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio. Expect wood-fired pizzas, plenty of veggie plates, and classic entrees like a burger with caramelized onions and grilled fish. The Stark Bar has an impressive spirit selection sourced from across the world, and the craft cocktails taste just right at happy hour.

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4. Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.

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5. 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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6. Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

This laid back seafoodery in Playa del Rey is one of the best places to stop for happy hour, a frozen treat, or some of the greatest, freshest ceviche.

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7. Tipple & Brine 14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

This Sherman Oaks seafoodery not only doles out quality fare from the sea (oyster bar!), but they also mix up tasty 'tails in a sophisticated and comfy ambiance.

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8. MessHall 4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Opened in The Happy One (Los Feliz!), MessHall's an airy, patio-equipped New American eatery set in the former Louise's spot, with a re-done interior that kinda looks like a barn swallowed a school cafeteria, but was then swallowed by a bigger school cafeteria, which was in turn swallowed by an only slightly larger barn (i.e. varnished wood communal tables, exposed timber ceilings, and a wall decorated with serving trays).

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9. The Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292 (Venice)

A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.

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