'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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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1. The Raymond 18861250 Fair Oaks Dr, Pasadena
2. Salt & Straw240 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Ray's & Stark Bar5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Gracias Madre8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
5. Hungry Cat1555 Vine St, Los Angeles
6. Tipple & Brine14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
7. The Venice Whaler10 Washington Blvd, Venice
8. Mess Hall4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This sleek, summer-camp-themed Loz Feliz spot (think metal cafeteria trays on the wall) pulls out all the stops: an extensive gastro-inspired menu with offerings at breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night, plus a full raw oyster bar. We'll narrow it down for you: try the fried chicken sandwich (with a hot honey aioli), a side of the perfectly crisp french fries, and a mint julep out of their top-notch cocktail program, and head for the outdoor patio.