What a brutal LA winter, amirite??? Thankfully, after three straight months of 74 and sunny (brrrrrrrr!), it's over and back to being 75 and sunny again, which means you can finally leave your house and go to these: the 16 best LA bars and restaurants to open during winter.
LA's 16 Best Winter Openings
This Westside beer-and-wine-garden-with-great-food is quickly becoming a go-to, thanks to being, uh, a near-the-beach beer-and-wine-garden-with-great-food. Pro tip: get the Niman Ranch pork belly tacos. Non-pro tip: still get the Niman ranch pork belly tacos.
This actual-restaurant (from the crew behind Laurel Hardware) took over a kind-of-fake restaurant where people actually ordered food as well as martinis (Lolas), totally reforming the space and menu, with not-martinis like the mezcal-laden "Maria Linda" and not-fake food like octopus w/ turnip mash.
Certainly one of the most interesting concepts in recent memory, this peanut-butter-and-jelly-focused restaurant (seriously!) has epic takes on PB sandwiches like a dark chocolate peanut butter joint with Nutella and chocolate chips.
The latest from the husband/wife team behind Sycamore Kitchen, this great date spot is armed with a grill firing off one of the best rib dishes in all of LA, plus other amazingness like cornmeal ricotta fritters w/ salted honey butter.
The Valley added this killer wine bar from the Covell guys, with food completely on par with their Silverlake spot L&E Oyster Bar. Why does anyone pay high rent on the Eastside, again?
This fast-casual spot gives pizza icons like Mozza a run for their doughy money, with a chef (whose pies have been called some of the best in the nation) firing off bubbly dough topped with imported-from-The-Boot ingredients.
What do you get when the guy behind some of LA's best beer bars (Little Bear, Surly Goat...) opens a burger-y gastropub in the West-ish central SF Valley? One of the best new bars in the ENTIRE CITY, that's what.
What do you get when the company behind some of LA's best gastropubs opens another location in the West-ish central SF Valley? ANOTHER one of the best new bars in the ENTIRE CITY! That's what!
This massive, whiskey barrel-looking bar has one of the best designs of any bar in LA, ever, of all time, plus an amazing new drinking patio. We like to call that a win-win...-win-win-win-win-win-win-win.
Seriously, the guys behind Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" and Young MC's "Bust a Move" opened this pizza place, named after their iconic hip-hop label. Unfortunately, no karaoke... yet.
There's a secret bar in Pasadena under a beer hall now. If you haven't been yet, why the hell not?
Super surprisingly, this spot is concentrating on steak. And whisky. If you don't like these things, it's kind of amazing that you're still reading Thrillist at all.
The Eggslut guys' new ramen place. You're probably already waiting in line.
The chef from Waterloo and City (RIP!) re-emerges with an internationally focused homage to his hometown of Nottingham, England, with dishes as diverse as rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio, and carrots, and monkfish tikka masala with quince chutney and lime pickles.
Does it sound like they serve lobster everything there? Well, that's because they do, including lobster bisque, lobster pot pie, lobster rolls, truffled lobster grilled cheese. (Okay fine, there's some non-lobster things, too, like shrimp rolls, clam chowder, and Fentimans sodas straight from the UK).
Now when you're like, "where should we go for fancy dinner in Brentwood?", the answer can be, "duh, that new steakhouse with a 35-day dry aged cote de boeuf and a monstrous shellfish platter" -- without your date looking at you and saying, "there's not one of those in BRENTWOOD!" Because now there is.
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1. Ashland Hill2807 Main St, Santa Monica
2. ysabel945 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood
3. SpreadPB12215 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Odys & Penelope127 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
5. Augustine Wine Bar13456 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
6. Sweeney's Ale House17337 Ventura Blvd, Encino
7. Public School 81815300 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
8. Idle Hour4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
9. Delicious Pizza5419 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles
10. Der Wolfskopf72 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
11. Steak & Whisky117 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
12. Ramen Champ727 N Broadway, Los Angeles
13. Birch1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood
14. knuckle & claw3112 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
15. Baltaire11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
Ashland Hill opened in the former Wildfire Pizza space in 2015; the beer bar boasts a massive patio -- perfect to camp out on during the summer -- and a strong-to-very-strong draft list and shareable goodness like shishito mac & cheese and lamb and pork meatballs.
This bar-staurant does away with the gimmicky martinis and brings in a killer food menu, with poblano & oxtail agnolotti and a wood-grilled 24oz ribeye among the highlights.
SpreadPB has a Pinkberry-esque menu, which means you can customize sandwiches with everything from green curry to maple-bacon in your peanut butter.
Odys and Penelope, from the married couple behind Hatfield's, is a casual grill named after the protagonists of The Odyssey. The move here: dry-rubbed smoked short ribs and grilled Snake River Wagyu tri-tip.
The Valley's wine bar game is TOTALLY upped with this marble-bar-topped vino paradise. The spot has 75 by-the-glass options (including selections from the 1800s!!!) and food like charcuterie and braised octopus.
The guy behind Surly Goat opened this gorgeous beer hall in Encino, which has a massive craft menu, a 7-day-a-week happy hour, and a pastrami burger topped with crispy onion rings.
Public School 818 wants to school novices and foodies on the art of food and beer. Serving only craft beer and using local produce for dishes like the Colorado Lamb Burger, Public School is sure you give the tastiest lesson ever.
Originally built as a tap room in 1941, Idle Hour has been refurbished and reopened into a shining example of what every bar shaped like a giant whiskey barrel should be. Cocktails on tap, a top-notch patio out back, and even a separate private party annex that's shaped like a giant, pipe-smoking bulldog (everything is shaped like something!!) take this Vineland drinking destination to the next level.
Delicious Pizza in West Adams is a restaurant/coffee shop with a hip-hop theme (its co-owned by Mike Ross, co-founder of LA hip-hop record label Delicious Vinyl). There are unique pizza offerings on the menu, like the Soulflower (eggplant, roasted peppers) and the Yacht Club (anchovy, garlic, shallots, arugula).
This German beer hall in Old Town Pasadena has a lot in store for you -- a spacious hall where you can enjoy tons of German brews, from the rare to the regular, plus hearty eats like schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels. Hidden downstairs is a secret bar that you just might be lucky enough to enjoy, filled with specialty beers, secret craft cocktails, and, thankfully, ALSO hearty eats like schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels.
If you think you know what to expect at Steak & Whisky, here's a surprise-if you purchase of bottle of their whisky, you can keep it on reserve for each time you visit, and if you can afford it, you'll definitely want to return.
The Eggslut guy opened up this ramen restaurant in the same center as Chego! in Chinatown. If you're not excited by that, you 1) are dead, 2) have never been to Eggslut, or 3) don't like ramen. In any of those cases, we are very, very sorry for you.
Birch might be the most adventurous restaurant ever to hit the neighborhood, blending together influences and flavors from all over the world (think scallop sashimi and rabbit baklava). As a bonus, you'll find a collection of inspired, market-forward cocktails with ingredient combinations like black lime and white tea rum, frankincense and irish whiskey, or vodka and pinecone.
Knuckle & Claw wants to vindicate all the lobster lovers who've had to comb through layers of mayonnaise and fillers to get to what really matters. They're fighting the good fight by offering grand chunks of lobster (and other seafood) in rolls, bisque, and other seafood dish favorites.
Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.