Los Angeles

A Best Western might not sound like the ideal place to grab a cocktail (in Hollywood of all places), but the aptly named MiniBar, a retro lounge on the ground floor of the Best Western Hollywood Hills, is a must-try for its vintage decor, throwback drinks, and low volume that actually lets you converse with a date (a rarity among LA bars). Another option? Go alone to enjoy the peace and quiet, and pretend you're a brooding Old Hollywood writer as you sip on The Bernard (a gin martini with a pickled mushroom) or a remixed Fuzzy Navel with pear brandy and apricot liqueur. Throw on a fedora and you'll fit right in with this petite spot's red leather booths, golden tables, and wood paneling.