10 Best Bars On The Sunset Strip

February 24, 2016 9:14 PM

(Credit: State Social House)

(Credit: State Social House)


There is no denying, that Sunset Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the world. From iconic music venues, restaurants, clubs and bars, the alluring and seductive nature of the Sunset Strip drives a diverse crowd looking for a great evening out. As with every step on the one and a half mile strip, there is an embedded story, secret or scandal.


 
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(Credit: LORE Group)


Bar Fifty Three
8909 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-0053
www.facebook.com

Opened in June of 2015 as a secluded man cave destination on the Sunset Strip, Bar Fifty Three has perfected the seamless combination of a swanky lounge paired with stiff handcrafted cocktails. From plush brown leather booths to smoky dark wood covering the floor, this Mad Men style retreat is the ideal stop for an after work cocktail to a boy’s night out. Bar 53’s cocktail menu includes the Mr. DeMille, made with Ketel One Vodka, The Norma Desmond made with spiced rum and more.


 
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(Credit: BOA Steakhouse Sunset)


BOA
9200 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2050
www.innovativedining.com

BOA on Sunset originally opened in 2001, but moved down the street to the current location in 2009. Since moving to their new location, BOA has become one of the top power lunch and dinner spots in the city, as well as a great bar for Angelenos. Guests come for the good drinks, celeb sightings, and mouth-watering dry-aged steaks. And, when it comes to drinks, the most popular are the BOA 405, with beluga vodka, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemon, cracked pepper, and the BOA Barrel Aged Manhattan, with knob creek rye whiskey, carpano antica sweet vermouth, aromatic bitters. Happy hour is also a big hit and happens Monday through Friday from 5-7pm.


 
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(Credit: The Church Key)


The Church Key
8730 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3700
www.thechurchkeyla.com

The Church Key’s beverage director Devon Espinosa is behind the great cocktail program at this Sunset Blvd haunt, along with his newly added teammate Rob Flyod. As two of the hottest mixologists in town, they help come up with some of the most popular drinks on the menu, such as the “Pink Lips”, and the “Old Fashioned Chai,” which are staples of the bar. But, other cocktails like “Going Down Unher”, and “Mary Funkin Poppins” are very popular, too. Their happy hour has a fun BBQ theme to it, as well, and can be enjoyed Monday through Friday from 5:30pm-7pm.


 
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(Credit: Eveleigh)


Eveleigh
8752 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(424) 239-1630
www.theeveleigh.com

With its oval-shaped bar in the interior of the restaurant, and one of the most beautiful outdoor patios in the city with retractable awnings overhead, The Eveleigh offers just about it all for its patrons. Beautiful design elements, delicious food and cocktail menus and an unparalleled wine list each add great elements to the overarching sense of a rustic welcome; and although you are on the busy strip, you feel like you have uncovered a hidden gem. Popular drinks here include the Eveleigh Lemonade and the Farmer’s Market Menu, which is inspired by seasonal produce and changes every Sunday based on the availability of fresh ingredients and highlights the market’s top ingredients, such as peaches and blackberries.


 
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(Credit: LORE Group)


Maia
8768 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-0366
www.maiaweho.com

Opened in 2015 on the iconic Sunset Strip, Maia quickly became a huge success. Maia has recently expanded their popular California-Asian fusion menu to include brunch every Sunday, with the addition of Saturdays. A favorite among celebrities and locals, Maia’s in-demand dishes include Alaskan Halibut, Tempura Rock Shrimp, Kumamoto Oysters and more. Pairing their great cocktails has never been so fun with Maia’s delectable drink menu including the Maia Angeles, Pink Cadillac, Ghost Writer and more.


 
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(Credit: LORE Group)


Pearls Rooftop
8909 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-6800
www.pearlssunset.com

Pearl’s on Sunset hosts boasting views of Los Angeles outside on the patio, while bringing the outside in with a whimsical second-level garden. Featuring two full service bars and a playful atmosphere, the Los Angeles hot spot is home to some of the best culinary creations including Maine Lobster Tacos, Ricotta Ravioli and more. Signature cocktails such as the Fitzgerald, Villa Nova and Mickey Cohen bring the experience together by pairing the perfect libations with the perfect dishes.


 
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(Credit: Nicole Sixx)

Rainbow Bar and Grill
9015 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-4232
www.rainbowbarandgrill.com

The world famous Rainbow Bar & Grill was founded in 1972 by Mario Maglieri, Lou Adler, Elmer Valentine and others for an opening party for Elton John. At the time, the word “rainbow” signified peace and freedom. It quickly became known as a hangout for celebrities of all types and is still to this day. Their award winning food is prepared by Chef Miguel and they also have a full bar serving craft beers and fine wine and spirits. The Rainbow Bar & Grill’s signature cocktail is simple yet a classic and well-balanced Jack and Coke.


 
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(Credit: LORE Group )


Rock & Reilly’s
8911 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-1400
www.rnrpub.com

Located on the legendary Sunset Strip, Rock & Reilly’s is popular amongst locals, tourists, sports fans and more. The culinary hot spot’s menu is packed with casual cuisine, including Irish nachos, chipotle mac & cheese, short rib grilled cheese and more. An Irish pub wouldn’t be complete without a full list of libations, and Rock & Reilly’s definitely has that covered with cocktails including The Irish Mule, Spicy Slapper and more as well as beer flight options for those who can’t decide on their favorite brew.


 
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(Credit: Mondrian Los Angeles)


Skybar
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6025
www.morganshotelgroup.com

Los Angeles Opened by legendary nightlife and restaurant guru Randy Gerber, husband of model and actress Cindy Crawford, Skybar at the Mondrian hotel is one Sunset hotspot that has some serious staying power. Along with chic poolside lounge and a glamorous open-air bar offering the most stunning views of Los Angeles, it’s a must visit. By night, the venue springs to life as it hosts nightly events, offering visitors unforgettable experiences and serving up everything from screenings of classic movies poolside in a Dive-In Theater to late night dance parties powered by sets from world class DJs. Skybar also boasts a mouth-watering menu, including the Steak Frites, along with a list of classic to exotic drinks like Estella (Absolut Elyx Vodka, Lemon Juice, Strawberries, Agave Nectar, Perrier-Jouet Champagne), and Great Expectations (Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, St­Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Soda Water, Raspberries).


 
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(Credit: State Social House)


State Social House
8782 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-8100
www.statesocialhouse.com

State Social House opened with the hopes of catering to all locals and tourists alike with a one of a kind experience on the Sunset Strip. Since then, they have created the bar to be a successful live music venue, a great place to watch a game, a corporate event space, gastropub, and a cigar lounge all under one roof. State Social House has a variety of craft beers and craft cocktails like their Backroom Mob which features Bulleit Bourbon, St. Germaine, lemon, soda and mint. Guests can also enjoy some of the very best cigars in The Backroom cigar lounge or eat some delicious food prepared by Chef Vernon Cardenas like the hand tossed pizzas, burgers and crispy cauliflower.

Article by Jarone Ashkenazi

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