James Romer, Bar Manager at Wirtshaus
"My favorite place right now is Jones on Santa Monica. It's near my house and I love the cozy nature of the bar area. Right now, I'm into Old Overholt Manhattans. I picked up a love of rye whiskey from my years bartending in Denver."
7205 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (map) 323-850-1726
Jill Bernheimer, Owner of Domaine LA
"Unfortunately I live too far away from Westwood Boulevard's Fundamental LA to be a regular. It's a sandwich shop by day that turns out super-refined plates by night. It has a small but excellent wine list, and is one of the only restaurants in town to offer wines from Oakland-based micro-importer Selection Massale. The place where I can be found most frequently is Night + Market. The food is the main attraction for most people there, but it also might be the venue in town where I would be happy drinking every bottle on the wine list. Chef Kris loves the Loire Valley as much as I do."
Hector Santa Cruz, Bartender at Neat and Bow & Truss
"I like the divey bars. When I'm not behind the bar mixing and concocting, you will find me in the seediest, darkest, open at 6 a.m. spots. I love The Drawing Room for that, plus I can just stumble home when I'm done. As far as drinks, I used to be a really big bourbon guy. Wild Turkey 101 might still be my go-to if I end up at a place I'm not in love with. I can just order that, no problem. The bartender might look at me like 'Really?', but they'll pour it super heavy and only charge me $5."
1800 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (map) 323-665-0135
Molly Prather, Bartender at Little Dom's
"I'm still a sucker for Chateau Marmont. There's something fun and magical and slightly out of control about the old place. As for my drink of choice? Always a Manhattan, up, a bit on the sweeter side with extra cherries."
Nate Oliver, Bartender at Vagrancy Pop-Up
"Even though I used to work long and hard nights at this spot, I still find myself sitting at the R & D bar in the back of Harvard & Stone at least once a week. My favorite drink from the front of the bar is still Baby's First Bourbon. Bourbon, orgeat, lemon, and bitters. You can't go wrong."
Brandon Sornberger, Bartender at iO West
"I mostly drink at Father's Office in Culver City, because it's close to my house. I'll usually see what IPAs they have. They get a lot of great allocated beer, like Pliny the Elder, which they almost always have on. I'll mix it up, see what's new, what they just tapped, what they only have one keg of. They're great for that."
Mia Sarazen, Bar Manager at The Churchill
"We just revamped the bar at The Churchill, so it's hard to find the time to get out anywhere. When I am available, I usually end up at Jones on Santa Monica. When I'm there I order tequila, neat."
7205 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (map)323-850-1726
Caroline Pardilla (AKA Caroline on Crack), Professional Drinker
"There are a lot of places I like to drink, so I'm not really a regular anywhere. But my default is The Varnish. It's like a long distance best friend; even though I don't see them all the time, once I do it's like no time has passed between visits. If I'm there and I don't order one of the specials, it'll be a classic, like a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned or a Vesper."