With a new year comes the inevitable new restaurant openings and the birth of a handful of new hotspots. So far, 2017 has been blessed us with new spots that are not only bound to be frequented by Angelenos "in-the-know," but with those that currently fill gaping holes in the local bar scene. From a music venue that presents a cool, modern alternative to the touristy destinations of the Sunset Strip to a karaoke bar that doubles as an upscale restaurant, LA's 3 newest and coolest bars each present fun, tempting options for your next big night out.
The Peppermint Club, West Hollywood
Another surefire hit from h.wood group (The Nice Guy, Delilah) in partnership with Interscope Records, The Peppermint Club is a new bar/lounge/music venue that's already drawing A-listers and major crowds. The mid-century modern space is straight out of a 60's drinking den, complete with an intimate stage, modern cocktails with vintage names, and a swanky, plush vibe. Some of our favorite drinks included their namesake "The Peppermint," which tasted like a very boozy peppermint patty, and "The London Fog," a fresh, citrus-y sip of gin, chartreuse, and lemon. Come for a nice drink, some high-profile socializing, and stay for the live tunes.
The Venue, Koreatown
What typically comes to mind when you think of a karaoke bar? If it's not a beautiful, modern, dimly lit restaurant with a lounge-y vibe and huge, gorgeous bar, then you definitely haven't been to The Venue in K-Town yet. Don't feel bad, though...it only opened this week. This ultra-cool new space is all business (well, food, drinks, and good times) in the front, and party--with 10+ private karaoke rooms-- in the back. Come for dinner to snack on mini sliders, yellowtail sashimi, short ribs, and The Seana cocktail: a tasty mix of Absolut Elyx Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Passion Fruit, and Angostura Bitters served in an ultra-trendy copper pineapple. Then stay for the karaoke party with friends; perfect for a special occasion or for those with a bit more cash to throw around can also order bottle service in the private karaoke rooms.
Birds & Bees, Downtown
"This is absolutely not a speakeasy," I was informed by multiple party-goers at the opening of Downtown's new Birds & Bees. Instead, it's a mid-century style secret drinking den with a hidden entrance at the corner of a nondescript parking lot. If you're not sure what that means, think Mad Men's Don Draper fixing himself a happy hour martini in his posh sunken living room, but that living room is hidden underground. Though the decor has that upscale mid-century modern modern feel, the more industrial accents create a laid-back atmosphere. So far, the bar serves seasonal and classic cocktails, with some hints at small bite offerings in the near future. A perfect place to spend a night a sophisticated evening with friends for good drinks and conversation.