Angelenos love their drinks, as the recent rise in "mixologists" proves. For nowadays in Los Angeles, bartenders are not just bartenders – at least not in the chic and trendy places where people flock to see and be seen. No, there you are taken care of by a special mixologist, the person who has gone to the farmer's market to buy fresh ingredients (think mint for mojitos, blackberries to muddle while creating a top-shelf tequila cocktail) and then devotes the time and effort to build a cocktail to remember. There are the hot nightclub bars, where reserving a table, a single bottle of good vodka and some mixers can set you back $500; and the cool pool scenes at places like The Viceroy or The Roosevelt Hotel, where a cabana stocked with drinks will cost at least that much for an afternoon frolic. The choices are endless, from dive bars where people croon karaoke tunes to spots like the High Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Erwin in Venice, where gorgeous views and a dazzling, multicolored sunset close out just about every day. Visit wine bars or brew pubs, or take the ultimate plunge and head to Beverly Hills, where you can choose unique experiences: go to the 10 Pound Bar at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, where a single dram of ultra top-shelf whisky can ding your credit card over $2000, or hit Nic's Beverly Hills, and climb into the frozen VodBox to try unique vodkas while shivering – and laughing with delight.
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