The calendar may proclaim that summer is officially over but the city of Los Angeles plays by its own rules. Much to the envy of the rest of the country, summer-like weather will last far into November. However, even though the days are still sunny and warm, a chill has already crept into the evenings indicating that the cold weather (cold weather by southern California standards, that is) will be here before you know it. But instead of bundling up under practical coats that cover the latest Hollywood fashions, Los Angelenos choose to warm themselves from the inside. Whether it’s a toddy, cognac or a good old cup of Joe, these fab five establishments have just what you need to keep warm.
201 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
If you want a great steak, you go to a steakhouse. If you’re in the mood for craft beer, you go to a craft beer bar. If you want a cup of hot chocolate that will blow your mind, you go to a chocolatier. Chocoholics in Hollywood takes hot chocolate seriously and melts chunks of Belgian chocolate into milk creating a made-to-order chocolate experience in each cup. The warm flavorful milk combined with delicious, imported chocolate and buttery whipped cream is enough to make your head swim.
5931 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Competitively priced with the chain coffee shops but far more exceptional in atmosphere, the Bourgeois Pig is where all the hipsters go for their cups of java, lattes, cappuccinos, hot tea blends and other coffee-shop fare. The Moroccan Mint Tea is a refreshing option and a great bad-breath fix. Free WiFi and art from local artists cover the walls for those looking for inspiration. The dim lighting and cozy seating makes it perfect for first dates when you’re not really sure if there will be a second and the “forbidden forest” in the back is great if you’re certain there will be.
515 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Typically made with whiskey, water and spices, Seven Grand spins the hot toddy into something unique. With the combination of Mexican hot chocolate, mint tea (inspired by the childhood of Seven Grand bartender/creator Victor Delgado who grew up in Tijuana, Mexico) and Glenfiddich 12 Year Old whiskey, the 7th Street Todd is more of a “heartfelt journey” than just a cocktail. If this chocolate mint with a serious kick concoction sounds intriguing, you can find this recipe on the Seven Grand website to try at home before your visit.
714 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Not everyone is a fan of apple juice. But somehow, when you heat it up and throw in a few spices, the aroma immediately becomes inviting. Add some rum and the bourbon of your choice and suddenly everyone is a fan. Danielle’s Napa Cider, found at Caña Rum Bar, is no different. While you can also find the recipe to this original cocktail online, this complex concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, orange zest, rum, bourbon, Punt E Mes and cider is best left to the professionals.
506 S. Grand Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Nothing warms your insides faster than a glass of fine cognac. The Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, located in the historic Millennium Biltmore hotel, is the perfect setting for such a libation. Unfortunately, as the name implies, the Cognac Room is not a glorious room filled with bottles of cognac but more a lounge of elegant comfort for sipping the stuff. From the standard brands of Courvoisier and Hennessey to the upper tier of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Kelt Commodore, you can find something well within any price range.