It’s that time of year when people are starting to trade in fruity summer sips for warm comfort cocktails. Bars and restaurants around the city are helping usher in the fall with seasonal ingredients and unique twists on cocktail classics. Here are a few of the best you can enjoy while you watch the leaves change color and bask in the briskness of the season.
Walnut Manhattan & A Pumpkin Spice
13251 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
As a trendsetter in the cocktail game, The Bellwether is staying true to its name, with adult beverages that are perfect for the fall. The Valley eatery is serving up a Walnut Manhattan, made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, mixed with Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur, Italian vermouth Punt e Mes, and bitters. The seasonally focused restaurant is also offering a Pumpkin Spice that you won’t find in a coffee shop. They’re mixing up a pumpkin spice puree with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, and maple.
Blood Orange Old Fashioned & Others
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Just steps from Rodeo Drive, Ocean Prime is perfect for some good people watching to go with your night out. The sleek restaurant and lounge is offering two great ways to warm up in the cool lounge this season. If whiskey is your drink of choice, their Blood Orange Old Fashioned combines Woodford Reserve with a blood orange puree, honey water, and whiskey barrel aged bitters. For those with more of a rye taste, their Crimson Rye uses George Dickle Rye, Langley’s Gin, Lillet Rose, lemon, and molasses bitters.
Adam and Eve Cocktail
Love & Salt
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
While their philosophy is that you only need Love & Salt to make food great, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a great drink to elevate your meal. The Italian-inspired restaurant is serving up an Adam and Eve cocktail this season, made with bourbon, applejack, Amaro Averna, lemon juice, simple syrup, and cider. It’s crisp like the air, and a totally refreshing way to welcome the season.
Ginger Pimm’s Cup
2358 Hyperion Avenue
Silver Lake, CA 90027
In addition to Oktoberfest and cider on tap, Hyperion Public has a whole slew of specialty cocktails that will make your mouth water this fall. Especially popular is a slight twist they’re putting on a refreshing classic. The restaurant’s Ginger Pimm’s Cup features Broker’s Gin, Pimm’s No. 1, ginger beer, orange bitter, and lemon juice. It’s the perfect drink to sip as you enjoy local farm-to-table seasonal cuisine in a friendly neighborhood pub setting.
Truffle Shuffle Cocktail
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Herringbone in Santa Monica is giving new meaning to the term Truffle Shuffle. No longer is the phrase reserved for a dance craze created by the film Goonies, as Herringbone has turned it into a unique, festive libation. Featured on the Westside eatery’s new fall cocktail menu, the Truffle Shuffle combines Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey, butterscotch reduction, aromatic and orange bitters, and last but not least, atomized truffle oil. Fancy!
544 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Seafood restaurant Water Grill is serving up a fall cocktail that is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to drink. The restaurant’s Beverage Director, Kevin Felker, has created a seasonal Cider Lowball, special for the season. The drink features bourbon whiskey, shaken with unfiltered apple cider, fresh lemon juice, scratch made vanilla bean syrup, and herbal liqueur Bénédictine. Freshly grated nutmeg tops the drink, and a Granny Smith apple slice and cinnamon stick garnish the lowball glass.
Mudd Crickett Cocktail
120 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
If toasted pecans make you feel all cozy, then Southeast Asian kitchen and bar Simbal has got a warm fuzzy cocktail for you. Their Mudd Crickett cocktail includes both toasted pecan bitters and housemade candied pecan garnish, as well as Caffe Lolita, Bénédictine, and KIN White Whiskey. Head there between 4:00pm – 6:30pm and enjoy the craft cocktail at happy hour pricing.
Bow Street & Their French Quarter Coffee
13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Because some like it hot, and some like it cold, Boneyard Bistro is offering fall cocktails for both tastes. On days when summer seems to linger, try the cold Bow Street, featuring Jameson Black Barrel, Cocchi Torino, Zirbenz Pine Liqueur, and Orgeat. On the other side of the temperature gauge, their French Quarter Coffee is served hot, with Rittenhouse Rye, Herbsaint, Groundworks Coffee, brown sugar, house-made chicory bitters, and vanilla cream. It’s guaranteed to warm you up as winter approaches.
L’Automne & Other Cocktails
300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Westbound is fully embracing the season with several great fall cocktails that please both the palate and the eye. Served in a milk jug with apple fan garnish, the aptly named L’Automne includes Appleton Signature Rum, Linie Aquavit, Becherovka, apple juice, egg, and fall spices. Tequila drinkers will love the Santa Fe De Luxe, shaking together Brown Butter Cimmaron Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, thyme sage syrup, pecan bitters, and apple bitters. Last but not least, their Pumpkin Toddy is served hot in a coffee cup, and features Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Licor 43, pumpkin spices, and citrus. A Pumpkin Pudding Kit Kat bar from Japan is served alongside the drink, fully embracing the travel theme of the restaurant.
Multiple Delicious Fall Cocktails
The Roger Room
370 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Fall at The Roger Room means there’s a lot of new special cocktails. Offering a slew of cocktails, you won’t be disappointed at this spot that’s been open for several years now. This iconic and awared-winning mixology bar offers five new fall cocktails to sip on. Each drink, which was named by The Roger Room bartenders, is named for some of their favorite characters they see nightly. The Bum Viviant comes with Botanist Gin, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Tahitian Ground Vanilla Bean & Prosecco, whereas The Cheater comes with Double Cross Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, house-made apple-cranberry shrub, cinnamon & crushed ice. Other cocktails include Temptation, with Casa Noble Blanco, Aperol, Chareau Aloe Liqueur & cucumber juice, as well as The Score with Jack Daniels Singel Barrel Select, toasted pecan bitters, egg whites, and nutmeg. The last cocktail on offer is their Roberto Perfetto with Macallan Rare Cask, Dimmi Liquore Di Milano, Contratto Vermouth Rosso, Charbay Black Walnut Liqueur, bitters, and an orange peel, which was created by Bruce Hood and Matt Wise.