Thanksgiving Eve is the year’s best unofficial holiday.
All the boys are back in town. All the bars are open late. And you’ve got catching up to do.
Since your conversation can and probably will last all night, we’ve compiled a list of the best bars in every neighborhood for that last shot, beer or Old Fashioned.
You’re looking at 17 fine establishments in total, and we even included a couple spots in the Valley (apparently people live there).
Remember to tip your bartenders, and if you’re drinking, don’t drive.
The Normandie Club
Because it’s low-key cool and well-balanced enough to serve top-shelf hooch with classic hip-hop.
The Roger Room
Because it’s cozy and has the sort of presence typically vacant in a city of impermanence.
Because loose atmosphere, stiff cocktails.
Because it’s an intimate, Mad Men-era spot hidden in a hotel, and you can grab a late bite in the 101 Diner.
Black Market Liquor Bar
Because the fade to black (103 proof bourbon and walnut bitters) should put you down for the night. Just get an order of shrimp toast to soak it up.
Because it’s a classic, you can get a French dip from the front, and they have quiet booths to take in some quality conversation.
Blue Collar Pub
Because you just tell them what you like and they mix you something special enough that you don’t remember it the next morning.
Because you want to hear a little live music with that whiskey drink.
Hollywood and Venice
Because bourbon milk is delicious, and goes well in the cereal.
The Chestnut Club
Because this is hands down the best bar in Santa Monica, and not just because it’s probably the only place open: they’ve got solid drinks and always play the right music for the mood. The Cameron’s Kick should do the trick.
Because you want a cold beer in a dive bar that the original Arthur used to own.
Because you want a mezcal cocktail in a Mexican-themed dive bar.
Because you can go to Canter’s next door for a late-night meal.
Everson Royce Bar
Because you want to sit on a back porch and sip a Scotch, neat.
Because you want some truffle popcorn and a Manhattan.
Old Man Bar
Because this dark, woody room (attached to Hatchet Hall) plays vinyl and feels like a Southern gent’s hunting lodge.
Because you want a sour ale and an English gent’s club ambience.
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