Walk through Cole’s, knock on the black door at the back and slope in to LA’s most sophisticated speakeasy. Only problem? This place is so good that secret got out so you’ll find yourself on a waiting list. Be patient people, this place is worth it.
In 2012 The Varnish scooped ‘Best American Cocktail Bar’ at Tales of the Cocktail and the brains behind the operation, craft cocktail aficionado Sasha Petraske and nightlife legend Cedd Moses, are big deals in the booze world. The Varnish is acclaimed as being the Godfather of LA's craft cocktail movement so they’ve done something right.
Once you’re in get comfy, as you won’t be leaving for a while. The décor is spot on, think dim lights, vintage drinks trollies, with quiet jazz serenading the smooth crowds. This is classic 1920’s depression complete with the stiff drinks to ease the pain.
Slope in to one of the vintage booths, standing ain’t allowed in this joint, and prepare yourself for some serious juice. Pick your poison, voice your penchant for sweet or sour and no matter what you’ve gone for sit back wait patiently in the knowledge it’ll be the best drink you’ll have in LA.
BarChick was all about the Whisky Sours. Oh and the Old Fashioneds. And Rolexes. See we told you, you can’t go wrong.