The thing about drinking martinis outside is you can do it just about anywhere that has a patio and serves alcohol. The trick is finding the spots that set the mood. So put on your blackest turtleneck and sharpen up that side-eye. We’re getting moody in the open air. Here are eight great spots to drink martinis outside in LA right now.
There’s something so cathartic about sitting on Tower Bar’s iconic poolside patio with a dirty martini in one hand, lowered sunglasses in the other, and taking in the chaotic scene around you. You’ll watch celebrities berate their agents, executives screech desperately into cell phones, and fresh-faced newbies simply trying to get in on the action - all while staring out at the sweeping views of LA and ordering another round from a server wearing a white jacket. Tower Bar’s theme isn’t Hollywood, it just is Hollywood.
Spire 73 is the rooftop lounge inside the InterContinental Hotel Downtown. And yes, the number 73 does mean it’s located on the 73rd floor, making it the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. We were shocked to learn that too, but either way, it makes for a fantastic setting to drink martinis with coworkers or a visiting friend. There are countless fire features, big mod chairs to sit in, and 360-degree views of LA (and frankly, Southern California). Grab the bacon slaw-topped burger when you get hungry.
Chez Jay is an old dive bar in Santa Monica that recently underwent a hefty outdoor renovation. The result is one of our favorite new-ish patios in the neighborhood, complete with fire pits, string lights, and big comfy couches to snuggle into. The martinis are strong and cold, and while you can’t go wrong with any cut of meat here, the $30 butter steak is our favorite for when we want to intimidate the tables around us.
Due to its enclosed windowless space on Beverly, Jar was one of those restaurants that you could drive by every day without really noticing it. Thanks to LA’s relaxed outdoor dining situation, that’s changed in a big way. The chophouse now has a welcoming wrap-around front patio filled with heat lamps, string lights, and plenty of potted plants. It’s the perfect spot to wind down after a long week with a crisp wedge salad and their namesake “Naughty Martini.” Extra points if you bite your finger while ordering it.
Gigi’s is one of the toughest reservations to get in town right now, but if you’re able to snag a table at this French bistro in Hollywood, you’ll be treated to a night that feels like the opposite of when you played dress-up with your ficus in January and fell asleep on the couch. Think oysters and steak-frites with your friends, a few rounds of well-made martinis, and flirtatious glances at the cute person sitting one table over.
Dear John’s is an Old Hollywood classic in Culver City that, prior to the pandemic, had just reopened after a complete refurbishment brought the space back to its glorious heyday. Consider this a re-re-opening. The place used to be an old hangout for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and it’s easy to see why - the drinks are strong, the steak is seared, and their new string-lit back patio is the perfect place to burrow into a big red chair and get hammered.
Hidden inside the Hollywood Historic Hotel on Melrose, The Edmon is one of our favorite places for a casual drink in Hollywood simply because the cocktails are well-made and you can always find a seat. The big, art deco space feels like you’re drinking inside F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mansion, and outside, there’s a big new patio with astroturf, string lights, and plenty of trees lining the perimeter. You can order a martini any time you want here, but if you come during their weekday Happy Hour from 5-7pm, you’ll get their 50/50 martini (half gin, half dry vermouth) for $8.
Drinking martinis at a brewery? Welcome to summer 2021. Sure, most people at All Season, the massive new spot at La Brea and Wilshire, are drinking beer (we particularly love tropical Figure 8 Hazy DIPA). But the fact is there’s a long list of cocktails that shouldn’t be ignored. You’ll find everything from daiquiris to whiskey sours to mezcal palomas on draft, but their briny gin martini is well-made and a perfect way to announce to your day-drinking friends that you mean business.