Top Los Angeles Whiskey Bars: 5 To Know - The Whiskey Wash

Top Los Angeles Whiskey Bars: 5 To Know

In the land of sun, surf, and status, finding a good whiskey is not hard to do. In the City of Angels, drowning your sorrows or celebrating with your friends over a bottle of bourbon can be done at many fine establishments. However, if you want a place that really knows its whiskey, you have to go to one of these top Los Angeles whiskey bars we mention below. They aren’t just for drinking; they’re for appreciating the craft and attention to detail that goes into making a fine bourbon or a smooth scotch. 

Seven Grand Los Angeles

Some of the many whiskies at Seven Grand in Los Angeles (image copyright The Whiskey Wash)

Seven Grand 515 W 7th St, LA

Here at the Whiskey Wash, we did a story on this bar and its dedication to all things whiskey. For the full review, go here. Started in 2007, this expertly crafted temple to whiskey has over 700 bottles to choose from, with rotating stock to keep you coming back for more. If you are there for a tasting, the Seven Grand hosts them in the back of the bar, in their signature Jackalope Room.

Highlights

  • Whiskey tastings twice a month
  • Rustic decor
  • Huge selection

Blind Donkey 53 E Union St, Pasadena

Back in the old days, donkeys would sometimes be used to turn the wheels of mills that made crushed grains for whiskey. So as to keep the donkey’s subdued, the masters would blindfold them, hence the name “Blind Donkey.” At this bar, you can sample whiskeys from around the world in signature flights. With over a hundred to choose from, you can taste all night and still not get to them all.

Highlights

  • Sample flights of whiskey
  • Large selection
  • Serves food

Thirsty Crow 2939 Sunset Blvd, LA

For a long time, the Thirsty Crow was home to hipsters and low-class beer swillers. These days, however, the bar has re-branded itself as a haven for whiskey lovers, with a vast selection and expertly trained staff. The name of the game here is sustainability, and the staff and bar owners strive to keep all ingredients for their cocktails local and organic. One of the best things about the Thirsty Crow is Whiskey Wednesdays, when most of their selection is offered at $5 a glass.

Highlights

  • Large selection (over 100 bottles)
  • Whiskey Wednesdays
  • Local and sustainable ingredients

Ten Pounds (£10) 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills

If you’re at all familiar with the 90210 area code, you know that it stands for high-class and affluence. Thus, it is fitting that the Ten Pound Bar is one of the most exclusive whiskey bars in the LA area. Tucked within the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, this bar is invite-only and caters to the best of the best. Should you ever find yourself there, the Ten Pound specialized in Macallan Single Malt Whiskeys. Most of you should know that Macallan is one of the top-tier whiskeys in the world, with glasses costing an arm and a leg. If you want decadence and style, the £10 is the place for you.

Highlights

  • Classy
  • Serves gourmet food
  • Exclusive

The Daily Pint 2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Although the name might suggest beer, the Daily Pint is actually a great place for whiskey. While this place doesn’t necessarily specialize in this liquor, you can try scotches, bourbons, and whiskeys from around the world in this humble setting. If the Ten Pound is a symbol of opulence, the Daily Pint is the exact opposite, but in a good way. The owner, Phil McGovern, is a friendly Londoner who will be more than happy to share a drink with you, as long as you’re paying.

Highlights

  • International whiskey selection
  • Pool, foosball, and shuffleboard
  • Great place to hang out