Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s time to go trick or treating for devilish drinks in the City of Angels. Made with spine-chilling spirits and festive fall flavors, check out these thirteen spooky L.A. drinks to enjoy all month long.
Coffin Varnish at Boneyard Bistro
With a name like Boneyard Bistro, you know this Sherman Oak’s spot has a menu to die for. For a cocktail that aims to put you six feet under, sip on the Coffin Varnish made with Old Overholt Rye, St. Germain, Peychauds, rhubarbs and grapefruit bitters. It’s served chilled with a twist and a spook.
13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-906-7427, Boneyardbistro.com, @boneyardbistro
Goblin’s Nectar at Skybar
At the Mondrian Hotel, stop by Skybar and guzzle down the Goblin’s Nectar made with Absolut Oak, Liquid Alchemist Orgeat, Disaronno, lime and Q’s ginger beer. Enjoy the festive cocktail while taking in a horror film at poolside at Skybar’s Dive In Theatre every Monday night at 8 p.m. leading up to Halloween.
Plus on Halloween night, Skybar is throwing a totally tubular Back To The 80’s Halloween party, throwing it back to the era where big hair, spandex and no holds barred partying ruled at West Hollywood. Tickets start at $20 on ticketfly.com and includes an open vodka bar from 8 p.m.-9 p.m
Black Manhattan at Wood & Vine
Come Halloween, you’ll find some black magic mixology going on at Wood and Vine. The evil-looking Black Manhattan is the perfect potion made with Larceny Bourbon, Amaro Averno angostura bitters and Luxardo cherries. If only it were served in a cauldron.
6280 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-334-3360, Woodandvine.com, @woodandvine
The Pumpkin King at The Bellwether
“This Is Halloween, This Is Halloween…” Jack Skellington would be so honored by The Pumpkin King cocktail at Studio City’s The Bellwether. Made with Bulleit Bourbon, house made pumpkin spice syrup, cream, cherry bitters, the devilishly good drink will totally transport you to Halloweentown. Don’t let the pumpkin spice fool you though, this cocktail isn’t for the basic witches.
13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-285-8184, thebellwetherla.com, @thebellwether_la
The Haunted Husk at Laurel Tavern
Laurel Tavern in Hermosa Beach is handing out the ultimate Halloween treat this month. General manager Lee Farrell created the frothy Haunted Husk made with Wild Turkey, spiced liqueur, lemon, egg white, simple syrup, Candy Corn M&M’s and garnished with even more crushed Candy Corn M&M’s (yes, those actually exist). We’ll take that in our trick or treat bag any day!
1220 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 424-275-9694, Laureltavern.com, @laureltavern
Sabrinatini at Barton G
Turns out, Sabrina isn’t just a Teenage Witch. She’s also an over-the-top cocktail. Served with liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -320° F, the spooky Sabrinatini is made with orange vodka and watermelon liqueur and comes with its own Halloween candy, a chocolate monkey. Truly a chilling cocktail!
861 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-388-1888, Bartong.com, @bartongla
Theda’s Reviver at Cleo
With two locations in Los Angeles, Hollywood and downtown at L.A. Live, you have double the opportunity to taste Cleo’s scream-worthy libation, Theda’s Reviver. Made with Avion Espresso Tequila, Kahlúa, orange bitters and espresso, complete with a pumpkin spiced sugar rim, this festive fall cocktail is sure to get you in the spooky spirit.
1717 Vine St., Los Angeles (323) 962-1711 and 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 424-888-7818, Sbe.com, @cleorestaurant
The Zombie at Library Bar
Library Bar is offering up an unearthly cocktail this October. The Zombie is a terrifying tiki drink made with light Rum, dark Rum, Plantation OFTD, Velvet Falernum, Herbsaint, pineapple juice, lime, passion fruit, grenadine and Angostura bitters. Really getting into the spirit, the bar is also hosting zombie film screenings all month long leading up to the premiere of the new season of “The Walking Dead.”
630 W. 6th St., 213-614-0053, Librarybarla.com, @librarybarla
Something Wicked at Clifton’s Republic
Inside Clifton’s Republic’s Cathedral Grove lies the magnificent Gothic Bar, the home to the sinfully savory Something Wicked cocktail. Made with Clyde Mays, El Silencio Mezcal, angostura and mole bitters, this ominous concoction is served over ice with a flamed orange peel. The drink is definitely a perfect mix of whimsy and wickedness.
648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles (213) 627-1673, Cliftonsla.com, @cliftonsrepublic
The Grinch Lantern at Le Petit Paris
Le Petit Paris, the authentic Parisian brasserie in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, offers a festive green cocktail, The Grinch Lantern. Don’t be fooled by the cocktail trickery, mixed with bourbon, curacao, fresh lemon juice, blackberry cream, and topped with a homemade macaroon, this mysteriously colored green cocktail will surprise guests with its blackberry and citrus flavors.
418 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 213-217-4445, Lepetitparisla.com, @lepetitparis_la
Elvira at Westbound
DTLA’s speakeasy-inspired craft cocktail bar Westbound has transformed into Ghostbound throughout the month of October. Tuesday through Thursday and on Sundays, stay safe from supernatural spirits by sipping on special potions during the late night “Witching Hour” from 11 p.m. to close. Our favorite deadly drink is the Elvira made with Beefeater Gin, Averna, lemon, fig and charcoal for a bewitching black color.
In addition to the creative cocktails, every Wednesday, the bar will host a “Harvest Night” with autumnal activities, including pumpkin painting by the fire pit on the back patio, pumpkin bocce ball and bobbing for apples. Double-features will also be screened on the back patio every Sunday night from cult classics like “Killer Klowns From Outer Space” to Halloween must-sees like “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, 213-262-9291, Westbounddtla.com, @westboundla
Carbonadi Corpse Reviver at Wolf
For a thriller of a drink, head over to Wolf, owned by Chef Marcel Vigneron, and tip back the Carbonadi Corpse Reviver. The vodka based drink is mixed with Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and a dash absinthe. For an extra spooky effect, it’s served in a mysterious martini glass and with dry ice for an extra spooky effect.
7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-424-7735, Wolfdiningla.com, @wolfdiningla; @houseofcarbonadi
The Headless Horseman at Katsuya
Finding a hauntingly good cocktail this season is nothing to lose your head over. Just head over to Katsuya, the trendy Japanese restaurant with locations in Hollywood and downtown at L.A. Live, and order The Headless Horseman. Made with Absolut Elyx, Bailey’s. Pumpkin purée and cinnamon and garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick, this Sleepy-Hallow inspired libation would have Ichabod Crane asking for seconds.
Multiple locations, Katsuyarestaurant.com, @katsuyabysbe
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