Halloween is creeping 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 17 L.A. drinks to enjoy this spooky season.
Cold Blooded Cosmo at No More Heroes
This Halloween, No More Heroes is serving up a bloody cocktail that the undead would live for. The Cold Blooded Cosmo is made with Ketel One Citrus, Cointreau, lemon & Cranberry. The best part? This vampire drip is served in a blood bag.
7746 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Nmh.la; @nomoreheroesla
Magical Moment at Magic Castle
Magic Castle, a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, bills itself as “the most unusual private club in the world.” It’s particularly unusual due to all the unearthly happenings around the Hollywood property. A phantom bartender from the days of old has been seen serving up drinks at Hat & Har, just one of the five bars inside the castle. Try to bring him back to life by ordering the Magic Moment cocktail made with Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain, Monin Passion fruit puree, and chandon brut rose sparkling wine.
7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles; Magiccastle.com; @magiccastleofficial
Pumpkin Spice Sour at Norah
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice! This Halloween season though, skip the latte and order Norah’s Pumpkin Spice Sour cocktail made with bourbon, homemade pumpkin spice syrup, egg white and topped with pumpkin spice. Basic witches not wanted.
8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; norahrestaurant.com; @norahrestaurant
Candy Corn Martini at OUE Skyspace
For chills and thrills with a view, head downtown to OUE Skyspace, inside the iconic U.S. Bank Tower, where you can sip your Halloween hooch 69 stories in the sky. For an adult take on a classic treat, order the Candy Corn Martini made with Tito’s Vodka, grenadine, pineapple juice and heavy cream.
633 W. 5th St. #840, Los Angeles; oue-skyspace.com; @skyspacela
Vampire’s Essence at Bar Louie
“I vant to suck your blood…” Ok, maybe skip the blood but Bar Louie’s Vampire’s Essence is a delicious beverage to find in your veins this Halloween season. The Dracula approved drink is made with Monin Pomegranate, Pama, Deep Eddy Vodka, sour mix, Monin Pure Cane, Sprite and a syringe to top it off. The Vampire’s Essence will be available at each Southern California Bar Louie location through October 31.
Multiple locations; Barlouie.com; @barlouie
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, watermelon liqueur and comes with its own Halloween candy: a chocolate monkey. Truly a chilling cocktail!
861 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; Bartong.com; @bartongla
Twilight Zone at Birds & Bees
You are about to enter another dimension. At DTLA underground cocktail lounge Birds & Bees your gals and ghouls can share the Twilight Zone, a punch bowl inspired by the creepy classic 1950s TV show. The squad-friendly drink is made with white rum, overproof rum, black strap rum, batavia arack, crème de peche, lemon, lime, pineapple, orange, and jerk spices.
Smashing Pumpkin at USC Rock & Reilly’s
Uber popular Irish bar Rock & Reilly’s just opened its newest location at USC Village and it’s already haunting co-eds with fun. Before heading out to a campus Halloween bash, stop by and try the Smashing Pumpkin cocktail made with pumpkin liqueur, vanilla vodka, cream, a slice or orange, a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a graham cracker.
3201 S. Hoover St., #1810, Los Angeles; Rockandreillys.com; @rockandreillysusc
Carmel Apple Martini at La Fête
Go bobbing for booze over at West Hollywood’s new French hotspot La Fête. Its Carmel Apple Martini is made simply with vodka, apple liqueur then garnished with apples slices drizzled in caramel and topped with crushed peanuts.
8277 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Lafetelosangeles.com; @lafetelosangeles
Blackberry Abyss at Cleo
Step into the dark abyss! At Cleo, order the BlackBerry Abyss made with Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lemon and blackberries.
8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; Cleorestaurant.com; @cleorestaurant
Scissor-Hands at Tavern
You’re “not complete” without this cocktail. Crafted by Christiaan Röllich, Tavern’s sliceable Scissor-Hands is made with Selvarey rum, apple juice, lime juice and house-made allspice dram. Johnny Depp would be proud.
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles; Tavernla.com; @tavernla
Los Muertos at Toca Madera
A drink to die for. At the trendy Mexican restaurant and bar Toca Madera, try the Los Muertos with el tesoro anejo, blood orange, lime juice, hibiscus, and activated charcoal agave. With a “farm-to-glass” philosophy, using fresh, seasonal ingredients and the finest liquors to match, this cocktail will have you cheers-ing all night long.
8450 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; tocamadera.com; @tocamaderala
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; Cliftonsla.com; @cliftonsrepublic
Mondrian Midnight Margarita at Skybar
Channel that Halloween horror night spirit with Skybar’s spooky Mondrian Midnight Margarita. The dark-inspired drink is made with Espolòn Blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, rimmed with black himalayan sea salt. garnished with lime and black cherry cross.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; sbe.com/nightlife/brands/ skybar; @skybarla
Coffin Varnish at Boneyard Bistro
With a name like Boneyard Bistro, you know this Sherman Oaks 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; Boneyardbistro.com; @boneyardbistro
Berries & Bubbles at Ocean Prime
For those looking to celebrate Halloween in a more adult way, the modern-American seafood centric restaurant Ocean Prime, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, offers a smoking “Berries & Bubbles” cocktail perfect for a spooky treat. This complex, refreshing and balanced cocktail – not too sweet, not too tart and lightly effervescent – is made with Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Crème de Cassis, Domaine Chandon Brut, fresh berries and finished with dry ice, making this cocktail full of tricks and treats.
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Ocean-prime.com; @oceanprimebh
The Bloody & Bitter at Tao
Over at TAO, sink your teeth into The Bloody & Bitter. This sinful sipper is made with DeLeón Platinum Tequila, dry vermouth, Cynar Italian artichoke bitter, lime juice, simple syrup and topped with club soda.
6421 Selma Ave., Los Angeles; Taolosangeles.com; @taola
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