Top Spots to Take Clients for Drinks in Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has long been home to the Financial and Fashion Districts, but more recently tech companies like Nation Builder, Nasty Gal and GoJane have set up shop. Not surprisingly, there is a collection of fantastic food and drink spots to cater to the diverse local and out-of-town workforce. So wondering where to take a client or colleague for drinks? Here are five top bar spots to check out in Downtown Los Angeles (in alphabetical order).

The Basement Bar at Miro
Located in the heart of the Financial District, Miro Restaurant is known for it's terrific seasonal pan-Mediterranean fare. But head down two flights to a dark dining room and The Basement Bar and Whiskey Room. For most venues, a bar that lights up in different colors and cool Chesterfield leather couches would be enough of a highlight. But it's the numerous and rare vintage whiskeys from around the world that are the exceptional delight. There's even a whiskey bible to help with choices.

Everson Royce Bar (aka E.R.B.)
Named by Eater as one of summer 2016's hottest cocktail bars in Los Angeles, Everson Royce Bar, aka E.R.B., opened in the Downtown Arts District to accolades for being a great addition to the neighborhood bar scene. It helps that the owners, Matt Molina, former executive chef at Osteria Mozza, and Randy Clement of Silver Lake Wine both know a thing or two about food and drinks. In addition to the narrow interior bar space there's also a festively lit patio for creative clients to have cocktails, wine and/or draught beer. There is also a yummy selection of bar food.

Otium
Nestled beside and slightly behind The Broad museum is Otium, an oh-so-LA trendy eatery of chef Timothy Hollingsworth. A boxy wood structure houses the nicely lit indoor dining space, while an airy, gravel-lined space with chairs, couches and fire pits is a draw for the cocktail clientele (although one can order food here too). Otium is indeed a hip space to go for drinks even if at times service is slow.

The Rooftop at the Standard Hotel
Situated in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, The Rooftop atop The Standard Hotel is often at the top of everyone's list as the go-to (and semi-party) place for drinks. The Rooftop has gorgeous panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and on clear days the surrounding mountains. Also completing the scene are an iconic red AstroTurf deck, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace, sculpted topiary and even a German Biergarten. But do note that in the later evening hours, The Rooftop becomes a club-like experience.

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel
For hipster clients, a great space to visit is Upstairs at the Ace Hotel. This "sky-high urban oasis" has an outdoor space inspired by Les Deux Café in Hollywood and offers a rooftop bar that serves sandwiches and snacks alongside a concrete pool. For after work drinks, Upstairs offers great views of the city lights, and on most nights around 8:30 p.m. the venue hosts music, DJ's, book release parties, and pop-up shops, if you want to extend your drinks visit.

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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