We love going out to a gorgeous bar or snagging a spot on a rooftop with a view, and nothing makes the whole experience more picture-perfect than a truly stunning cocktail. But this is 2018, when no good-looking drink can simply be slurped up without proper documentation. These are the star Instagram cocktails in L.A. that we can’t wait to splash all over our feeds. Finally, a #ThirstTrap we can post without shame.
The United Fruit Co. at Sassafras Saloon
This special cocktail is only offered once a month, on the third Thursday, when the bar highlights drinks with Madre Mezcal. Served in a pineapple, on fire, and kind of exclusive? That’s Instagram gold. 1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood.
Banana Wintour at Big Bar at Alcove
Big Bar’s Cari Han is probably the most whimsical bartender in town, known for creating drinks with fun names and creative garnishes. Post up to read your September issues while drinking this nod to Vogue icon Anna Wintour. 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz.
Aperol Spritz at Terra at Eataly
You can’t really have a conversation about Instagram cocktails without an Aperol Spritz. Get yours made perfectly and served with a view at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant, Terra. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.
Nui Nui at LONO Hollywood
LONO Hollywood is a tiki Instagram dream come to life, from the palm wallpaper and colorful backdrops, to the perfect tropical drinks, like this one, served (of course) in custom retro glassware. 6611 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Cazuela at Gracias Madre
Bigger than a glass, smaller than a punch bowl, Gracias Madre suggests their Cazuela cocktail be shared by two people–but maybe we’ll just order one all to ourselves. 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood.
Wanderlust at Otoño
This blend of gin, yuzu liqueur, lemon, and tarragon soda comes with a quirky garnish: a slice of Spanish jamon. 5715 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park.
Purple Haze at the Spare Room
The distinctive hue of this drink comes from Meletti, an amaro with flavors of violet and saffron. That combines with pisco, Ancho Reyes Verde, elderflower, and Thai basil for a complex sweet-spicy mix. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Campfire Moscow Mule at Clifton’s Republic
The invented-in-L.A. Moscow Mule is a perfect order at the vintage-loving Clifton’s, where the drink is served in a traditional copper mug, poured straight out of a steampunky tap. 648 S. Broadway, downtown.
This Is Not a Tiki Drink at Accomplice
Almost every drink at Accomplice is Instagram-worthy, with creative colors, garnishes, and glassware. This tropical lovely features mezcal, five spice orgeat, pineapple, passionfruit, and PX sherry. 3811 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista.
Tai Hard at Broken Shaker
Broken Shaker is bringing blue curaçao back in this colorful riff on a Mai Tai that includes Tahitian vanilla and lemon verbena. 416 W. 8th St., downtown.
Festival Looks at the Walker Inn
Yes, we are suggesting you take a photo of a drink that involves taking a photo of yourself. Walker Inn always brings the imagination, but who could possibly resist ‘gramming a shot of this whole situation? 3612 W. 6th St., Koreatown.
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