Liquid Courage: L.A.’s Sexiest Bars

The measure of a potent evening is only one part cocktail—the rest is derived from the amorous atmosphere

Here are a handful of favorite spots that inspire lusty thoughts: take in a burlesque show, play a few parlor games, or cozy up in the dark corner of an old school bar. Ah, now that’s the spirit.

Pour Vous
Everything about the Houston brothers’ Parisian den stirs desire, from its sensual damask-and-velvet decor to its burlesque shows to its well-crafted concoctions. » 5574 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323-871-8699.

Ten Pound
Share a premium scotch on your own private corner of the balcony (separated by a partition). Stretch an arm around your date’s shoulder while looking out over Beverly Canon Gardens. » 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-5808.

The Varnish
Play it cool with a perfectly chilled libation at this dimly lit speakeasy-esque spot. On certain nights a sultry chanteuse provides the slow-burn soundtrack. » 118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213-622-9999.

This private club is decorated in a style best described as “old rich uncle bachelor pad.” For optimal VIP feelings, nab the table for two with the high-back chairs that overlook Olive Street and order from the list of classic cocktails. » 431 W. 7th St., downtown, 213-625-2211.

Spare Room
Score! Inside the Roosevelt Hotel is a boutique bowling alley and lounge. Admire each other’s form while splitting pins—and sharing a massive punch bowl. » 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-769-7296.

Everything about this exotic lounge is optimized for romance: The Moroccan-French vibe, the low sofas, and the flattering candlelight are bound to bring you and your companion one step closer to a lusty evening. » 1510 N. Stanley Ave., L.A., 323-876-1400.