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Downtown bars quenching every thirst

August 9, 2010 | 10:12 am


Faster than you can say "martini, extra dry with a twist," it seems that another cocktail or wine bar has popped up downtown, where an already burgeoning drinking scene might be considered ground zero for the city's classic-cocktail revival.

Santa Monica may have its beachy watering holes and Hollywood its plushy lounges, but ask any imbibing aficionado: Downtown seems to have it all. Tucked-away speakeasies, swank supper clubs, updated dives, high-end restaurants with sophisticated cocktail programs, and spirit-specific bars that are altars to mezcal, whiskey or rum.

Click here to read more about downtown's latest wave of bars in the Image section.

Photo: Villains Tavern. Credit: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times