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Akasha (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Akasha offers an imaginative menu and incredible desserts-check out the salty chocolate tart. But Lisa Beaumon's house cocktails are the real draw. She makes the The Emerald City with Juniper Green organic gin, lime juice and mint syrup, and her house special Akasha with an amalgam of 42...Read Full Story

Bar Chloe (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bar Chloe is an unexpectedly upscale hideaway in beach-casual Santa Monica that manages to be at once elegant yet unaffected. Check out specialty cocktails like the ethereal Lavender Gimlet, with Distillery No. 209 Gin, lime, sugar and lavender essence, or the Sweet Ginger—Belvedere Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, ginger...Read Full Story

El Carmen (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Tequila is often associated with Cancun spring breaks, but El Carmen proves that tequila is for grown-ups, too, with close to 400 different offerings. High roller? Go for the $100 shot of Cuervo Colección. Tree hugger? Try the Margarita with fresh cactus fruit purée and Herradura Silver. Not driving?...Read Full Story

Xiomara (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Xiomara Ardolina has managed to concoct the holy grail of Mojitos at her eponymous Xiomara restaurants—no small feat in a town as Mojito-mad as Los Angeles. She slings as many as 450 of her specialty "Mambos" on a Saturday night, all of them made with her signature...Read Full Story

Sidebar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sidebar at the Regent Beverly Wilshire will dash any preconceptions that hotel bars are dark and generic. Adjacent to CUT, Wolfgang Puck's new steakhouse, Sidebar offers drinks as unconventional as the Richard Meier-designed space, featuring the Sidebar as a modern twist...Read Full Story

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