Some evenings call for a cocktail with your dinner. A martini, say. Or an old fashioned. Maybe a margarita.
But wait: Are you at a restaurant that serves only wine and beer? That’s not so rare in Los Angeles. The only way to make sure you avoid drink-based disappointment is to have a few great spots in your back pocket where you know you’ll be able to get the full package. The kind of places where the drinks are just as good as the food, and the atmosphere encourages you to linger over one more round. Here’s where we come in, with a roundup of restaurants where you can get a mean cocktail alongside an excellent meal. Read on for our guide to a dozen spots where you can have an exceptional cocktail with dinner in L.A.