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Playboy's Best Bars 2013
  • June 20, 2013 : 07:06
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In this era of hand-carved ice, house-made bitters and $50 shots of microbatch bourbon, it’s hard to get anything approaching a bad drink. We’re thrilled about that, but the downside of the cocktail revolution is too many cookie-cutter pseudo-speakeasies lorded over by know-it-all mixologists who’ve replaced simple drinking with too much thinking. To cut through the pretense, we perched on stools across the ­country--at old standbys and groundbreaking ­newcomers--to bring you the best bars for your buck.

Civilized patrons, contemplative barkeeps and intimate tables and booths make this bar hidden behind a door at Cole’s restaurant an L.A. gem. Order a summery Bramble cocktail, or make one at home (see below).
Muddle five fresh blackberries in a lowball glass. Add one and a half ounces gin, three quarters of an ounce fresh lemon juice and half an ounce simple syrup. Stir. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour three quarters of an ounce blackberry liqueur over ice. Garnish with a blackberry.
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