Los Angeles: Pot Lobby Bar
Why It's Hot: Only Roy Choi could get away with serving kimchi soju in a hotel lobby bar, and only Choi could call that bar Pot. The chef was tapped to oversee the food and beverage program at The Line Hotel, a new boutique hotel that replaced Koreatown's Radisson. The lobby bar is like a swank puzzle of angled banquettes and cozy pentagonal-shaped booths, with a bar that looks almost like a wooden mushroom with shiny balloons spelling out “pot bar” nesting in the top. Boxes full of toy water guns and colorful glasses, big bowls of fruit, Mexican candelas, lollipop roses, tamarind sticks and bowls of candy line the bar. The vibe is playful, low-key, groovy and dark. In a word: Choi.
Must Drink: The cocktails are curated by Matt Biancaniello, a barman known for keeping things like uni, nori, dill, arugula and mushrooms in his arsenal, and veer from the creatively straightforward (mezcal and tonic) to curry-infused soju and Long Island iced teas made with blood-orange soda. Prices range from $11-$13.
Insider Tip: Valet is $8 with a validated ticket from the bar.