12 Fall Cocktails to Sip Around LA Now

By Lesley Balla  |  October 15, 2013
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We might not get the leaves changing now like the rest of the country, but the days are shorter, nights longer and things cool down a bit. We also start tasting autumnal flavors in our glasses, from pear and pomegranate to pumpkin, allspice and more. Here are 12 new cocktails to sip for the season, from Hollywood to Manhattan Beach.

  • The Hoodlum at The Corner Door

    Barman Beau du Bois has been serving Indian Summer cocktails, like the Personal Day, but now that we’re moving into real autumn weather, look for things like this seasonal quaff made with Armagnac, housemade pumpkin liqueur and clove tincture soon.

    12477 W. Washington Blvd.; 310-313-5810

  • The Disappearing Act at Comme Ca

    With a new chef de cuisine, Attile Bollok, who’s weaving seasonal Californian flavors with global inspirations of Paris’ "bistronomie" movement, comes a new cocktail menu to match. The Disappearing Act - lavender gin, quina and lemon - is named so because it’s so smooth, you’ll be shocked by how fast you drink it.

    8479 Melrose Ave.; 323-782-1104

  • The Rumpkin Pie at Pitfire Artisan Pizza

    Now that the West Hollywood location has a new bar, cocktail menu and longer hours during which to enjoy them, expect seasonal offerings, just like they do on the pizza. The Rumpkin Pie is a perfect example, made with dark rum, housemade carrot simple syrup, lemon juice and soda.

    801 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-544-6240

  • The Cosby Sweater at Circa

    The names are half the fun at the Manhattan Beach bar and restaurant, thanks to Josh Goldman. He and Julian Cox are launching a new batch of cocktails this week, including the Cosby Sweater, a light, refreshing beach-y drink made with vodka, pomegranate and lime. Simple, direct and fun, just like Dr. Huxtable himself.

    903 Manhattan Ave.; 310-374-4422

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    Van Alden Toddy at Muddy Leek

    Autumnal spices and ingredients make their way into both the food and drink menus at the Culver City restaurant. This gin-based toddy is named for the rogue agent in Boardwalk Empire, a surly, crooked teetotaler who could probably use a few of these to warm up.

    8631 W. Washington Blvd.; 310-838-2281

  • Fig & Walnut Julep at Fig & Olive

    What’s a restaurant with "fig" in the name without a proper fig cocktail? Made with bourbon, St. Germain, port, muddled black mission figs and garnished with shaved walnuts, this is a taste of fall on Melrose Place. And for you pumpkin lovers, the pumpkin spice martini is now available.

    8490 Melrose Place; 310-360-9100

  • Westside Negroni at The Churchill

    Among some of Karen Gill’s new cocktails at the West Hollywood hot spot - from the Mezcalifornia Dreamin’ (mescal, punt e mes, cacao and lemon) to the High Tea (tequila, Earl Grey Tea, rhubarb liqueur, orange bitters, lemon and soda) - is this riff on the classic Negroni made with gin, East India sherry and Aperol. Get it and all fall cocktails for half price ($6) on Thursday, October 17, for the restaurant and bar’s fourth anniversary. 

    8384 W. Third St.; 323-655-8384

  • Emeryville at Larry’s

    The beachside Venice hangout just got its full liquor license this summer, and is now pouring cocktails created by Jennifer Lane Oakley of Black Market Liquor Bar and Waterloo & City. The Emeryville is an easy-breezy sipper made with vodka, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit, lime and basil.

    24 Windward Ave.; 310-399-2700

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    Spanish Bull at Warwick

    With Roger Room alums Jason Bran and Damian Windsor in charge of cocktails, one of Hollywood’s hottest nightlife newcomers is more than just another bottle-service club. You’ll find drinks like the Spanish Bull, an autumnal quaff made with tequila, mescal, Cointreau, orange and carrot juice.

    6507 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-460-6667

  • Ginger Orchard at Napa Valley Grille

    The change of season is apparent at the Westwood stalwart, with new dishes and several new drinks added to the menus. The Ginger Orchard blends fall flavors like apples and allspice with bourbon and bitters, and the Harvest Bliss combines gin, Lillet Blanc and green grapes.

    1100 Glendon Ave.; 310-824-3322

  • Gold Rush at Bedford & Burns

    B&B is such a welcome addition to the Beverly Hills scene, a super-casual spot with comfort food and classic cocktails. Sit at the bar and sip on this new addition, the familiar Gold Rush made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, honey-ginger syrup and lemon.

    369 N. Bedford Dr.; 310-273-8585

  • Pumpkin Pie Martini at Cafe Del Rey

    The ultimate fall cocktail prize has to go to the Marina del Rey spot for its full-on pumpkin pie-ness: vodka, pumpkin puree, Chantilly cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and graham cracker crumbs rimming the glass mean this is the true seasonal dessert in a glass.

    4451 Admiralty Way; 310-823-6395