Here it is, folks. The complete and exhaustive list of all the bars, pubs, restaurants, and cafés in the Melrose Arts District that serve alcohol. The addresses, the hours (including the happy ones), and our drink recommendations. Keep it bookmarked as you’re looking to wind down (or up, it’s vacation time) this summer.
Just FYIs: parking is ample in convenient lots, and at meters. There is some free street parking, but please read all signs, and be cool to the neighbors. Better yet, ride share if you can. Also, if you’re sober or a non-drinker, all of these fine establishments have satisfying summer bevvies for you.
Antonio’s is an epic Melrose restaurant and bar, with a legendary owner who crafted his own line of tequilas. You’ll need plenty of nachos at the bar to offset the amount of margaritas you’ll want here.
Recommendation: a shot (or three) of Antonio’s Reposado
Antonio’s is open daily from 11a – 11p.
7470 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
We love a fresh face, and Auburn is a welcome addition to the drink and dine options on Melrose. Fresh and comfortable, apps and cocktails in this warm environment will feel summertime special.
Recommendation: Watermelon (white + dark rum, velvet falernum, watermelon, allspice)
Auburn is open Tuesday – Saturday, 530p – 10p.
6703 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Pizza and beer. A good time doesn’t get any easier or more fun than this. Excellent food, excellent tunes, and more canned beer than you’ve seen since the ‘80s.
Recommendation: Def Tones Phantom Bride (Belching Beaver Brewing Co., Oceanside)
Blackbird Pizza is open Sunday – Thursday, noon – 10p and Friday – Saturday noon – 11p.
BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP
7459 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
You can drink yourself silly at The Darkroom because it won’t cost much. Nice cold beers and cocktails + killer pizza and a photo booth = a night you’ll remember mostly from your camera roll the next morning.
Recommendation: Summertime Blues (vodka, blueberry mint syrup, lemon)
The Darkroom is open Monday – Friday 2p – 2a, Saturday 11a – 2a, and Sunday 10a – 2a. Happy Hour Monday – Thursday 4p – 7p, Friday 3p – 7p.
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
As the sign says, Ramen x Beer. This bicoastal noodle wonderland is authentic Japanese, right down to the booze: beer, wine, sake, and cocktails. Nice patio seating, too!
Recommendation: hot sake
EAK Ramen is open Sunday – Thursday 11a – 11p and Friday – Saturday 11a – 1a. Happy Hour 2p – 6p week days.
7455 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Frankie’s is another legendary Melrose restaurant with a friendly old school bar. Whether you’re missing New York or just want to enjoy some conversation with the regulars, Frankie’s is the place to be.
Recommendation: classic gin martini
Frankie’s is open Monday – Friday noon – midnight, Saturday 5p – midnight, and Sunday 5p -10p.
7728 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Why not have an adult beverage at a café? For breakfast? Fratelli Café can pair your bakery with a beer, wine, or mimosa to start your summer day off just right.
Recommendation: pomegranate hibiscus mimosa
Fratelli Café is open Monday – Thursday 7a – 7p, Friday 7a – 5p, and Saturday – Sunday 7a – 4p.
7200 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sure, you’ll wind up ordering some amazing Argentinian food once you smell it, but you have to couple it with the perfect beverage. Enjoy them both on the patio this summer.
Recommendation: red wine sangria
Lala’s is open Sunday – Thursday 11a – 11p and Friday – Saturday 11a – midnight.
LALA’S ARGENTINE GRILL
7229 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Claim one of the ridiculous comfy seats at LN2’s pristine bar (where you can watch all the pizza magic happen) and order up an IG-worthy cocktail. Beer and wines are equally finely chosen.
Recommendation: Angelino Spritz (brut, sage infused orange liqueur, Campari, soda, amaro angeleno
LN2 is open Tuesday – Thursday 5p – 10p, Friday 5p – 11p, Saturday 11a – 3p and 5p – 11p, and Sunday 11a – 3p and 5p – 10p.
7212 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Elegant twists on the classics and creative specialty cocktails make Melrose Umbrella Company perfect for a long, lazy day of drinking. A great menu will see you safely through.
Recommendation: COLLINS (grey goose, pear, rosemary honey, douglas fir liqueur, lemon, and fresh soda)
Melrose Umbrella Company is open daily from 10a – 2a. Happy Hour on Fridays from 4p – 7p.
MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
There’s so much wine to choose from at Osteria Mozza, it’ll almost distract you from the multiple award-winning menu. Just ask for a recommendation and get on with the elevated drinking.
Recommendation: Passopisciaro, “Passobianco” Chardonnay 2016
Osteria Mozza is open Sunday 5p – 10p, Monday – Thursday 530p – 10p, Friday 530p – 11p, and Saturday 5p – 11p.
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
The Parlor is a sports fan’s paradise, with like a million televisions showing whatever game involves a ball. But there’s more to it, with an ample alcohol menu, fire pits, and really good food. Let’s play two!
Recommendation: The Señorita (jalapeño-Infused Patron, Patron Citronge, lime juice, agave nectar, spicy tajin rim)
The Parlor is open 5p – 1a Monday and Wednesday – Thursday, 5p -2a on Friday, 12p – 2a on Saturday, 12p – 1a on Sunday. Happy Hour Monday – Friday 5p-7p. Closed on Tuesday.
7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
A compact drink menu means you can bet those drinks have been thoughtfully selected. At Ronan, all bets are good on wine, beer, and cocktails that will keep your butt in the seat trying them all.
Recommendation: TIKI, DO YOU LOVE ME? (japanese whisky, yuzu, coconut, pineapple, sherry)
Ronan is open Tuesday – Thursday 6p – 10p, Friday 6p – 11 p, Saturday 530p – 11p, and Sunday 11a – 3p and 530p – 930p.
7315 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
So much to do while you’re drinking at Sal’s: you can hang outside, you can eat some food, you can even watch some comedy. All go perfectly with the simple, good-on-a budget options.
Recommendation: Allagash White
Sal’s is open Monday – Friday 11a – 10p, Saturday – Sunday 10a – 10p.
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Attention! Severance has adult punch! In a bowl! Need more reasons to drink here? Cocktails that smoke, wine from practically everywhere that makes wine, and liquid cheese (fondue).
Recommendation: Smoked East India Negroni (dry sherry, East India sherry, Antica Piemontese vermouth, orange peel, cedar wood smoke)
Severance is open Tuesday – Thursday 5p – 11p, Friday 5p-midnight, Saturday noon – midnight, and Sunday noon – 11p. Happy Hour Tuesday- Sunday 5p – 7p.
7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Since 1991, Snakepit Ale House has served up more than 100 different whisk(e)ys, rock-themed cocktails, and cold brews. A comfy corner bar with a great juke and yummy food.
Recommendation: Scotland Yard flight (Glenfiddich 12yr, Laphroaig 10yr, McCallans 12yr, Glenlivett 12yr)
Snakepit Ale House is open Monday from 5p – 2a, Tuesday – Thursday 1p – 2a, and Friday – Saturday 12p – 2a. Happy Hour every day from 3p – 8p.
SNAKEPIT ALE HOUSE
7529 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Spartina is perfect for a date night or special occasion as much as it’s perfect for relaxing after a grueling work day. With spacious outdoor seating for good Melrose people watching, order up and kick back.
Recommendation: Pear With Us (Tito’s Vodka, Calvados Pays d’Auge, pear puree, elderflower, lemon)
Spartina is open Monday – Friday 11a – 230p, Monday – Thursday 530p – 10p, Friday 530p -11p, Saturday – Sunday 11a – 3p, Saturday 530p – 11p, and Sunday 530p – 9p. Happy Hour 530p – 7p every day and all night on Monday.
7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Torelli Trattoria is a little slice of Tuscany right here on Melrose. Come for the authentic Italian fare and stay for many glasses of carefully-curated wine in the beautiful outdoor courtyard.
Recommendation: Fatalone Primitivo Gioia Del Colle 2013
Torelli Trattoria is open Tuesday – Friday noon – 3p and Tuesday – Sunday 6p – close. Happy Hour Tuesday – Sunday noon – 6p.
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Umeda has a surprising and delightful drink menu that ranges from fresh and delicious cocktails to wine, sake, and beer for perfect pairing with amazing Japanese fare.
Recommendation: Umeda Favorite (gin, plum sake, plum fruit, soda, garnish)
Umeda is open Monday – Friday 1145a – 215p, Monday – Thursday 545p – 10p, Friday – Saturday 545p – 1030p, and Sunday and some holidays 545p – 10p.
6623 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
You can park it at the Village Idiot to drink and eat your way through an entire day. The menu for both is extensive, and top notch. The vibe is friendly, fun, and if you’re into soccer, you’re in even more luck!
Recommendation: CHAMPS-ELYSEES (cognac, lemon, green chartreuse, angostura, lemon spray)
The Village Idiot is open Tuesday – Thursday noon – midnight, Friday noon – 2a, Saturday 10a – 2a, and Sunday 10a – midnight. Happy Hour is every day, 4p – 6p. Closed on Monday.
7383 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046