It’s no secret — Inwood Lounge is known for its martinis. But sipping on one of these classic cocktails inside the dark, old-fashioned, neon-lined tavern at the beginning of happy hour makes it feel exclusive, almost underground. Inwood Lounge has been a popular martini bar since it opened in the 1980s inside the historic Inwood Theater, a landmark since 1947. One of the most inventive martinis is the lychee with Absolut Pears vodka, SOHO, lychee, grapefruit and lemon juice. The other more decadent one is the chocolate cake with Stoli vanilla vodka, Godiva dark chocolate and Frangelico.
5458 W. Lovers
Price range: $9-$10
Tip: House martinis are $5 during happy hour 5-7 p.m. weekdays.
More spots for cocktails
Try the “feliz como la rana” and be “happy as a frog” with this house favorite: Absolut Mandarin vodka, orange juice, cranberry juice, soda and a lime twist.
At the original Neighborhood Services bar on Lovers, you’ll find the Bee’s Knees. It’s a simple and elegant cocktail with Junipero gin, lavender honey and lemon.
5027 W. Lovers
3 Shin Sei
This upscale sushi restaurant has an upstairs bar, which comes into play nicely if you have to wait for a table on a busy night. For a fresh summery treat, try the basilito — Bacardi lemon vodka shaken with fresh lemon juice and Thai basil.
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