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If there were cocktail list superlatives, the gin and tonic would be voted “Most Popular.” If you don’t know what to order or have a go-to drink, a gin and tonic never fails, especially when it’s made with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
To celebrate the hopeful spring season and support local bars and restaurants as they rebuild for the future, The Botanist is donating $5 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition for every Botanist & Tonic sold during April and May, up to a total donation of $25,000. Kicking off on National Gin & Tonic Day on April 9, here are some participating locations to find a Botanist & Tonic in Los Angeles.
Broken Shaker has everything you want in a rooftop: Great views, a pool to stare at, and some really excellent cocktails. For the peak Botanist & Tonic experience, reserve one of the pool chairs for an afternoon.
This neighborhood haunt is one of our favorite date spots in Highland Park. Standouts from the menu include the duck ragu, the piled-high shaved brussels, and the seasonally-changing cappellacci.
The garden at Big Bar is a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a gin and tonic. The fact that Happy Hour lasts a full five hours shows how committed this Los Feliz spot is to the idea of end-of-day drinks.
In the area that’s been newly named the Sycamore District, Gigi’s is a French spot that feels like an updated version of an old-school Hollywood hangout. The menu fits that description too, with giant steaks, roast chicken, and appetizers like smoked trout rillettes, plus a flower-garnished Botanist & Tonic.
The kitchen here puts out elevated French country dishes with an American twist, all of which pair well with both wine and cocktails. The prawns with cornbread pudding, tomato-caper salsa, and Castelvetrano olives is always a favorite, fired in a wood oven that seals smokiness and flavor in.
Bavel recently reopened for in-person dining, and their huge patio is a place we envision spending some time this summer, eating grilled prawns, hummus, lamb neck shawarma, and way too many (in a good way) types of bread.
Here And Now
This cocktail spot in DTLA now has a back patio with covered seating and live music on weekends. Get some bar snacks or a burger (short rib or Impossible) to go with your Botanist & Tonic.
In a back alley in Culver City, Seventy7 have set up outdoor seating that feels slightly hidden and sticks with their general 1920’s theme. Food comes from Rocco’s next door and the space is fairly small, so reservations are advised.
This Spanish spot in Redondo Beach has a heat lamp-lined patio, fun cocktails (like a Botanist & Tonic with grapefruit), and pretty great food like pomegranate lamb chops, potato croquettes, and a citrus quince salad.
Hudson House is a locals hangout in Redondo Beach with a menu of upscale pub food dishes like lamb bolognese and an enormous pretzel burger that comes with Jarlsberg, bacon, and arugula.
Seafood is the focus at this spot just a few blocks from the ocean. That means classics like crab cakes, beer-battered fish and chips, calamari, and shrimp and fish tacos.
The Ordinaire in Long Beach has a massive menu of modern pub food like chicken pot pie bites. We like the burgers and sandwiches, like the Tavern Burger or the New England lobster roll.
R10 Social House & Bar
In the Redondo Beach Marina, R10 is a place where you can eat some mussels while you watch boats cruise in and out. Preferably with a Botanist & Tonic.
This hotel in Glendale has a couple of places to eat, including the rooftop with views across the mountains. Get here for sunset, and you’ve got an ideal spot for a Botanist & Tonic to end the day.
Steak & Whisky
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find both steak and whisky on the menu at this restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Also available - The Botanist, a gin from a whisky distillery. But you also shouldn’t miss the happy hour, with daily dollar oysters, and discounted pork meatballs, and arancini.
The modern Mexican menu at this Venice hangout spans from esquites and vegan queso to cauliflower al pastor and barbacoa tacos. If you want to pretend you’re on the vacation you had to cancel twice last year, the patio here is the place to do it.
Get the right seat on the patio at this wine bar in Playa del Rey, and you’ll be perfectly positioned to watch the sunset with a few of their bar snacks (try the lamb-stuffed eggplant) and a Botanist & Tonic.
Before outdoor dining was a necessity, the West 3rd location of Bacari had already perfected it, with one of the best patios in the city. Enjoy their weeknight happy hour between the huge, light-covered trees growing out of the middle of the space.
Like the other Bacari locations, this one has a great patio, solid tapas, and brunch on the weekends.
Another outpost of this SoCal mini-chain, this time inside the Americana at Brand in Glendale.
We like the big patio at this Mediterranean spot in Atwater Village, especially for brunch. Don’t skip the Beghrir Pancake, a three-flour Moroccan crepe with black Mission figs and sweet honey butter.
Playa Provisions is home to one of our favorite patios on Westside, located just a few blocks from the beach in Playa del Rey. There are four restaurants in one here, meaning you could go from breakfast sandwich to seafood lunch to ice cream to cocktail all in one visit.
The all-day Cali-Mex menu here runs the gamut from jackfruit tinga and chicken poblano enchiladas (familiar to anyone who’s been to Border Grill, from the same chefs) to Tijuana-inspired options like vampiro and lamb birria tacos. Get a strawberry jalapeño Botanist & Tonic to wash it all down.