Esquire magazine compiles a list of the greatest bars in America every year. They're not the best new bars, just straight-up the best bars in the country, no matter where they are or how long they've been there. And in 2017, Los Angeles got a new addition in the drinker's hall of fame.
Everson Royce, also known as ERB, has made it to the list, a few years after it opened its doors. It makes sense that it took a while — it's always been a quality establishment, but in the past year really got comfortable with itself, experimenting with cocktails that use unusual liquors.
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The patio is specifically mentioned in Esquire's accolades — it has one of L.A.'s few bocce courts — as is its food. The magazine calls it "bar snacks," though I'd argue the menu is a little more substantial than that.