When day-drinking in Los Angeles, we want the air to caress our face and enough sunshine that we can wear shades and feel fabulous, even if it's a hair-of-the-dog situation. At Big Bar, the watering hole adjacent to Alcove Cafe and Bakery, the al fresco setup couldn't be better for getting your booze on. Overlooking Hillhurst Avenue, the seating area is well shaded by umbrellas and trees, with colorful (but not too self-conscious) clientele lounging about. The food is tasty enough to get a bite as well, but the bar will more than satisfy languid liquid-lunchers. Served all day and night, the drink menu is full of crafty cocktails, such as the Redrum (Bacardi 8, Jamaican rum, cherry, bitters, lime), Romper Stomper (rye whiskey, Grand Poppy, lime, banana) and Mixed Blessings (tequila, Encanto pisco, white honey, lime). They also serve craft beers, wine, traditional cocktails and our favorite way to justify a Sunday brunch buzz: a make-your-own Mimosa, with a mini-Champagne bottle and sidecar of OJ.
Credit: Jessica Ritz