Best Hotel Bar: Poolside at the Hotel Figueroa’s Veranda

Whether it’s for brunch, after work or a romantic tryst, duck into downtown L.A.’s idyllic poolside Veranda, located at the beautifully renovated Hotel Figueroa. The relaxing outdoor urban oasis tucked amid 50-year old cacti overlooking the hotel’s iconic coffin-shaped pool is the perfect place to sip on one of their house specialties like the Tenderoni — gin, sloe gin, cherry herring, pineapple and lime.

The Mexico City-inspired menu  from young executive chef Adrian Garcia features seasonal ceviche with the chef’s daily catch, queso fundido with Oaxacan cheese, zarandeado (whole butterflied branzino), arrachera (8-oz. flat iron), enchiladas, and a selection of classic tacos prepared with hand-pressed tortillas and topped with fresh house made salsa.

Garcia’s authentic creations, some of which are inspired by his family’s recipes, make for the perfect pairing with tequila tastings and other inspired tequila and mezcal-forward drinks like the Guayaba made with blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and guava. The al fresco poolside brunch features Mexican French toast, steak and eggs, chilaquiles, avocado toast, and complimentary mimosas with the purchase of an entrée. —Michele Stueven

939 S Figueroa St., downtown; (866) 734-6018,

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