The word oasis comes to mind when contemplating the back room at Eveleigh, with its barnlike, open-air patio, pillowed booths and soft breezes. The fact that there is a bar — and a superb one at that — is almost a side note, except, of course, that it's the reason many people end up here in the first place. Under the guidance of bartender Dave Kupchinsky, Eveleigh's Back Bar has emerged as one of the most sophisticated spots to enjoy thoroughly modern cocktails with classic underpinnings. From tiki and juleps to most anything brown, bitter and stirred, Kupchinsky and his staff mix up the best. As yet another bonus, guest bartending stints on Monday nights offer a showcase for major talent from across the country. —Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
8752 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd., 90069. (424) 239-1630, theeveleigh.com.