118 East 6th Street, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Varnish features meticulously constructed cocktails made with passion and precision by some of the city’s most lauded bartenders. Housed inside a refurbished storage room in Los Angeles’ oldest public house—Cole’s The Originators of the French Dip Sandwich restaurant in downtown L.A.—The Varnish pays tribute to both classic and updated cocktails with a focus on thoughtful service and hospitality.


The Varnish opened to immediate critical and popular acclaim in 2009, co-founded by partner and 213 Hospitality Cocktail/Beverage Director Eric Alperin with proprietor Cedd Moses, and Sasha Petraske (Milk & Honey, NYC). In 2012, The Varnish won the prestigious title of Best American Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail® 2012 Spirited Awards® in New Orleans, recognizing it as the bar with the most prominent influence on cocktail trends within the United States.


Operating Hours

Nightly 7pm-1am


(213) 265-7089

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