WHY To take a glamorous step back in time—and for the double-take you’ll experience the first time you spot the Absinthe Fairy.
WHAT This nostalgic cocktail bar reignites 1920s elegance and romance in an unbelievable multi-level space that was L.A.’s first private power plant. Each night brings new revelries, from live music to burlesque, but it’s enough of a show just to wander through the endless nooks and crannies decorated with antiques, leather wing chairs, tufted velvet and old power-plant equipment. Mixologists from all over the country visit here, so the cocktail list changes often, but absinthe is always a crowd favorite, sold by an ethereal winged woman pushing a glowing green cart. To soak up the liquor, try the sweet potato Tesla fries, the grilled cheese with tomato soup, or a couple of Auntie Em’s cupcakes. The foolish few who show up in T-shirts or flip flops are turned away by a beautiful blonde wearing seemingly nothing but beads.
WHO The hippest of the hip (often dressed to the nines) and rockabilly types on Friday and Saturday, and a surprisingly diverse after-work crowd on Wednesday and Thursday.