Walton Goggins has had a busy winter. The versatile leading man is filming the live-action adaptation of the hit video game will fall, set to stream next year on Amazon Prime. Earlier in the year, he worked on HBO’s upcoming third season Gemstones of justice. And he announced the launch of an equity crowdfunding round for Mulholland Distilling, the premium line of craft spirits he founded in 2017 with longtime friend and cinematographer Matthew Alper. In other words, he could really use a drink.
Lucky for him, this season is the actor’s favorite time to grab a cocktail around town. Holiday drinking in LA is different, Goggins argues, even in December when temperatures can soar. “Instead of drinking warm drinks to shake off the cold, we drink cold drinks to cool ourselves off from the heat,” he says. Below, they share some winter watering holes in and around town to brighten the spirit.
“East LA’s favorite neighborhood bar is also an Eagle Rock institution. This year, it was remodeled and relaunched as an aperitivo bar. Go during the holidays and you can expect festive decor, delicious Negronis, and my personal favorite cocktail: the Mint Mocha Espresso Martini. 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock; capriclublosangeles.com
“This historic monument — shaped like a giant barrel — was reintroduced to the Valley in 2015 after a 44-year hiatus. It’s a throwback to the rise of L.A.’s car culture and the era-defining local architecture. On Dec. 10, they’re throwing their annual Harry Potter-themed Yule Ball, with cocktail proceeds. A portion will go to The Trevor Project. 4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood; idlehourbar.com
Melrose Umbrella Co.
“This craft cocktail staple is delightful throughout the calendar year. But it’s especially appealing in winter. The fun and lively atmosphere is enhanced by the cozy fireplace and festive decorations. Expect an array of seasonally appropriate cocktails, including delicious rum eggnog, holiday mulled wine and the Mulholland Mule. 7465 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District; melroseumbrellaco.com
“Located in the year-old Shai Hotel, it is the perfect place for a holiday gathering with co-workers, friends and family. Expect excellent hospitality, delicious food and festive cocktails. 8801 Washington Blvd., Culver City; ettarestaurant.com
“Located in Hauser and Wirth [art] A complex in downtown Los Angeles, Manuela unites chefs, farmers and artists to create an authentic and original food and beverage experience. 907 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles Arts District; manuela-la.com
This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.