C For Men

The California cocktail bars to try ASAP

by slh

After dark with Mark and Jonnie Houston

Hospitality masterminds (and fraternal twins) Jonnie and Mark Houston know how to get Angelenos out at night, whether it’s to belt out karaoke in the ’80s-themed bar Break Room 86, or to soak up the vibe of old Havana at La Descarga. Newest to their lineup is the hybrid magic venue/bar Black Rabbit Rose (1719 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323-461-1464; blackrabbitrose.com), which serves Thai-Chinese dishes from Crying Tiger, an adjacent take-out window. Here the brothers share their favorite California after-dark spots. MARK: The Walker Inn These guys are serving up some of the most amazing cocktails in the city. thewalkerinnla.com. • The HMS Bounty It’s our father David Houston’s old stomping ground in Koreatown; he even has a booth named for him. thehmsbounty.com. • Polite Provisions They’re making consistently great drinks in San Diego, and it’s a really beautiful, lively spot. politeprovisions.com. JONNIE: Jumbo’s Clown Room It’s right down the street from [our bar] Harvard & Stone. It’s easy to assume one of us will end up there as the night closes. jumbos.com. Pappy & Harriet’s An oasis in the desert, with great bands and vibe. pappyandharriets.com.

Written by JESSICA RITZ.
Photography by DYLAN + JENI.

This article originally appeared in the C For Men Spring 2017 issue.