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The Varnish

118 E. 6th St. , Cole's French Dip
Los Angeles , CA , United States
(213) 622-9999

Behind a secret door at the century-old Cole’s diner (where the French Dip sandwich was invented) lies this dimly lit speakeasy, where rising-star bartender Eric Alperin mixes excellent drinks—mostly Prohibition-era cocktails like the Aviation, along with tweaks on the classics—for patrons at wooden booths.

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