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roger room + l.a. = one of my favorite bars

November 12, 2010

I’ve decided to begin to feature some of my favorite bars, restaurants and lounges that I’ve been blessed to enjoy over the years. Most of these establishments are not highly publicized or marketed but they remain some of the world’s greatest underground hotspots.

Today’s featured bar is the Roger Room in West Hollywood, CA. One of the best things about Roger Room is its low-key entry yet intriguing patrons. The makings of a good bar include a vintage decor, a good Tom Collins and a bartender that knows your name.

The Roger Room

370 North La Cienega Boulevard,

West Hollywood, Calif.;

(310) 854-1300

GETTING IN Best to arrive before 8 p.m. to guarantee a stool or booth.

DRESS CODE Casual but distinct; jeans with designer or thrift shop accessories.

SIGNATURE DRINK There are more than 20 house cocktails, from the Jim Beam-based Dueling Banjos to the gin-based Old Sport. A favorite is the Tijuana Brass — Tres Reyes Blanco tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, cucumber foam ($13).

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