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Library Bar

Hotel Bar, Cocktail Bar, and Speakeasy$$$$
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    Library Bar is a little cave behind Public that continues to supply patrons with some of LA's most seasonal, creative cocktails. Barman Matt Bancaniello always has something delicious up his sleeve.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GreifJune 28, 2012
    Swanky bar in the corner of the Roosevelt hotel with elaborate cocktails made with fresh farmer's market ingredients bought daily. Each drink is an occasion in and of itself. ($10-15 per drink)
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadJanuary 4, 2011
    Pricey but worth it. Get there early, sit at the bar and make sure Matt serves you. He's very friendly and thoughtful about what you might like. Ask for a savory drink with horseradish and cucumber.
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightApril 5, 2011
    Cocktail connoisseurs flock here to see Matt Biancaniello and his fellow mixologists. Try the 17-step Bloody Mary. Or if you’re adventurous, tell the team what you like and let them get creative.
  • Orletha A.
    Orletha AndersenOctober 9, 2011
    BEST BAR in LA. Go when Matt or Greg are working, always order cocktails (that's what this place is all about), and plan your return trip in advance because you'll for sure come back!!!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CraneSeptember 5, 2012
    Matthew is simply amazing! Share with him your tastes and he won't disappoint or let him surprise you with one of his fresh cocktails or ask him what new ideas he is cookin up
  • Kendall A.
    Kendall Aliment OstrowJanuary 20, 2011
    Make sure you go when Matt Biancaniello is working. He's the best bartender in LA. If you sit at the bar, he might let you try all of his drinks before they go out. Delicious!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GreifJuly 28, 2011
    Small backroom bar w/ enterprising bartender who has made a name for himself with personalized cocktails made w/ fresh produce he collects from farmer's markets around the city. Even harvests his own Read more
  • Travis P.
    Travis PrestonJune 24, 2011
    This place shits on the other places in Hollywood as far as drinks go. Rum mojito grapefruit thing or Gin bell pepper thing that Greg makes are the best, thank me later.
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 28, 2014
    The seasonal produce-driven cocktail menu is now put together by Rob Floyd. The same vegetal/fruit-forward menu is offered, but a little more on the theatrical side. Read more
  • Steve J.
    Steve JohnstonOctober 19, 2014
    Possibly one of the coolest bars I've visited. They prepare custom cocktails to meet your vibe and taste.
  • Angie C.
    Angie CarrAugust 28, 2015
    Have to visit this bar, checked in the hotel a few hours ago. Curious to know if there is a library of books provided to read or byob.
  • Davinci Virtual
    Davinci VirtualJune 15, 2011
    Serving up deliciously creative cocktails, the Library Bar's mixologists pair perfectly crafted drinks with great food the entire evening.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WaltersMay 9, 2010
    Awesome drinks. Best Blood Mary's in town made w/at least 10 fresh ingredients. If u like lemon drop martini's ask Brian for a Daisy.
  • Scott L.
    Scott LewallenAugust 26, 2014
    Easily the best drinks in LA. Mixology magicians. Tell the bartenders what you like, they make a drink you'll love.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CurryOctober 15, 2013
    These bartenders know their stuff. Even for the non-drinker they can create some of the most tastebud tantalizing beverages out there.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DavisOctober 14, 2011
    Drink whatever Matt or Greg recommend - you won't be let down. Favorite spot for cocktails on the west coast hands down.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FarettaJune 23, 2011
    Amazing mixologists in LA using the finest farmers market ingredients. You give your taste bud order and they will deliver.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 9, 2012
    Come here for bonafide cocktails. Then, if you're feeling feisty, wander to the Tropicana Bar. Thom Yorke showed up there once, you know.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsNovember 17, 2011
    The bartenders here have their Ph.D. in mixology; come experience a level of beverage artistry hard to find in this day and age.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PrasadSeptember 22, 2011
    Ask for head Mixologist Matt's Last Tango In Modena & Italian Greyhound. Both unique & signature cocktails!
  • Cassandra K.
    Cassandra KrulJuly 23, 2010
    Amazing fresh fruit drinks. Small low lit space with leather couches and trendy interior decor. Very classy!
  • Caroline O.
    If your cocktail is taking too long, Matt the bartender has a Jamaican Waiting Punch which is free on some nights or $5 a glass.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 25, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • Annie T.
    Annie TsaiSeptember 2, 2011
    Greg the bartender: not only is he a cutie, he makes an amazing drink called The Pastels. *swoon*
  • Kennly A.
    Kennly AsatoAugust 30, 2010
    Go early and sit at the bar for front seat action. Matt is an AMAZING bartender!
  • 49ers C.
    49ers ColemanFebruary 12
    Small watering hole w/n the Hotel. A must if your into mixology drinks
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 16, 2011
    The Library Bar harvests its own bees to create homemade syrups and concoctions.
  • Urszula G.
    Urszula GosciloSeptember 4, 2014
    Incredible cocktails, expensive but totally worth it.
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 25, 2011
    The bartender asks your favorite flavors to create a delicious customized cocktail. LOVE the giant ice cube!
  • Annie T.
    Annie TsaiOctober 7, 2010
    Ask Brady to make you his arugula drink, it's so subtle and lovely!
  • Brett J.
    Brett JJanuary 11, 2012
    Matt (yep) made me a drink called "the Easter Island:" champagne, gin, lime, cuke & tarragon. LOVED it.
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyMarch 26, 2013
    Ask for Chris, he's really great and have a "Last tango in El Modena"
  • Adam G.
    Adam GordonJanuary 14, 2013
    Ask for "the bulldog" if you're the adventurous type. Sweet, spicy, and the right mix of epic.
  • Dana B.
    Dana BrazielNovember 1, 2011
    Try the Vampire! Order it regular and spicy!
  • aaron e.
    aaron earlsSeptember 22, 2010
    Matt is the original mixologist...order what he suggests. Can't miss
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 27, 2015
    Very chilled out! love the cocktails
  • Rogelio C.
    Rogelio CastilloMarch 15, 2013
    Awesome cocktails, totally recommended
  • The Avenue Hollywood
    The Avenue HollywoodDecember 18, 2011
    You need to try their eggnog specialty cocktail!
  • Jean H.
    Jean HarveyFebruary 19, 2012
    Chris Hughes is the barkeep to meet. He and Matt kept me warm all night.
  • Holly S.
    Holly SavantMay 31, 2011
    Best drinks ever!!! No bartenders here.... straight mixologists!!
  • Claire B.
    Claire BergerMay 11, 2013
    Great mixologists... I'm never disappointed.
  • Amber K.
    Amber KatzDecember 18, 2011
    Greg the bartender is the sexiest since Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
  • Oksana L.
    Oksana LysenkoOctober 26, 2010
    Love the decor and the funky drink concoctions.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JunterealApril 28, 2012
    Best f'ing bar in LA. Chris knows his stuff.
  • G F.
    G FoxSeptember 9, 2011
    Tell Matt the bartender extraordinaire that I sent you!
  • Wesley H.
    Wesley HeinDecember 13, 2011
    Try the "one and only" drink made by Chris.
  • Allison P.
    Allison PhelanJuly 27, 2013
    sooooo amazing!!!!!!! :) i <3 hollywood!!!!
  • Tammy Z.
    Tammy ZhouAugust 15, 2011
    Breeder's Cup, Elderflower Tarte, Spanish Rose
  • Heidi Q.
    Heidi QJune 25, 2013
    Ask for a Bookers on the rocks
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