Finding the perfect gift is a challenge. Sure, some people seem to just know what to get their best friend, third cousin, or complete stranger they met at a bus stop once. (Witchcraft!) For the rest of us, holiday shopping can be an exercise in frustration and choice paralysis.
Sit back, pour yourself a drink, and check out our favorite gift shops for the home bar aficionado in your life.
17638 Sherman Way (Van Nuys)
Know exactly what you’re looking for but not sure where to find it? Thoro Bar Supplies has everything on your shopping list and then some. Designed for professional bars and restaurants but open to the public, this is the no-frills shopping option for those of us that want to get in, get out, and go get a drink. Really not feeling the holiday shopping experience? Buy online and pick up in store for seriously smooth sailing.
Our picks: chemistry flasks and beakers for mixing, ice sphere molds for drinking, and the unbeatable $25 build-a-kit for anyone that needs a gentle push into that home bar life.
7605 1/2 Beverly Blvd
Ready to elevate a basic home bar into something to brag about? The brainchild of three friends who walked into a bar one day (no, really), this storefront in the heart of LA has you covered. From a world class selection of bitters, syrups, and mixers to the cutest barware you’ll find anywhere, the Cocktail Lab has the perfect gift for every cocktail drinker in your life. (No booze here though, they’ll have to bring their own.)
Not sure where to start? The botanical cocktail infusion kits are sure to please seasoned mad scientists and kitchen novices alike.
3910 W Sunset Blvd
Looking for insider info with a healthy dose of kitsch? Head over to Bar Keeper in Silver Lake to shop vintage glassware and truly special spirits to the best tunes. Seriously, it’s like living out all your shopping montage dreams. (You have those dreams, right? No? Just me?) The staff is famously helpful, so you don’t have to be an expert to impress even the most jaded connoisseur on your list. Joe Keeper (owner, legend, your new best friend) is on a mission to stock liquors and bitters you won’t find anywhere else, and only the tastiest will do. Best part? You don’t have to break the bank to snag something unique you’re sure to love—Joe is determined to keep cocktail culture accessible to all who want in.
For gift giving made truly easy, check out their classic cocktail boxes: everything you need to make the perfect cocktail, right down to the glassware.