Exclusive: Very French Cocktail Recipes From the Thompson Hollywood’s New Rooftop Bar Lis
In New York, the status of the rooftop bar has surely taken a hit due to the COVID crisis, since there are now pretty much outdoor dining opportunities on every other block – and we’re guessing that will continue straight on through this still uncertain winter. But in Los Angeles, it doesn’t exactly snow on Christmas, does it?
And though we’re guessing that LA’s newest rooftop hotspot Bar Lis would be crowded simply because it’s still safer drinking outside than in, its greatest appeal is that its overarching vibe is imported from about 6000 miles away. Indeed, perched above the buzzy new Thompson Hollywood hotel, its aesthetic is distinctly French Riviera, a bit of classic St Tropez in Southern California. With its plush furnishings, cool retro beach photos, evocative palm fronds, and a fountain that looks airlifted straight from Aix-en-Provence, one half expects to see Brigitte Bardot sprawled out on a velvety blue banquette – especially as there is a speciality cocktail on the menu named for her. In fact, Jane Birkin has one too.
“We were Inspired by the effortless glamour of Côte d’Azur in the 1960s,” enthuses Sebastian Puga, VP of Brand Development at Ten Five Hospitality, “where [movie stars] vacationed and socialized over summer spritzes in the sun. We birthed the idea of Bar Lis to create a timeless and unique experience in Los Angeles – for our guests to be transported from Hollywood to the South of France and to experience the ultimate escape.”
Notably, Tuesday evenings also bring the Jazz Eclectic LA party, a spinoff of Ryan Cross and Gilles Amsallem’s distinctly Francophilic French Tuesdays, with live jazz, and perhaps the occasional surprise celeb guest performer (like Stevie Wonder).
This is all especially enticing, of course, when traveling to France comes with all manner of complications (like, um, wearing a mask for twelve hours straight). Still, there’s no mistaking that the views from Bar Lis are definitely of the Hollywood Hills – or that the hubbub of Sunset Boulevard is just a few blocks away.
But since there’s never a time when we don’t wish our lives were just a little more French, we asked them to share a couple of their most French cocktail recipes.
Jane Birkin (pictured below, right)
Suntory Haku Vodka, 1.5 ounces
Cucumber syrup, 1/2 ounce
Lime juice, 3/4 ounce
St Germain, 1/2 ounce
Hard Shake, Double Strain, Over Ice
Glassware and Ice
Long cucumber ribbon against inside of glass
French Riviera (pictured top)
Bombay Sapphire, 1.5 ounces
Chartreuse, 1/2 ounce
Luxardo Maraschino, 1/4 ounce
Pineapple gomme, 1/4 ounce
Lime juice, 1 ounce
Laprhoig, three sprays in glass
Shake, double strain
Glassware and Ice
Nick + Nora