1. Martinis are made for sipping, and it's no secret that martinis pack a punch. Taylor's magical bartenders make everything from potent to pretty and add complimentary popcorn on the side. While the straight up, two-olive martini is a favorite, Taylor's can shake up just about anything you can think up and doesn't skimp on the pour. Get there early for a prime spot at the cool, dark, swanky bar. And be sure to try a lemon drop. Taylor's Steakhouse, 901 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge. 818-790-7668.
2. For a space that's a little brighter and a bit more casual, 's bar is tops. Park yourself at a table with friends or cozy up to the bar and enjoy a fine selection of wine or a crisp Cosmo. On the weekends, go for one of their famous fresh-squeezed orange juice and strawberry mimosas. Dish, 734 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-5355.
3. Gigante describes ' margaritas, but luckily, they are not gigante in price, especially on Mondays. Head down to the colorful, happy spot and take a mini-break. Los Gringos Locos is known for their margaritas, the recipe for which contains a dash of folklore as well as fresh citrus. Try a blended peach margarita or go old school style on the rocks with salt but without breaking your bank account. Los Gringos Locos, 464 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-2696. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. Mondays.
4. Wendy's Wine Bar at offers wine tastings, beer tastings, and seminars for those who want to learn a little more about their favorite vintages and brews. The shop also has a large retail selection in case you want to take home a prized bottle to drink by the coolness of your pool. See Le Petite Vendome's website for details or call 818-952-4084. Le Petitie Vendome, 958 Foothill Blvd.
5. The Camellia Lounge, located in the, offers light fare and cocktails during the garden's extended summer hours until August 25. Visit the lounge Tuesday through Thursday evenings 3 to 8 p.m. Descanso's website has more information, inlcuding a menu and schedule of garden events. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. 818-949-4200.