Category Archives: Nightlife

Cocktail Recipe: Ostrich Farm’s Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri at Ostrich Farm by Caroline on Crack

We may be nearing the end of summer but I say go out with a bang and blend up huge batches of frozen strawberry daiquiri while they’re still in season. And one of the best frozen strawberry daiquiris I’ve ever tasted was at Ostrich Farm in Echo Park, where barman Jeremy Simpson serves up them…

How To Make Rose Rosé Wine Ice Cubes

Summer Water rose wine by Caroline on Crack

As if you really needed an excuse to drink rosé, it’s National Rosé Day tomorrow! This pink varietal has become the harbinger of the summer season, and not just straight out of the bottle but in cocktails, frozen rosé slushie (frosé!) and even as ice cubes. Now, when you Google “rosé wine ice cubes” all of the listings…

Tiki Night Drink Series Returns to Spare Room This Wednesday

Spare Room Blue Drink by Caroline on Crack

The Tiki game is very strong this year at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Spare Room. For the sixth season of the annual Tiki night series “An Evening of Tiki,” the stellar lineup of guest bartenders will be visiting from the likes of “World’s Best Bar” Dead Rabbit and Seattle’s Navy Strength and bringing their unique takes on…

Where To Find Chocolate Cocktails in LA

1886 Bar Golden Ticket

For those of us who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but do love their rich and decadent chocolate, you can trade your trip to See’s for somewhere wayyy better: L.A. bars that have chocolate cocktails. Bonus, besides the booze and chocolate combo, is that you don’t have to rush on over to get them for V Day…

Drink These: Big Bar’s New Winter Cocktails

Big Bar Peppermint Cocoa Fizz

If you love holiday libations then you’re in luck as L.A. has no shortage of festive winter cocktails. But of the many offerings this year, the ones that really stood out to me were the ones off Big Bar’s winter cocktail menu which debuted just yesterday. Leave it to bar manager Cari Hah and her…

Giveaway: Tickets to LA Magazine’s Caroline on Crack 10th Blogiversary Party

This August marked the 10th anniversary of this blog Caroline on Crack. To put that in perspective, I remember when Sprinkles first started the cupcake craze in L.A., when Seven Grand first opened, and when the Kogi BBQ food truck first hit the streets. That’s a decade of drinking, eating and blogging in L.A. It’s…

The Baller’s Guide to Napa Valley: Most Expensive Tasting Menu to VIP Wine Tasting

View from Poetry Inn by Caroline on Crack

OK, yes, Napa is an expensive place to visit. Even staying at a Best Western in downtown Napa can be a $300-a-night affair! But that’s not too surprising considering Napa is touted as the premier wine region of California. Our entire state has over 700 miles of wine country and 107 AVAs, but everyone the…

Bubbly by the Glass: Where To Drink Expensive Champagne Solo in L.A.

Usually expensive champagne like Krug or Dom Pérignon can only be had by the bottle. But what if you just want a simple sipper to celebrate solo? (Say that three times fast.) Or you do not want to break the bank on a whole bottle? Fortunately there are a ton of places in Los Angeles —…

Where To Drink in Hollywood: Power House, Lost Property, Sassafras Saloon

Sassafras Saloon's Talking Bird by Caroline on Crack

Oh lawdy, Hollywood has gotten a whole bunch of new drinking options! This week for Los Angeles Magazine’s Liquid LA alone I covered three new cocktail programs created by high-caliber bartenders. And the best part is that all three bars are within walking distance of each other! OK, maybe it’ll be a long walk in…

What To Make With Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee Cynar

Matthew Biancaniello by Caroline on Crack

For my Los Angeles Magazine Liquid LA post today, I shared mixmaster Matthew Biancaniello’s recipe for his coffee Cynar. A recipe so simple, mixing two things that naturally seem perfect together! I had had it again recently and knew I had to learn how to finally make it myself so I’d have a never-ending supply….