Tag Archive: Alex Straus

5 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Should Know How To Make, Part 2

Roger Room's Damian Windsor and his Perfect Negroni by Caroline on Crack

So, folks, Friday’s Bloody Mary recipe on LA Magazine’s Digest blog was the last one of my Essential Cocktails series, making that 10 classic cocktail recipes everyone should have at their disposal. Hope you found the posts helpful and that they serve you well when you find yourself entertaining last-minute guests. “Anyone want a Prescription…

Celebrating Marilyn: Hollywood Museum’s Marilyn Monroe Exhibit + Cocktail Recipes

Photos by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Legends never age. So when I tell you that today is Marilyn Monroe’s 86th birthday, it would be difficult to imagine her blowing out that many candles. As it is, she’s forever frozen in our memories as singing “Happy Birthday” to Kennedy, pushing down an out-of-control white skirt and dancing around with diamonds. In celebration…

Win a Bar Tab: Spare Room's Inaugural Bartenders With Bar Tabs Auction and Boxing Day Social

Next Monday win a dream drink date with the L.A. brand ambassador/bartender (and their bar tab) of your choosing at Spare Room’s Boxing Day Social, a cocktail event whose proceeds will go to the Hospitality Kitchen, a Skid Row soup kitchen. About eight L.A.’s barsmiths will hit the auction block and Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn…

Tonight: Radio Room Returns to the Edison Downtown

Back in the day, before Harvard & Stone‘s R&D room and B-Side’s now defunct Mixtape Wednesdays, the Edison’s Radio Room, a speakeasy night that was the brainchild of Aidan Demarest (Spare Room), was the only game in town where renowned bartenders — like Portland’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Brian Miller from New York’s PDT — flocked…

Vodvil: Never-Ending Game Night in West Hollywood

When I first heard about Vodvil, I just didn’t get it. In its press release the brand-new bar/restaurant on Fairfax Avenue was described as a “sexy and smart new entertainment venue offering game night for grown-ups.” Heh? So naturally come preview night I had to check it out. And, I’m glad I did because no…

Hangover Cure: 3 Beer Cocktail Recipes From LA Bartenders

Every pro drinker has a hangover remedy in their back pocket, be it Advil and lots of Gatorade, a pile of greasy bacon or, for the masochist, a morning jog. I’m a fan of the hair-of-the-dog remedy. Granted, I only employ this method when I have nothing to do for the rest of my day…

Hemingway's Lounge: New Spring Cocktail Menu Debuts

Heads up, in celebration of beautiful springtime in SoCal Hemingway’s Lounge in Hollywood will debut its new seasonal cocktail menu courtesy of barsmith, Alex Straus, on April 12. Nothing says springtime like cherries and Chardonnay. “Basically, when I think of spring I think fresh, vegetable smells and refreshing drinks,” says Alex. And let’s face it,…

This Weekend: Open Bar, Zombie Cocktail Party, Sangrita Revolution

Lots of drinking to be done this weekend! More so than usual. Thursday, March 3 Meat! An Art Show Opening Party Featuring Alie and Georgia and Cocktails It’s all about meat at this unusual art show which features the meat-focused works of Carlos Ramos, Myke Chilian and ┬áRichard Lee, to name but a few. But…

2010 DonQ Holiday Mixoff at Esquire House

Five of L.A.’s top bartenders, an $18.9-million home in the Doheny Estates and a party full of willing drinkers. Such was the DonQ Holiday Mixoff at the ultimate bachelor pad, the 9,000-square-foot 2010 Esquire House, a house party venue created by the magazine featuring 11 lustworthy rooms dripping with brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Hugo…

Hemingway’s Lounge’s Winter Menu: He Said, She Said Cocktail Review

Looking around Hemingway’s Lounge, a new Hollywood bar marked by high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, wall of old typewriters, and artwork, I half expect the big guy himself to be sitting at one end of the bar mumbling and nursing a daiquiri (recipe for the Papa Dobles, a daiquiri created for and named after Papa Hemingway)….