Tag Archive: cocktail menu

Freddy Smalls’ Cocktails, Take 2: New Bar Guy, New Program

Freddy Smalls cocktail Conejo by Caroline on Crack

It’s no secret that I never really liked the cocktails at Freddy Smalls in West L.A. Overly fussy concoctions which tried too hard without really succeeding in tasting good. Thank goodness for the new bar guy. Johan Stein replaced Dave Fleisher back in February and has stripped down the drink list from a “what the…

A Closer Look at Chateau Marmont Hotel Bar’s Secret Cocktails

Chateau Marmont's Matt Schaefer by Caroline on Crack

The iconic Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard always feels as if it’s out of my league. Just like Ryan Gosling, the beautiful Chateau could never be my regular hang. And last year when word got out that the hotel had a new bar that only those in the know could get into, it made sense…

Tomorrow: Playa Rivera’s Last Drink Deals Ever

Playa's Beer and a Ball cocktail by Caroline on Crack

You probably heard by now that after two years restaurant Playa in Mid-City will be hosting its last service tomorrow. Tomorrow! Bill Chait and Chef John Sedlar will close the restaurant and then retool it in the hopes of reopening it all refreshed and new in a few weeks. But tomorrow night, they’re inviting everyone…

Playa Rivera Debuts New Mexi-China Cocktails by Julian Cox and Jeremy Lake

5 Spice Sangrita courtesy of Playa Rivera

Playa cocktail duo Julian Cox and Jeremy Lake teamed up to create “Mexi-China” cocktails to pair with Chef John Sedlar’s new menu which focuses on a fusion of Baja and Cantonese cooking. Said Jeremy Lake of his menu, “Whether it be the fresh, tart juices in the Chinese 5 Spice sangrita…or the bubbly effervescence and…

Eveleigh’s Brunch Cocktails: Don’t Underestimate Their Power

The Eveleigh's Cynar Julep by Caroline on Crack

Day drinking takes restraint, especially when the rest of your day involves doing something other than taking naps. But for someone like me who loves full-bodied cocktails that are stirred, it’s difficult to find satisfaction in most daytime cocktails. Meh-mosas. Fortunately when someone like bartender Dave Kupchinsky of Eveleigh is making the cocktails, there’s a…

Craft Los Angeles: Cocktails With Substance Despite the Flash

Craft Backwoods Remedy by Caroline on Crack

For some reason I always thought that Craft Los Angeles was way more fancy and intimidating than it actually is. It’s the unofficial CAA cafeteria after all and has a Top Chef name attached to it. But truth be told, chef Tom Colicchio‘s high-profile spot in Century City offers a quiet, elegant bar with ample…

Sneak Peek: The Blind Donkey’s Drink Menu Debuts Tonight

The Blind Donkey by Caroline on Crack

Beer guy Ryan Sweeney’s new bar, The Blind Donkey, opens tonight in Pasadena. But it’s not focused on craft beer. Gasp! Actually it’s all about the whiskey. 68 bottles chosen by partner John Bower who’s a whiskey guy and the one who envisioned this contribution to Old Town’s drinking scene. John felt that Pas could use…

Halloween Cocktails in LA: Zombie Punch to Sacrificial Chicken

Big Kid Juice Box courtesy of Corner Door

Don’t let this year’s unfortunate placement of Halloween in the middle of a work week (seriously, wtf?) stop you from celebrating your favorite holiday properly, the BOOzy way. Check out these spooky-delicious Halloween cocktails available around town tomorrow only. Cecconi’s and Compartes Chocolatier’s Cocktail Party: Satisfy your craving for bad Halloween candy (mm, fun size…

Italy It Out: Sotto’s New Fall Cocktails Debut Tonight

Fly by Night cocktail by Caroline on Crack

Sotto Restaurant in West L.A. debuts a brand-new fall cocktail menu tonight. From 8pm to 11pm, the new cocktails will be specially priced at $9; regularly they’re $12. Unlike the menus in the past this one is a more focused, “back to Italian” list and a complete rehaul, meaning they got rid of all the…

The Satellite Happy Hour: Why My Inner 20-Something Likes It

The Satellite Cocktails by Caroline on Crack

The Satellite, formerly (and sort of still) Club Spaceland, in Silver Lake has started up a new cocktail program in its “upstairs” bar, aka “bar a few steps up from its main room.” The new drink night, “Mixology Mondays,” by bartender Amy Rieckelman enlists the help of Drago Centro’s Jaymee Mandeville to create a new…