Tag Archive: Cocktails

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…

Everything I Drank This Week: Rare $600 Balvenie to One-Year Barrel-Aged Negroni

Balvenie tasting by Caroline on Crack

Another great week of drinking, from making my own Southside at the Plymouth and Beefeater Ginvasion to checking out the guy who took over Matthew Biancaniello’s post at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Library Bar to a Balvenie tasting with malt master David Stewart. Sunday Well really, a continuation of my Saturday dive bar hop. After going…

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…

Last Night’s PKNY Cocktails at Sadie’s Guest Bartender Night

Trinidad Sour by Caroline on Crack

If you weren’t out at Sadie in Hollywood last night for the guest bartending stint of Giuseppe Gonzalez, co-owner of tiki destination PKNY (Painkiller New York), you missed out on some goood drinking. Sadie Director of Spirits Giovanni Martinez stood back and let the New York bartender have at his barware in the front bar. This night…

Spago Beverly Hills’ New Cocktail Program: Out With the Old Flavored Vodkas

Spago's Adios Nonino cocktail by Caroline on Crack

“Meh, they’re weak like restaurant cocktails,” I shrugged. “Well, come on now. Let’s be fair, they ARE restaurant cocktails,” replied Spago Beverly Hills Wine Director/Master Sommelier Chris Miller. Apparently my drinking companion, Aaron of Savory Hunter, and I had inadvertently ordered the “girl drinks” of the redone Spago’s brand-new cocktail menu. But with both restaurant-friendly…

The Famous Bar: Bringing Glendale Closer to Serious Drinkers

The Famous' Nick Vitulli by Caroline on Crack

Believe it or not the scruffy guy above, Nick Vitulli of the brand-new The Famous bar in Glendale, used to work at the high-falutin £10 at the Montage in Beverly Hills. (Here he is without the beard and hat.) Not only did he tend the bar but he created the cocktails that still exist on…

New Market Fresh Mixology Program at Casa Del Mar Lobby Lounge

Casa Del Mar Plaid Mazerati by Caroline on Crack

Casa Del Mar Lobby Lounge is a gorgeous place to grab a drink. Beach, sunset, Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel. All the elements with which to impress your friend from out of town or romance your date. But up until the hotel’s new Market Fresh Mixology cocktail program debuted back in July, just like so…

The Churchill’s New Cocktail Menu: Choose Your Own Drink Adventure

Mia Sarazen at the Churchill by Caroline on Crack

When bartender Mia Sarazen first walked into The Churchill gastropub in West Hollywood, she immediately thought the space could use an Old Fashioned. And looking around at its Edison light bulbs, reclaimed wood communal tables and antique decor, I’d say she’s right. But she didn’t just stop there. Mia’s entire new cocktail menu was basically…

Erik Lund’s Cocktail Program at MessHall Los Feliz: No Club Drinks, No Shortcuts and No Olives

MessHall The Downtime by Caroline on Crack

Some things you won’t find at the cocktail bar in Los Feliz’s new and much–buzzed–about MessHall restaurant: standard martini glasses, olives and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Why? Bar director Erik Lund (formerly of Rivera), who took over the cocktail program from Julian Cox, basically doesn’t want to serve club drinks (martini glasses “look so tacky,”…

New Seven Grand San Diego Debuts: What’s Different Here?

Bartender at Seven Grand San Diego by Caroline on Crack

So how does 213 Nightlife‘s brand-new Seven Grand San Diego whiskey bar, which just celebrated its grand opening last Thursday, differ from its L.A. sister? 1) It’s got double the beer taps (25 versus 12 in L.A.), which makes sense considering San Diego is America’s beer capital. 2) It also boasts a Jackalope-esque Room with…