Tag Archive: DTLA

James Franco and Moby Design Pop-Up Bedrooms for Airbnb LA

Airbnb at Hollywood Forever Cemetery by Caroline on Crack

Even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years, I’m still all about being a tourist in the city, exploring it anew, taking staycations, snapping pictures of all the neat stuff. Airbnb LA is throwing an event that promotes that same mindset. For Hello LA, the company asked five celebrities to pick L.A. venues…

Last Night: LA Athletic Club’s Invention Grand Opening Party

LAAC Invention bartenders by Caroline on Crack

Last night, the members-only L.A. Athletic Club finally debuted its new third floor bar, Invention. For a century it was just a nameless bar that served booze to the LAAC members but as the cocktail scene emerged and grew in downtown L.A. that bar seemed more and more inadequate. People wanted to drink something good…

Sneak Peek of Rivera’s New Fall Cocktail Menu + Recipes

Rivera's Autumn Sour courtesy of Rivera

Hate to break it to you but despite our perfect, pool-party weather, summer vacation is over. The good news is that we have new fall cocktail menus to look forward to. Case in point, the new fall Rivera cocktail menu by bartender extraordinaire Julian Cox debuts at the downtown restaurant on Wednesday the 12th. And…

Working the Nightshift Cocktail at The Parish Los Angeles

The Parish's The Nightshift by Caroline on Crack

For the uninitiated (me) walking up to Tasting Kitchen chef Casey Lane’s new downtown Los Angeles bar/restaurant, The Parish, can cause a bit of confusion. You see a wedge of an eatery with lots of windows and sparse seating pointing out toward the intersection where Spring and Main connect at 9th street. That’s it?! Where’s…

To Love and Drink in L.A.: Downtown Romantic Getaways With Cocktail Options

Cocktails Downtown by Caroline on Crack

My bf and I will be celebrating a big anniversary this month (woo!) and I figured that instead of just doing a fancy dinner and drinks somewhere booking a romantic getaway in the city we love would be the way to go. So I’ve been looking for romantic hotel packages downtown. Why downtown? Because we…

Villains Tavern’s New Fall Cocktail Menu: Strange Spirits Warm Your Soul

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Lady Percy, a hot cocktail of pear cider goodness, was my absolute favorite off the list. Turns out it’s Dave’s favorite, too. Apparently, he went through six different pears to find the right flavor for this drink. Finally he settled on a combination of six Barlett pears with one Korean pear to get all that sweetness. And for spice, it relies on just a lone cinnamon stick. “I wasn’t going for spices,” says Dave. “Most ciders you’re going to find lots of big body spices in there. This one doesn’t really have a lot of spice. I really just wanted to bring out the pear itself.” And the result is a nicely balanced hot cider cocktail, not too much booze or too much sweet apple/pear-ness. It was the one cocktail that I really had a hard time putting down during the tasting. Would be perfect to warm your hands (and your soul) during a rainy day.

The Edison's New Cocktail Menu Debuts Tonight

Don’t count Joseph Brooke, The Edison‘s director of spirits, out just yet, L.A. drinkers. After about a year, he’s come up with a new list of cocktails for the swanky downtown bar. What took so long? The current renovation of Clifton’s Cafeteria delayed any go-ahead for a new cocktail menu from the Edison’s powers that…

Mas Malo Restaurant: Mas Mucho More Tequila Downtown

The new offshoot of Silver Lake’s Malo Restaurant, Mas Malo, is mas in every way — space (9,700 square feet), menu, style and liquor. The new restaurant, which opened last Friday, shares the same downtown Los Angeles building as a certain whiskey bar and the same entrance. Booze fans rejoice, especially since Mas Malo boasts…

Death & Co's Alex Day and David Kaplan Bring Their Cocktails Downtown

You read right. Renowned mixologist Alex Day had teamed up with David Kaplan, co-owner of Death & Co in New York, to form their own hospitality consultation company, Proprietors LLC. And the two took over the operations of Bar & Kitchen in O Hotel downtown back in October. And apparently this was all on the…

2nd Annual LA Derby Dolls Chili Cookoff Winners

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to judge cocktails and cupcakes contests, which makes sense, right? But this past weekend’s competition took me into completely new territory: the 2nd Annual LA Derby Dolls Chili Cookoff at La Cita downtown. No, the contestants weren’t high-falutin’ chili connoisseurs or accredited chefs but rather friends and fans…