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Tonight at the Spare Room: Audrey Saunders’ Return to L.A. + New Fall Cocktail Menu

Spare Room's Naomi Schimek by Caroline on Crack

Audrey Saunders, famed mixmaster from New York’s Pegu Club who kickstarted the modern mixology movement, has returned to L.A. at least for tonight. She left La Brea’s Tar Pit last year but is going to be in Hollywood to celebrate Naomi Schimek’s new role as director of beverages at the Spare Room! Audrey, who won…

Neat Bar by Aidan Demarest in Glendale: No Cocktails, No Waiting + Q&A Outtakes

A new bar but without a specialty cocktail menu? Unheard of! Especially in this day and age of hot L.A. mixologists and must-do cocktails. But Aidan Demarest — well-known bar guy who’s managed places like the Edison, Schmeven Schmand and the Roosevelt’s Spare Room — told me for an interview I did with him for…

Beer Belly: Mom & Pop Beer Bar Never Looked So Good

Beer Belly craft beer bar is opening in Koreatown this Friday, and it seems to possess all the elements of what make a beer bar great: 1) an impressive selection of affordably priced, handcrafted beer on taps; 2) tasty bar bites; 3) beer-serious owners; 4) knowledgeable beertenders; and 5) parking. The owners, Jimmy and Yume…

This Weekend: La Descarga Quatro Party, Kentucky Derby Shindig, The Clooney Cocktail

It’s going to be a crazy party weekend what with Cinco de Mayo kicking things off then George Clooney’s birthday, Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day. Wednesday, May 4 Quatro de Mayo at La Descarga Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Eve with a rollicking good time at La Descarga. The Camarena taco truck will be serving up…

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…

Magnum Pop-Up's Bar Lounge at Royal/T: Where the Party's At

Traveling restaurant night, Magnum — by chef Joseph Mahon and “wine pimp” David Haskell — is finally hitting the Westside, taking over kawaii Japanese maid cafe Royal/T in Culver City for its third incarnation. A fitting setting not only because it complements the event’s drive to raise money for the Japanese Sake Brewers Association‘s (JSBA)…

Winning Tastes: Charlie Sheen Cocktails by LA Bartenders

Charlie Sheen meme. I was over it before it even started and I definitely didn’t want to jump on the Twitter bandwagon by hashtagging everything with “winning” (ugh, kill me) or follow his Twitter. But when I saw this story about how New York bartenders like Christy Pope and Chad Solomon of Cuff and Buttons…

Drunk Lessons From Playboy's Dan "The Imbiber" Dunn

Despite what many of you may think, my boozing it up every night in search of the perfect cocktail isn’t all that debaucherous. I usually keep my drinking to two max a night out. My intention is to enjoy the cocktail, not get wasted. Yeah, pretty boring. But Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn, Playboy magazine’s nightlife…

Wine and Super Bowl Junk Food Pairings by Wine Pimp

When you think Super Bowl party, you naturally think beer, beer and more beer. Hey, I’m the same way. But when I had a chat with “wine pimp” David Haskell (Magnum pop-up, Bin 8945) he made the case for why vino is a better complement to game time junk food. “The Super Bowl or any…

Library Bar's New Beer Cocktail: Name It and Win Free Drinks

I’ve wanted to like beer cocktails. I mean, come on, the best of both worlds. But, alas, I just have no interest in Irish Car Bombs anymore. I know, guess that means I’m ollld. In any case, when I visited Matthew Biancaniello at Hollywood Roosevelt’s Library Bar over the weekend, he showed me his reinvented…