Tag Archive: Matthew Biancaniello

Summer Cocktails: Boozy Ways To Cool Down in LA

Sadie's Alcoholic Floats by Caroline on Crack

Nothing says summer like cooling off with a tasty boozy beverage on a warm, sunny day or sultry night. Thankfully, L.A. cocktail bars have come up with a slew of succulent solutions for you, involving cocktail ice cream bars, alcoholic floats and even a little Hanky Panky. Here’s a roundup of the tastiest summer cocktails…

Art Beyond the Glass: Top LA Bartenders Show Off for Charity

Art by the Glass illustration by Dave Stolte

Art Beyond the Glass, a charity event which takes place this Sunday at Hollywood’s Sadie Kitchen & Lounge, promises to be the L.A. cocktail event of the year. Not only is it a rare opportunity to see some of your favorite bartender all-stars showing off their artistic skills for a worthy charity, Inner-City Arts, but…

How To Make Watermelon White Pepper Shrub by Tasting Kitchen’s Justin Pike + Favorite Shrub Cocktails

Playa's A Vicious Rumor by Caroline on Crack

If you’re an extra observant drinker, you may have noticed this thing called “shrub” popping up on more and more cocktail menus around town. No, it’s not an actual bush in your drink, but rather a sweet and tart tincture or syrup made from a process that originated from ye olden times (aka Colonial America)….

Going Native: LA Staycations at Palihotel Melrose, Figueroa Hotel and Hollywood Roosevelt

Palihouse Melrose by Caroline on Crack

Recently I’ve become a big fan of vacationing in my own town, or “staycationing” as the kids are calling it these days. What better way to get to know Los Angeles’ neighborhoods than shacking up for a bit and exploring the surroundings? Sure, it’s an exercise in luxury but then again, if you can find…

10 Best L.A. Drinking Moments of 2011

Harvard & Stone by Caroline on Crack

2011 was a great year for drinking in L.A. with a slew of new insta-fave bars popping up, bartenders reconceptualizing bar programs and craft beer thankfully becoming even more accessible. I managed to narrow down my favorite drinking moments to the top 10. Here it is in descending order. Guess what No. 1 is? 10….

Hooray Beer: 3rd Annual LA Beer Week's Calendar of Events

The 3rd Annual LA Beer Week kicks off this coming Monday with a beer-intensive party at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach (which you can still buy or win tickets for by the way). What follows after that is 14 days of beerlicious events. Take your pick: a musical beer crawl, a 12-course beer paired dinner,…

Vote Now: Who's the Best Bartender in All of LA?

Mark this down on your social calendar, cocktail fans: On October 9, the L.A. cocktail community will be celebrating Table 20’s 2nd Annual L.A.’s Best Bartender as nominated by you and ultimately voted on by an esteemed panel of judges the night of the event. At Downtown’s Elevate Lounge, guests will be treated to boozy…

Bartender Mentor No. 1: Matthew Biancaniello of Hollywood Roosevelt’s Library Bar

It’s no secret how much I love cocktails but the ugly truth is I really have no idea how to make them, except a Manhattan, that is. So I figured why not enlist the help of my bartender friends to teach me how to make my own damn drink for a change? Forget bartending school!…

Giveaway: Moveable Feast at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Back in January, Chef Meg Hall (aka “Made by Meg“) brought her traveling supper club, the Moveable Feast, to East Hollywood hot spot La Descarga where guests were also able to enjoy the cocktails of mixologists Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix. The only thing that would have made the event extra fab was if there…

Who Makes the Best Mai Tai in All of LA?

Aidan Demarest’s mark on the L.A. cocktail scene is as the ringmaster. He’s run some of the hottest bars in Los Angeles like Schmeven Schmand and The Edison, helped build the cocktail programs of Pasadena’s 1886 and Hollywood’s Spare Room, thrown together must-do cocktail events like guest mixologist bar nights — Radio Room and Red…