Tag Archive: Zahra Bates

10 Lady Bartenders Commandeer Harvard and Stone for Charity

Lindsay Nader by Caroline on Crack

Every smart man knows that one of the many things you NEVER ask a woman, along with how much she weighs or how old she is, is if it’s THAT time of the month. Unless, of course, you’re talking about this hot lady bartender shindig tonight, in which case, ask away. Yes, it IS that…

Behind the Bartender: LA Magazine Digest’s LA Bartender Q&As

The Famous' Nick Vitulli by Caroline on Crack

Ever wanted to know more about your favorite LA bartender, beyond the fact that they make a damn fine cocktail? Follow along on my bartender Q&A series on Los Angeles Magazine’s Digest blog, “Behind the Bartender.” It’s not your usual Q&A (those bore me!). Rather it’s just quick questions like “What’s your hidden talent?” and…

Last Night at Spare Room’s 2nd Annual Boxing Day Social

Big Boxing Day Social Winners by Caroline on Crack

I am now the owner of a brand-new $100 bar tab at Spare Room with an hour of bowling and a round of drinks at the Magic Castle with bartender Joshua Lucas! I scored the winning bid in a hard fought bidding war against Hemingway’s big guy Alex Straus. He don’t scare me! Oh yes,…

The Operator Cocktail Recipe by Providence’s Zahra Bates

Providence's Zahra Bates by Caroline on Crack

Bartender Zahra Bates’ days at Providence are ticking down. After five years of working at the two-Michelin-star restaurant, where she was trained by Vincenzo Marianella, 2012 Spirited Awards American Bartender of the Year nominee, and where she’s made a name for herself thanks to her innovative culinary cocktails, Zahra is leaving. She wanted to free…

Save New York Bars: Harvard & Stone’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Event

PKNY by Caroline on Crack

Because of Hurricane Sandy last month New Yorkers are still trying to pick up the pieces, including helping local bars get back up and running again. If you can’t imagine living one night without your favorite watering hole you can imagine how much they’re hurting. Fortunately even though we’re on the Left Coast we can…

Art Beyond the Glass Party Recap + Video Highlights

Art Beyond the Glass by Caroline on Crack

Last Sunday’s charity event Art Beyond the Glass at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge is already going down in the LA cocktail community as the best party EVER. Not only did bartenders, liquor reps and cocktail geeks get to raise a bunch of money ($3,900 presales, final tally to come) for the Inner-City Arts organization but…

Boozy Woos: How To Romance an LA Woman Bartender

Naomi Schimek by Caroline on Crack

An LA woman bartender has heard every pick-up line and has seen every flirtatious move in her bar. So it’s no wonder it can be a little intimidating to try and romance her. But I asked some of our gorgeous lady bartenders in Los Angeles what’s the best way to woo them and consequently, every…

Providence Bartender Zahra Bates' Bruleed Persimmon Holiday Cocktail

My list of the top 10 holiday cocktails in L.A. is up on Squid Ink today and features tasty boozy seasons greetings by some of our town’s best bartenders. And no, there aren’t any peppermint mochaccino martinis here. Rather, these are cocktails that personify the flavors of this time of year: nog, cranberry, butter rum…

Cocktail Review: Providence’s Opium Den

While killing time before dinner at Marino on Melrose, I stopped in at Providence for a quick drinkie. I had kept meaning to go there to visit renowned mixologist Zahra Bates but unfortunately on this night she was out. In any case at least I had an impressive cocktail menu to keep me company. What…