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It’s a Christmas Miracle on Melrose

For those who absolutely cannot wait til Christmas — eff Thanksgiving, you say — Melrose Umbrella Co. is already all decked out for the holidays. And I mean, ALL. DECKED. OUT. The Miracle on Melrose Avenue bar is only one of about 100 of the Miracle Pop-Up Bars around the world: 94 in the U.S….

Big Bar’s Holiday Cocktails: Staying Cozy in LA Winter

Big Bar's Nog {Not Really}

I refuse to put up Christmas decorations when Thanksgiving hasn’t even come and gone yet. But one thing I will allow in anticipation of the holidays are the cocktails. Beautiful, rich, cozy, festive-inspired holiday cocktails. And Big Bar in Los Feliz just kicked off their new holiday menu, which includes three hot cocktails and a…

Clueless & Bibo Ergo Sum Cocktails at ArcLight Hollywood

Bibo Ergo Sum cocktail Makeover Montage photo by Jake Ahles

Quick, what’s your favorite L.A. movie and which cocktail would you pair with it? If it’s Amy Heckerling’s Clueless then you’re in luck! On August 19, as part of its summer pop-up series, ArcLight Hollywood is hosting swank West Hollywood cocktail bar, Bibo Ergo Sum, in its Balcony Bar. And the talented bar crew crafted…

Where to Booze It Up for Dine L.A.

Chef Jose Andres cocktails dine L.A.

If you’re anything like me, you decide which restaurant you go to by how good of a cocktail program they have. No? Just me? OK, well I browsed through the lonnng list of participating dine L.A. restaurants, 430 to be exact, to pick out the ones that happen to have a great bar program in…

10 Best Cocktail Menus of 2018

Best cocktail menus Bar Centro

Nowadays, a cocktail bar has to do more than simply follow a classic cocktail template to turn heads. Housemade ingredients and a strong garnish game aren’t going to cut it anymore. Besides, there are so many great bars with new ones practically opening every day, not to mention the breadth of talented bartenders in L.A….

Otium Serves Up a CBD Cocktails Tasting Menu

Otium's PB&J CBD cocktail

In celebration of 420 Day, Otium‘s bar director Chris Amirault (formerly of Harlowe) will be serving up a variety of CBD cocktails! You can try each one for $20 a piece. Or just totally go for it (it’s Friday!) and run through the entire tasting menu for $65. The selection includes the Pineapple Express, the…

Cocktail Recipe: Chris Day’s Butterbeer Cocktail

Butter-washed Black Cow Vodka by Caroline on Crack

Looking for something fun and different — with a touch of nerdiness — to serve at your holiday party? Lucky for you barman Christopher Day (Bar Tribute, Redbird) created this recipe for a boozy butterbeer. Your Harry Potter-loving guests will squeal. It’s no coincidence that this recipe uses a butter-washed Black Cow Vodka as Chris…

L.A. Tiki Mug Gift Guide

Clifton's Cafeteria Tiki Mugs

If you’re like me: addicted to acquiring Tiki mugs. LOTS of Tiki mugs. Send help rum! You’ll be happy to know that there are places in L.A. that sell these coveted cups. I’m not just talking Trader Sam’s, Tiki Ti or Tonga Hut, although those are still my favorites. But now there’s Clifton’s Cafeteria downtown,…

Cheapest Way to Stay Connected in Southeast Asia?

Connected in Cambodia by Caroline on Crack

Planning my epic six-week solo trip to Southeast Asia, one of my biggest concerns — second only to how to prevent mosquito bites — was how to stay connected abroad, cheaply. Friends chided my attachment to my phone because I’m supposed to be on VACATION. But, come on. Nowadays your phone is your map, taxi…

Cocktail Recipe: Ostrich Farm’s Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri at Ostrich Farm by Caroline on Crack

We may be nearing the end of summer but I say go out with a bang and blend up huge batches of frozen strawberry daiquiri while they’re still in season. And one of the best frozen strawberry daiquiris I’ve ever tasted was at Ostrich Farm in Echo Park, where barman Jeremy Simpson serves up them…