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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…

How To Make Rose Rosé Wine Ice Cubes

Summer Water rose wine by Caroline on Crack

As if you really needed an excuse to drink rosé, it’s National Rosé Day tomorrow! This pink varietal has become the harbinger of the summer season, and not just straight out of the bottle but in cocktails, frozen rosé slushie (frosé!) and even as ice cubes. Now, when you Google “rosé wine ice cubes” all of the listings…

Tiki Night Drink Series Returns to Spare Room This Wednesday

Spare Room Blue Drink by Caroline on Crack

The Tiki game is very strong this year at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Spare Room. For the sixth season of the annual Tiki night series “An Evening of Tiki,” the stellar lineup of guest bartenders will be visiting from the likes of “World’s Best Bar” Dead Rabbit and Seattle’s Navy Strength and bringing their unique takes on…

Where To Find Chocolate Cocktails in LA

1886 Bar Golden Ticket

For those of us who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but do love their rich and decadent chocolate, you can trade your trip to See’s for somewhere wayyy better: L.A. bars that have chocolate cocktails. Bonus, besides the booze and chocolate combo, is that you don’t have to rush on over to get them for V Day…