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

The Famous' Nick Vitulli by Caroline on Crack
LA bartender Zahra Bates by Caroline on Crack

What’s behind Zahra Bates’ mischievous grin?

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 “Where do you like to drink in L.A.?” with fairly quick answers. And according to the recent Q&As, “astronaut ice cream” is the next big thing in cocktails, East Hollywood’s Pa-Ord’s “shit’s legit,” and the best cure for a hangover is a big, frosty milkshake first thing in the morning.

So far I’ve accumulated a diverse selection of specimens for your perusal.

Are there any LA bartenders that you’d like to see spotlighted? Any bartenders you think deserves props? List ’em in the comments! NO PR pitches, please!

5 Responses to Behind the Bartender: LA Magazine Digest’s LA Bartender Q&As
  1. js
    January 10, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    cari hah!!

  2. Jen
    January 10, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Christian Warren (formerly at Ma’kai Lounge in Santa Monica, now at Melody Bar and Grill in Westchester). I’m biased (he’s my hubby) but he’s amazing!

  3. janet
    January 10, 2013 | 11:58 pm

    cari hah

  4. kobe
    January 16, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    Karen Grill

  5. juepucta
    January 16, 2013 | 7:05 pm

    I know you usually go for mixologists, but i have a thing for regular meat and potatoes tenders that are old school – so:

    the guys in the R&D backroom bar at Harvard & Stone (actually the whole bartender gang is amazing)

    Christy F at the Rainbow’s outside bar

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