Tag Archive: bartenders

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….

Get Your Cocktail Fix at LA Times The Taste’s Pop-Up Bars

LA Times The Taste by Caroline on Crack

Food events usually have lots to drink for oenophiles, leaving avid cocktail lovers, well, thirsty. Unfair! But fortunately at this weekend’s LA Times’ The Taste, in addition to a “secret cocktail lab,”¬†there will be “pop-up bars”¬†featuring some of your favorite L.A. bartenders and their specialty drinks. Each bar will spotlight a sponsored spirit with the…

Filipino Cocktails for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Benefit Sunday

Nick Meyer's Filipino Cocktail

UPDATE: There’s now a cocktails-only option! For $30, you get a drinks-only wristband that gets you unlimited #LALovesPI cocktails as well as the option to get a la carte dishes for an additional $5 each!¬† When I wrote this LA Mag post on Filipino cocktails I was surprised by the attention it got. But that…

Last Night: Hey Bartender Movie LA After Party at the Andaz

Hey Bartender LA party by Caroline on Crack

Last night L.A.’s bar community converged on the rooftop of Andaz West Hollywood after a screening of new movie Hey Bartender, which premieres at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas this Friday the 14th. Still giddy from seeing all their friends on the big screen, there was a lot of bartender lovin’ going around as well as…

5 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Should Know How To Make, Part 2

Roger Room's Damian Windsor and his Perfect Negroni by Caroline on Crack

So, folks, Friday’s Bloody Mary recipe on LA Magazine’s Digest blog was the last one of my Essential Cocktails series, making that 10 classic cocktail recipes everyone should have at their disposal. Hope you found the posts helpful and that they serve you well when you find yourself entertaining last-minute guests. “Anyone want a Prescription…

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,…

Winners of Last Night’s Carpano Antica Formula Video Awards

Award show crowd from the podium by Caroline on Crack

The inaugural Carpano Antica Formula Video Awards, an award show featuring Fernet Branca and Carpano Antica-highlighted videos by bartenders, were last night. With six categories and 37 videos to cover in two hours, the show was a bit of a booze-infused but PG-13 whirlwind in spite of emcee Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn manning the helm….

My Tales of the Cocktail 2012 Drinking Itinerary

10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail

If you’re not going to Tales of the Cocktail 2012, the annual cocktail industry boozefest in New Orleans, this week you might want to skip over this post because it’ll make you soo jealous. I should know because for years I had to gaze enviously at all the TOTC Tweets, Facebook updates and blog posts…