Tag Archive: Cocktails

Erik Lund’s Cocktail Program at MessHall Los Feliz: No Club Drinks, No Shortcuts and No Olives

MessHall The Downtime by Caroline on Crack

Some things you won’t find at the cocktail bar in Los Feliz’s new and much–buzzed–about MessHall restaurant: standard martini glasses, olives and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Why? Bar director Erik Lund (formerly of Rivera), who took over the cocktail program from Julian Cox, basically doesn’t want to serve club drinks (martini glasses “look so tacky,”…

New Seven Grand San Diego Debuts: What’s Different Here?

Bartender at Seven Grand San Diego by Caroline on Crack

So how does 213 Nightlife‘s brand-new Seven Grand San Diego whiskey bar, which just celebrated its grand opening last Thursday, differ from its L.A. sister? 1) It’s got double the beer taps (25 versus 12 in L.A.), which makes sense considering San Diego is America’s beer capital. 2) It also boasts a Jackalope-esque Room with…

Ink Restaurant’s New Summer Cocktails + Photo Gallery

Ink Restaurant's gin cocktail by Caroline on Crack

The best-kept secret for some good drinking? Top Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Ink Restaurant in West Hollywood. Usually at a celebrity chef’s restaurant, the cocktails gets overshadowed by the food. Case in point, have you heard anything about the drinks at Spago? Exactly. Thanks to Ink’s brand-new mixologists Gabriella Mlynarczyk (I have no idea how to…

Bow and Truss in NoHo: High-End Cocktails at Valley Prices

Bow & Truss' Sherry Cobbler by Caroline on Crack

NoHo Arts District neighborhoodies are benefiting from the boredom of Liquid Assets cocktail consultants Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello. At the new Bow and Truss restaurant, which just opened this week on Magnolia Boulevard, the pair thought outside the box for the cocktail program. After doing eight bars in five years, which include The Raymond…

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…

Art Beyond the Glass: Top LA Bartenders Show Off for Charity

Art by the Glass illustration by Dave Stolte

Art Beyond the Glass, a charity event which takes place this Sunday at Hollywood’s Sadie Kitchen & Lounge, promises to be the L.A. cocktail event of the year. Not only is it a rare opportunity to see some of your favorite bartender all-stars showing off their artistic skills for a worthy charity, Inner-City Arts, but…

What Formosa Cafe Regulars Drink: Before & After the Remodel

Formosa Cafe's Midori Sour by Caroline on Crack

New Formosa Cafe bar manager Kate Grutman, formerly of Sotto, wants the regulars at the Hollywood landmark to know that she’s not the devil. She took over the cocktail program there much to the chagrin of the folks who have been patronizing the bar for years, some even decades. “If I even see a jigger,…

This Weekend: Foie for Your Right, Sake Tasting, Formosa Cafe Decades Parties

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Los Angeles weekend events for your consideration. Have a great one! Thursday, May 31 Formosa’s “Decades” Launch Party Kickoff The historic Formosa Cafe is relaunching and kicking things off with a series of decade-themed parties, starting tonight with a ’40s theme. And then each subsequent night will progress to the following decades — ’50s, ’70s,…

This Weekend: Attack of the Largest Margarita, Ode to Lambics, All the Clear Spirits You Can Drink

Friday, May 4 New Tequila/Mescal Bar La Cuevita Opens in Highland Park The bar group that brought you Oldfield’s and Bigfoot Lodge rethemed its Highland Park goth bar Little Cave, turning it into a Mexican-themed bar celebrating the Eastside’s Hispanic roots with anĀ  impressive selection of agave spirits and specialty cocktails by Jared Mort (Oldfield’s)…

Drago Centro’s Spring Cocktail Menu: Smoky Negroni, Tomato-less Bloody Mary, Floral Vesper

Drago Centro's Jaymee Mandeville by Caroline on Crack

The new Drago Centro spring cocktail menu created by bar manager/mixologist Jaymee Mandeville takes the downtown Italian restaurant’s cocktail program in a new direction. Namely, away from former beverage director Michael Shearin’s sweettooth. After Shearin’s departure, Jaymee was free to explore savory and bitter ingredients, and in turn has created something for every palate. Looking…