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The Varnish Celebrates 5 Years, Launches Bartender Reunion Series

Eric Alperin at The Varnish

The Varnish

Time flies when you’re having fun: The Varnish is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. For this special event, two of The Varnish partners, Eric Alperin and Sasha Petraske, will be mixing cocktails from 7pm to 11pm. As part of [...]

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Tales of the Cocktail 2012: Los Angeles Toasts The Varnish at the Spirited Awards

The Varnish - 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

On Saturday of the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail, two events loomed large on the itinerary: Pig & Punch and the 2012 Spirited Awards. [...]

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Eveleigh Guest Bartender Series Round 5

guest bartender series round 5

On Monday, May 28th, Eveleigh returns with Round 5 of its superb Guest Bartender Series. Round 5 kicks off with former Varnish GM Chris Bostick in his final LA appearance before he heads to Austin to open his own bar. [...]

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Cinco de Derby, Kentucky de Mayo

It’s a cosmic confluence that was surely foretold by the Aztecs: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same day this year. In another case of synchronicity, Dave Stolte (Home Bar Basics) and Chris Bostick (The Varnish) made Margaritas and Mint Juleps (and a lot of other cocktails) at a recent gathering [...]

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February 24: The Varnish Three-Year Anniversary Party

The Varnish

The Varnish is toasting its three year anniversary on Friday, February 24th, with free Bols Genever punch from 7pm-10pm (while it lasts) and jazz piano by Jamie Elman all night long. [...]

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So Long 2011, and Thanks for All the Fish!

Harvard & Stone NYE 2011

It’s time to start stretching those livers, Los Angeles! Craft cocktail destinations across the city are welcoming the new year with masquerade parties, multi-course dinners, and spirited trips around the world and back in time to the 1920s. [...]

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LA in NY: The City of Angels at the 2011 Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Zahra Bates

It’s May 13th, and on this day last year I was in New York on the eve of the inaugural Manhattan Cocktail Classic to toast World Cocktail Day and celebrate my First Blogiversary with my blogger twin, The Dizzy Fizz. And even though I’ll be in L.A. this year and have to settle for vicariously drinking through everyone’s tweets and posts, I’ll be content in knowing that Los Angeles will be well-represented at MCC. [...]

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Lessons from a World Class Bartender: A Cocktail Master Class with Erik Lorincz

Erik Lorincz

For a bartender, dream jobs don’t get more prestigious than Head Bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy. The current Head Bartender of the American Bar is Erik Lorincz, a 31-year-old native of Slovakia who began his tenure when The Savoy reopened on October 10, 2010. [...]

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Bulleit Rye Whiskey is Right on Target

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Bulleit Rye Whiskey made its national debut in March 2011, and it looks poised to garner the same devotion and acclaim as its predecessor. [...]

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The Art of the Blend: Cognac and Cocktails at The Varnish

Vieux Carré

Angelenos learned about cognac and its role in cocktail culture during a Cognac Cocktail Class at The Varnish, presented by Liquor.com and hosted by Varnish co-owner Eric Alperin and GM Chris Bostick. During the sold out two-hour session, attendees were educated about the luxury spirit, tasted expressions from the premium Pierre Ferrand line, and learned how to make four cognac cocktails. [...]

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