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The Varnish Celebrates 5 Years, Launches Bartender Reunion Series

Eric Alperin at The Varnish

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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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François Vera: From Curitiba to Pour Vous

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Pour Vous bar manager, François Vera has helped open some of the best bars in Los Angeles, quietly making an impact on the city’s thriving cocktail scene. [...]

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2013 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Finalists Announced

Eric Alperin at The Varnish

The Top Four Finalists have been announced for the 7th Annual Spirited Awards, taking place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the 11th annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. [...]

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

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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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Thirsty in NOLA: Tales of the Cocktail 2012

Second Line - Tales of the Cocktail

Bartenders, spirits brands, imbibers, foodies and the sturdiest livers from around the world are heading to New Orleans this week for the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail. [...]

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2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Finalists Announced

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The Top 4 Finalists have been announced for the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, with perennial Los Angeles nominees Eric Alperin and The Varnish joined by La Descarga and Rivera. [...]

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Art Beyond the Glass

Dale DeGroff and John Pisano

At Art Beyond the Glass, everything from the cocktails to the art hanging on the walls and the music coming out of the speakers will be created by LA bartenders. [...]

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December 4: Cole’s 103rd Anniversary and Repeal Day Celebration

Cole's Repeal Day 2011 Flyer

Cole’s Red Car Bar is celebrating its 103rd Anniversary and hosting a Repeal Day celebration on Sunday, December 4th. The bash features free French Dips, free Bathtub Gin Punch and a midnight champagne toast. [...]

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A Few Sips of The Taste in Hollywood and Downtown LA

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The Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine Magazine joined forces to present The Taste, a four-day culinary festival with nine events in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown. All-inclusive tickets featured unlimited bites from dozens of restaurants; endless samples of beer, wine and spirits; as well as seminars and demos. [...]

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Thirsty in NOLA: Tales of the Cocktail 2011

The last time I was in New Orleans, it was many years before Katrina, when my girlfriend and I stayed at her best friend’s house in the Garden District and we spent two weeks eating and drinking our way through the Big Easy. Now, after far too long a gap between visits, I’m heading back to New Orleans to join thousands of other attendees at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail! [...]

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