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La Dolce Vita: Classic Cocktails, Sinatra and Bond

Frank SInatra's favorite booth at La Dolce Vita

With a nod to its history and a look towards its future, La Dolce Vita recently enlisted Amanda Gunderson to create a cocktail program dubbed L.A. Icons, featuring her takes on cocktails that were either invented in Los Angeles or have historical significance to the city. [...]

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Thirsty in LA Named LA Weekly’s Best Cocktail Blog

Best Cocktail Blog Award

The title of this post says it all: Thirsty in LA was named Best Cocktail Blog by the LA Weekly! [...]

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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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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 Wayback Machine: Speakeasy Sundays at Hotel Shangri-La

speakeasy sundays - suite 700

On Sunday, Feb. 20th, Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La presents the first of its weekly Speakeasy Sundays at Suite 700, hosted by mixologist Chris Corbin. [...]

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A Hot Time at Jonathan Gold’s Second Annual Union Station Cocktail Party

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Jonathan Gold recently hosted his second annual Union Station Speakeasy Cocktail Party, featuring cocktails by the bars of 213 and gourmet bites from some of L.A.’s top restaurants. The event was a fundraiser for Zócalo Public Square, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides a nonpartisan forum to prominent thinkers and doers via lectures, panels, salons, screenings, webzine and annual conferences. [...]

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A Wild Turkey Celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month

Wild Turkey Associate Distiller Eddie Russell, newly inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

This weekend has been an especially memorable one for Wild Turkey, thanks to Friday’s induction of Associate Distiller Eddie Russell into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. [...]

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WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Launches at Seven Grand

If this was your office, you'd be smiling too: David Pickerell (L) and Raj Peter Bhakta (R) at the WhistlePig Farm Distillery.

A group of spirits cognoscenti gathered at Seven Grand last Thursday for the Los Angeles launch of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, a 100 [...]

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July 13: Radio Room at the Edison Celebrates Manhattan

On Tuesday, July 13, the Edison will be in a New York state of mind when it celebrates the upcoming launch of the Edison New York with its latest Radio Room, featuring guest mixologists Michael Neff, Kenneth McCoy and Abdul Tabini of Ward III in Tribeca. The trio of owners/bartenders have garnered acclaim for their [...]

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Stories from Behind the Bar: PDT

Jim Meehan, PDT Managing Partner.

With a limit of just nine attendees, Stories from Behind the Bar: PDT was one of the first seminars to sell out almost immediately after online tickets went on sale. Since its opening in 2007, Please Don’t Tell (PDT) has garnered acclaim for its classically-inspired seasonal cocktails: at the Tales of the Cocktail 2009 Spirited Awards, PDT was named World’s Best Cocktail Bar and Managing Partner Jim Meehan was named American Bartender of the Year. [...]

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