Los Angeles cocktail enthusiasts have been reaping the benefits of a thriving scene that has seen new bars opening at a remarkable rate. Driving this growth is the city’s deep talent pool of bartenders, many of whom are among the best in the country. At this high level of craft cocktails, few have been as prolific as Julian Cox, who has launched bar programs at several of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. Cox’s fans will be glad to know that three of these locations are debuting new summer menus and specials featuring his cocktails, with a fourth on tap next month.

Mezzanine Bar at Picca

Mezzanine Bar at Picca | Photo: Picca

Cox’s most recent launch was at Picca Peru, Chef Ricardo Zarate‘s new restaurant in the Townhouse on Pico. Picca is celebrating this weekend’s opening of its upstairs Mezzanine Bar with The $25 Treat: choose three items from the causa sushi or anticucho menu, paired with a cocktail or glass of wine, Monday-Thursday 9pm-12am, and Friday and Saturday 9:30pm-12am. (Special available in the Mezzanine Bar only.)

Picca Peru
9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133

Last Friday, Playa was the setting for the debut of Cox’s Summer Cocktail Menu, along with new summer items from Chef John Sedlar, including Gazpacho Fission, Thai Tamalli and Mussels Meltdown. For night owls, Playa has launched a Dos y Uno special that includes a choice of two maize cakes and a cocktail or glass of wine for $22, from 10pm to close.

7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

This week, Cox is back at the restaurant where he first flew solo, when he debuts his Summer Cocktail Menu at Rivera on Tuesday, August 2nd. As with Cox’s previous Rivera menu launches, the new drinks will be specially priced at $9 for one night only.

1050 S. Flower St, #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460

But wait, there’s more: in September, Sotto (downstairs from Picca in the Townhouse on Pico) will be launching an Aperitivo and Digestivo Hour (an early and late night happy hour) along with Cox’s Late Summer Cocktail menu.

9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133