Cocktails Maximus at the Roger Room

July 8, 2009

After a solid cocktail session at 8oz Burger Bar, we were ready for more and headed over to the Roger Room. Located next to Largo in the space formerly occupied by the Coronet Pub, the Roger Room is the latest from the Bar Lubitsch team of Jared Meisler and partner Sean MacPherson. When it opened…

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Cocktails Carry Their Weight at 8oz Burger Bar

July 7, 2009

The other night my good friend and fellow imbiber Scot was having one of those days, and in need of a drink. He was also in need of food, so I suggested we meet at Govind Armstrong’s 8oz Burger Bar. He arrived first and began exploring the cocktail menu. I’ll let Scot recap his first…

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July 3: Rivera Summer Cocktails Launch Party

June 30, 2009

You know you’re doing something right as a mixologist when peers like Erick Castro (of San Francisco’s acclaimed Bourbon & Branch) stop in for a drink and give you props. Such is the case with Rivera Restaurant’s Julian Cox, who has received praise from all the local media (e.g. the LA Weekly) and was just…

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The Doheny Opens Its Doors (A Little)

June 26, 2009

Since it opened last March, The Doheny has generated as much buzz for its secrecy and membership fee as it has for its all-star bartender team and outstanding cocktail menu. Despite the ongoing members-only policy, the general public can still experience the Doheny, if only on certain nights. For the last several months, Uncompromised LA…

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2009 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

June 19, 2009

Since its inception just after the repeal of Prohibition, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (now in its 70th year) has become one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the country. This year’s 3,400 wine entries were judged by an international panel for three days at the end of May, while another…

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Tales of the Cocktail 2009 Spirit Award Nominees Announced

June 15, 2009

The nominees for the Tales of the Cocktail 2009 Spirit Awards have been announced. Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans. This year’s five-day event takes place July 8-12, and the Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, July 11. From the Tales…

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Recapping Malo's 1st Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting

June 14, 2009

On June 3rd, Malo hosted its first Ultra Premium Tequila Tasting in its upstairs event space. For a mere $15, guests sampled from an outstanding selection of tequilas, including 4 Copas, Partida, Maestro Dobel, Comisario, Casa Noble, Hacienda de Chihuahua sotol, Tequila Ocho and Siete Leguas. The complimentary light fare and DJ were both greatly…

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Taking Flight at the Foundry on Melrose

June 3, 2009

Ever walk into a place and feel welcomed like you’ve been going there forever? That was my experience when I stopped by the Foundry on Melrose for the first night of its Patio Season Happy Hour. From gregarious Executive Chef Eric Greenspan to my bartender Dan, everyone at the Foundry greeted and took care of…

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The Wayback Machine: Cicada Club at the Oviatt

May 31, 2009

Tonight, step into the Jazz Age as “famed showman and impresario” Maxwell DeMille presents The Cicada Club at the historic Oviatt Building in downtown. In addition to the vintage music and entertainment, Cicada Club will offer a classic and signature cocktails menu, with libations grouped into Classic, Absinthe, Bourbon, and Gin. Booking dinner reservations gets…

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May 30: Speaking Easy on the Miracle Mile

May 28, 2009

Any event that combines art, music, and cocktails automatically gets my attention. Throw in words like “free drinks” and “speakeasy” and you’ll get a Pavlovian response from me. This Saturday, May 30, Muse (LACMA’s membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts) presents ArtWalk 2009 on the Miracle Mile. From 12pm to 8pm, the ArtWalk…

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