Cocktails & Spirits

Bloody Mary Los Angeles

Esters Wine Shop & Bar Bloody Mary (Drink of the Week)

It wouldn’t be a “Boozy Brunch” without booze. Esters Wine Shop & Bar, the destination Santa Monica establishment from Kathryn Weil-Coker, husband Tug, and the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants, recently rolled out weekend...
Cocktail Los Angeles

SOCA Gin & Tonic No. 2 (Drink of the Week)

Any neighborhood of note needs a catchy nickname. I’ve floated ShOaks by a few people when referencing Sherman Oaks, but it probably won’t stick. Conversely, chef Aaron Robins and his GM/partner Rory Snipes, two...
Cocktails Los Angeles

The Ponte Negroni Flight (Drink of the Week)

Terrine and Scarpetta both closed in surprising fashion in 2016. Important pieces from both L.A. restaurants remain at The Ponte, an Italian restaurant in Terrine’s shell. Key players include Scarpetta co-founder Scott Conant, Terrine’s...
Cocktail Santa Barbara

Ty Lounge G&T Sueño (Drink of the Week)

On my honeymoon to Spain, I enjoyed endless variations on the country’s signature cocktail: gin & tonic. It was a welcome surprise to see a similar commitment to the drink at Ty Lounge, the...
Cocktail Los Angeles

Salon at The Federal Bar Suissesse Cocktail (Drink of the Week)

When I first met Australia-born bartender Damian Windsor, he was still a “dolphin trainer” by day and bartender by night at establishments like Seven Grand and Bar Lubitsch. Ocean-dwelling mammals are no longer part...
Cocktail Oceanside

101 Proof Speakeasy Long Goodbye (Drink of the Week)

Oceanside, the northernmost beach city in San Diego County, welcomes a mix of Marines, surfers, and tourists. You’ll find all these people and more at the wealth of brewpubs and bars, including Urge Gastropub...