Enough already with the stereotype that the San Fernando Valley doesn’t need or have or nice things. Exciting new restaurants and bars are popping up all over the 818. Studio City alone warrants attention, including a double-decker development from Sprout Restaurant Group with Barrel & Ashes at the base and The Fiscal Agent up top.
The Fiscal Agent is a collaborative effort from four of L.A.’s leading bartenders: Julian Cox, Kristina Howald, Dave Kupchinsky and Nick Meyer. Barrel & Ashes chef Michael Kahikina provides stylish bar bites. The space is ultra-classy, a marble bar, a sumptuous lounge, and blue grey walls sporting vintage decorations. The bar team sources vintage glassware from the Rose Bowl flea market and Bar Keeper. Start with a complimentary pour of sparkling line. From there, your preference will dictate whether you Stir It Up or Shake It Up. Howald described The Fiscal Agent as a “cocktail wonderland,” whimsical and fun, with toys like centrifuge and rotovap, but approachable presentation. Each drink costs $14.
My first visit included Howald’s delicious Fir Galicious, a fall cocktail crafted with house pear butter, fresh lemon juice, Noilly Prat Ambre Vermouth, Clear Creek pear brandy, Dolin Genepy, St. George Terroir, Diep 9 Oude Genever. This cloudy, piney and viscous drink was shaken and served over large ice, garnished with tangy dried lemon slice.