The World Cup and Avua Cachaca

  With the World Cup in Brazil this year, there’s been a greater interest in Brazilian culture including their native spirit cachaca. In the past, cachaca was thought of “Brazilian rum” and up until recently had to be labeled as rum in the US market. It is now recognized as its own thing. Rum is […]

Cachaca Tasting with Novo Fogo

Recently I was invited to a cachaca tasting sponsored by Novo Fogo at the Parish. Cachaca is classified as rum by the American government but that is hopefully changing soon. Cachaca is a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane juice. Whereas rum is generally made from molasses, a sugarcane by-product. Novo Fogo has two expressions that […]

Mixing with Minty: Sunday Funday

  Recently I got together with Jenn Wong from Way of the Wong to make drinks on a Sunday Funday. Often you see us bopping around LA trying all the drinks at all the bars but we decided to test our own bartending skills. After all, I can claim experience from classes and well, being […]

New Cocktails at Pour Vous

  Pour Vous recently launched a new cocktail list at their second year anniversary party which included aerialists, a food truck serving delicious crepes and champagne even came from the heavens (well, an aerialist pouring from a moon-shaped swing).   Pour Vous is currently managed by Francois Vera (formely Cole’s, Harvard & Stone).   I […]

Flashback: Mad Hatter Themed International Women’s Day Party

Earlier this year, I celebrated National Women’s Day at Cole’s Red Car bar. The Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter theme was reflected in the drinks menu. And everyone was invited to wear hats. I started with Karen Grill’s Very, Merry, Unbirthday punch (Hendrick’s gin, Art in the Age Rhubarb, Earl Grey tea, lemon, soda), a […]

Bar Ama’s Nacho Hour is a Very Happy Hour Indeed!

  Bar Ama‘s happy hour or Nacho Hour is a great time to check out the bar.  If you don’t go for the wine, Mexican beer or pitchers of margaritas, I suggest trying the cocktails from the regular bar menu. Brian Summers (formerly of The Parish and Tinga) has revamped the drinks list and is […]

Novo Fogo’s Bars on Fire This Thursday at Big Bar + Cana Recap

  Recently, Novo Fogo‘s Bars on Fire landed at Cana with Lil’ Twisted’s Jaymee Mandeville and Cari Hah. And this Thursday, February 28th Matthew Biancaniello takes up the gauntlet at Big Bar. I’m not sure what Matt has up his sleeve but the ladies of Lil’ Twisted served up some awesome Novo Fogo cocktails including […]

213 Day Today, Free Membership to Cana Rum Bar & Win a Trip to San Diego

Today, February 13 marks the first 213 Day for the 213 Nightlife Bars – The Varnish, Seven Grand, Las Perlas, Caña Rum Bar, Casey’s, Cole’s, Broadway Bar, Golden Gopher, 4100 Bar, and Tony’s. Everyone who goes to any of the 213 bars will receive a complimentary membership to Caña as well as a raffle ticket […]

Spirits of the Times: Whiskey Tasting at Sassafras Saloon

LA Times’ Spirits of the Times sponsored a whiskey tasting at Sassafras Saloon on Repeal Day last month. I’ve enjoyed previous tastings in the past such as Artisinal Spirits and a gin tasting. They are $20 and well worth the price of admission for food, unlimited tastings and a bit of education if you want […]

New Winter Cocktails at Drago Centro for 2013

I’m not sure when summer left because it barely seemed like it was autumn around here. And now it’s officially winter. With that in mind, Drago Centro launched their new Winter cocktails with just a few days left in year. I’ll be sipping on these into 2013. Pictured above is Jaymee Mandeville with her Drago […]