Black Grouse Bar Hop to Sassafras Saloon & Next Door Lounge

Recently I explored The Black Grouse cocktails at a couple of spots in Hollywood. The mini bar hop included Sassafras Saloon and Next Door Lounge. We sat in the back room at Sassafras Saloon within full view of all the glorious decor including the giant stuffed bear in the corner. First we started out with […]

Culver City: Bespoke Cocktails at Oldfield’s Liquor Bar

Last year, I checked out Oldfield’s Liquor Bar and knew I had to return for a visit — and sit at the bar. And after I tasted Robin Jackson’s Auchentoshan Triple Threat punch, I knew I had to plant myself in front of her bar. It’s funny because I had met a bar owner from […]

Hollywood: Kickin’ it at the Pikey

  The Pikey opened earlier this year, taking over the old Coach and Horses space. It’s a gastropub and the drinks were conceived by Damian Windsor of the Roger Room. I finally had a chance to visit on my birthday couple of weeks ago. I hadn’t heard much about the Pikey after the initial buzz […]

Tales of the Cocktail 2012: Drinks Tally

The following are the drinks I ordered and finished during my week in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. I did not include the drinks I sampled at events including seminars, tasting rooms or spirited breakfasts, luncheons and dinners. I’ll be writing about those shortly. Ramos Gin Fizz: 2 Sazarac: 1 Vieux Carre: 2 […]

New Summer Cocktails at Drago Centro

  It’s no secret that I love Drago Centro. It’s great Italian food, fabulous cocktails and home of the all day and night happy hour. It’s pretty much my second home, if not my office. For the past three launches, I’ve done what I call my office hours on launch night. Instead of the usual […]

New Spring Cocktails at Ray’s & Stark Bar

Hop on over to Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA because spring has sprung and there are new cocktails to try. The warmer season brings a touch of lightness to the cocktails, making it easy to enjoy a few on the patio. One of the new ones I liked was Sommelier and Bar Smith Paul […]

Catch Speed Rack in Las Vegas This Sunday!

The Speed Rack National Tour comes to Las Vegas this Sunday, March 11th. From 3 – 7 PM at the Swingers Club at the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas, guests are invited to punches, cocktails, beer, food and fun! Watch Vegas bartenders compete to raise money for breast cancer research. The winner wins a […]

New Cocktails at Drago Centro Launch on December 28

  It seems like just yesterday that I was enjoying my favorite Fall cocktails at Drago Centro but the seasons are changing and Drago Centro will be launching the new Winter cocktails on Wednesday, December 28. Normally $12, these cocktails will be available for $8 that evening only. This is the first list from bar […]

Spirits Adventures

Distillery Tours Anchor Brewery Tour (San Francisco) Sound Spirits Tour (Seattle) St. George Spirits (Alameda, CA) Special Events Art Beyond the Glass The Minty Pop-Up Bar at the Hollywood Bowl Whiskey Balvenie Tasting Black Grouse Cocktails Bourbon Cocktails Bulleit Bourbon George Dickle Glenlivet Tasting The Glenrothes High West Distillery Maker’s 46 Whiskey Cocktails Genever Bols […]

Speed Rack Comes to LA & Highlights From PDX

The last few weeks have been busy in The Minty land. I was in Seattle and Portland last month namely for Portland Cocktail Week. While I just finished posting about Seattle, it’s been a bit tougher gathering my thoughts about Portland Cocktail Week. There were so many seminars, activities and parties but one of my […]