Recap: Festival of Lights and Boxing Day at the Spare Room

Recently The Spare Room in Hollywood celebrated the Festival of Lights otherwise known as Hanukkah by inviting some of LA’s top Jewish bartenders including Kate Grutman, Alex Straus, Karen Grill, Josh Goldman, Josh Lucas and Jordan Gold to guest bartend. The Spare Room’s Naomi Schimek and Diana Gettinger added to the mix. The evening also […]

Recap: Cointreau Happy Hour & Collectif 1806

Recently I went to a happy hour hosted by Cointreau at the Spare Room in Hollywood. Cointreau is a triple sec (orange flavored curacao) and most often used as a modifier. People tend to use it in margaritas and not much else. It’s been exciting to see new cocktails using Cointreau. The event was to […]

Speed Rack 2013 Coming to California: San Francisco & San Diego

Speed Rack is coming back to Cali this weekend. First they make a stop in San Francisco on February 24 and then the all-female competition heads to San Diego March 3. Sadly they won’t be making a stop in LA this year so head on down to SD (or up to SF!). SF Contenders: Alica […]

Tiki Nights at the Spare Room with Jason Schiffer & Marcos Tello

Tonight marks the fourth installment of Tiki nights at the Spare Room. On the bar tonight will beĀ  PKNY bartender Richie Boccato. I heard rumors of Richie’s wife, the Lady Lillet, Amanda will also be in attendance. In the meantime, let’s recap the last Tiki night with 320 Main’s Jason Schiffer and cocktail consultant Marcos […]

Recap of Ivy Mix Guest Bartending at Spare Room + More Tiki Nights

Recently Ivy Mix was in town guest bartending at Spare Room. The theme? Tiki. Yeah, of course I’d go since I love all things tiki, Spare Room and the ladies behind Speed Rack. I missed the first tiki night with local bartenders Julian Cox and Zach Patterson but made sure I attended Ivy’s night as […]

Social Mixology’s 3rd Anniversary Blowout

When I heard the pop up Social Mixology was throwing their third year anniversary party with the theme “Blowout,” I immediately checked my calendar. I had so much fun at their Repeal Day party last year and knew this would be even bigger and full of more surprises. It was then a happy coincidence that […]

Boxing Day Fundraiser at Spare Room, 12/26/11

As we gear up for the holidays, I find myself increasingly aware of how many things I’m grateful for. The basic necessities of life are covered and I don’t need the “gifts” (though, please, I like them :). What I enjoy the most is spending time with friends and family. With a suggested $10 donation, […]

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 […]

Ladies Night with Audrey Saunders at Spare Room on Monday, October 10

  As I mentioned in my post on The Minty yesterday, Naomi Schimek is now the Beverage Director at the Spare Room. On Monday, her mentor Audrey Saunders of the acclaimed Pegu Club in New York, joins Naomi to debut the new Fall cocktails as well as guest bartend. Audrey will present six cocktails for […]