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 […]

Recap: Tasting Whiskey & Whisky with Young’s Market at Sassafras

Recently Young’s Market, a fine wine and spirits distributor, had a whiskey tasting at Sassafras in Hollywood. It was co-sponsored by Tasting Panel Magazine. The trade event was open to bar owners and bartenders to try the whiskey (and whisky!) offered by the distributor.   After visiting the tables of some favorites like Blanton’s and […]

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 […]

Going to Kansas City for Paris of the Plains Fest!

  The Paris of the Plains Fest in Kansas City is almost here! Next week from September 9 through 13, the bartending community gets together for competitions, seminars and parties. I’m heading out for the BBQ as well! All Access Pass – $288 Educational Day Pass – $157 Night Owl Pass – $135 Luncheons $45 […]

Negroni Week is Coming! June 2 -8, Drink for Charity

    Negroni Week conceived by Imbibe Magazine, a magazine dedicated to drinking, has come up with a charitable endeavor we can get behind. Over 600+ bars across the country and even around the globe will be celebrating the Campari, gin and sweet vermouth cocktail; the Negroni. Some spots will be doing their twist while […]

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 […]

December 2012 Repeal Day Parties and More Fun in Los Angeles

December is right around the corner which means holidays but for us boozehounds, it also meals Repeal Day parties. So here’s a list of upcoming Repeal Day and more fun events coming soon. Tuesday, December 4 Cole’s / the Varnish – the 4th Annual Jimmy Barella bartending competition Ten of LA’s finest will be competing […]