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Best Cocktails in LA - who's got 'em?

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sunnygordy May 18, 2007 11:44 AM

So who do you think makes the most inventive & well-crafted cocktails in town? Personally, my vote goes w/ Hungry Cat. I've never been disappointed with anything I've had there...but, I'm growing a little weary w/ the Cat. Where else would you recommend that I go for something along those lines?

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    inonot May 18, 2007 11:52 AM

    what's your favorite drink at Hungry Cat?

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      sunnygordy May 18, 2007 01:29 PM

      Hands down, the Greyhound Proper...but then again, I'm a gin girl.
      The last time I was there I had another that I really enjoyed, the Howling Wolf. It nice to have a cocktail w/ a slight bit of heat to it. Reminded me of a drink that I had at Vong.

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        rickym13 May 18, 2007 04:06 PM

        i had cucumber martini once at hungry cat which was awesome!

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        letynjery May 18, 2007 12:44 PM

        STEPPS ON THE COURT, Hope Street get there early because it has great food and lots of elbow brushing and people watching. For another spot, try Tiki Ti's on Sunset, smaller and lots of colorful characters having fun.

        1. SauceSupreme May 18, 2007 02:17 PM

          I gotta say Hungry Cat. Matthew made a pisco sour that was fan-freakin-tastic.

          I had another thread looking for the best bartenders in LA, with the assumption that where the best bartenders are, the best drinks follow.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/400988

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            mc michael May 18, 2007 04:02 PM

            Musso for Martinis. Green Street for Negronis straight up. Everything else: Hungry Cat. For whiskies on the rocks or neat: Seven Grand.

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            TailbackU May 18, 2007 04:05 PM

            If you like fruity drinks, Fat Fish in WeHo makes some good ones. They use fresh ingredients for their mixers.

            1. kellydeez May 18, 2007 04:12 PM

              Xiomora for Mojitos- they juice real sugar cane instead of using grainy sugar crystals.

              Tiki Ti definitely for the fruity variety.

              Hungry Cat is good but so is Lucques, their sister restaurant. They don't have the list that Cat does, but their bartenders are top notch. Had great juleps and martinis there.

              That's all I've got.

              1. emmaramma May 18, 2007 04:27 PM

                My favorite cocktail at the moment is the lychee saketini from Saketini in Brentwood. Not too sweet, not too dry, bits of fresh lychee in the drink itself, served with three fresh lychees on a thin wooden skewer resting elegantly atop the martini glass. OMG, I want one now... : )

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                  annique May 18, 2007 06:11 PM

                  Hyde makes amazing cocktails. Everything with fresh fruit and vegetables. The "Love unit" is sooooo so so good. It's a vanilla infused vodka drink with basil and red bell pepper and it's insanely yummy.

                  1. PseudoNerd May 18, 2007 11:50 PM

                    awww, I would've said the Hungry Cat! or Lucques, actually...

                    I also like the Tiki Ti, but I know there are better tiki bars around LA (not really within metro LA, but in the suburbs) that have less expensive drinks. In a pinch-- that is, when the Tiki Ti's closed (as it is for most of the week), I like some of the cocktails at the Good Luck Bar.

                    The Edison has some good concepts, but their drinks are WAY too sweet considering the ingredients.

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