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Jul 19, 2011 03:36 PM

Who's The Best (Old School) Bartender in LA?

Besides my wife, who makes the world's best martini, who is the best bartender in Los Angeles, in your opinion?

I'm assuming there are some stooped, greying, red-vested legends in old steak houses, or Musso and Frank, and old establishments someone can point me to. I would like someone who can make a great (real) martini, and who can carefully craft other classic cocktails "the right way."


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    1. re: samtron608

      There's a very good bartender manning the rails over at Comme Ca, on Melrose off La Cienega.

    2. Tyler Dow used to be at Checkers, and he was excellent. He's since moved over to Eveleigh, but I haven't had a chance to visit him at his new digs.

      8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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      1. re: sidwich

        Don't think Tyler's manning the bar at Eveleigh, is he? I really miss him @ Checkers.

        8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

      2. I don't know their names, but I like the old bartenders at the Harbor Room in Playa. They've been there forever.

        Harbor Room
        195 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

        1. If you get to Orange County there's a bartender at Prego in Irvine who's been making martini's for many moons and makes a great one! Ask for Dennis.

          1. Any of the guys behind the bar at Musso & Frank or The Firefly!