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

EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 03:36 PM

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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    samtron608 RE: EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 03:45 PM

    any bartender from 7-Grand!

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      EricDC RE: samtron608 Jul 19, 2011 03:51 PM

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

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      sidwich RE: EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 04:25 PM

      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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        TonyC RE: sidwich Jul 19, 2011 04:38 PM

        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. PaulF RE: EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 09:07 PM

        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

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          josephnl RE: EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 09:25 PM

          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.

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            Burger Boy RE: EarlyBird Jul 19, 2011 10:42 PM

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

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              BSW6490 RE: EarlyBird Jul 20, 2011 09:52 AM

              No question. Mike the bar tender at Dan Tana's. As classic and old school as it gets.

              Dan Tana's Restaurant
              9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                jessejames RE: BSW6490 Jul 20, 2011 06:12 PM

                I agree. Mike commands nightly regular customers for a reason.

              2. rednyellow RE: EarlyBird Jul 20, 2011 06:01 PM

                Nick at St. Felix makes a whisky sour the proper way with an egg white. St. Felix also has some fantastic original cocktails as well

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