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Looking for a great Whiskey Sour

My spouse loves a Whiskey Sour made of course with fresh squeezed lime/lemon. Where should I take her for her birthday to get a great one. Great food would be worth a bonus.

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  1. I'd go to Aburiya Toranoko or Lazy Ox for dinner, then drive a few minutes to Seven Grand whiskey bar for a whiskey sour.

    Seven Grand
    515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    1. My go-to cocktail. Best one I've had is at Houston's. They make their own sour mix from a variety of fresh-squeezed citrus, plus a little bit of egg white so that it gets a nice foam when shaken.

      1. Just got this as part of an e-mail from the Border Grill.
        Border Grill Whiskey Sour
        A classic cocktail inspired by Walter Lee Younger's drink of choice
        in "A Raisin in the Sun", with a Border Grill twist, of course.
        whiskey - fresh orange, lemon, lime juices

        1. Wood and Vine

          Wood & Vine
          6280 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. The Varnish. Would also recommend trying similar sours with a whiskey base (Gold Rush, Blinker, etc.).

            1. Arroyo Chop House, when ordered, suggested something they called a Kentucky Speed Bump, served otr and quite good. (...not much for the non-steak eater on the menu, but still like the place).

              1. Hey Bruin,

                If you can let me know which part of town you would like to be in, I can help a lot better. There are thankfully numerous talented mixologists in town these days who will make her a great one. But I shouldn't send you to Pasadena if you live in Santa Monica, there would be plenty right in your backyard. ;)

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                1. re: ellaystingray

                  Santa Monica east to Downtown and anything in between

                  1. re: Bruin2

                    From West to East with food that I'd eat.


                    The Yard


                    Tasting Kitchen


                    Bar Toscana

                    Westside Tavern

                    Red Medicine




                    Bar|Kitchen at the O Hotel


                    There are tons more places that could be on this list but I weighted food heavily. Copa d' Oro, Roger Room, Jones, Spare Room, Seven Grand etc. could all be there for great drinks but not so much great food, if they even serve food.

                    Turns out you should have no problem getting a great drink with some good food these days. Thanks to the burgeoning world of mixology.

                    Enjoy and let us know what you find.