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What's your favorite joint to grab a cocktail or mixology drink at ????

kevin Jul 12, 2013 12:14 PM

Thanks. Price no object, whatever is your favorite.

But it has to be for cocktails, beer or wine may be on the menu, but need not apply for purposes of this question.

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    Juji Jul 12, 2013 02:17 PM

    Freddy Smalls
    Public School
    Bar Toscana

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    1. re: Juji
      kevin Jul 12, 2013 04:20 PM

      Yes, I quite enjoyed the Wellsbourne and the prices were a bit more reasonable than its fellow mixology bars.

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      linus Jul 12, 2013 03:16 PM

      the varnish.

      may not qualify in the "grab" sweepstakes, as you have to be there after 8 and hope there's a table.

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        blimpbinge Jul 12, 2013 03:57 PM


        I like the varnish, but I hate the opening time and seating policy.

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          linus Jul 12, 2013 05:14 PM

          i'm not sure what the policy is. when the tables are full, they take your name and you come back later (and enjoy a damn fine drink at the cole's bar), .
          yes, it's annoying you can't stand at the bar. but, the drinks are sometimes so work intensive i don't know if they could keep up if there were bunch of thirsty people crowding the bar.
          and i like watching them work.

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            kevin Jul 12, 2013 05:18 PM

            yeah, that's right. i thought if you get there early when they first open that you can grab a seat at the bar.

            so far i have only sat at the bar at cole's pe buffet, rather than varnish inside the joint.

            thanks linus.

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              blimpbinge Jul 12, 2013 05:28 PM

              yea it's the bar thing.

              I just thought that at bars, you can stand/sit at the bar and get a drink if you can't get a table. At the varnish, it's too small and you're not allowed to stand there. I usually get there at 745 and end up sitting right outside and wait for them to open.

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                mc michael Jul 12, 2013 09:55 PM

                I've sat at a booth. But I guess it was because I was with an attractive woman. And they made a swell The Last Word.

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            mc michael Jul 12, 2013 04:10 PM

            Varnish, Edison, Seven Grand downtown. The bar at Drago Centro is cool too.
            In Pasadena, you can actually get pretty good cocktails at the bar at Green Street Restaurant for $12. If you want more of a scene, Magnolia on Lake.

            1. J.L. Jul 12, 2013 04:14 PM

              Chateau Marmont
              Invention (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
              Hotel Bel-Air

              ... and Nobu Malibu

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              1. re: J.L.
                kevin Jul 12, 2013 04:21 PM

                I never knew Chateau Marmont would be great for drinks and you don't mean the separate Bar Marmont, right ?

                I've never heard of Invention before though.

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                AlkieGourmand Jul 12, 2013 04:34 PM

                i like the tasting kitchen and bestia.

                1. Dapuma Jul 12, 2013 06:52 PM

                  Tiki Ti
                  Trader Vic's

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                    Dirtywextraolives Jul 12, 2013 10:41 PM

                    Tasting Kitchen
                    Freddy Smalls

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                      andytseng Jul 13, 2013 12:51 AM

                      I have a few different ones depending on the mood:

                      Wherever Matt Biancaniello is if you feel like an interesting cocktail while listening to him expound upon how interesting he believes himself to be.

                      Neat for divey feel but great cocktails, especially if Aaron is working.

                      1886 is my "local" place that's great if the weather is nice (outdoor seating), but the cocktails have gotten a little less interesting. Like an orphan that's been forgotten by the Tello/Demarest group.

                      Varnish if you feel like dealing with the whole speakeasy, dressing up a tiny bit thing.

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                        archer Jul 13, 2013 01:27 AM

                        LIke many of these. Also would suggest:
                        Roof on Wilshire (love the view, particularly @ sunset).
                        Bow & Truss in Noho (fun, lively, great patio and inside, striking-looking bar. Creative drinks).

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                          john gonzales Jul 13, 2013 01:38 AM

                          Edison, Varnish, Library Bar, Rivera, Roger Room

                          1. Servorg Jul 13, 2013 07:30 AM

                            I'm sure if I was still interested in drinking for some reason I'd end up at Chez Jay's for all of the reasons that make drinking alcohol seem like such a good idea at the time.

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                              kevin Jul 13, 2013 08:07 AM

                              Chez is always a winner for all the right and wrong reasons.

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                                kevin Jul 13, 2013 01:43 PM

                                I'm always down for chez.

                                Anyone want to hit it up in the next week or so.

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                                kevin Jul 13, 2013 01:48 PM

                                I'd like to cordially add Dan tanas to the list.

                                And for the added benefit one gets the privilege to order the Dabbey Coleman plus the potatoes beckermans to the proverbial mix.

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                                  Thor123 Jul 13, 2013 02:49 PM

                                  Ladies and gents we have a convert!

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                                    Ciao Bob Jul 14, 2013 11:57 AM

                                    "Cordially" - priceless!

                                  2. westsidegal Jul 16, 2013 07:28 PM

                                    i'd give Paiche in the marina my vote.
                                    while i was having lunch at their bar today, their bartender described to me how they construct their cocktails and how they create each of their mixes.
                                    a tremendous amount of thought, labor, money, and care goes into their cocktails. for instance, they don't use the standard artificially colored maraschino cherries, their cherries were not bright red, they were deeply purple "homemade" cherries.
                                    for some cocktails they use freshly squeezed orange juice, and for others they use a homemade concentrate of orange juice.
                                    their margaritas at lunch were made with fresh lime juice squeezed this morning.

                                    you get the picture.

                                    that said, this is NOT the place to go for a "normal" 1960's cocktail (i.e. you can't get a martini, dirty with extra olives, there. for that, go to the galley).

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                                      maudies5 Jul 16, 2013 08:07 PM

                                      The Hungry Cat makes beautiful cocktails. Also love the cocktails at Bar Toscana. One can never go wrong with cocktails at a Suzanne Goin Restaurant. Great drinks at all: Tavern, AOC, Hungry Cat (although, technically not a Goin restaurant) and Lucques. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have brilliant bartenders (I refuse to call them "Mixologists'). Caroline Styne is a great sommelier. She knows her wine and she knows her audience.

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