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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

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The dish of the month for Los Angeles for August 2014 is COCKTAILS and BAR FOOD.

Here's a link to the voting thread for last month: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983780

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of Cocktails and Bar Food as possible. Anything related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find either or both (and all of their various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating, and drinking, Cocktails and Bar Food.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Maybe it is just me, but I am also very interested in value. So give prices and portions.

And for this month only, late-night drunken posting is encouraged.

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  1. I am beyond excited for this. Getting drankz tonight for sure.

    1. FYI Deals (I know this isn't a "Happy Hour" thread, so I will add some non-special posts soon):

      The Misfit has happy hour EVERYDAY from noon til 7pm. Their $11 cocktails are all half off (so $5.50). Not just at the bar, but anywhere you're seated. Fantastic deal. Especially paired with the Bar Fly lunch.


      The Corner Door has happy hour everyday from 5pm - 7pm. Featured cocktails are $7 (including the Moscow Mule that comes in the fun little copper pot). And you can get a steak, fries, and small green salad for $15.


      Copa d'Oro has happy hour all day Monday, then 5:30pm - 8pm the rest of the week (closed Sundays). Lots of cocktails for $5 and $6.


      Fig Restaurant has "Fig @ 5", where you get 50% all menu items (INCLUDING DRINKS) if you order between 5pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Saturday. Really good value for the quality.


      1. This is the worst day of the month dish ever, Nosh, you don't want to do a re-count just to double check that we didn't get fruits of the summer or say even anchovies for this month….

        And also

        "And for this month only, late-night drunken posting is encouraged."

        Are you sure about that ?

        And are the mods OK with that ?????? That just spells trouble.

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          1. re: jessejames

            I think Kevin is "naturally carbonated". And Zeus bless him for it - gotta love the fizz he brings to this place!

            I'm debating doing a Grand Tour of the westside's finest dive bars for this round. I don't drink the hard stuff, but I can still belly up to the bar and review the nibblies. I'm in a low-brow state of mind...

            ...Too bad The Joker is no longer in business. It is one of my life regrets that I was too skeered to go in there (and I don't scare easily!).

            1. re: spoonlicker

              Finally maybe we can get a Liquid Kitty review on Chowhound! :D

              1. re: AAQjr

                I'll do one. Their hotdogs that they distribute free of charge to patrons and even people who wander by on the sidewalk during their quarterly punk rock BBQ, are incredibly delicious! I think they 're all beef and they have all the fixings including fresh chopped onions. Worth it to show up on a Sunday afternoon listen to free music, hang out on the sidewalk, and eat some free dogs! The drinks are killer.

                1. re: AAQjr

                  Definitely planning on hitting up Liquid Kitty this month. Haven't been in about 10 years.

                  1. re: phamschottler

                    Wow it's been there that long?? Why haven't I gone, hmmmm.....

                    1. re: phamschottler

                      The Darkest Bar I've been. You literally have to stand in the doorway to let your eyes adjust to even make your way. They make mean martini's. I tried the Banana Martini that is not on the menu....STRONG and sweet. The absinthe made my lips numb :) They normally have a taco truck parked outside during late hours. The management was very cool about letting customers bring in food to the bar.

                      Happy Hour:

                      Monday thru Friday


                      Sundays: All night!

                      Well drinks: $4.00

                      Low Life: $4.00

                      (well shot and Pabst Blue Ribbon)

                      1. re: issey

                        Love the black and white vintage strip tease they project on the wall by the DJ at times!

                        1. re: AAQjr

                          lassey and AAQjr -- are you talking about Liquid Kitty?

                          1. re: nosh

                            Yes, I was speaking about Liquid Kitty. To back what AAQjr said, they do have vintage semi nude projections. Sorry if I was not clear.

                            1. re: nosh

                              Yes, liquid kitty. Who ever does their Dj, has eclectic taste. It's fun to go when its a bit less crowded

                2. re: kevin

                  I'm nominating chewing gum next month!

                  1. re: kevin

                    Just think of how 'tana's and Shunji's bars qualify.....

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      buy french fries at the bar. viola, bar food.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        This ones for you dirty

                        St Regis liquor store third street. St Regis is the patron saint of this sort of thing.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I'm more of a vodka girl, but I have been known to swill a little bourbon now and then....

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              my drinking tasks:

                              a couple coronas from Cabo.

                              then two paradigms of the margarita genre from Gracias Madres, complete with orange peel-inflected salt (i wonder how the grub here is ???????)

                              then a few j and B sodas in the bucket glass (instead of the Lilliputian high-ball glass because after all those are mainly reserved for tourists or first-timers). and a shot of this:


                              there was food in there somewhere, but i can't quite remember. :


                              and that ain't no joke.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Oh that looks nicey nice..... A kosher one, huh? Interesting. You're still my hero of gluttony..... You're saving that stool at 'tana's and your homie is keeping it warm for me right?? I'll get there with ya soon....

                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    You can always sit on my lap if there's no stools left. :)

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  Actually, you can get 1/2 orders at the bar at Tanas.

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    Damn. Thor. Why'd you have to mention that ???????

                                    Now I'll never get a seat there.


                                    1. re: kevin

                                      We're just gonna have to wait in the back alley by the kitchen at 4:30 with the other barflys.....

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I think Kevin mentioned it several times as I have never done it.

                                2. Since phamschottler mentioned The Misfit, had lunch there today. Ahi Tuja Burger, rare, w/avocado and spicy mayo. It's food at a bar, so, bar food.


                                  Chased it down with a Kombucha Dog wild berry ginger kombucha. It's ~0.5-1% ABV, so you actually have to be 21+ to buy it. No, it is not my submission for the cocktail portion of this DotM, though I'd like to see if a shandy would qualify.

                                  Edit: Re-ordered some of the text above, and added some text, to clarify that the burger is my submission to the DotM, not the kombucha.

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                                  1. re: TheOffalo


                                    are we going to let the 1%er in as a cocktail or even a beer more correctly ????????

                                    Nice try buddy, nice try.

                                    but that ahi tuna burger looks great, hmmm, only fridays ?????

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Yea, I'd say that's definitely pushing it.....

                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                        Never said the kombucha was my submission. It was the burger. Food at bar. Bar food.

                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                          yeah, my bad.

                                          i just noticed that after re-reading the post.

                                          sorry about that, buddy.

                                    2. re: TheOffalo

                                      but my bad the burger is in, because it is bar food if you ate it at the bar.

                                      my bad, i thought it was just Cocktails this month,

                                      rather than what it really is, COCKATAILS AND BAR FOODS.

                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                        how the hell is that ahi tuna prepared? like a giant tuna temaki patty?

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          According to the menu, sushi-grade ahi, carefully ground, and then seared rare.

                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                            and it's very reasonably priced if my crappy memory serves me correctly ??????

                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                              so how was it? I'm not sure how I feel about this.

                                              1. re: ns1

                                                it looks pretty exceptional to me. but at under 15 bucks ???? i'm not going to complain if it's not that great.

                                                1. re: ns1

                                                  It was very good! Nice avocado, spicy mayo's got a good kick. Great bun, almost as good as Belcampo's. A little on the small side. I could eat two of them as a meal. And as part of the Bar Fly Lunch menu on Fridays, it's only $5 so I really could eat two of them without breaking the bank (they're normally $15--dunno if the Bar Fly Lunch portion is smaller, having never ordered it outside of this promotion, but their $5 Jidori crispy chicken sandwich on Mondays are full size as far as I can tell).

                                                  Not sure how you feel about what, exactly? Ahi tuna burgers are not exactly unheard of: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983996.

                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                    I've never seen an ahi burger that was prepared in a tradtional patty manner, vs just being a filet type piece that was grilled.

                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                      Gulfstream makes a ground Tuna burger too but it runs about 19 smackers.

                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                        Ah, I understand now...

                                                        I think Burger Lounge's is ground, but it's cooked through, or at least to medium/medium-well, if I recall correctly.

                                            2. Does the salad bar at Souplantation count as bar food? How about Nozawa Bar?

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                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                What about Sizzler's ????? That's way better than Souplantation, though I do have a soft spot for that particular joint too.

                                                The salad bar at Fogo de Chao also counts.

                                                As does Fuddrucker's if that sucker opens in time for this round of dishes this month to be sure.

                                                and that ain't no joke.

                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                  Are there cocktails at souplantation?

                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    Oh, can one have one ??????

                                                    Or both have to come together ????????

                                                    This is one bad month.

                                                2. Happy Hour at 'Bar Food' on Wilshire in Brentwood. 2:30p to 8pm - 7 days a week.

                                                  • Potato Puffs ($4)
                                                  • Slider Trio ($9): buffalo chicken, meatball (italian sausage), pulled pork
                                                  • Black bean sauce and ginger edamame ($4)
                                                  • Hot Dog ($1 or free with Yelp check-in)

                                                  The edamame was really tasty. Salty and spicy, great way to get thirsty for a cocktail.

                                                  Potato puffs filling reminded of a potato knish, making me one happy Yid. Had a curry sauce on the side. Hot dog was Oscar Meyer-ish and not all beef.

                                                  • Peach Blossom ($7)
                                                  • Moscow Mule ($7)

                                                  Posted photo of the Happy Hour menu.

                                                  The regular menu has the usual fish and chips, a burger, a seafood pie (like a shepherds pie only made with cod and other seafood.)

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                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                    Potato Puffs look and sound fantastic.

                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                      As someone who lives a few blocks from Bar Food and has had many potato puffs, I can assure you that they are indeed fantastic.

                                                      On another note, I miss the early days of Bar Food when happy hour beer and wine was $3-5, and you got a free hot dog with each drink ordered.

                                                  2. Tavern in Brentwood was superb tonight. Half price cocktails until 7:PM
                                                    Here is photo of 1/2 of my first 1/2 price Manhattan along with order of the delicious bacon-wrapped dates.

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                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        So good and $7 until 7. Bacon wrapped dates always great
                                                        Best Manhattans,IMHO are at Bar Toscana and Tavern. In the interest of full disclosure those two are very close to home.
                                                        Bar Toscana makes the very best Manhattan. Great bartenders at Bar Toscana

                                                        1. re: maudies5

                                                          I LOVE the Manhattan at Bar Toscana -- I went there on your rec. Have also tried a 209 Gin Martini with blue cheese olives, their Sazerac, and an Old Fashioned. All great.

                                                          1. re: phamschottler

                                                            No one makes a Manhattan as well as they do. I love that bar.Sweet service, as well. The entire ambiance is just warm.

                                                      2. re: maudies5

                                                        Late review, but on the strength of maudies5's recommendation, I finally made it to Tavern for a Sunday afternoon happy hour late in August. The food was really good! We enjoyed all of it. My favorites were the dates and the chicken. I also really liked the lamb meatballs, but felt the price was a little higher than I'd like for the portion size.

                                                        The gentleman serving us was spaced out, distant, and non-communicative. He was off in his own world. But everyone has an off day, and my sense was that he was struggling with something that had nothing to do with us, so we didn't take it personally.

                                                        I also really enjoyed the people watching, esp. the clothing and personal styling. Not sure why, but it just struck my eye in a pleasing way.

                                                      3. Dan Tanas at the bar:

                                                        Eggplant Parm

                                                        House Salad


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                                                        1. Prince. Wings. Mai tai. Pigs feet. Obligatory gent in golf gear for tony. No dark rum so 151 ten ways to Sunday in that glass. 6 buck rum tonic.

                                                          1. Hms bounty Mai tai and rings. Good but not as good as fat burger.

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                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                              So funny! I walked by this place for the first time and was so tempted... But needed to try Boiling Crab!

                                                            2. Somewhere in koreatown.

                                                              1. Sizzler's vs. Souplantation, and yet ipsedixit hasn't weighed in?

                                                                I'm reeling in shock.

                                                                THIS is a thread on which I can and will post almost daily.

                                                                We were seeing some live theater (happens once or twice a year, and I need cocktail fortification) with a large group (make that a double) in Burbank (triple!), so we went to Tally Rand, and sat in the bar.

                                                                $7.50 Ketel One sidecar martinis a la Musso: Just as good, just as large, and almost half the price.

                                                                Their "Super Tuna Melt" (w/avocado), which my neighbor to the left had, is about as good as a melt gets.

                                                                My wife thinks their turkey burger/turkey patty melts rival Pann's.

                                                                I had their "Famous Fried Chicken." While the wing and thigh might have deserved some Burbank fame (nice crispy batter), the dry breast kinda killed it. Pann's need not fear.

                                                                Still, few better places in Burbank for pre-show dining. They got a loud, large, tipsy group in and out in plenty of time for our show on a busy Friday night.

                                                                And ya gotta love the vintage, Matterhorn-era signage.

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                                                                1. re: jesstifer

                                                                  tallyrand? really? average age in the place must be like, 66 right?

                                                                2. Hit up Playground DTSA again.

                                                                  On the left:
                                                                  SUSPECT DEVICE
                                                                  question everything you’re told
                                                                  ILEGAL MEZCAL JOVEN * PUNT E MES * GRAN CLASSICO

                                                                  On the right:
                                                                  FLORAL PARK
                                                                  refreshing bourbon cocktail
                                                                  HIBISCUS INFUSED LARCENY * LEMON * WILDFLOWER HONEY

                                                                  SHAZAM!!! Super boozy yet clean and refreshing.

                                                                  1. This would be a good time for Happy Hour postings, too. Am always looking for new HH spots. August is a good time to hit up the beachside hotel happy hours (Loews, Shutters, Casa del Mar) and the Venice HH's like Canal Club, James Beach, etc

                                                                    I've already volunteered to join Kevin on this DOM

                                                                    1. ::: Danger, Illegal post! Do not read!!!:::

                                                                      I won't be back to Los Angeles until December but this thread is in my wheelhouse so I had to chime in.

                                                                      Scarpetta, Scott Conant's place in Beverly Hills, has a good bar. I start with a vodka gimlet, nibble on the house-made chips, and always order two apps from the menu: creamy polenta and short ribs. These are small plates that I mix together to form a satisfying whole. A second gimlet is optional.

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                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                        Check out ten pound upstairs for round 2

                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                          The first rule of £10: You do not talk about £10.

                                                                          Only kidding. Never been. Thanks for the tip.

                                                                      2. The FO burger at Father's Office...

                                                                        1. Maryland soft shell crab, with organic white corn relish, cilantro honey mustard, Vietnamese chili vinaigrette ($13), from Father's Office

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                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                            Very nice! What'd you wash that down with?

                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                              It paired very nicely with a Tripel Karmeliet.

                                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                                karmliet, i remember that.

                                                                                just too sweet for me these days.

                                                                                i'm a sour kind of guy these days.

                                                                                and that ain't no joke.

                                                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                                                  Very nice indeed. Had one myself along with a few others at Back Abbey in Claremont this past Saturday. Not an American beer in the house.

                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                    russian river supplication, or

                                                                                    this one if you can actually find it:


                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                      You don't have to convince me regarding Russian River. Will keep my eye out for the other one. I had a real interesting one there Saturday. A Schneider Eisbock.

                                                                            2. Stopped by 3 Clubs last night and the bartender gave me a taste of a Czech liqueur, Becherovka. Not bad. Apparently there will be a PR push in coming months a la Jager. It might be under the name Becker.


                                                                              Made my lip tingle.

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                                                                              1. re: mc michael

                                                                                ive had my share of that teaching english there a lifetime ago...kind of medicinal and not my thing...for real lip tingling absinthe does the trick...that was popular in the CR and now generally available in the US.

                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                  Absinthe is good--just not for those who don't favor anise flavor. A few drops in a corpse reviver #2 are just the thing.

                                                                                  1. re: mc michael

                                                                                    no doubt. they are so into tho herbal concoctions there.

                                                                                    in some ways im an old fashioned drinker -- taste can secondary. you got the becherovka lined up, sure let's do em.

                                                                                    now this slivovitz shit they had there which was a plum brandy -- essentially moonshine/everclear...was even too hot for me....ive actually seen that in a few spots here in la.

                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                        I'll stick to the quad shot of frozen vodka ie martini no vermouth or garnish.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                          No way! They offer Slivovitz? Love it.

                                                                                          1. re: LeahBaila

                                                                                            Get thee to Tanas, yes, indeed.

                                                                                            "Italian restaurant", sort of reminiscent possibly of NY or Chi-town Italian joints, opened originally by Yugoslavian ex-pat, and a bartender from Croatia that keeps Slivovitz and Palinka (sp?) quite handy.

                                                                                            Nice place to drink if you happen to drink, there are handful of fans (maybe a very small handful) on this board.

                                                                                  2. re: mc michael

                                                                                    Aaah, 3 Clubs- That used to be a favorite hang out. Where I first learned the joys of whisk(e)y

                                                                                  3. Here's my favorite (as most of you know) bar food stop after work, especially happy hour. Here's the menu

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                                                                                      1. re: yogachik

                                                                                        Hi yogachik, do they only serve this menu at the bar or at the tables also? I'm thinking this may be a good place to take my boys....where mom can get some liquid refreshments while they can fill up on Italian favorites at a decent price..... Thanks!

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          Only at the bar, but on a less crowded night, they'll serve it in a back booth.

                                                                                      2. Those on the westside looking to get great cocktails, The Chestnut Club is my new favorite bar. Working on pics (phone's been unreliable lately). Excellent Gin & Tonics (very refreshing -- perfect summer drinks). Good range of cocktails on the menu from fruity to boozy. Very very good whiskey selection, including the recently-hard-to-get Buffalo Trace line (WL Weller, EH Taylor, Elmer T Lee, etc).

                                                                                        No food. Like none. Not even snacks. Still worth a trip IMO, especially if you like the drinks/ interior at Scopa in Venice. And if you're hungry, amble into Truxton's next door and get the rotisserie chicken with garlic fries (the garlic butter is the best sauce) and/ or the curry roasted cauliflower.

                                                                                        1. Always looking for a bargain, I headed to The Misfit (north side of Santa Monica Blvd. just west of the Third Street Promenade) for their Barfly Lunch Special today. Monday is the crispy jidori chicken breast sandwich, $5 (usually $14) at the bar 12-4 only. When I arrived about 12:30, there was a wait and a sign-up sheet for the bar. After a 15-20-minute wait I got a seat.

                                                                                          Sandwich was very big -- both ends of the chicken protruded beyond the large hamburger bun by at least an inch. I scraped most of the apple-fennel slaw off the sandwich and ate it like a side. Chicken was shatteringly crispy, really crunchy. Chicken itself was good but perhaps a touch on the dry side. Enjoyed the homemade pickles. Big, good, filling sandwich that made for a satisfying lunch at a real bargain price.

                                                                                          Only complaint was the service: had to wait a long time for menu and place-setting, a long time to order. Food took awhile to come out. Took time to pay my check. Bartenders do handmade the drinks and were pleasant, but didn't see a lot of teamwork (I'm sitting holding my credit card wanting to pay, my bartender is at the cash register, bartender on my left passes me by and sidles up to my server and chats.) Considering the line of people waiting, could do a lot more turnover. But at $5 a plate, maybe they don't want to... Guy at entrance handling the waiting list was great.

                                                                                          I will go back for that sandwich, or to try the Tuesday special burger.

                                                                                          1. Vito's martinis are stiff, strong, and quite large. Just what you need.

                                                                                            And the mozzarella marinara is probobaly the best I've had in LA in ages.

                                                                                            Nuff said.

                                                                                            What's next ????????

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                                                                                            1. So for my first stop on this dish of the month, I just had to go to JiST Cafe. It's not a bar, in fact it's only open for breakfast and lunch. But they have an excellent Bloody Mari


                                                                                              Made with their own mix, it just spicy enough with garlic. They use Soju, which provides just enough of a boozy edge. I prefer my Bloody Marys with a clean spirit like this, those made with Gin or Tequila just muddle things up.

                                                                                              My go to dish here is their Omurice


                                                                                              But for this DOTM, I had to order the Hangover Scramble...


                                                                                              They actually served it up Omelet style as well... and the amount of short rib in demi glace sauce was insane. So good and tender and the sauce just brought everything, the egg and potato, together.

                                                                                              With their breakfasts you have a choice of toast or coffee cake. I got the coffee cake which is a mix of Banana bread+Coffee cake. P. thought it was odd... but I liked it! Very moist and flavorful.


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                                                                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                ill just go for that banana bread and coffee cake mix.

                                                                                                where's is located ????

                                                                                                you should hit up Chez Jay for their bloody's marts and brunch if you really like bloody mary's. they got their own proprietary mix that one of the bartenders developed over the past two decades and it's quite lovely.

                                                                                                1. re: kevin


                                                                                                  It's in Little Tokyo. Park at the meters on Temple. You can bring your dog.


                                                                                                  1. re: Dommy


                                                                                                    btw, how'd you know i'd be driving there ???? :)

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      Because they don't allow dogs on the Metro or Buses! ;) At least that is my problem...


                                                                                                2. re: Dommy

                                                                                                  that coffee cake looks great to me, so does the rest....good find

                                                                                                3. In case you were wondering what $6 roxy fries @ the roxy are....

                                                                                                  But hey I was drunk and hungry and they were 6 bucks so I ate it all anyway.

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                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                    Who was playing? Any weird/drunk convos in the restroom?

                                                                                                    Need more deets to go with those fries!

                                                                                                    1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                      Beardyman - UK Beatboxing extraordinaire.

                                                                                                      Somehow my double jack n coke/large hoegarden/roxy fries/coke ended up being $49 after tip. Damn club markup.

                                                                                                      BUT , Hoegarden on tap at a club!

                                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                                        your double jack and coke, 15 for a single, double twice that, you're well on your way too 50 bucks.

                                                                                                        and those fries were probably 7 bucks.

                                                                                                        hoeggarden large that could easily be 13 bucks if not more.

                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                          I broke it down as 20 for the double jack, 6 for the fries, 10 for the hoegarden, 4 for the coke, and then tax.

                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                            yeah, probably they're not going to double the price of the jack, good point.

                                                                                                        2. re: ns1

                                                                                                          Club tabs, ouch, yeah, what can ya do? (Other than pre-game and/or flask it in the loo, which gets a little old after a certain age.) Looks like a fun show, though!

                                                                                                    2. Happy hour @ McCormick & Schmick's (Anaheim): $1 an oyster (or shrimp).

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                                                                                                      1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                        that's cheap.

                                                                                                        good reporting.

                                                                                                      2. 10 yr mescal, sangrita, margerita and yes the slight magic mushroom flavor on the worm salted orange w the mescal does get you drunker. Fresh greasy chips salsa 15 bucks plus tip to a knowable bartender disposing of several hundred tequilas. Happy hour menu, sex pistols and biggie on the juke box. Pretty good attitude adjustment. Flautas. El Carmen third and la jolla or so.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                            Thanks Dirty. The old stand by in my neighborhood, St Nicks, is no more and I've been flailing around trying to find a place for drinks when I have that hour or so to kill. The Churchill which started out with a lot of promise is not cool. Don't even get me started on Goal. For now, it's El Carmen. At least quality cocktails, booze, music and dark drinking atmosphere.

                                                                                                        1. Any suggestions in Downtown LA?
                                                                                                          Need to go to a nice/fun bar this weekend before a 9 PM dinner at Faith and Flower - would be great if I could park once then walk to F/F

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                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                            Bob, After hitting up the Breadfruit Rum Bar in Phoenix recently, I've been wanting to hit up the Cana Rum Bar which is around the block on Olympic from FF...but note they open at 8 on Saturdays, 6 on Fridays and somewhat funky sounding with a 20 dollar membership (can bring 3 guests). Sounds promising tho with hi grade drinking.
                                                                                                            anyone been?


                                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                Cool. I read u enter from an alley on flower. Cheers!

                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                  Didn't see this earlier, but I also would have suggested Cana Rum Bar. Haven't been, but meaning to.

                                                                                                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                    that's what we did = excellent cocktails
                                                                                                                    thanks JJ

                                                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                      Awesome. Thanks for checking it out. Me next!

                                                                                                              2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                i been once, nice spot, but i already was hungover so i didn't quite get to enjoy it.

                                                                                                                the entrance is kind of inside a parking lot.

                                                                                                                one of those ultra-weird entrances anyhow.

                                                                                                              3. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                Any others, walking distance to Faith & Flower?

                                                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                  i'd say cole's pe buffet but that ain't walking distance.

                                                                                                                  The Library, near the Standard Hotel, is not half bad, i think that's on Flower but i haven't a clue right now if it's anywhere near Faith ????????????????

                                                                                                                  anyone know ?????????????

                                                                                                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                    Walking distance from FF, straight down 9th: Stocking Frame (at Hill), Pattern Bar (at Main), Umami (at Broadway), Broadway Bar.

                                                                                                                    I love Stocking Frame and Pattern Bar.

                                                                                                                    Rivera is also walking distance.

                                                                                                                    1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                      How close is Seven Grand? Whiskey-centric, and supposedly LAs best old fashioned.

                                                                                                                2. I don't often partake in cocktails, but when I do, it's s Stoli Doli (@ Cap Grille). I often don't finish my beers, can usually finish a glass of wine (sometimes more), but will almost always have two Stoli Dolis. Kinda pricey @ $14 per, but so delicious...esp if you like pineapples.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                        i had to settle for another round w Tana's again.

                                                                                                                        just a few j/b sodas.

                                                                                                                        french fries, french fries, french fries…. damn, those fries are great, esp dipped in the tartare sauce.

                                                                                                                        house salad has that zingy anchovy-enhanced vinaigrette punch to it.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            all the times ive been there never had the fries...I do up the fried onions with the steak, or the potatoes Beckerman (chips and onions) but I gotta give those a spin...

                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                              I don't think I have either.... When Kevin saves us a barstool, we can have fries all around. On me. (He's a regular now.....)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    The infamous 1 pound steak on the menu.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                      As I told JJ on another thread, I haven't started drinking yet, so I'm a bit slow..... ;)

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                      you buy the fries and he buys the round of $75 steaks!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                        I'm there.... I just need to line up uber first....

                                                                                                                                    3. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                      No way JJ. I'm not really a regular.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                        Yes you are. Don't deny it..... You know them all by name & they now know you and and and, well, I won't blow your secrets anymore ;)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                              Are you kidding? They'll be buying Kevin doubles for bringing us two schlubs in!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                They're already super duper busy as is usually.

                                                                                                                              1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                what's a stoli doli ?????

                                                                                                                                stoli vodka with dole whip pineapple syrup ?????????

                                                                                                                                cap grille in costa mesar or in bev ctr ??????


                                                                                                                                  1. re: mc michael

                                                                                                                                    i always get vodka pineapple juice at joints like chez jay, but i guess that's different then this item slightly.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                      Sounds like you have to go to Rhode Island.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                    Stoli Doli is pineapple infused vodka. Tastes like fresh pineapple juice w/a kick that gets you after you've finished the drink. It's sooooo good, that you forget how potent it is. It's a staple at all Cap Grilles. And while I don't imbibe often, this is one that I can never say no to.

                                                                                                                                    No dole pineapple whip or syrup--just the two ingredients, Stoli vodka & Dole pineapples. I've made some at home, but Cap Grille's is much better. It's a must try for pineapple lovers!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                      Capital Grille ????????

                                                                                                                                      There's one in the Beverly Center right ???????????????

                                                                                                                                      I'll have to try it out.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                        Let me know how u like it (or not). =)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                          OCA, that looks real good. I love pineapple drinks...mai tais whatever...I'll need to check that out...saw this tequila vat lurking at the bar at el Carmen the other night but I didn't have enough time before meeting my family and was clearly not drunk enough...I may have to muster that strength and then find my way to the capital grill at the bev center for your treat...pineapple infused bang bang

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                            Awwwww I bet that's gooooooood...... I remember i Cugini in SaMo used to have fruit infused vodkas at their bar before all the kids were doing it....yum.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                              Reminds me to go to Chaya Venice this month, I love their pineapple infusion.

                                                                                                                                      2. Pregame snacks and one for the road. Kibbitz room

                                                                                                                                        1. Bouchon. Hiding under those little puffs are delicious escargot. Beautiful presentation which went well with my martini.
                                                                                                                                          We shared that appetizer.
                                                                                                                                          Used $100 Open Table Cert tonight. Now, that was fun.

                                                                                                                                          1. Blipsies.
                                                                                                                                            Western and Beverly or so
                                                                                                                                            Full bar.
                                                                                                                                            And oh shit look who's lurking across the street.

                                                                                                                                            1. Bar marmont:

                                                                                                                                              Pimm's Cup

                                                                                                                                              Grilled Branzino w lentils.

                                                                                                                                              Not bad. Nothing earth-shattering.

                                                                                                                                              1. The bar menu at South Beverly is pretty. Happy Hour at Frida has become a joke. They raised prices and measure the drinks by the micro pour its become beyond bad.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                                  big time down hill alert at frida.
                                                                                                                                                  for a while now, no more free pico de gallo instead just that crappier salsa. and ive noticed a lot of BS upcharges and smaller portions. Also the lobster tacos which I used to love have for a year or so now been made with some kind of shredded Krab not the good stuff...not appetizing...really too bad cuz I used to go a lot...not any more.

                                                                                                                                                2. Double goose with limes and a splash on the rocks..... Loaded chicken nachos and a hummus platter with roasted veggies, all very tasty and filling. Busby's in Santa Monica. Great place to take our kids on Sundays, free games all day....we get cheeseburgers for them and let them loose on the billiards....can't hear them bickering while we sip our strong cocktails, watching games and listening to 80s and 90s wailing rock. It's all good.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                      They were really well executed..... The kitchen is really quite solid, nothing frozen. My kids love the burgers and my hubby had fish and chips previously, and he's picky, and he inhaled them and thought they were great. This place really is a gold mine....

                                                                                                                                                    2. Cocktails at Providence.

                                                                                                                                                      Dark and stormy amuse bouche.

                                                                                                                                                      Gratuitous shot of ugly bunch

                                                                                                                                                      1. Hot & Cold Pisco Sour, prepared tableside using liquid nitrogen at Saam At The Bazaar by José Andrés...

                                                                                                                                                        1. Great cocktails and the best oysters at Fishing With Dynamite

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                                            Keep up the high q drinks and snacks you're putting in a solid month here.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                              kaipara oysters from New Zealand were insanely delicious and expensive. We had those with another N.Z. Variety. FWD Also makes fabulous cocktails. Good selection of draught beer, as well. I love a decadent, sybaritic lunch there.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                                                kevin - what does sybaritic mean?????!!!!!?????

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                  fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent.

                                                                                                                                                                  Shocking, I know, for Kev.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                    sybaritic ???????

                                                                                                                                                                    i have no damn clue.

                                                                                                                                                                    stop using those big words.

                                                                                                                                                            2. $1 filet mignon sliders @ Morton's on filet mignon day. That was last Wed (08/13/14) and they were ever so delicious. We ordered plates by the dozen. Set reminder for next year!

                                                                                                                                                              Note: pic is from Morton's FB page; yeah, I know, it's not my own, but I didn't have the gumption to pull out my phone in front of business partners and tell them to wait until I took a pic. Aside from the greens that were served on the side, it looks the same.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                whatever you do, don't get the regular burger sliders.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                  Why? Are they nasty or just dry?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                    well done, super dry. nothing like the fabulous $14 (or w/e) morton's burger.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      Those gorgeous slices of tenderloin on a small bun for a buck?! Sign me up for at least a half-dozen.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                        the filet special OCAnn is referring to is different than the dry hamburger sliders that I'm referring to off Morton's HH menu

                                                                                                                                                              2. In contrast to Maudie and OCAnn I've been taking the low road....keeping with the series a bh farmers market jalapeño with Texas vodka and sliders. 90 seconds from freezer to belly. Yeah everybody's workin for the weekend

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                      Love it...what's better than HH @ home in yer undies?!? =)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                        How did you know?
                                                                                                                                                                        (Note to self: wash hands better next time you cut jalapeño)

                                                                                                                                                                    2. DTF's blood orange boba martini: $13. Too sweet & overpriced (though the boba in alcohol combo was fun). Better to spend an extra $1 @ Cap Grille for the previously mentioned Stoli Doli just a few stores down @ South Coast Plaza.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Happy Hour at the Misfit... (Playing hookie)... Some 'Pigs Nose' Scotch and a mescal yellow jacket (del maguey vida mezcal, lemon, honey and serrano chile). Other photo a basil gimlet.

                                                                                                                                                                        Not in the mood for the Wednesday barfly lunch -- shredded kale and quinoa salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                            the salad ???????

                                                                                                                                                                            wow, that ain't gonna soak up shit.

                                                                                                                                                                            and that ain't no joke.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe I'll go to Oki's for that!!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                now we're talking some sense!
                                                                                                                                                                                that would be 100 percent salad free.

                                                                                                                                                                                my rec would be the oki dog or a chili dog and a pastrami burrito, fries, orange bang

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                  Meeting resistance from my other half. Gonna sop up the booze with a few garlic knots from Joe's for now... Gonna try and work her over!! She wants to see the unusually high tides... I wanna see chili!!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin


                                                                                                                                                                                    just cruise down pico later...im ready for some of that meeself.

                                                                                                                                                                                    maybe this is an ez chowhound meet up spot...or post apocalyptic new hound meet up spot

                                                                                                                                                                                    this thing with servorg pisses me off...he's kind of the essence of what this board here is all about and they would rather stick an alboe up your ass.

                                                                                                                                                                                    good thing oki dog doesn't change. zen to be had.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                        you're right. im not afraid of these sellout idiots...they'll never have what we do

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                      there ain't no chili in the immediate area.

                                                                                                                                                                                      but why not go to Chez Jay and drink up some more.

                                                                                                                                                                                      their cheese quesidallas on happy hour ain't half bad, neither is the shrimp cocktail.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh chez jay!!! Good call... Gonna try this!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      She wants to see the extra high tides but I wanna see chili!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                        a true hound. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        scenery be damned, give me that grub.

                                                                                                                                                                                        that must be part of the og hound manifesto.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                          extra high, then oki dog, you'll be good...then work her over...kirk out!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                    Some girl actually walked in and said she comes in every week for the kale salad... I decided best to ignore her the rest of the time there...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin


                                                                                                                                                                                      it's santa monica, after all.

                                                                                                                                                                                      nuff said.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                        Honestly, as a Santa Monica gal, some days I feel like a walking cliche. I was at Whole Foods groping a pile of kale next to a lady in yoga pants, and I just started laughing (at myself, mostly). I sure hope they re-open that Tommy's soon somewhere nearby so I can balance out my yin/yang energy with a big ol' greasy pile of chili cheese fries to go with that bunch of kale...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                                                          Most days, it feels like everyone shopping in that WFM has a profile on imdb.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's quite the scene. I was in there one day, and over the public address system came an announcement:

                                                                                                                                                                                            "Would the owner of a black Prius..."

                                                                                                                                                                                            ...and I swear, every other head looked up from what they were doing.

                                                                                                                                                                                            (Prius was apparently parked in the clearly marked Fire Lane. Gotta love that entitlement!).

                                                                                                                                                                                            I usually hit up the 99 Cents Only store next door to cleanse my psyche's palate after shopping at Whole Foods. That 99 Cents store is a really great scene, too, for entirely different reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd it's the one next to the 99 cents store. Then it's in Venice on Lincoln near Rose. The slowly "gentrifying" area ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's the one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've lived in the area forever, and watching the transformation of rough-and-tumble Rose Ave into a dining destination in the past few years has been a little startling. I'm just glad the La Isla Bonita truck is standing its ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Also interesting to see dumpy Lincoln Blvd. starting to become more of a going-out destination. It's still one of the fugliest streets around, but at least there's some movement afoot. I wonder how long the mysterious and vaguely menacing Great Western Hoagie will remain in place...

                                                                                                                                                                                2. I've got a date at Bar Bouchon tomorrow night, any suggestions for food and/or drinks? I'll probably go with my Lagavulin otherwise. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: moreplease

                                                                                                                                                                                    not on drinks, the branzino is quite good, desserts are a joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                    the space is really cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                    burger and fries are good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. From The Chestnut Club:

                                                                                                                                                                                    El Camino (Tosba Pechuga Mezcal, Rittenhouse Rye, Benedictine, Peychaud's Bitters)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Weeski (Irish Whiskey, Lillet, Cointreau, Orange Bitters)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. From Westside Tavern:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Proper Manhattan (W. L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Bitters)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. From The Tasting Kitchen:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Penguin Suit (Rye, Carpano, Fernet, Nocino)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                          Can you reveal the proportions? Seems like a drink worth making at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mc michael

                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't know. If I were to guess, probably about 2 oz rye, 1/2 - 1 oz carpano, 1/4 oz or less of both fernet and nocino.

                                                                                                                                                                                            This drink was right up my alley. I'd love to make it at home as well, but it was so nice drinking it at TTK bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. From Fig:

                                                                                                                                                                                          McLoud (Famous Grouse Scotch & Bones, Fonseca 10 Yr Port, Carpano Antica, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Ivory Salmon (mouse melons, radishes, kalamansi, rooftop herbs)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Stuffed Squid (with brisket; puffed rice, tomatoes, herbs, oil)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just generally, as to cocktails, I'd have to say this is a valuable thread. Perhaps one worth ongoing status. It makes me thirsty.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pre-Midge Ure/Howard Jones/Tom Bailey show at The Greek, Mr OCAnn wanted to try Diablo Taco's micheladas. They make popsicles with the juices, spices, seasonings and serve it with beer. We had the cactus juice with an IPA and the yuzu with a Chinese beer. We tried the popsicle before we dropped it in the beer and I actually prefer the two separate rather than together. But OTOH, I don't know much about beer and haven't yet acquired the taste for flavoured beer or beer cocktails. Looks interesting though.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. From a Friday lunch at Chez Jay:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Beefeater Martini

                                                                                                                                                                                                Grilled Monkfish (with pesto and tomatoes; pilaf, broccoli)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. From Brilliantshine:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rye 'n Goslings (Knob Creek rye, El Dorado 12yr, demerara, Goslings 151, mint, apricot)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Duck Leg (Peruvian spices, rice, quail egg)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Purple Corn Sorbet (cocnut, pistachios, lemon)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                    dude you really kicked this into gear -- well done

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. From The Wellesbourne:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        High West Double Rye Old Fashioned

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This might be the best OF I've had. I loved the rye in it -- not as sweet and a little spicy. The default OF uses Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and is also good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. From The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mob Manhattan (Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica, Angostura Bitters, Maraschino Cherry)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Corned Beef Hash (poached eggs, chive hollandaise)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Both were much better than I'd expected. In fact, I'd get both again. Interior and view were stunning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. From Liquid Kitty:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Liquid Kitty (Ketel One Martini, Camel No-Filter)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, you get a vodka martini with a cig and matches on the side. The old fashioned I tried here was meh, but this drink was good. Went here on a Tuesday around 9, and there was only one other person there. But I kinda of liked that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                              didn't even know they were still open...been a while....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                For this martini drinking ex-smoker, that would be a dangerous thing to serve me. I need to visit Liquid Kitty, would not like to lose it because no one goes anymore. Then again, UCLA is about to start up again, and that'll pack em in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Line was out the door at LK on a Sunday mid-afternoon when I drove by yesterday - Looks like a good place to seek relief from one's Saturday night hangover. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh I so agree with you yogochik. I just quit for about a year but after a few drinks I'll still have a craving to inhale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it still an unfiltered Chesterfield cigarette?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have avoided LQ for years because -- as yogachick alludes to -- the temptations and memories of the bad old days live there for me like few other places in LA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The menu said it was a Camel, but I didn't even bother to check for fear of starting up old habits as well...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IIRC, it was a Chesterfield when they first conceived the drink - in fact, it wasn't even a martini. I believe the original 'Liquid Kitty' may have been a shot, a PBR and that unfiltered CHesterfield.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I feel like I need a stat chest X-ray just by reading that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The only other time I went to LK was close to 10 years ago. I brought my own smokes and ordered Long Island Iced Teas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's the current menu. Looks like the shot + PBR (minus the cigarette) is still available for $5.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arg. Why is this picture so small?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think August DOTM will be ending anytime soon for the intrepid pamschottler! Like me, she hates her liver and will teach it a goddamned lesson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i just cracked up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pamschottler, you hitt up like a dozen joints in a couple days, if the timing of your posts matches the timing of your consumption.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and that ain't no joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                you win the Day of the Month thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                speaking of which we should award a prize to the hound that hits up the most day of the month joints. within that calendar month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm just a procrastinator. Those drinks were throughout the month, I just posted about them way later. Then again, I only wrote about half of what I drank this month... Your liver can bounce back from anything if you give a break once in a while, right???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your liver back just in time for offal month

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yeah, there's no way i can read that menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                also, on a tangential note, is there any way to enlarge the pics of menus that Yelpers post for Yelp menus ?????????


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                damn, so that combination went up by a dollar, and yet still it's not a bad deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and there's taco bell nearby or better yet Shunji's to soak it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bad old days ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'd like to hear more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it sounds like the martini, Phamschottler, might have been a new touch since the cocktail era resurgence and mixology epoch, i have no clue, maybe ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            last time there, i had a "tall boy" or "short boy" or "fat boy" drink, can't remember what the menu stated but it was a shot of whiskey and a 24ozer of Pabst Blue Ribbon (shitty plus shittier equals great, i guess) for like 4 bucks, this was about 2.5 years ago. i think or maybe 2. so definitely not part and parcel of the old era.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wise man's special shot and beer at hms bounty is $5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nice onion rings and owners/bartenders

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                these days hms is a little too run-down for me, and not in a good way. i'd much rather hit up those skid row bars. don't know why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think i may have just felt the angel of death the last time at the bounty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and that ain't no joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your call. Good area for bar crawl too w prince right there. I heard of this real shit hole called gold diggers that might be what you're looking for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OB Bear, the piece de resistance, the fin de siecle. whatever that means.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. From Mercado (Santa Monica):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tamarind Old Fashioned (mezcal, averna, tamarind; $13 I think?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taquitos de Camarón (Mexican sweet shrimp, guacamole, chile de arbol salsa; $7 @ HH)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carnitas Nachos (choriqueso, black beans, carnitas, guacamole, tomatoes, onions; $9 @ HH)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything was great. Taquitos were a lot better than they looked. They had a savory, meaty flavor that kind of reminded me of Vietnamese egg rolls. And the flan was incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Half a sazerac at cliffs edge. Well made rye absinthe. And no worries about hipster haters that's for sure. I don't get to silverlake much. It was fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Granted, I've only lived here for 3.5 months, but the best cocktails I've had, thus far, are at Goldie's. Best 'Aperol spritz' in town, without a doubt. I also LOVED the 'California Aurora(California Aurora aperitivo, apricot, fresh sage, wildflower honey, California poppy oil, California lager)' and the 'Golden Girl (spiced tequila, passion fruit, agave, lime meringue).'



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goldie's is on 3rd St, kind of near the Beverly Center. Heard they had a great bar "program", but a few months ago the head bartender left, and I think Goldie's has since scaled back their cocktails... Haven't been, but I've had my eye on their menu and some of the more interesting drinks have disappeared...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The owners also own The Eveleigh, which supposedly has a fantastic drink menu too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bummer, didn't realize that. Regardless, I found the drinks that I did have to be quite fantastic. Thanks for the tip re The Eveleigh - that's another spot that I've been meaning to try. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Lychee gimlet at the Bungalow in Santa Monica last night, along with some killer guac, chips and mushroom & poblano quesadillas that were delicious. Under the quesadilla was more guac & some mixed spicy pickles like jalapeño & carrots, topped generously with crumbled cotija. No pic of the food, but here's our cocktails. Very cool place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any relation to the Bungalow on Melrose?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ah, the guy who used to be an item with Xiomara.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yea, it's a killer spot. Very comfortable with lots of places to sit in groups. Couple of bars. Lots of rooms and little alcoves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Can't tell you what's in the drink, but at my local sushi bar, they used to have saketinis, but now they cannot get the Japanese mountain peach liqueur anymore to make them, so they took it off the menu :( Bartender asked what I like and I told him I like Tito's. It was very good, a little fruity, and I asked him what was in it and he said "a whole lotta love". Okay! I'm sold! Anyway, pic of the ahi tartar that I always get there that is killer. Pearl Dragon, on Sunset.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Smoked pork chop slices from European delux sausage kitchen farmers market red pair and buffalo trace.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Drago Centro in DTLA has pretty good happy drinks and food. I really appreciate the free 4 hour valet parking since it's normally $15 to park in that lot. The drink is called Daisy bell for two which carafe of st-germain, bubbles, soda water. Pictured are the Bacon, pesto, ricotta pizza and smoked salmon w/chive creme and crostini.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Bar Toscana seems to have become the "Cheers" of an area of Brentwood. Saw several neighbors last night. Very good vibe along with very good cocktails and food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            interesting, maybe should hit it up finally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i always thought it would be very stuff especially for a bumskie like me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              accurate - they won't let you in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Argh! How did I miss this post the entire month???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to The Six in Rancho Park tonight. Still very good. Partner had a Thai Cobb salad (good portion but a touch under-dressed). I had the short rib tacos (excellent), crispy brussel sprouts (very salty and oily, but I like that....), and the butternut squash risotto (the appetizer size is plenty large for an entree; the shaved squash was a bit too sweet but the dish overall was good). Also had the beet salad (they've changed to a vaguely curry-y dressing). Total damage was (incl tax and tip) ~$75. Very stuffed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just had to celebrate my birthday with my namesake cocktail..... No bar food just real food for dinner at Mastro's Ocean Cub. Excellent martini.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Bday Dirty Sexy Olives. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now you're 21 years old finally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You're legal now. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Birthday! How was Mastro's Ocean Club. Is it essentially the same as the other Mastro's or is the environment enough to make a much better experience?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: issey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you have a waterfront view, then yes the environment improves the experience. In general, I find Mastro's OC "sexier" than the regular Mastro's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. @Littlefork, Hollywood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $12 bottomless mimosas/bloody marys/bloody larrys/adult punch w/ purchase of any entree during Sunday Brunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We got there around 1, left around 2:30 after enjoying a wonderful brunch. Had more than a few rounds, so passed out for a few hours. Not a productive Sunday at all, but awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The best "bottomless Mimosa" brunch I've been to so far. Did not particularly care for their bloody mary; my favorite BM remains Bouchon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        can you have a dozen mimosas or so if you want ?????? or do they somehow cut you off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        say for instance if someone started at opening could they keep drinking all the way through until about 4pm or later ???????????????????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks for the note.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and do their maple onion rings count as an entree ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          they close at 3pm for Sunday brunch. I stopped at 5 (6?) drinks and they seemed very enthusiastic about pouring us more (mid 20's work hard/party hard wait staff was my impression).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't think the maple rings are on the Sunday Brunch menu, IIRC the cheapest entrees that qualify are $10.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              btw, what are bloody larrys ?????????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Birds eye margerita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cuttlefish spring rolls


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Spago has a nice bar menu that is very reasonable (for Spago). You can also get the full menu in the bar. In addition, there are two tables that are considered "in the bar" that are actually right on the patio and give you pretty much the patio experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, Dan Tana's serves 1/2 orders of their dishes at the bar and some of their dishes (steak and peppers) are really large.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. pretty unimpressed with eaterla here


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              also noting that cat and fiddle going down the hatch...too bad