What makes a pairing work, in Biancaniello's eyes? "Sometimes, I'll make a drink that will taste opposite of the food, providing a contrast, and the next time I'll pair that dish with a drink that's complementary."
My guide to the best places to go for unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, and great cocktails with your brunch in Los Angeles.
From dive bars to beer destinations and classic cocktail spots, here's our guide to the best places to get a drink in Culver City.
With all the gift shops and chain stores that line Hollywood Boulevard along the Walk of Fame, it can be daunting to try to find a place to drink, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. But there are a few places within spitting distance of The Walk that are actually some of the city's best spots for a cocktail or a beer.
Littlefork's status as a favorite in the neighborhood is helped by its late night dollar-oyster hour. But an even bigger facet of the restaurant's success is the cocktail menu curated by Dino Balocchi, a transplant from Chicago's Longman and Eagle.
"Gin is having a renaissance right now," says Brady Caverly, owner of The Flintridge Proper, which recently opened in La Cañada Flintridge, just north of Pasadena, CA. The bar offers over two hundred different gins—a selection they claim is the largest in the world. We chatted with the Flintridge team about their favorite gins for mixing and sipping straight.
We chat with the folks behind three new Los Angeles breweries about their inspirations, their brewing systems, and their plans for world domination.
If you love your drinks brown, bitter, and stirred, you'll be in heaven at Sonny's Hideaway in Los Angeles.
Though many bars pay lip service to seasonal ingredients and housemade concoctions, there's a unique finesse to the way all the ingredients are used at Goldie's—the very best of Southern California seems to make it into each cocktail glass.
Near the head of a residential street, half-hidden by trees, you'll find a hundred year old house that could easily be mistaken for just another quaint little Pasadena residence—but this is, in fact, the home of some very serious cocktail craft.
Every neighborhood in Los Angeles has its own dark, slightly sticky haunt. Here are our 8 favorites.
The annual Summer Soda Tasting at Galco's gives you the chance to expand your soda palate, and meet some of the soda-brewers themselves. Here are 6 of the best sodas we tried at this year's event.
Rocoto, aji amarillo, huacatay, and leche de tigre are just a few of the Peruvian flavors that fill the menus of Chef Ricardo Zarate's three Los Angeles restaurants. The newest, Paiche, just opened in Marina Del Rey, and aims to explore the kinship between Peruvian and Japanese cuisine in an izakaya style setting. Head bartender Deysi Alvarez of Mo-Chica now also helms the Paiche bar. Her goal with Paiche was to harness the energy of the coastal location, playing with drinks from both the bright and fruity side and seriously boozy side of the cocktail spectrum.
I'm ashamed to admit that in four separate trips to Los Angeles this year, I failed to taste an ounce of local craft beer. The first three visits, I was hurried in and out of town for performances on the Tonight Show. The fourth visit was to meet with production companies about a script my comedy partner and I wrote. (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, meet your less handsome, hairier successors.) But on my fifth trip, for a show at Loyola Marymount University, I made sure to build in time for tasting at one of the best new beer bars the Los Angeles area has to offer.
Many of the cocktails at Pasadena's Trattoria Neapolis feature Italian liqueurs and cordials. For a drink called The Surgeon General, for example, Amaro Montenegro and Amaro Nonino are combined with Old Overholt rye and served in a hickory smoke-filled mason jar. We asked bar manager Ken Baranda to recommend a few cocktails on the Trattoria Neapolis menu. Here's what he picked.
With the newly opened Allumette, a fine dining and cocktail scene is emerging in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, an area where such a scene was previously nonexistent. "I love amari and I also love Tiki cocktails, so those influences can definitely be seen in the drinks here," says bar manager Serena Herrick, formerly of Harvard & Stone.
Whether you're looking for cocktails to spark conversation on a first date or for something to take the edge off after leaving the kids with a sitter, here are 6 of our favorite LA spots for a date night drink.
Los Angeles! Where better to see and be seen drinking delicious coffee beverages? In recent years, countless Californians have taken breaks from their juice cleanses to strut around with to-go cups from early coffee scene pioneers like Intelligentsia and LAMill. But nowadays, the playing field is a little more crowded. LA's current coffee selection has some of the country's best and most interesting shops.
Bar Amá's tequila-heavy cocktail menu features a number of refreshing drinks meant to temper the spice (or in some cases, intensify that spice) in many of the restaurant's dishes. Pulling double-duty as both the General Manager and Bar Manager at Bar Amá is Daniel Flores, who was tasked with creating a cocktail menu to fit the specific flavors of Texas and Mexico.
A taxidermied bear sporting a Masonic sash and a skull and bones apron. A portrait of Frederick Douglass. And cabinets displaying all sorts of odd baubles and bric-a-brac. Wander around the new Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood, and its quirky southern relics can eerily evoke an old antebellum home in the Deep South (or at least the set of a Bizarro OutKast video). This down-south homey feeling is, quite literally, by design—an old Savannah townhouse was actually deconstructed in Georgia and then transported and resurrected within the space at Sassafras in Los Angeles.