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Where to Drink Near the Walk of Fame in Hollywood

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. More

We Check Out the World's Largest Gin Bar at The Flintridge Proper in Southern California

"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. More

First Look: Cocktails at Paiche, Los Angeles

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. More

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

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. More

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena, CA

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. More

Where to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles

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. More

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Bar Amá, Los Angeles

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. More

First Look: Sassafras Saloon Works Its Root in Hollywood

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. More

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