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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. Bartenders on What to Do With a Bottle of Rum

L.A. Bartenders on What to Do With a Bottle of Rum

Rum is complicated.  Light, amber, or dark?  Spanish, English, or French?  Tiki drinks or stirred concoctions?  When it comes to cocktails, rum is a challenging beast. And because rum is such a diverse spirit category, the cocktails in which it's used — from the daiquiri to the mai tai —...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink You Can't Eat at the New Chestnut Club, But You Can Drink Extremely Well

You Can't Eat at the New Chestnut Club, But You Can Drink Extremely Well

It's a rare day that you can enjoy a drink in both a bookie bar and an ice cream factory — at the same time. In its previous incarnations, the Chestnut Club (from the folks behind Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots) was both. In fact, the faded...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Bartender Charles Joly Talks Cocktails, Competition and Curry

Bartender Charles Joly Talks Cocktails, Competition and Curry

A funny thing happened over the last few weeks on Facebook. Many bartenders changed their profile photo to a common image: that of a debonair-looking man, with piercing eyes, a beard and tattooed arms. His name is Charles Joly and, in the bartending community, he is the current hero at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Blame Bar Consulting Firm Proprietors LLC For All Your Drunken Nights in DTLA

Blame Bar Consulting Firm Proprietors LLC For All Your Drunken Nights in DTLA

David Kaplan and Alexander Day met, fittingly, at a bar.  Death & Co. in Manhattan's East Village, to be exact, the much-lauded cocktail joint that Kaplan opened with Ravi DeRossi in 2006.  At the time, Day, who was managing another bar while going to grad school, lived a block and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. Bartenders Pick Their Favorite Tequilas

L.A. Bartenders Pick Their Favorite Tequilas

In the past five years or so, tequila has experienced an upswing in popularity that defies prediction. Once the boozy choice of collegiate party animal shooter games, and relegated to single-use status in the margarita, the agave spirit has risen to a place not only of respect, but adoration. The...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Classic Daiquiri Is Not a Slurpee (Recipe)

The Classic Daiquiri Is Not a Slurpee (Recipe)

Today, we raise a glass to an American engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox, the purported creator of the daiquiri cocktail. In 1898, soon after the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, Americans began to lead iron ore expeditions and Cox's team ended up in a little town named Daiqiuri...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Want a Great Piña Colada?

Want a Great Piña Colada?

The Piña Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico, where the name means "strained pineapple." While several bartenders claim ownership of the drink's creation, it can most likely be traced back to the 1948 invention of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (emulsifiers and all) in Puerto Rico, which meshes...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Melrose Umbrella Company Says L.A. Has "Many Wet Days to Come"

Melrose Umbrella Company Says L.A. Has "Many Wet Days to Come"

In life, some things are sheer contrivance and others are full of such serendipity that they almost seem contrived in their coincidence. Such is the story behind Melrose Umbrella Co. — which opened in February in the former Foundry space on Melrose — a locale where Prohibition, wet weather and family history all collide...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. Bartenders Doctor It Up With House-Made Bitters (Recipe)

L.A. Bartenders Doctor It Up With House-Made Bitters (Recipe)

In the old west, snake oil salesmen wandered the plains, peddling their wares to unsuspecting folk.  A good deal of their business was in health-giving tonics, which were little more than a mixture of various herbs, roots, and whatever else they could toss in (thus the snake oil).  Back then,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink One Classic Martini, and One You Can Snort (Recipes)

One Classic Martini, and One You Can Snort (Recipes)

"The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived." - Bernard DeVoto  On National Martini Day, June 19, this quote from historian Bernard DeVoto is particularly apt, describing a concoction that...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink No More Sour Mix at the Broadway Bar

No More Sour Mix at the Broadway Bar

Located downtown attached to the Orpheum theater, the Broadway Bar is something of an anachronism. It's been around since 2005, before the classic cocktail boom took hold of the city and because of this - or maybe in spite of it - it's been caught in a sort of boozy time warp...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Martinis, French 75s and Fizzes For World Gin Day

Martinis, French 75s and Fizzes For World Gin Day

There has never been a better time to be a gin lover.  It seems that every day a new gin arrives on the market or is finally imported from overseas (note the recent U.S. arrival of Monkey 47 from Germany).  This Saturday, June 14, marks World Gin Day, which makes...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Happy International Cachaça Day: Time to Make Caipirinhas (Cocktail Recipe)

Happy International Cachaça Day: Time to Make Caipirinhas (Cocktail Recipe)

In a confluence of good fortune, the World Cup begins today (Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia, Arena Corinthians in São Paolo) and it also happens to be International Cachaça Day. Whether it was serendipity or shrewd marketing that partnered these two happenings doesn't really matter. What matters is that we...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink It's Negroni Week: Have a Drink for Charity

It's Negroni Week: Have a Drink for Charity

At least 34 states and 145 cities are going to be running out of Campari this week.  From June 2 to June 8, it's National Negroni Week. Now in its second year, Negroni Week is partially a marketing ploy - it's sponsored by Imbibe magazine and Campari (generally one of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 Koreatown Bars Perfect for a Bar Crawl

6 Koreatown Bars Perfect for a Bar Crawl

As bartender at the Copper Still since 2012, Nancy Kwon has watched the roughly 3-square-miles of L.A.'s Koreatown evolve from mostly throw-back 1940s-era bars that only served soju and Hite to a vibrant, reinvented restaurant and cocktail scene.  What many people don't know, she was quick to point out, is...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Bar 1200: An Intimate, Curated Whiskey Bar

Bar 1200: An Intimate, Curated Whiskey Bar

The Sunset Marquis has stories to tell. Since it opened in 1963, it's been home to recluses, rebels and rockers, who have been drawn by its secluded location on Alta Loma Drive, a cut-off cul-de-sac that is a quick hop to the Sunset Strip. If you could be a fly...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Harlowe, a New Bar, Opens in West Hollywood

Harlowe, a New Bar, Opens in West Hollywood

The 1933 Group has a talent for making their bars look lived in. You step inside  one of them -  Sassafras, Oldfield's Liquor Room  - and feel like, hey, this place has been here for awhile. 1933's newest spot, Harlowe, could have been discovered behind a boarded up store front, the turn of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Surprise! Americans Drink More Wine Than the French

Surprise! Americans Drink More Wine Than the French

Congratulations America! We're officially bigger winos than the French. According to the Organization of Vine and Wine, the U.S. became the biggest internal market in the world, volume-wise, as of 2013. We won this coveted title by consuming 29.1 million hectoliters (mhl) of wine - not including vermouth or special wines,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Special Cocktails Your Coachella Wristband Will Get You

The Special Cocktails Your Coachella Wristband Will Get You

Weekend one down, weekend two coming up. How will you whet your whistle between gigs in the desert?  This year, Coachella has gone seriously uptown with a selection of craft cocktails to quench your sand-blasted thirst. And, if you aren't headed to that remote inland valley, some of L.A.'s most creative...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Breathometer: Drinking Tool or Party Game?

The Breathometer: Drinking Tool or Party Game?

The Breathometer is a small, battery-powered device that hooks into your cell phone's audio jack and, in concert with a free downloadable app, reads your blood alcohol content after you breathe into the sensor. Marketed as the Smart Breathalyzer, the Breathometer's website notes that it's FDA-registered and comparable to other high-end breathalyzers, which presumably...…
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