Last Night: Zócalo Union Station Speakeasy Cocktail Party

A bartender pours a cocktail, and a plate of sashimi and beef tendon from Providence at the 2010 Zócalo Speakeasy.
A bartender pours a cocktail, and a plate of sashimi and beef tendon from Providence at the 2010 Zócalo Speakeasy.
Jo Stougaard / My Last Bite

The cocktails flowed freely at Saturday night's Union Station Speakeasy Cocktail Party. Organized by the Weekly's own Jonathan Gold as a fundraiser for Zócalo Public Square, the 1920s-themed shindig featured nine L.A. restaurants dishing out appetizers and five bars, all owned by Cedd Moses, mixing retro-inspired cocktails.

Would-be flappers mingled with foodists, chefs and culture vultures -- not easy to do when you're balancing a plate of pork croissants (Jar) and a classic Pikesville Manhattans (Cole's) or a cup of Rivera's garlicky, yellow tomato gazpacho and a glass of Las Perlas' spicy PaQui tequila cocktail.

The gorgeous architecture of Union Station always makes me feel like I'm traipsing through a sexier, darker, more dramatic version of my real life. Closing out the night, we ran into a gang of BMX bicycle riders who might have been plucked from the set of a teen action movie, circa 1984. One more reason to love Los Angeles.

More pix after the jump.

Gougeres and duck rillettes from Comme Ca at the 2010 Zocalo Speakeasy.
Gougeres and duck rillettes from Comme Ca at the 2010 Zocalo Speakeasy.
Jo Stougaard / My Last Bite
Chef Josef Centeno of Lazy Ox with his yellowtail crudo tacos (left); Thomas Tseng, president of Zocalo's Board, and chef Ludovic Lefebvre (right) at the 2010 Zocalo Speakasy.
Chef Josef Centeno of Lazy Ox with his yellowtail crudo tacos (left); Thomas Tseng, president of Zocalo's Board, and chef Ludovic Lefebvre (right) at the 2010 Zocalo Speakasy.
Jo Stougaard / My Last Bite
Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA watches as chef Neil Fraser of Grace prepares some braised pork and squash flan.
Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA watches as chef Neil Fraser of Grace prepares some braised pork and squash flan.
Jo Stougaard / My Last Bite
Down the Hatch! The 2010 Zocalo Speakeasy.
Down the Hatch! The 2010 Zocalo Speakeasy.
Jo Stougaard / My Last Bite

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