“You've never had my strawberry balsamic drink, have you?” bartender Matthew Biancaniello calls out to a customer from behind the bar on Cliff's Edge Wednesday nights. “You'll love it. It's got kale and pear and St. Germain foam on it.” Biancaniello's weekly stints behind the bar at Cliff's Edge give fans who came to love him at the Roosevelt Hotel's Library Bar a weekly dose of his highly seasonal, intensely botanical cocktails. So, at the height of summer, the bar was abloom with shallot and artichoke flowers, and the drinks had ingredients like local peaches and cherry tomatoes and lovage. Complex, often savory, and always gorgeous, Biancaniello continues to innovate and challenge our expectations of what to expect from our high-end cocktails. 3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 666-6116, cliffsedgecafe.com. —Besha Rodell
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